FilmDistrict is turning into the distributor of odd orphans. It grabbed the former Miramax project Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and is now reportedly about to pick up the Red Dawn remake directed by Bourne second-unit shooter Dan Bradley. MGM financed and shot the film in 2009 before undergoing bankruptcy and reorganization. The movie made news early this year when we became aware that the Chinese enemies were being digitally altered into North Korean adversaries, hopefully to avoid pissing off the rapidly expanding Chinese movie market.
We thought we might see the movie via Sony, but that deal never went through. Now FilmDistrict, riding a Drive-fueled high, is stepping in. Read More »
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The last time we saw footage from Texas Killing Fields, we were looking at a trailer dubbed into Italian. Now we’ve got a somewhat different trailer in English, which will give you a much better idea of what to expect from the film. Item number one: Sam Worthington‘s pretty dodgy Texas accent. Next: a tone that really does seem more like a TV police procedural than a feature film to stand up against giants like Zodiac.
And we wouldn’t normally be tempted to compare this to Zodiac, but the film is based on a script that Danny Boyle once called “almost too dark to get made ,” and the director who ended up taking it on is Michael Mann’s daughter Ani Canaan Mann. So there has been reason to hope that the film might be better than the one dubbed trailer made it out to be. Watch the English trailer below and see what you think. Read More »
Texas Killing Fields (also referred to as The Fields) has been in development for some time, once with Danny Boyle, who called the script “almost too dark to get made,” set to direct. The script passed into new hands, and the film finally shot under the direction of Michael Mann’s daughter Ani Canaan Mann, with Sam Worthington, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Chloe Moretz, Stephen Graham, Jessica Chastain and Annabeth Gish in the key roles.
The film follows a set of real-life killings in Texas and two cops, one a local and the other a New York City transplant, who pursued the killer. The film was recently one of the surprise announcements for this year’s Venice Film Festival — a surprise because it has flown under the radar so far, with the high-profile festival berth being the film’s first big PR splash — and a trailer, dubbed in Italian, is now available to go along with that announcement. Read More »
There’s a lot of small casting news today. Let’s kick off with word that Spongebob Sqaurepants himself, Tom Kenny, will once again lend his voice to a robot in the third Transformers film, Dark of the Moon. He voiced Skids (one of the generally reviled ‘racist’ bots) and Wheelie in the last film, but we don’t know what character(s) he’ll be voicing this time. [Popeater]
After the break, Frances McDormand voices a rare villain role, and the Sam Raimi-produced Dibbuk Box gets a lead. Read More »
As MGM has come out of bankruptcy and inched closer to being a real working studio once more, we’ve heard a lot about the potential for The Hobbit and a new James Bond film. We haven’t heard much at all, however, about the completed remake of Red Dawn, which has been sitting on the shelf for six months. So enjoy this cast photo (which is likely a costume test, and definitely not a still frame) showing the new Wolverines, among whom is Chris Hemsworth (Thor).
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Briefly: Hany Abu-Assad, whose very good film Paradise Now was released in 2005, finally has a new feature gearing up to shoot. The Courier is an action film scripted by Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, about “a courier who has taken on improbable missions and never missed a drop.”
Deadline says that Jeffrey Dean Morgan is committing to the title role. The site expands on the plot, saying that Morgan’s character is “hired to deliver a briefcase to a notorious underworld figure that can’t be found. The courier finds himself pursued by corrupt cops, double-crossing feds and rival crime bosses.”
The film will shoot in September in New Orleans. The plot sounds standard enough, but I like Morgan’s work and am really curious to see what Hany Abu-Assad does with the material, so we’ll stay on top of developments surrounding this one.
You’d think an epic WWII espionage thriller set in Shanghai, starring John Cusack and directed by Mikael “1408” Håfström would be an easy sell. But maybe not, if it’s really just a trip to dullsville. Shanghai was pushed around on the Weinstein Company schedule for a while last year before being pushed off indefinitely. We’ve seen stills for the film, but now there’s an international trailer. If this clips is anything to judge the film by, no wonder TWC didn’t want to spend money to advertise and release it. Read More »
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchmen, The Losers) will star alongside Sam Worthington in The Fields (formerly titled Texas Killing Fields), to be directed by Michael Mann‘s daughter Ami Canaan Mann from a screenplay by Donald F. Ferrarone. Morgan will play a detective “transplanted from New York.”
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I seem to be one of the few who didn’t think that yesterday’s Get Him to the Greek trailer was the funniest thing since ‘Man Getting Hit in the Groin by Football,’ but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a soft spot for Russell Brand. After Forgetting Sarah Marshall, how could you not? So I’m happy to see that Warner Bros. has pieced up a pitch by William and Scott Bindley that may well star Brand as a David Beckham-type soccer star who ends up coaching a high school soccer team in West Texas.
Having gone to high school in Midland, one of the very “Friday Night Lights towns” referenced in the source article, I like this idea a lot. If the comedy can get the regional stuff down, something the feature Friday Night Lights more or less managed, this could be a great little comedy. [DHD]
After the break, Jeffrey Dean Morgan works with the Solomon Kane director, and Taylor Lautner gets yet another bloody movie. Read More »