Disney has bagged an untitled baseball pitch from screenwriter Allan Loeb that will star Bradley Cooper.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the dramedy centers on a baseball player who, after suffering an injury, has to go back to the minors, where the only place he can find lodging is in a senior citizens' home. There, he meets an old baseball guru who helps lead him back.
The project, from Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps writer Loeb, will be produced by Andrew Panay with Loeb and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment partner Steven Pearl.
The story idea comes from Panay and colleague Adam Blum. The project is said to be in the vein of Scent of a Woman and The Rookie.
The Aussie actor will star in and produce a big screen re-imagining of H. Rider Haggard's Victorian adventurer Allan Quatermain, made famous in the hit novel King Solomon's Mines.
Worthington will lead the production as well as taking on the lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Instead of the Quatermain novels' original setting in Africa, Worthington's adaptation will see the protagonist return to Earth following a space trip - only to find there are no humans left on the planet.
Worthington will work alongside Hannah Montana: The Movie producing duo Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
Source: Heat Vision Blog
THR's Heat Vision Blog reports that Sam Worthington will take on the classic literary hero Allan Quartermain in DreamWorks' developing adventure title Quartermain.
Allan Quatermain was the hero of “King’s Solomon’s Mines,” a Victorian adventure novel by H. Rider Haggard, and its sequel, “Allan Quatermain.” In the first book, Quatermain leads an expedition into an unexplored region of Africa to find the brother of a friend as well as a fabled treasure of the lost mines.
DreamWorks’ version is set in a time in which humans have left Earth and sees Quatermain return to the planet from a sojourn in space, embarking on another “King Solomon’s Mines”-style adventure but on a planetwide scale. Mark Verheiden was the writer behind the first script when the project was revealed early last year.
Worthington will also make his debut as a producer alongside Alfred Gough and Miles Millar on the high-concept film, which is in the early development stages and has no director attached. What can I say about Worthington that hasn't already been said? He's on his way to becoming the biggest actor of his generation. With this film, an Avatar sequel, the thriller The Fields and Alex Proyas' Dracula Year Zero all in the pipeline, he's going to have a very busy and very lucrative decade.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Remake is, apparently, his middle name. Breck Eisner, who won kudos for his chilling re-imagining of George Romero's The Crazies earlier this year, will next set his sights on John Carpenter's beloved Escape From New York, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The remake has been a top priority for the New Line (WB), which picked up the rights in March 2007, with Gerard Butler attached to star and Ken Nolan writing the script. The project then veered into development hell, losing Butler but amassing a penal colony of writers, among them Jonathan Mostow and Allan Loeb, and collecting then losing director Len Wiseman. (Neal Moritz has remained producer throughout the process.)
Eisner's boarding should bring redo back on track as New Line, sticking with the Loeb draft, tries to mix an origin story for anti-hero Snake Plissken and merge it with the story of the 1981 original.
On who should take over the famous eye-patch now that Butler is gone, we're officially endorsing Jeffrey Dean Morgan, a current Warner Bros. favorite and emerging star who's work in the genre, from last years Watchmen to this weekend's release The Losers, makes him a dependable choice for the role.
Walter Hamada and Sam Brown are overseeing for New Line.
Source: Deadline Hollywood
Everyone loves a good comeback story and Hollywood has been setting the stage for another one in the last few years as Winona Ryder slowly made her way from tabloids headlines into one of the biggest releases of 2009 - J.J. Abrams Star Trek. She next worked with Darren Aronofsky on his new thriller Black Swan, due in theaters December 1st. Today, she continues her career resuscitation as Deadline Hollywood reports that she'll co-star in Ron Howard's new comedy Cheaters (formerly titled 'Your Cheating Heart').
Allan Loeb (21, upcoming Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) penned the script about a guy who discovers that the wife of his best friend and business partner is getting intimate with another man. Vince Vaughn and Kevin James will top line the Universal Pictures release, which has no release date as of now.
We've always enjoyed Ryder's work - from Beetlejuice to Bram Stoker's Dracula to Mr. Deeds - so we're pleased to see her back on the screen again, working with the kind of top tier talent she deserves to be amongst.
Source: Magnet Releasing
One of the most hyped movies to premiere at this year's South By Southwest Film Festival was Gareth Edward's first full-length effort Monsters, a creature feature that aimed to turn the genre on it's ear. Within hours of its world premiere, Wagner/Cuban's Magnet Releasing (the genre unit of Magnolia Pictures) picked up US rights to the film. For a more in depth read about the film itself, check out Hollywood.com contributor Peter Hall's latest Mind Food blog.
Produced by Allan Niblo and James Richardson of Vertigo Films (Bronson), the film was shot as a road movie, traveling through Guatemala, Mexico and the US, involving local people alongside its key cast Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able.
The film is described as follows:
Six years ago previously, a NASA probe returning to earth with samples of an alien life form, crashed over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear, and half of Mexico was quarantined as an "INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain "the creatures"... The story begins when a US journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through the infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the US border.
