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American Zoetrope announced today that it has acquired the motion picture rights for Alysia Abbott’s critically acclaimed memoir, ‘Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father’ (W. W. Norton & Company). Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Bling Ring) and Roman Coppola (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) will produce the film. Coppola and Andrew Durham will co-write the screenplay. Durham is a photographer who collaborates regularly with Ms. Coppola.
‘Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father’ is a coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s vibrant cultural scene in the 1970s and ’80s, both before and after the AIDS epidemic, a crisis that would later claim the life of Abbott’s father, Steve Abbott, a widowed poet and gay activist. “I love the book Fairyland; it’s a sweet and unique love story of a girl and her dad, both growing up together in 1970’s San Francisco. I think it will make an engaging and touching movie on a subject I’ve never seen before,” said Ms. Coppola.
20th Century Fox has revealed this “Silent Night” TV spot for Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s horror-thriller ’Devil’s Due,’ which is set for January 17th. After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin. The film stars Zach Gilford, Allison Miller and Colin Walker.
Highlighting Lena Headey’s Queen Gorgo, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this new character poster for ’300: Rise of an Empire,’ the upcoming follow-up to Zack Snyder’s ’300.’ Planned for a March 7th release, ’300: Rise of an Empire’ stars Rodrigo Santoro returning as Xerxes, Sullivan Stapleton as Themistokles, Jack O’Connell as Calisto, Lena Headey as Queen Gorgo, David Wenham as Dilios, and Eva Green as Artemisia.
’300: Rise of an Empire’ is based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel that takes Xerxes, the Persian leader who is an antagonist in ’300,’ and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He’s a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistokles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC. Previous reports had Zack Snyder – who in my eyes done a fantastic job with ’300′ – pegged to direct until Warner Bros and producer Christopher Nolan signed him up to helm ‘Man of Steel.’ Noam Murro (five-time DGA nominated commercials director) is on board to direct the film. Snyder produces.
Out in cinemas now around the world, the official @TheHobbitMovie Twitter account has revealed what I would assume is the final poster for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.’ The film continues the events of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,’ in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumbebratch).
Sony Pictures has debuted this first official trailer for ’22 Jump Street.’ The film is the upcoming the sequel to the 2012 action-comedy blockbuster ’21 Jump Street,’ which took in more than $200 million at the worldwide box office. ’22 Jump Street’ reunites Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as they return to their roles as undercover cops Schmidt and Jenko; they are also re-teaming with ’21 Jump Street’ directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ upcoming ‘The LEGO Movie’). Alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, Ice Cube reprises his role as Captain Dickson.
In the action-comedy, after making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. Opening on June 13th, the film also stars Nick Offerman, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, and Craig Roberts.
Paramount Pictures send word that principal photography has begun on ‘Men, Women & Children,’ from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Jason Reitman (upcoming Labor Day, Young Adult, Up in the Air). The film stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, David Denman, Jason Douglas, Dennis Haysbert, Shane Lynch, Will Peltz, J.K. Simmons, Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia, Kaitlyn Dever, Ansel Elgort, Katherine Hughes, Elena Kampouris, Travis Tope and Emma Thompson. ‘Men, Women & Children’ is based on Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name with Reitman directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe).
‘Men, Women & Children’ follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.