With production slated to begin in September, THR bring word that Hugh Grant has joined the cast of ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Grant would co-star with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Elizabeth Debicki and Alicia Vikander in the film that Guy Ritchie will direct. ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ follows special agents Napoleon Solo (Cavill) and Illya Kullyakin (Hammer), who work for the mysterious United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Grant will play the head of British Naval Intelligence. He most recently appeared in ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Did You Hear About the Morgans?’ and voiced ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits.’
‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ has a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum). Steven Soderbergh was originally lined up to direct the film, however due to budget and casting difficulties (George Clooney dropped out due because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role), Soderbergh passed on the project. The original ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ series starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Illya Kuryakin. They were agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.). ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ is aiming for a 2014 release.
The Wrap are reporting that director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) is set to bring his distinct visual style to Good Universe’s ‘The Panopticon,’ an original action-thriller featuring sci-fi elements written by Craig Rosenberg (After the Sunset). The film reportedly follows a seemingly ordinary man who receives a mysterious package containing a pre-recorded message from himself, warning that the world is about to end and only he can save it. He must race against the clock to piece together the puzzle before time runs out for mankind.
Tarsem Singh, who provides plenty of visual bang for the buck, is coming off back-to-back Relativity movies in ‘Mirror Mirror’ ($166 million worldwide) and ‘Immortals’ ($226 million worldwide), both of which were made for under $100 million. His other feature credits include the critically-acclaimed indie ‘The Fall’ and ‘The Cell,’ and he’s currently prepping the Ryan Reynolds movie ‘Selfless’ for FilmDistrict.
Matt Taylor has put together this beautiful poster for Sofia Coppola’s ‘Lost in Translation,’ which stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Anna Faris. Matt’s description for the piece is as follows: “Oh man, some days a job comes along and it’s just GREAT. I was invited by a group of connoisseurs of illustrated movie posters to illustrate a movie poster for them! I had pretty much free rein to choose a film from a LONG list they had assembled – and i’ll be honest, I could have happily done any of them.”
“So I chose Lost in Translation, because I hadn’t watched it in a while and it’s one of my favorite movies. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. Another illustrator friend had shown me something with a 70’s style frame border which I gleefully stole because it seemed apt, matching the timeless tone of the movie. If only all jobs were as much fun as this one…” Head on over to @MattTaylorDraws and/or his official website for more.
While we won’t be seeing a ‘Paranormal Activity’ film this year, Paramount Pictures has announced today that 2014 will be getting a double dose of the hugely successful “found footage” horror franchise. The Latino-themed spinoff, now titled ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,’ is set for January 3rd, while ‘Paranormal Activity 5′ has been pencilled in for a October 24th, 2014 released. Described as a “cousin” to the franchise, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ is penned by Christopher Landon and will feature a Latino cast and will offer a storyline rooted in a Catholic-based investigation into the supernatural. Expect more details soon.
According to various sources, Michael Almereyda’s ‘Cymbeline’ has a King in Ed Harris and now it has its Queen in Milla Jovovich. The actress has been added to the cast of the biker gang and bad cops update of the William Shakespeare play with Harris, Ethan Hawke and Penn Badgley. In the play, the Queen schemes to move her own son from a previous marriage onto the throne at the expense of the orphan Posthumus and the King’s daughter. Badgley will play Posthumus in the new modern-day adaption of ‘Cymbeline.’
Ethan Hawke previously worked with Michael Almereyda on the 2000 version of ‘Hamlet.’ ‘Cymbeline’ unfolds as an epic battle between dirty cops and a drug-dealing biker gang set in a corruption-riddled 21st century America. The project is described as a fresh take on a universal story of love, betrayal and revenge that is in the vein of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and in the style of ‘Romeo + Juliet.’ Principal photography is scheduled to begin in August in New York. In addition to ‘Hamlet,’ Michael Almereyda’s previous credits include the vampire indie ‘Nadja’ and ‘Mon Amour’ starring Christopher Eccleston and Elisabeth Moss.
Deadline bring word that Ang Lee, who won the Oscar for directing ‘Life Of Pi,’ will next take his 3D camera technology in a new intriguing direction as he’s reportedly set up his next project at Universal Pictures, and it’s described as “an epic look at the boxing world of the 1960s and 1970s, as seen through the prism of its biggest rivalries and greatest fights.” That will include Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali’s legendary Thrilla In Manila. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Last King of Scotland, Rush) will pen the script.