Brad Anderson‘s most recent film is Vanishing on 7th Street, but he’s best known for two other films: the abandoned mental hospital ghost story Session 9, and The Machinist, in which Christian Bale wastes away into madness before our very eyes. (He also directed a couple episodes of The Wire and several of Fringe, among other things.) Because of Christian Bale, The Machinist is probably his most-seen film.

So what say you to a new film that once again brings together the director with Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist, and Christian Bale? How about if the script is an adaptation of Concrete Island, a novel by the peerless author J.G. Ballard? Read More »

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Briefly: At the end of May it looked as if John Cusack would be playing the lead role in Jack under director Brad Anderson. At that point the film was set for a late summer shoot, but has been delayed. (We don’t know whether that is due to financing, the director’s festival and other responsibilities promoting Vanishing on 7th Street, just picked up by Magnet, or another cause.)

Now Bloody Disgusting reports that an offer is out to Liev Schreiber to play the lead, said to be “an amnesiac killer who falls in love with a doctor and faces his resurfacing memories. Does he live a ‘normal’ life, or, in real Jim Thompson fashion, embrace his inner killer?”

Samuel L. Jackson is reportedly negotiating to play another role, Pete Chandler, but we don’t know how he fits into the story. More on this one as it unfolds.

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Based on the cast alone, Horrible Bosses is starting to look like one of the more promising studio comedies on the horizon. The film about three friends who conspire to kill each others’ bosses already has Charlie Day and Jason Bateman as two of the three friends, and Jennifer Aniston and Colin Farrell as two of the bosses. Jamie Foxx, meanwhile, plays “a scam artist who dishes killing advice to the three regular guys.”

Now Jason Sudeikis is joining; he’ll play the third friend, leaving just the final boss to cast. King of Kong‘s Seth Gordon is directing. [THR]

After the break, Cary Elwes works with Ivan Reitman and John Cusack kills people. Read More »

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Brad Anderson is a filmmaker I keep expecting to break out at any time. He’s made some great smaller thrillers with cultish appeal (Session 9, The Machinist) and built a good parallel career directing episodes of well-loved television shows: The Shield, The Wire, Treme and Fringe. But he hasn’t had the crossover movie yet.

Now Anderson is finishing up Vanishing on 7th Street, a thriller that stars Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo. The full official synopsis and some first images are after the break. Read More »

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