UPDATE: higher quality image added. EW has revealed this first official look at Meryl Streep as The Witch in ‘Into the Woods.’ Rob Marshall (Chicago) directs the film, which is based on the Tony-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay. Shooting in studio and on location throughout England now, the film is slated for a December 25th, 2014, holiday release.
‘Into the Woods’ is described as a “modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel – all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.”
Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ Delayed Until 2014 – Starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Steve Carell
Sony Pictures Classics send word that Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ is being moved into 2014 to give Miller time to finish the movie. The film was originally set for a December 20th release. Miller’s top-notch cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Steve Carell, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall. ‘Foxcatcher’ tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Ruffalo) and their relationship with the eccentric John du Pont (Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune that led to murder. Miller’s previous films, ‘Capote’ and ‘Moneyball’ were both Academy Award nominees for Best Picture.
FOXCATCHER tells the story of Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), who sees a way out from the shadow of his more celebrated wrestling brother Dave (Ruffalo) and a life of poverty when he is summoned by eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont (Carell) to move onto his estate and train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Desperate to gain the respect of his disapproving mother, du Pont begins “coaching” a world-class athletic team and, in the process, lures Mark into dangerous habits, breaks his confidence and drives him into a self-destructive spiral. Based on actual events, FOXCATCHER is a gripping and profoundly American story of fragile men who pinned their hopes for love and redemption on a desperate obsession for greatness that was to end in tragedy.
Rosario Dawson is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in the upcoming supernatural thriller ‘Incarnate,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter. ’Incarnate’ will go into production in November, with ‘Journey 2: The Mysterious Island’ helmer Brad Peyton directing a script by Ronnie Christensen. The plot is described as follows: “an unconventional exorcist who can tap into the subconscious of the possessed meets his match when a 9-year-old boy is possessed by a demon from his past.” Dawson’s character info is being tightly guarded.
Jason Blum has put together a stellar track record in the low-cost horror game. Besides ’Insidious,’ he presides over the ‘Paranormal Activity’ and ‘Sinister’ franchises as well as ‘The Purge,’ the latter a $3 million budgeted film which opened to a $34 million weekend in June, finishing with a $64 million US gross.
Deadline bring word that Warner Bros. Pictures is making a deal with Aaron Stockard to do script work on the Whitey Bulger movie that Ben Affleck plans to direct, with Matt Damon playing New England’s most notorious gangster and a man who has inspired numerous movie and TV bad guys, most recently played by James Woods on the series ‘Ray Donovan.’ Affleck and Damon are producing through their Warner Bros-based Pearl Street banner. Stockard worked with Affleck as a writer on his first two directional efforts ‘Gone Baby Gone’ and ‘The Town.’ The script was originated by ‘Boardwalk Empire’ creator and writer Terrence Winter.
Reportedly the plan is for Ben Affleck to also co-star along with Matt Damon and his brother Casey Affleck. Damon played a crooked cop in ‘The Departed,’ the Martin Scorsese-directed film that took a page from the Bulger story, and there was a character like him played by the late Pete Poslethwaite in Affleck’s ‘The Town.’ The real Bulger is the notorious South Boston crime boss who fled in 1994 and remained a fugitive for 16 years – 12 of them on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. He was arrested in June in Santa Monica and was found guilty of 31 counts in August, including involvement in 11 murders. The story will cover Bulger’s youth to his incarceration on Alcatraz, through his rise to become a mob boss while secretly serving as an FBI informant for decades.
According to The Wrap, Bryce Dallas Howard is in early negotiations to star in Universal and Colin Trevorrow’s ‘Jurassic World.’ Howard has long been rumored for one of the lead roles, though she only recently received an offer. Her credits include ‘The Help,’ ’50/50,’ ‘Spider-Man 3,’ ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’ and ‘The Village.’
Universal Pictures recently announced that ‘Jurassic Park 4′ has been retitled ‘Jurassic World’ and that the film will be released on June 12th, 2015. In March it was announced that Colin Trevorrow signed on to direct ‘Jurassic World,’ the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that has grossed $1.9 billion at worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1993. The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Relativity Media has set loose this new trailer and poster for Jimmy Hayward’s (Horton Hears a Who!) upcoming animated flick, ‘Free Birds.’ Featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Amy Poehler, Dan Fogler, Lesley Nicol, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Keith David, Eddie Sotelo, Josh Lawson, and Danny Carey, ’Free Birds’ opens on November 1st in the US and November 29th in the UK.
In this hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy for audiences of all ages, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good.