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Warner Bros. has been working on a new feature film version of Stephen King‘s giant apocalyptic novel The Stand, which was previously made into a televised mini-series. A few different writers and directors have been attached over the past couple years, with the most recent being Ben Affleck, but now the studio has settled on someone new.

Scott Cooper, who wrote and directed Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace (trailer here), is now in talks to direct and rewrite The Stand. Read More »

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Here’s the trailer for Out of the Furnace, the new film from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film features Christian Bale as a Pennsylvania steelworker whose brother (Casey Affleck) gets in trouble with a backwoods but powerful criminal (Woody Harrelson). The rest of the supporting cast is impressive, with Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard playing big roles, all of which are given a few moments here.

This trailer is solid. In fact, just so long as you’re willing to have Pearl Jam’s ‘Release‘ in your head for the rest of the day, I think it’s a pretty terrific trailer, and one that will set the movie up as a must-see for a lot of people who might not have known what to expect before now. Read More »

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Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is finally getting close to finishing his follow-up feature. The new film is called Out of the Furnace, and features Christian Bale as Russell, a man whose younger brother is drawn deep into crime after Russell goes to prison. After his release, Bale’s character seeks justice for his brother, and winds up facing Woody Harrelson, as a powerful local criminal.

The first images from the film are out today. That’s one above, and you can see another after the break. Read More »

So much for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s plans to take a break from Hollywood — he may have already found his next role. The Django Unchained actor is set to produce and possibly star in The Road Home, an adaptation of an upcoming novel by Michael Armour. The project is set up at Warner Bros. with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) on board to write, direct, and produce. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: Walter Salles has landed on a film to follow On the Road; trouble is, doing so means another director has left the project in question. Scott Cooper, director of Crazy Heart, was set to make the true-life story The Man in the Rockefeller Suit last year. But now he’s off the project and Salles is on in his palce.

Variety reports that things are still early and that producers at Fox Searchlight are looking for a screenwriter to adapt Mark Seal‘s 2011 book.

The story is a good one, though: it follows German-born Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who arrived in the U.S. as a teenager in the late ’70s and began assuming various identities. He eventually settled on that of Clark Rockefeller, “reluctant scion of the family with the country’s most famous name,” and capitalized on the false persona to climb the ranks of upper-crust East Coast society — living in luxury, landing prestigious Wall Street jobs, and even maintaining a 12-year marriage with businesswoman Sandra Boss, who was unaware of his true identity. His long-term con fell apart in the ’00s, when Boss divorced him and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter. In March 2011, Gerhartsreiter was charged with the 1985 murder of a California man named Jonathan Sohus.

The latest actor to join Christian Bale in Scott Cooper‘s Out of the Furnace is likely to be Zoe Saldana. She’s in early talks for the film that Cooper is rewriting (based on Brad Ingelsby‘s The Low Dweller script) and will direct as his follow-up to Crazy Heart.

Bale will be an ex-con who is determined to avenge the death of his younger brother after being released from prison. Various actors have been mentioned as possible choices for the brother (Casey Affleck, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Channing Tatum) and Robert Duvall is nearly set to play the main character’s helpful uncle, while Viggo Mortensen could end up being the villain.

Out of the Furnace could shoot this spring if the cast comes together and Relativity gives it the final green light. As we’ve heard before, that green light will primarily be based on the finalization of a deal with Bale, which hasn’t yet happened. [Variety]

After the break, a film called The Occult signs Rufus Sewell and Anne Heche, and Julianna Margulies joines Al Pacino in the comedic action film Stand Up Guys. Read More »

Last year, before The Dark Knight Rises had fully shot, there was a lot of speculation about what Christian Bale would do after his tenure as Batman ended. Turns out he planned a couple films with Terrence Malick, but another project that was mentioned as a possible one for Bale has reared its head once more.

We’d heard that Scott Cooper, who directed Crazy Heart, was courting Bale last year to star in The Low Dweller, a revenge drama that Brad Ingelsby wrote and Cooper had latched on to as director. Cooper was also rewriting, and the project got a new title: Out of the Furnace. Bale had fallen away from the project late last year, but now he’s back in talks to take the lead role. Read More »


Over the past couple of years, Scott Cooper‘s name has popped up in association with a number of projects, including The Hatfields and the McCoysLie Down in DarknessGangster SquadUnbroken, and most recently, The Emperor’s Children. But in fact, he hasn’t helmed another movie since his acclaimed 2009 directorial debut Crazy Heart. Now the latest picture to come his way is The Man in the Rockefeller Suit, an adaptation of Mark Seal‘s nonfiction book about a con man who spent decades passing himself off as part of the Rockefeller family. More details after the jump.

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