Aaron Eckhart has signed on to star in Fade Out with producer turned director Robert Salerno. The psychological thriller is Salerno’s directorial debut and from an original screenplay by Pulizer Prize winner Michael Christofer. In the movie, Eckhart will play Jim Connelly, screenwriter who’s recovering from a nervous breakdown. As he’s cared for by his wife Anne, he begins writing a new script about a jealous husband who kills his unfaithful spouse. As fact and fiction start to blur, Connelly soon becomes a wanted man in his wife’s real life disappearance. Set to start filming in Febuary next year, Fade Out is produced by Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Artina Films’ Naomi Despres. The Solution Entertainment Group’s Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel will executive produce with John Penotti and Tim Williams. The Solution is handling international rights at AFM. The producers are currently handling U.S. rights to the pic. Eckhart was seen earlier this year as the captured President of the United States in FilmDistrict’s Olympus Has Fallen opposite Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman. In fact Fade Out is his second pic at AFM this year. Last week, the actor signed on to the Olympus sequel London Has Fallen, which is also being sold at the market. Eckhart’s currently shooting the lead in Jason Blum-produced Incarnate and will next be seen in Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein opposite Bill Nighy, set for release in January 2014. He is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman
Aaron Eckhart stars as the stitched-together monster hero of Lionsgate’s I, Frankenstein, which finds the classic Mary Shelley character using his inhuman martial arts skills to take on warring immortal clans. The CG-heavy modern-day action pic is directed by Collateral scribe Stuart Beattie and adapted by …
Theo James Cast As Four In ‘Divergent’; Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson And Miles Teller Also Starring
BREAKING: The male lead in Summit‘s Neil Burger-directed adaptation of Divergent has gone to Theo James, currently the star of the CBS series Golden Boy and whose credits include Downton Abbey and Underworld: The Awakening. He will star opposite The Spectacular Now‘s Shailene Woodley. The film’s set in a futuristic world where people are herded into factions based on their personalities. Woodley plays Tris Prior, who is deemed a “divergent” who doesn’t fit into any group and who learns she and other divergents are going to be destroyed. She needs to find out what makes these divergents so dangerous. James’ character Four is her intense instructor and one of the leaders of the Dauntless faction. For James, it’s a potential star-making role.
Summit is also closing deals with Kate Winslet, Aaron Eckhart, Ray Stevenson and Miles Teller. They will join Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort and Maggie Q in the cast. Erik Feig and Gillian Bohrer are overseeing for Lionsgate. The film is based on Veronica Roth’s bestselling novel, and Vanessa Taylor and Evan Daugherty wrote the script. Production begins April in Chicago.
Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing. Summit will release the film theatrically in North America in The Hunger Games slot on Friday, March 21, 2014.
In a joint statement, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, co-chairmen of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said, “Theo is not only an incredibly talented actor, he is also who we envisioned as Four when reading Veronica’s novel which has taken the world by storm. As we continue to develop the film, the studio remains committed to providing fans with a movie adaptation that stays as true to the book as possible and we are confident that we have done so with our selection of Shailene and Theo in the leading roles.”
W2 Media has made a seven-figure advance for international sales on The Drummer, a biopic about the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson that stars Aaron Eckhart. The project, which is being …
Los Angeles, CA, October 7, 2011 – Aaron Eckhart will play ADAM FRANKENSTEIN in the Lakeshore Entertainment, Hopscotch Features and Lionsgate production of I, FRANKENSTEIN, commencing in Australia in January. The film was written and is to be directed by Stuart Beattie (director of Australia’s breakout hit TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN, and writer of such films as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, G.I. JOE, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and COLLATERAL), and is based on a graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux, co-creator of the UNDERWORLD franchise. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the United States, Lakeshore will handle international sales and E1/Hopscotch will distribute in Australia. U.S. release is slated for February 22, 2013.
I FRANKENSTEIN is a modern-day epic: Frankenstein’s creature, ADAM, has survived to present day due to a genetic quirk in his creation. Making his way to a dark, gothic metropolis, he finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. As writer/director, Stuart Beattie said, “Mary Shelly’s story is about the creation of the first human being. This is the story about that being becoming human.”
EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart will star in The Expatriate, playing an ex-CIA agent in a drama that will begin production early next year in Belgium and Montreal. Philipp Stolzl (North Face) is directing a script by A.E. Amel. Informant Media’s Judy Cairo is producing with Smash Media’s Harry Winer and Michael A. Simpson and Howard Meltzer. Essential Entertainment is handling international sales at AFM, and will be executive producer. The film is being financed partly through the Informant Media Film Fund. In The Expatriate, Eckhart plays a former CIA agent who hopes to make a fresh start with his estranged 15-year old daughter. He takes a job in Belgium as a security expert for a multinational corporation and arrives one day to find the corporation no longer exists, his coworkers are gone, and his assistant is really a trained operative out to kill him and his daughter. Father and daughter go on the run and must learn to trust each other, something that becomes difficult once she learns the truth about his shadowy past.
Lionsgate has just released a new trailer for Rabbit Hole, the adaptation of the acclaimed play which the mini-major acquired after its showing at the Toronto International Film Festival. Lionsgate launched it right into the Oscar race, to take advantage of the strong performances by Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart, …