Zac Efron will reportedly produce and star in an adaptation of John Grisham’s ‘The Associate.’ Grisham’s legal thriller was originally published in January, 2009. The story follows a Yale Law School grad (Efron) who is blackmailed by a group of criminals. He’s told he must take a job at the world’s largest law firm, where he’ll be spying on their work in a dispute between two powerful defense contractors worth billions. Efron will produce via his Ninja’s RunninWild banner (That Awkward Moment),and Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (the producers behind Divergent) will produce through Red Wagon Entertainment. Sources say the producers are currently attaching a writer before bringing the package into studios.
From Yahoo! Movies comes this new poster for the engaging and stunningly beautiful ‘Tracks.’ This adventure drama stars Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, We Don’t Live Here Anymore), and the cinematography is by Mandy Walker. An adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s memoir of the same name, ‘Tracks’ chronicles the author’s (Wasikowska) nine-month journey on camels across the Australian desert. In 1977, Davidson traveled from Alice Springs across 2,700 kilometres (1,700 miles) of Australian deserts to the Indian Ocean with her dog and four camels. National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Driver) documents her journey. ‘Tracks’ will be released in cinemas on April 25th in the UK and May 23rd in the US.
TRACKS tells the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman who in 1977 undertook a perilous solo trek across 1,700 miles of stunning Australian outback. Abandoning city life, Robyn arrives in Alice Springs and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However after months of camping out and working on a camel farm people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smoland (Adam Driver) provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life changing journey of self-discovery.
According to THR, Juno Temple and Jesse Plemons are in talks to join ‘Black Mass,’ the drama Scott Cooper will direct about the Boston crime kingpin-turned-fugitive Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp). In the film, Joel Edgerton will play John Connolly, the FBI agent and childhood pal of Bulger, who is in prison for tipping Bulger that he was about to be indicted. That led Bulger to go from ruthless Boston crime kingpin to the top of the FBI’s most wanted list. Guy Pearce will play Whitey’s brother Bill Bulger, while Dakota Johnson is also in talks to join. Temple will play a prostitute the film. Plemons will play Kevin Weeks, a blue-collar tough guy from the streets who is part of Whitey’s inner circle.
The true-crime thriller from Warner Bros. and Cross Creek Pictures focuses on the South Boston criminal mastermind, who was sentenced in November to two consecutive life terms plus five years after being found guilty on 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion and weapons charges (including his role in 19 murders). The script for ‘Black Mass’ is by Mark Mallouk, who adapted the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller ‘Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob.’ Production will begin in May.
Just a few hours after it was reported that Amy Adams looks set to join Denis Villeneuve’s ‘The Story of Your Life,’ Variety bring word that Emily Blunt is in talks to star in the thriller ‘Sicario,’ which will be the filmmakers next flick. The director will reportedly shoot ‘Sicario’ later this summer, and then follow that up with ‘The Story of Your Life, which will shoot in early 2015.
Just as Denis Villeneuve’s films ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Incendies’ presented thrillers with complex moral dilemmas, ‘Sicario’ presents a similar opportunity for the filmmaker. It focuses on the murky legal loophole that allows mercenaries to breach the border of Mexico to corral drug kingpins, as long as they are accompanied by a legitimate law officer. In this case, a female cop (potentially Emily Blunt) from Tucson accompanies two delta force-type rangers across the border to apprehend a drug lord. Once across the border, the cop finds she has stepped into ‘No Country For Old Men’ terrain, with violence and depravity she never imagined. Taylor Sheridan penned the script.
The Guardian has premiered this first trailer for Ken Loach’s ‘Jimmy’s Hall,’ which is said to be the auteur’s final feature. The film stars Barry Ward as James Gralton, the political activist who challenged the Catholic church’s restriction of free speech in 1920s Ireland. Gralton, a communist, was faced with violent protests from the church for running a dance hall where he shared his political views. Jimmy’s Hall opens on May 30th in the UK. Trailer embed via The Film Stage.
In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun. JIMMY’S HALL celebrates the spirit of these free-thinkers.
From Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures comes this latest TV spot for ‘Godzilla.’ Described as an epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic ‘Godzilla,’ the film pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
The key cast for ‘Godzilla’ includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Sally Hawkins and Bryan Cranston. This new take on the classic ‘Godzilla’ franchise is set to kick off the Summer movie-going season on May 16th. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is directing the creature feature centered on the giant city-destroying and monster-fighting lizard. The filmmaker directs from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham.