Open Road & Endgame To Release Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Film; Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Play Snowden
Back in June, the good folks over at The Guardian first announced that Oliver Stone is set to adapt Guardian journalist Luke Harding’s recent book, ‘The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man.’ Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment today send word that they’re partnering to release the film, which has Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed to play Edward Snowden. “After working with Oliver on ‘W’ I am thrilled to be back in business with him, along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the filmmmaking team and Endgame Entertainment, on this exciting project,” stated Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. Production is scheduled to kick-off in Munich in January 2015.
Oliver Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman also have a deal with Edward Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, for film rights to his novel ‘Time Of The Octopus.’ Kucherena’s novel tells the fictional story of an American whistle-blower, Joshua Cold, who, threatened by his government and waiting for a decision on his request for asylum from the Russian authorities, spends three weeks in limbo in the transit area of the Moscow airport. Stone will use Kucherena’s insights alongside Harding’s book as the sources for the screenplay of his untitled Snowden film.
Disney have just announced that they’ve pegged two Walt Disney Animation Studios films for 2016 release dates. First up, ‘Zootopia’ will open on March 4th, 2016. The film and centers on a fast-talking fox on the run after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit. He subsequently teams with the self-righteous rabbit cop who’s chasing him to unlock a bigger conspiracy. ‘Zootopia’ is a “buddy action-comedy set in a modern animal world where humans have never existed” according to ‘Tangled’ co-director Bryan Howard, who is helming the project from a script by Jared Bush. The world itself is imagined the way animals might design cities.
From 20th Century Fox comes this final trailer for Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings.’ Opening on December 12th in the US and December 26th in the UK, the lead cast for the Biblical epic includes Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramesses II, Aaron Paul as Joshua, John Turturro as Seti I, Ben Kingsley as Nun, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya, María Valverde as Zipporah, Indira Varma as Miriam, Hiam Abbass as Bithiah, Kevork Malikyan as Jethro, Anton Alexander as Dathan, Golshifteh Farahani as Nefertari, and Ben Mendelsohn as Hegep (not one actor of African descent… come on Hollywood).
The synopsis for ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ is as follows: From acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Prometheus) comes the epic adventure EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.
This first teaser trailer has arrived online for ‘Mike Bassett: Interim Manager,’ the sequel to cult football film ‘Mike Bassett: England Manager.’ The trailer shows Mike Bassett (Ricky Tomlinson) surrounded by his German staff in the aftermath of Jorgen Mannstein’s (a talented German coach who actually has England winning games!) resignation from the England manager’s job. With no time to find a replacement before a major tournament, Mike Bassett returns.
This is the first recognisable UK film looking to fund via Kickstarter and has already raised £80,000. However, the film needs a further £170,000 by November 20th to be made. Fans can donate here – https://www.kickstarter.com/
Live Stream The World Premiere Of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Tonight From 5.30pm UK Time (12:30pm ET)
The world premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ takes place tonight in London’s Leicester Square and will be live streamed via link below. Cast in attendance includes: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone and director Francis Lawrence. The star-studded, red carpet event kicks off from 5:30pm UK Time (12:30pm ET).
Lionsgate has unveiled this new trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Vera Brittain’s iconic and powerful WW1 memoir, ‘Testament Of Youth.’ The stellar cast includes Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
Alicia Vikander plays the iconic writer, feminist and pacifist, Vera Brittain, and Kit Harington plays Roland Leighton, Brittain’s fiancé. ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies, Paddington) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. The film opens on January 16th, 2015.