Charlie Countryman

Whether you adore Shia LaBeouf or despise him, you’ll find something to enjoy in the new trailer for Charlie Countryman. He’s the title character and gets to make out with Evan Rachel Wood and hang out with Ron Weasley Rupert Grint, so his fans can be happy about that. He also gets beat up — and kicked, and cut, and suffocated — by Til Schweiger and Mads Mikkelsen, for the haters who’d rather see him suffer.

The romance begins with Charlie discovering that the man sitting next to him on the plane is dead, and only gets wilder from there. If nothing else, director Fredrik Bond, who’s making his feature debut here, deserves credit for coming up with the world’s oddest meet-cute. Watch the video after the jump.

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In terms of message, there isn’t really much to The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. It’s a film about love and the trials and tribulations we endure for it. Which, in a way, is pretty much the theme of half the movies ever made. What makes the film so entertaining is that it’s kind of insane. Shia LaBeouf plays the title character, who ignores society and goes on a seat of his pants adventure across Bucharest, embracing every impulse and never knowing what’s coming next. The audience can probably see what’s coming next, but getting there is a wild, frivolous ride.

Making his feature film debut, commercial director Fredrik Bond has made a visually impressive, thematically pointless joyride tainted with drugs and blood. And if that sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll love The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. Read More »

There’s some big movie score news today. Earlier this afternoon Moby was announced as the choice to score The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, which has Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo and Til Schweiger lined up to star in a story about a guy (LaBeouf) who falls for a girl (Wood) in Europe, only to run afoul of her mobster boyfriend (Mikkelsen) even as his dead mother (Leo) occasionally offers him advice.

It’s Moby’s first job scoring an entire film, which seems fairly surprising given the degree to which film scores have had an impact on his own work. Then again, Moby isn’t someone whose career I’ve followed all that closely, so it’s possible that I’ve missed other flirtations with full scores. But this quirky, noirish story might be a good fit for him.

The news of Moby’s score is eclipsed, however, by Disney’s announcement that Jack White will score The Lone Ranger, which Gore Verbinski is directing with stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Details on that are below. Read More »

In April 2010, Shia LaBeouf was set to team up with commercial director Dante Ariola for The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. However, scheduling issues got in the way and in March 2011, Zac Efron and a different commercial director, Fredrik Bond, stepped in to take their place. Now things have shifted around yet again, as Efron exits, LaBeouf re-enters, and Bond remains at the helm.

LaBeouf is best known for his leading role in the blockbuster Transformers franchise, but he’ll be going somewhat smaller in his upcoming projects. His next appearances will be opposite Tom Hardy in John Hillcoat’s The Wettest County this August, and opposite Anna Kendrick and Nick Nolte in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep.

With LaBeouf’s re-invovlement pushing Charlie Countryman into pre-production, it’s scheduled for a May start in Eastern Europe. Matt Drake‘s pulp romance, which landed on the 2007 Black List, centers an American man who travels to Eastern Europe. He falls in love with a woman whose ex, unfortunately, happens to be a violent crime boss. [Variety]

After the jump, Kate Hudson, Bill Hader, and Josh Gad get animated for DreamWorks.

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The first time we heard about The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, it was set to star Shia LaBeouf with commercial director Dante Ariola helming. Since then, fellow Disney alum Zac Efron has taken over LaBeouf’s role, and a different commercial director, Fredrik Bond, has stepped in for Ariola. Also, it’s not called The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman anymore. A lot can change in a year. Read more after the jump.

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Shia LaBeouf

Mandate Pictures just announced that Shia LaBeouf would star in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, the feature directorial debut of award-winning commercial director Dante Ariola (check out some of his commercial work in our commercial director spotlight). The original screenplay was featured on the 2007 Black List (a Hollywood insider listing of the top unproduced screenplays of the year) and is written by Matt Drake, the scribe behind Tully (which was nominated for four Independent Spirit awards including Best Screenplay and Best Feature) and Todd Phillips’ Project X. Here is the official plot synopsis for the romntic action film:

Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die?

Read the whole press release after the jump.

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