Open Road Films Pick Up ‘Rock The Kasbah’ – Starring Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride…
Open Road Films send word that they’ve acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the original comedy ‘Rock the Kasbah,’ which is set to star Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel. The film tells the story of “Richie Vance” (Murray) a has-been rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When Richie finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of “American Idol”, the wildly popular “Afghan Star”. ‘Rock the Kasbah’ is written by Mitch Glazer and directed by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog, Rain Man). Production is slated to begin this June.
Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, stated, “We were blown away by the script for ‘Rock the Kasbah’. We are thrilled to re-team with Bill Block and his team at QED and looking forward to working with legendary filmmaker Barry Levinson and this incredible ensemble cast led by the one and only Bill Murray.”
Universal Pictures have announced that Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson have closed deals to reprise their roles for ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ the sequel to the 2012 musical comedy. Elizabeth Banks, who produced and co-starred on the original, is making her directional debut on the new movie, which has a release date of May 15th, 2015. Kay Cannon, who penned the original ‘Pitch Perfect,’ is writing the screenplay for the sequel.
‘Pitch Perfect’ centered on a freshman (Kendrick) who reluctantly joins a college acappella group called the Bellas and leads it to the finals. The movie grossed more than $115 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It also over-performed in ancillary markets with the studio estimating it generated roughly $135 million in physical and digital home entertainment sales across North America to date, making it one of the top-performing DVD and VOD titles of 2013.
From Marvel comes this new character poster for ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier.’ Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) from a screenplay written by the ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Marvel’s ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is set for release on April 4th in the US and March 28th in the UK.
Relativity Media and EuropaCorp have announced that ‘Brick Mansions,’ one of final films completed by Paul Walker before he tragically died in November, will be released on April 25th. Furthermore, they add that they are making a donation – including the cost of the film’s world premiere – to Walker’s charity Reach Out WorldWide, and Walker’s manager Matt Luber is serving as a consultant on the film and its release. Reach Out WorldWide is a network of committed professionals with first responder skill-sets that “operates on the philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better.”
“Paul Walker was an incredible actor, a devoted friend and a warm colleague and we continue to mourn his tragic passing. We are proud to have worked with him on ‘Brick Mansions’ and look forward to honoring him with one of his final releases,” Relativity said in a statement. ‘Brick Mansions’ inherits the release date vacated by ‘Earth to Echo,’ which Relativity announced it will now release on July 2nd.
Film Music Reporter are reporting that that Jonny Greenwood is composing the music for Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated crime drama, ‘Inherent Vice.’ The film, based on the 2009 crime novel by Thomas Pynchon, will mark their third straight pairing together after both 2007′s ‘There Will Be Blood’ and 2012′s ‘The Master.’
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph, ‘Inherent Vice’ is set in 1960s Los Angeles and follows the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl. The film is expected to premiere later this year at one of the major film festivals and will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures. The synopsis for the ‘Inherent Vice’ novel can be read below.
With Disney and Marvel having set three mystery projects for May 6th, 2016, July 8th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017, fans have long speculated what these “Phase 3″ films will focus on. While the three dates could very well feature a sequel for an ongoing property – we do know third installments of Captain America and Thor are in the works, the likes of Doctor Strange and Black Panther have previously been rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.
Today, the folks over at JoBlo send word that they’ve heard the mystery Marvel film pegged for release on May 6th, 2016 is in fact ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2,’ with an animated series based on the comics set to debut on Disney XD in Fall 2015. The outlet add, “Shocked by this? Don’t be. Those that have seen the Comic Con footage of the film can attest to how badass the flick looks and I’m pretty sure Marvel knows it as well. You certainly wouldn’t bank a sequel and an animated series on something that was less than a sure thing. I suppose there’s potential for the film to bomb, but with everyone rallying behind what James Gunn and the cast/crew have done with next summer’s debut, it seems like a slam dunk. Personally, I think it looks fantastic and that’s just from seeing the tossed together SDCC stuff. I can only imagine what the finished product will look like and that gets me all kind of excited.” The first film to kick off “Phase 3″ is Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man, which opens on July 17th, 2015.