If Inside Llewyn Davis whet your appetite to see a lot more from actor Oscar Isaac, the new Patricia Highsmith adaptation The Two Faces of January is hitting at just the right time. The film stars Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst in a story about a vacationing couple, not exactly squeaky lean folk, who fall into a business relationship with a scamming “tour guide.” When the couple gets into some serious trouble they call upon the guide for less-than-legal assistance.
Highsmith wrote many of her prime thrillers in the ’50s and ’60s, and like another well-known Highsmith adaptation The Talented Mr. Ripley, this film preserves the time period in which the novel was written. In this case, the setting is 1962, which gives director Hossein Amini (who wrote Drive) plenty of opportunity to photograph his attractive cast in great period costumes. Check out a trailer below, which also acts as a chance to see Mortensen in a relatively rare turn as an out and out heavy. Read More »
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The work of Patricia Highsmith has been good to kickstart a solid movie or two. Maybe you’ve heard of some of them: The Talented Mr. Ripley; The American Friend; Cry of the Owl; and a little one called Strangers on a Train. And even though some of her work has also lead to less impressive efforts, I’m always interested to see where a Highsmith movie goes.
We learned a while ago that Hossein Amini, who wrote the original draft of Drive, is planning to make his directorial debut with a new adaptation of the book The Two Faces of January. He’s had Viggo Mortensen waiting to make the movie, and now Drive co-star Oscar Isaac, also seen in Che, Body of Lies, and Sucker Punch, has signed on, too. They’ll play a con artist and a new acquaintance who get involved in some difficult and shady dealings in a foreign country. Read More »
After his star-making turn in Thor, Chris Hemsworth is likely to find himself in the same sort of position his Star Trek co-star Chris Pine did a couple years back. Like Chris Pine, Hemsworth has a couple films in the can that might be released in the future (and his are higher profile: Red Dawn and The Cabin in the Woods) and he’s already cast in a few other big projects, like Snow White and the Huntsman and that little movie The Avengers. In fact, it looks like he’s already outpacing Chris Pine when it comes to lining up jobs.
Now the actor is looking like the latest surfer on the wave of reality-based ensemble military thrillers. Sony has just picked up a pitch called Shadow Runner (sounds like a mid-tier video game) and set Chris Hemsworth to star. He’ll play an elite military type who takes on “impossible tasks.” Does Paramount have the copyright on impossible tasks thanks to the M:I franchise? Read More »
Snow White gets a rewrite, The Smurfs get a sequel and Bastards sells for big bucks. How’s that for alliteration? There’s a bunch of screenwriting news out there right now and, after the jump, we’ll give some context to the following:
- Screenwriter Hossein Amini has just been hired to do a rewrite of Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman, the second Snow White film scheduled for release next year.
- Even though The Smurfs has yet to open in theaters, the producers are already getting ready to write a sequel.
- After the success of The Hangover Part II and Bridesmaids, Paramount has just purchased an R-rated comedy spec-script called Bastards by Justin Malen.
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The backstory of the new telling of Jack Ryan‘s origin story is becoming quite an origin story of its own. Paramount has been trying to kickstart the rebirth of the Jack Ryan franchise for two years — it stalled out in 2002 with the Ben Affleck-led The Sum of All Fears.
Now the latest screenwriter to try to stick an adrenaline needle in the franchise’s nearly-flatlined chest is David Koepp. But is he doctoring the script, or starting from scratch? Read More »
Sometimes stars align. Talks recently broke down to get Viggo Mortensen into the key Huntsman role in Snow White and the Hunstman, and now with The Wolverine on hold for several reasons, Hugh Jackman has been offered the part. If he accepts, that could push the film into an entirely different realm of mainstream appeal. Read More »
After the success of Star Trek, Paramount decided to enter the Chris Pine business in a serious way. The company set the actor to star in Star Trek 2 and tapped him for the reboot of Tom Clancy‘s Jack Ryan character, who had previously been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. But development of the Jack Ryan film has been more difficult than perhaps the studio expected, and now it sounds like that film is being pushed back to make way for a fall shoot for Star Trek 2. Read More »
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For the past couple months, a shortlist has been going around of possible directors for Moscow, Paramount’s new film / reboot of the film series featuring Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan character. (Chris Pine stars as Ryan this time out.) The names were generally all big: Sam Raimi, Gore Verbinski, Timur Bekmambetov and Kevin MacDonald, for example.
The name that wasn’t on one of the main lists going around is Jack Bender, who exec produced Lost and directed many episodes of the show. But now he’s reportedly the guy closest to sitting in Moscow’s director’s chair. Read More »