According to reports, Oprah Winfrey is coming on board to act as a producer on Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma,’ the drama about the historic civic rights marches that has David Oyelowo portraying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The move puts her in company with Brad Pitt, who is already on board as a producer via his Plan B production company, and its execs Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Plan B was behind ’12 Years a Slave,’ Steve McQueen’s drama that just nabbed 10 Oscar nominations. Winfrey played Oyelowo’s mother in Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ and seems to be making more moves into movies after a long absence. She is also producing ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ for DreamWorks.
‘Selma’ details the attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights, only to be beaten back by police. It took the organizers three attempts to make the journey, which swelled in numbers each time. It was also a critical time in MLK’s life. “It’s a subject matter close to her heart,” Ava DuVernay tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The producers are behind some of the most forward-thinking movies of last year and they are all coming together.”
THR are reporting that Miles Teller is set to play Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic, which is being directed by Steve Conrad. Emile Hirsch is starring in the movie as Belushi, and it was Hirsch who made the announcement at a party for the Creative Coalition Saturday night. “A shout-out to Miles Teller!” he reportedly told the packed party. “We’re going to be working together soon. He’s playing Dan Aykroyd in the Belushi movie.”
Miles Teller’s agency CAA, however, is saying any announcement may be premature. The actor does have the offer but insists the actor will take a beat to committing to any new project until after Sundance wraps and he finishes his press duties for his upcoming movie ‘That Awkward Moment.’
Poster by Paul Shipper (Store / Tumblr). Directing ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ 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.
‘Skyfall’ Writer John Logan Talks ‘Bond 24′: “Build On What We Did On ‘Skyfall’, But Make It Its Own Unique Animal”
During a recent chat with ‘Skyfall’ writer John Logan for ‘Penny Dreadful,’ IGN asked him about the upcoming 24th and 25th installments in the James Bond franchise, the first of which ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes will also helm. Details on Bond films are notoriously kept under lock and key, and Logan was hesitant to reveal particulars about the story for the upcoming film. “All I can say about Bond is that I’m happily writing it” he said. Joking that, “Sam [Mendes] would rappel through the window and kill me.” Though the writer did indicate that the next two films would carry forward what had been established with ‘Skyfall.’
One of the intentions with ‘Skyfall’ was to recapture and contemporize some of the classic elements of Bond. “My goal is to write a great movie that’s appropriate, to build on what we did on Skyfall, but make it its own unique animal,” Logan said of the teams aspirations for Bond 24. “The themes, ideas and the characters from Skyfall can obviously continue on, because it is a franchise, and it is an ongoing story. So I think there’s resonance from Skyfall in the new movie.”
First ‘Pompeii’ TV Spot – Starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland & Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
FilmDistrict has loose this first TV spot for ‘Pompeii,’ the period-based action film from director Paul W.S. Anderson. Set for a February 28th release, the film stars Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Jessica Lucas.
Set in 79 A.D., ‘Pompeii’ tells the story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.
It was recently reported that Quentin Tarantino is going back to the Western genre with a script called ‘The Hateful Eight,’ which he hopes to direct this summer. Tarantino’s frequent collaborator Christoph Waltz is said to be in line for a key role, and it was also rumored that Bruce Dern was in the mix. The ‘Nebraska’ Oscar nominee has now revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he was recently approached by the writer-director, “We had a conversation,” he revealed. “I mean, he hasn’t hired me yet or anything. But we had a conversation about the material, yes we did.”
The ‘The Hateful Eight’ title suggests that Quentin Tarantino could be upping the ante, playing off the title of John Sturges’ 1960 film ‘The Magnificent Seven,’ which in turn was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 ‘Seven Samurai.’ Last November Tarantino revealed that he was working on a new script and that it would be a Western. But he didn’t reveal a title or suggest a timetable for making it. Tarantino has in the past mentioned projects he was working on but ended up shelving them. ‘Inglourious Basterds’ famously took a decade to hit the screen as he worked and reworked the script. “I had so much fun doing Django, and I love westerns so much that after I taught myself how to make one, it’s like ‘OK! Let me make another one now that I know what I’m doing,’” Tarantino told Jay Leno in November when he appeared on ‘The Tonight Show.’