Two actresses broke out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival in a big way: Elizabeth Olsen (thanks to Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House) and Brit Marling, who starred in and co-wrote Another Earth and The Sound of My Voice. Elizabeth Olsen has four films in various stages of completion (Red Lights; Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding; Liberal Arts; and Very Good Girls) while Brit Marling has shot a role in Arbitrage and flirted with Breaking the Girl.

And while the actress is looking to make The East, about “an FBI agent who infiltrates an ecoterrorist group,” which she co-wrote with The Sound of My Voice director Zal Batmanglij, there is a queue of big-time directors reportedly courting Marling for their upcoming projects. Read More »

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This December’s embarrassment of riches for film fans just got a little easier to navigate. Paramount has slightly shifted the release of Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol from December 16 to December 21. That moves it away from the similarly action packed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) on the 16th and puts it up directly against David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Then, two days later on the 23rd, the flood gates really open with The Adventures of Tintin, The Darkest Hour and We Bought A Zoo.

Plus, another Paramount/Cruise property, the Christopher McQuarrie-directed One Shot, has just been given a February 8, 2013 release date, more or less assuring it’ll be Cruise’s next film after Rock of Ages but before Oblivion. Read why we think the release dates shifted after the break. Read More »

The good news: a film based on one of the great Jack Reacher books by Lee Child is really going to happen, after years and years of development on various titles in the series that will number 16 novels when The Affair is released this fall. The bad news (perhaps): Jack Reacher, written as a six and a half-foot, sandy-haired slab of a man, will definitely be played by Tom Cruise in Christopher McQuarrie‘s One Shot. Read More »

I know that I have always been very publicly in favor of novel to film adaptations that throw out the notion of extreme fidelity to the source. So I don’t really have a leg to stand on in this argument. But if you’re casting Jack Reacher, a French/American ex-military cop who stands 6’5″ and often breezes into any given burg looking like a giant disheveled blond bum, then Tom Cruise is the opposite of the man you should be looking for. And yet that’s what could happen.

Can’t say I’m surprised, though. Several of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher novels have been optioned, and all have taken their sweet time to the screen in large part because finding the real Jack Reacher is a difficult task. In the novels, almost all of which fall distinctly above the ‘average’ line for pulp thrillers and many of which are damn good, Reacher is written as slightly unbelievable. So casting dis difficult. (The Rock is often mentioned.) But Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of One Shot, which is set up at Paramount, could be the first to hit the screen, in part because of the writer/director’s relationship with Tom Cruise. Read More »

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I got a little excited when I clicked open the source article that tells me Christopher McQuarrie has been hired to rework and possibly direct One Shot, based on the Lee Child novel of the same name. I love Child’s novels, which follow ex-military policeman Jack Reacher as he drifts across America. They’re perfect escapist entertainment: smart, taut and blessed with some fantastic action setpieces. (Thanks to CHUD’s Nick Nunziata for turning me on to the books many years ago.)

It’s inevitable that one of the books will become a movie eventually. I’d just like to see it be a good one. This could be the way. Read More »

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