Eric Bana & Ricky Gervais To Lead The ‘Special Correspondents’ Remake; Gervais Will Also Write & Direct
Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment send word that Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais are set to star in a remake of director Frédéric Auburtin’s 2009 French comedy ‘Special Correspondents’ (Envoyés Très Spéciaux), which Gervais will also write, direct and produce. The 2009 original had a Wag the Dog-style scenario of France mobilizing to gain release for two kidnapped journalists (Gérard Jugnot and Gérard Lanvin) in Iraq, which only the “victims” knew was a fake kidnapping. Gervais has given his adaptation a media-centric spin, with Bana’s character as an arrogant, struggling New York-based radio journalist who fakes frontline war reports from a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan as a desperate ploy to save his job.
Penguin has today unveiled this beautiful movie tie-in cover for ‘Inherent Vice.’ The new edition of the “part noir, part psychedelic romp, all Thomas Pynchon” novel comes out November 26th, while the film itself opens on December 12th in the US and January 30th in the UK.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s hugely anticipated crime drama stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone, Michael K. Williams, Katherine Waterston, Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. Set in 1970 Los Angeles, ‘Inherent Vice’ follows the drug-fueled detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Phoenix) as he investigates the case of a kidnapped girl. Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood scored Anderson’s previous two films – ‘The Master’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’ – and will again lend the director his sparse, foreboding melodies.
One of the big surprises at this past summer’s Comic-Con was Legendary Pictures’ unveiling of ‘Skull Island,’ a new feature by ‘Godzilla’ writer Max Borenstein based on the mythic origins of King Kong, where mutant giant creatures rule. Now we hear that screenwriter John Gatins, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2012 film ‘Flight,’ will pen the next draft of the script. Scheduled for a November 4th, 2016 release, Tom Hiddleston is pegged to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct the film.
First ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’ Image Features Lily James, Suki Waterhouse & The Rest Of The Bennett Sisters
Our first look at the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ has arrived online today, showcasing the Bennett sisters: Elizabeth (Lily James), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady), Jane (Bella Heathcote), and Kitty Bennet (Suki Waterhouse). The project has been in development for a number of years, with David O. Russell originally eyed to direct, Natalie Portman starring and Lionsgate distributing. However, the script took too long to develop the proper tone, leading to Russell and Portman exiting because of scheduling conflicts. After those two left, the project went through a revolving door of directors including Mike White and Craig Gillespie, while actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska, Lily Collins, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway were all linked to star.
The revamped production, which mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic ‘Pride And Prejudice’ with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, is filming now with a cast that also includes Jack Huston as Mr. Wickham, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Douglas Booth as Bingley. L, Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, and ‘Game of Thrones’ stars Charles Dance and Lena Headey.
After weeks of speculation, Aaron Sorkin recently confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic. With the lead role now in place, Variety today bring word that Seth Rogen is set to play Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak opposite Bale in the Danny Boyle-directed film. The Jobs film is penned by Sorkin (The Social Network) and based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography. In a separate report, The Wrap add that Jessica Chastain is also being sought for a role in the film. The biopic is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high-profile product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple’s 2001 debut of the iPod.
Like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs was a complicated visionary who became a polarizing figure. Under Jobs’ watch, Apple revolutionized several business, including personal computers, music, computer-generated animation and mobile phones. In the process, he became known as one of the greatest innovators of his generation. At the same time, he was unapologetic about his difficult personality, was at one point ousted at Apple and was criticized for the incredibly harsh treatment of workers in China who assembled Apple products.
This new poster has arrived online from ‘A Most Violent Year,’ the upcoming thriller written and directed by ‘All Is Lost’ and ‘Margin Call’ helmer J.C. Chandor. ‘A Most Violent Year’ is set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The story revolves around an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built. The film opens on December 31st in the US before a UK release on January 23rd – positioning it for a potential awards run. David Oyelowo, Catalina Sandino Moreno and Albert Brooks also star.
A MOST VIOLENT YEAR is a thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history. The film follows the lives of an immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.