Tom Quinn, SVP of Magnolia Pictures acquisitions, commented: "We were blown away by 'Monsters' - I can't think of a more exciting addition to the Magnet slate. Gareth Edwards is an extraordinary talent and we're thrilled to bring his vision to American audiences."
Producers Allan Niblo and James Richardson commented: "Having kept the film a secret for so long, Vertigo is thrilled to have Magnet not only discover it at this year's SXSW Fest but immediately become our US partner on this groundbreaking movie. We are all looking forward to releasing 'Monsters' together onto an unsuspecting world."
The Walk The Line actor quit Hollywood last year (09), announcing plans to focus on becoming a hip-hop star.
He disappeared from the spotlight, only emerging for a string of bizarre TV interviews, which saw him sporting a scraggly beard and giving one-word replies to questions, and a couple of disastrous gigs.
However, Slumdog Millionaire sound designer Pookutty has revealed Phoenix is heading back to acting to play iconic American writer and poet Poe.
Pookutty tells India's Mumbai Mirror, "I couldn't be happier because I am doing a period film. It is a very special challenge because I have to recreate the sound textures of New York in 1854.
"It's an adaptation of The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower and based on an eerie real-life experience of author Edgar Allan Poe which happened just months before his death. Joaquin plays Edgar Allen Poe."
20th Century Fox and New Regency's R-rated comedy What's Your Number? has roped Anna Faris and Chris Evans, says Variety.
The film is adapted from Karyn Bosnak's book "20 Times a Lady," which is described as follows:
How many men does it take to find true love?
Delilah Darling's magic number was supposed to be twenty. She always thought she'd find the perfect guy by the time she'd slept with twentyof them. But when she wakes up naked in her disgusting boss's bed after a drunken night out, she's filled with regret -- and realizes she's hit her self-imposed limit. Unwilling to up her number but unable to imagine a life of celibacy, Delilah does what any girl in her situation would do: she tracks down every man she's ever slept with in a last-ditch effort to make it work with one of them.
Bosnak originally scripted the film, but her draft has been rewritten by Jennifer Crittenden and Gabrielle Allan.
Mark Mylod will direct, while Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing.
Kevin James will join Vince Vaughn in an as-yet untitled Ron Howard-directed comedy for Universal. The film, which spins around infidelity, is Howard's next directing vehicle, from a screenplay by Allan Loeb. Howard is prepping a spring start in Chicago, according to Deadline.com.
James and Vaughn will play best friends and business partners. Vaughn is tortured about whether or not to tell his pal when he observes his wife getting intimate with another man.
The comedy came from an idea by Brian Grazer, who will produce with Vaughn and the actor's Wild West Picture Show banner. Imagine's Kim Roth is executive producer.
The God of Legion secular Hollywood’s latest Biblically-inspired action flick is old-school an angry spiteful Almighty with a penchant for Old Testament theatrics. Fed up with humanity’s decadent warmongering ways He’s decided to pull the plug on the whole crazy experiment and start over from scratch.
Fortunately for us the God of Legion is also a rather lazy fellow. Instead of doing the apocalyptic work himself and wiping us out with a giant flood which worked perfectly well last time He opts to delegate the task to His army of angels — a questionable strategy that starts to fall apart when the archangel charged with leading the planned extermination Michael (Paul Bettany) refuses to comply.
Michael who unlike his boss still harbors affection for our sorry species abandons his post and descends to earth where inside the swollen belly of Charlie (Adrianne Palicki) an unwed mother-to-be working as a waitress in an out-of-the-way diner sits humanity’s lone hope for survival. Why is this particular baby so important? Is it the one destined to lead us to victory over Skynet? Heaven knows — Legion reveals little details its script devoid of actual scripture. What is clear is that God’s celestial hitmen want the kid whacked before it’s born.
But Michael won’t let humanity fall without a fight. Armed with a Waco-sized arsenal of assault weapons he hunkers down with the diner’s patrons a largely superfluous collection of thinly-sketched caricatures from various demographic groups led by Dennis Quaid as the diner’s grizzled owner Tyrese Gibson as a hip-hop hustler and Lucas Black as a simple-minded country boy.
Together they mount a heroic final stand against hordes of angels who’ve taken possession of “weak-willed” humans turning kindly old grandmas and mild-mannered ice cream vendors into snarling ravenous foul-mouthed beasts. They descend upon the ramshackle diner in a series of full-frontal assaults commanded by the archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand) the George Pickett of End of Days generals.
Beneath its superficial religious facade Legion is really just a run-of-the-mill zombie flick a Biblical I Am Legend. Bettany an actor accustomed to smaller dramatic roles in films like A Beautiful Mind and The Da Vinci Code looks perfectly at ease in his first major action role wielding machine guns and bowie knives with equal aplomb. Conversely first-time director Scott Stewart a former visual effects artist does little to prove himself worthy of such a promotion serving up some impressive CGI work but not much else worthy of note.