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 »

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Zoe Saldana is in talks to join Mark Ruffalo in Infinitely Polar Bear, the directorial debut of screenwriter Maya Forbes. The drama follows a bipolar man (Ruffalo) and his long-suffering wife (Saldana). When the husband goes off his meds, he finds his life deteriorating along with his psychological condition. As he loses his job and his mind, his wife returns to work and then eventually moves out, leaving him to take care of their children.

The film is being produced by J.J. Abrams, who previously worked with Saldana on Star Trek, and financed by Megan Ellison, who executive produced True Grit. Shooting for Infinitely Polar Bear will take place in September, just before Saldana is scheduled to reprise her role as Uhura in the Star Trek sequel. [Vulture]

After the jump, Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard board Drift, and ParaNorman adds to its voice cast.

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Call of Duty writer Will Staples is being courted by 20th Century Fox to write a film called Myth that already has Sam Worthington, James Cameron and Lorenzo di Bonaventura interested in producing. Nothing is known about the story of the film except, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s big, it’s sci-fi, and it’s got lots of action.” Sold. Read more after the break. Read More »

Briefly: Sam Worthington may have been in one of the biggest films of all time, but his presence has been reduced on movie screens in the months since Avatar‘s release. (And re-release.) He had two films, The Debt and Last Night, that were delayed by the Miramax shutdown, and are just seeing release this year. And other casting deals have been percolating, but are waiting while he shoots the Clash of the Titans sequel. (That is lensing right now.)

The actor has a few other films ready to drop, like Man on a Ledge (not to be confused with The Ledge) and The Fields (aka The Texas Killing Fields, with Jessica Chastain and Chloe Moretz, and which seems to be MIA) and can now add one more project to his desk. Warner Bros. has bought a pitch that will put Sam Worthington into a “grounded space war film.” (That’s per Deadline.) Um, ‘grounded’ in what, exactly? Reality? OK, then, it is vaguely realistic sci-fi. If it’s grounded in anything else, I’m not sure how it is a space war movie. But that’s nitpicking. Aaron Guzikowski is writing; he also wrote Contraband, the Reykjavik-Rotterdam remake starring Mark Wahlberg. That’s really all we’ve got right now. But for the Sam Worthington fans — I’m sure there are a few of you left — it’s one more thing to look forward to. [Deadline]

In late 2009 we reported that Sam Worthington would produce and star in an adaptation of the graphic novel The Last Days of American Crime, but we’ve heard basically zip about the project since then. Now, just as the market action is about to begin at Cannes, there is some news: F. Gary Gray (Law Abiding Citizen, The Italian Job, Friday) has been tapped to direct. Read More »

In 2009 director John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) led a remake of the 2007 Israeli film Ha Hov, aka The Debt. The story is a sort of inverted revenge drama in which a trio of young Mossad agents hunt a Nazi war criminal in 1965, then find their youthful actions coming back to haunt them thirty years later. The cast is impressive (Helen Mirren, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson, Sam Worthington, Marton Csokas and a pre-The Tree of Life Jessica Chastain) and the script is by Matthew Vaughn & Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) and Peter Straughan, but the film was mired in the sale of Miramax. Now Focus Features has the film scheduled for August of this year, and there is a new trailer to complement the first look we had at the film last year. Read More »

Tribeca Film is teaming with Miramax to release some of the films that were left in the Miramax library when Disney closed the label a while back; one of them is Last Night, in which Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington play a married couple who, when separated for a night, end up confronting temptation. There’s a new trailer for the film, which you can see after the break. Read More »

The Clash of the Titans sequel, which has been referred to as Wrath of the Titans but a press release today calls Clash of the Titans 2, started shooting this week under the direction of Jonathan Liebesman (Battle: Los Angeles). Sam Worthington returns to star as Perseus, but it looks like Gemma Arterton‘s commitment to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters means she definitely won’t be in the film, as her name is MIA from the release. We’ve now got a pretty full cast line-up, and a full plot for the film, after the break. Read More »

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