Daniel Radcliffe is pegged to star in ‘Brooklyn Bridge,’ which is to be directed by Douglas McGrath. Inspired by true events, it details the story of a brilliant but inexperienced engineer who is left to oversee the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge when his father passes away. Besieged by calamity, danger and doubt, his obsession to get the job done threatens his health and his family until he discovers an improbable ally in his charming and shrewd wife. The film is set to shoot in August 2014 and subsequent casting announcements, including the lead actress, are in the works.
Poster For ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Starring Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anika Noni Rose & John Boyega
This new poster has arrived online for ’Half of A Yellow Sun,’ the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s acclaimed novel of the same name. For me, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is one the most compelling novels of the last decade. The Orange Prize-winning story follows the intertwining lives of several characters before and during the Nigerian-Biafran War of 1967-1970. The story is told through three different points of view: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old boy from a small village who becomes a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the warm, progressive and beautiful daughter of well-to-do city-dwellers; and Richard, a white ex-patriot originally from England, who falls in love with Olanna’s twin sister.
Thandie Newton takes on the role of Olanna, with Anika Noni Rose as her sister Kainene. Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the role of revolutionary professor Odenigbo, with John Boyega as his houseboy Ugwu. Joseph Mawle plays the English writer Richard. Cobhams Asuquo and singer-songwriter Keziah Jones are also said to be involved in the production, producing original music for the soundtrack. Set to arrive later this year, ’Half of A Yellow Sun’ is adapted for the screen by Nigerian theatre director, playwright and novelist Biyi Bandele. The official synopsis for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel can be read below.
Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ On Indefinite Hold After Script Leak; May Publish Book Version
Learning that his script ‘The Hateful Eight’ has leaked, Quentin Tarantino tells Deadline that he’s so upset that he has decided that he will not direct that film next. Tarantino says that he will move forward with another screenplay and that the script for ‘The Hateful Eight’ will, for the time being, be published first, and maybe he’ll revisit the prospect of a movie in the next five years.
“I’m very, very depressed,” Quentin Tarantino said. “I finished a script, a first draft, and I didn’t mean to shoot it until next winter, a year from now. I gave it to six people, and apparently it’s gotten out today.” He learned that when his longtime agent Mike Simpson began getting phone calls from agents looking to pitch their clients for roles in the ensemble Western.
According to Variety, Sacha Baron Cohen is in early talks to join the cast of Disney’s sequel to Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland,’ ‘Through the Looking Glass.’ Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return for the sequel, which will be helmed by ‘The Muppets’ director James Bobin. Pencilled in for a May 27th, 2016 release, Baron Cohen would apparently play the villain, although details behind the character are unknown. Plot details are being kept underwraps.
Sacha Baron Cohen has been developing a handful of projects, including the Louis Leterrier-directed ‘Grimsby’ that he will shoot in early summer and will then segway into the ‘Through the Looking Glass’ shoot. He is also developing ‘The Lesbian’ at Paramount, which he will star in and produce. He was last seen in ‘Les Miserables,’ and Baron Cohen and Depp previously worked together on Tim Burton’s ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.’
Horror-Comedy ‘Cooties’ & The Bill Hader/Kristen Wiig-Starring ‘The Skeleton Twins’ Picked Up At Sundance
Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to SpectreVision and Glacier Films’ ‘Cooties’ at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The comedic horror film marks the feature film directorial debut for Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. It is written by Leigh Whannell (co-creator of’ Saw’ and ‘Insidious’) and Ian Brennan (co-creator of ‘Glee’), and stars Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannell, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad.
Jason Constantine, Lionsgate’s President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, said, “We’re thrilled to have another Leigh Whannell project back at Lionsgate to build on our 10-year history together during which we released seven films in the ‘Saw’ franchise that he co-created. Leigh and Ian, along with all the filmmakers and cast of ‘Cooties,’ have created a project that we found ourselves laughing out loud throughout and we cannot wait to share it with moviegoers!”
This latest TV spot has arrived online for Akiva Goldsman’s ‘Winter’s Tale,’ which is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Mark Helprin. Set in 1916 and present-day Manhattan, ‘Winter’s Tale’ follows the story of Peter Lake (Colin Farrell). Peter Lake is a thief who falls in love with Beverly Penn (Jessica Brown Findlay), a dying girl who occupies one of the houses he breaks into. The film also co-stars Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Matt Bomer, Eva Marie Saint and Will Smith, who will cameo as a judge. ‘Winter’s Tale’ opens on February 14th in the US and February 21st in the UK.
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is a story of miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film stars Colin Farrell (“Total Recall”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Oscar® winners Jennifer Connelly (“A Beautiful Mind”), William Hurt (“Kiss of the Spider Woman”), Eva Marie Saint (“On the Waterfront”) and Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”). “Winter’s Tale” also introduces young newcomers Ripley Sobo and Mckayla Twiggs (both from Broadway’s “Once”). The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), who also wrote the screenplay, based on the acclaimed novel by Mark Helprin.