Overture are the film unit of Liberty Starz, itself a subsidiary of the Liberty Media Corp. This year they have Brooklyn’s Finest and the horror remakes The Crazies and Let Me In already scheduled for release, with Stone and Jack Goes Boating sure to follow afterwards. Beyond that…? Question marks.
It seems that the various productions that Overture have had in development are now on hold while the unit is assessed and most likely reconfigured. Quite what the outcome will be and how different the new Overture will prove, we have no way of knowing. Nor can we really guess what will become of the projects they’re putting in the cold store, including Seth Gordon‘s Celeste and Jesse Forever, David Gordon Green‘s Freaks of the Heartland and the remake of Baltasar Kormákur’s Jar City. Could some of them be permanently derailed?
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Tacked to the end of an unrelated story in the trades is first word that David Gordon Green‘s remake of Suspiria will begin shooting next year. This consciousness-altering bit of movie news was discovered by The Playlist. Curtsy. Green, who has managed to maintain his indie cred (Snow Angels) and establish box office pull and mainstream cachet (Pineapple Express), is currently in Ireland helming the Danny McBride stoner fantasia Your Highness for Universal. Last summer, I covered a rumor that Natalie Portman was cast as the lead in his Suspiria flick; as with today there was never a solid follow-up. However, Portman was later cast as the warrior princess/McBride’s unlikely love interest in Your Highness and previously expressed interest in the role.
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David Gordon Green (George Washington, Pineapple Express) has signed to direct an adaptation of 30 Days of Night author Steve Niles‘ Freaks of the Heartland. Newbie screenwriters Peter Sattler and Geoff Davey penned the script for the horror thriller. Released in 2004, the six-part comic book miniseries was illustrated by Greg Ruth. The official description from the graphic novel follows:
Under the weathered skies of America’s heartland, and in the wounded hearts of every family in one tiny rural town, a terrible secret has been kept for too many years. Now, a young boy named Trevor must try to keep his younger brother Will from falling victim to the worst fears of a troubled town that can’t begin to understand the tragic secret that binds its families together. Some folks would call Trevor’s brother a monster. But to Trevor, Will is just another kid trapped in a dark reality he can’t comprehend. When the situation moves from bad to worse, and their father threatens to do away with Will, Trevor learns that they’re not alone – that “freak” children were born to other families in Gristlewood Valley. Against all odds, and with nothing but love for his brother in his heart, Trevor is going to do whatever he can to get the freak children out of harm’s way, if it’s not already too late.