Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2011 by Angie Han
Dave Franco has become the latest addition to Summit’s magician heist film Now You See Me, boarding a very promising cast that already includes Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, and Woody Harrelson. Franco is probably still best known for being the younger brother of Oscar nominee/host James Franco, but he’s become a rising star in his own right, with his recent turn in Fright Night and his upcoming appearances in 21 Jump Street and the zombie romance Warm Bodies.
Louis Leterrier is directing the film from a script by Boaz Yakin and Edward Ricourt. The film follows a group of illusionists called the Four Horsemen, who pull off bank heists during their stage shows and then shower their oblivious audiences with the stolen cash. Franco will play one of the Four Horsemen, joining Eisenberg, who plays the team’s arrogant leader. [Deadline]
After the jump, Thor’s kid brother books yet another new role.
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The Angelina Jolie thriller Salt may have come and gone in the minds of some viewers. — neither of Jolie’s big films this year seemed to get much traction — but with a nearly $300 million worldwide take, the film is hardly a flop. Once marketing and everything else is factored in, the $110m film might be just breaking even, but that’s before DVD and all other ancillary revenue streams flow in. So, it is not unreasonable to expect a sequel.
In fact, back in August we heard that a sequel might be in the offing. Writer Kurt Wimmer had ideas about how to move forward, Angelina Jolie was reportedly ready to think about another one, and director Phillip Noyce was said to be interested in another chapter. But now he’s not. Read More »
Briefly: The creative teams behind Enchanted and Salt are coming together in an unlikely sci-fi pairing. Enchanted scripter Bill Kelly has penned a spec script called Timeless, which Salt director Phillip Noyce is working on a deal to direct. The connective tissue between them is Sunil Perkash, who produced both Enchanted and Salt, and would produce Timeless as well.
Deadline positions the time-travel script as a sort of sci-fi romance: “A recently wed man loses his wife and discovers after the fact she has left him a fortune. Haunted by an unresolved issue between himself and his wife, the man invests the money to build a time travel device, just to see her one last time.”
No cast is attached at this point. Angelina Jolie is not a part of the film — I’ve merely used a photo of Mr. Noyce on the set of Salt as illustration.
Robert Zemeckis has been very active over the past ten years, working to push forward the art of 3D and motion capture with The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol. But when his 3D company, ImageMovers Digital, was abandoned by Disney early this year, there was great supposition about what the filmmaker’s next move might be. We know he’s making Yellow Submarine, but would he continue in digitized animation?
Now he’s got another possible road back to live-action with a film called Timeless. Warner Bros. just picked up the pitch, which would be the first live-action Zemeckis film since Cast Away in 2000. Read More »
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I’ve been excited to hear more about Michael Bartlett’s (The Zombie Diaries) upcoming time travel film, Timeless, ever since reading Quiet Earth’s script review a few months ago. The script seemed to have a lot of promise, and it was also hinted that the film had a very unique approach to time travel—always a plus with me. Now the film’s official website has launched (which will be updated soon with more info), and we have some production art for the film courtesy of Quiet Earth.
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