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]
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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 »
Sam Worthington is going back to Australia. The actor is set to star in Drift, a surfing drama that will be co-directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott from a script by Morgan O’Neill.
The film is set in 1972 and follows “brothers who start a new life in a remote Australian coastal town. There they contend with suspicious locals and ruthless bikers as they struggle to kick-start a business from their greatest passion — surfing.” Sounds like a pretty old-school film in some way — if the brothers end up knocking heads it could feel like a real drive-in surfing picture. Might be fun. [Variety]
Meanwhile, after the break, The Three Stooges don’t have a starting stooge after all. Read More »
Last year’s hit film Clash of the Titans is the poster child for bad 3D post-conversion. Everyone complained about getting headaches during the movie or there being little to no difference between watching the movie with or without glasses. Jonathan Liebesman is fully aware of this. The director of Battle: Los Angeles has been tasked with directing the sequel, Wrath of the Titans. Despite the negative 3D connotation attached to the first film, he’ll be going the same route.
Wrath of the Titans, scheduled for release March 23, 2012 starring Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike and Liam Neeson, will be shot on film and then post converted into 3D. But is he making the same mistake that was forced on his predecessor, Louis Letterier? Not according to Liebesman, who said the first film was never thought of as a 3D movie. This movie, however, is being totally conceived with the 3rd dimension in mind. Read some quotes and more reasoning after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 17th, 2011 by Angie Han
One smaller film I’ve been looking forward to is Massy Tadjedin‘s Last Night, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. The movie centers around married couple Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington, who each find themselves tempted to stray on one fateful night. Worthington’s character goes on a business trip with sexy coworker Eva Mendes, while Knightley runs into old flame Guillame Canet (star of Love Me if you Dare, director of Tell No One, baby daddy of Marion Cotillard). If the last trailer seemed to emphasize Worthington’s infidelity, this one focuses more on Knightley’s. And it’s just as good, if not better. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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