After launching the funded producing shingle Fable House this morning, Adrien Brody has been set by Corsan to play the title role in Emperor, a revenge tale helmed by Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori. Brody will play the brilliant strategist Emperor Charles V, trying to hold together a fragmented Empire, in a 16th century world of wealth, debauchery, violent retaliations, sex, manipulation and treason. Corsan’s Paul Bruels is producing.
The Devil’s Double scribe Michael Thomas III wrote the original script and Jeffrey Hatcher (The Duchess) is working on the latest draft. Filming starts August 2014, and the film shoots in both Czech Republic and Belgium. Corsan World Sales is handling sales on the project and Paradigm is selling North America. Corsan just teamed with Brody on the Paul Haggis-directed Third Person, which Sony Pictures Classics releases in June.
Said Brody: “I have long admired Lee’s work and a true fan since he blew me away with Once Were Warriors. The gritty and complex nature of his films and the characters within them haunt me to this day. When Lee approached me to play the role of Charles V – a man with great power, and greater flaws – whose demons took his empire to the brink – I felt compelled to accept the challenge.”
EXCLUSIVE: Some 12 years ago, Adrien Brody came to the Croisette to unveil his Oscar-winning turn in the Palm d’Or winning The Pianist. He’s back, this time to launch Fable House Ltd, a new production company Brody said has $50 million in development and production funding to make films for the Chinese and international marketplace. It also has a slate of pictures that starts with Manhattan Nocturne, a Brian DeCubellis-directed adaptation of the Colin Harrison novel that Brody will star in alongside Yvonne Strahovski and Campbell Scott. DeCubellis wrote the script, and he will produce with Brody and Scott. The film will shoot late fall, and will be sold here at Cannes by Paradigm for North America and 13 Films for international. In the project, which was first unveiled in Berlin, Brody will play a journalist asked by a seductive young woman to investigate the unsolved murder of her husband. “It is the kind of film Sidney Lumet would make,” Brody said. “It is the kind of film I wish to make.”
The backing for the company comes from Beijing-based Sparkle Roll Cultural Media Co. Ltd., which is 50% owned by Jackie Chan, and entrepreneur Kola Aluko, the latter of whom is putting up $30 million. The Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund will contribute $20 million U.S. dollars to the venture, whose mission is to … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:Adrien Brody is joining Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo in the thriller The Septembers Of Shiraz, which Millennium Films and now will start shooting June 9. The pic, directed by The Sapphires helmer Wayne Blair, is based on the New York Times bestseller by Dalia Sofer, was adapted by Hanna Weg and launched at Berlin’s EFM in February. It is the true story of a secular Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in Iran, and their journey to overcome and ultimately escape from the deadly tyranny that swept their country and threatened to extinguish their lives at every turn. Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson are producing under their G-Base banner, along with Heidi Jo Markel and Weg. Eclectic Pictures also is working on the production which will be based at Millennium’s Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria, and also will shoot in Israel. Brody is repped by Paradigm.
Given its impeccable track record so far with megahits Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, a miniseries greenlight at History is big news. The cable channel’s latest long-form project to go into production is Houdini, a four-hour miniseries about the famous magician. Oscar winner Adrien Brody, who had been attached to the mini since the development stage, will play the title character, joined by Kristen Connolly (House Of Cards) as Houdini’s wife Bess. The mini, from Lionsgate and A+E Studios, the recently launched A+E Networks in-house studio headed by Bob DeBitetto, will trace the arc of Houdini’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame. Filming is slated to begin this fall. “It’s not magic that History has established a strong track record with its high-quality historical dramas from quality auspices,” said History’s EVP and general manager Dirk Hoogstra. “We’re excited to build on that tremendous momentum with Houdini.” Uli Edel (The Baader Meinhof Complex) will direct Houdini from a script by Nicholas Meyer (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution). Gerald W. Abrams (Nuremberg) and Andras Hamori (Sunshine) will serve as executive producers. Coming up next for History on the miniseries front is the premiere of four-hour Bonnie & Clyde, which the channel is sharing with sibling Lifetime.
Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster and Akon have joined the cast of the action thriller American Heist, a remake of the 1959 Steve McQueen pic St Louis Bank Robbery that already stars Hayden Christensen. The film tells the story of two brothers with checkered pasts — one struggling on the road to normalcy, the other just released from prison — who intertwine when one drags the other into an ill-fated bank robbery spearheaded by a gang of dangerous criminals, testing the loyalty of their sibling bond and how far they will go for greed and family. Newly formed production company Glacier Films in making this its first feature; financing is in place via Glacier and producer-financier Warren T. Goz. Principal photography begins today. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed James Caan, and will help the veteran actor step it up. Caan has the film Detachment coming out in February of 2012, co-starring Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Adrien Brody and Blythe Danner. Caan had most recently been repped by Paradigm.
Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Tony Kaye’s ensemble drama Detachment and plans a 2012 theatrical release that will run day-and-date with VOD and digital distribution. Adrien Brody stars as a substitute teacher who finds his purpose when he’s assigned to a public school, becoming a role model to the disaffected youth. Christina Hendricks, James Caan, Marcia Gay Harden, Lucy Liu, Blythe Danner, Tim Blake Nelson, Bryan Cranston and William Petersen also star in the film, which premiered this year at the Tribeca fest. Detachment is produced by Paper Street Films’ Austin Stark, Benji Kohn, Chris Papavasiliou and Bingo Gubelmann; Kingsgate Films’ Greg Shapiro; and Carl Lund, who wrote the screenplay. It is executive produced by Brody, Peter Sterling and Andre Laport. Marco Frigeri is co-executive producer. The film from Kaye, the director of American History X, was sold by ICM, which also reps Kaye; ICM also sold Canadian rights on the film to Mongrel Media and French rights to Pretty Pictures. Tribeca’s Nick Savva and Randy Manis negotiated the U.S. deal.
Gravitas Ventures has made a deal with Viva Pictures that will allow A Matador’s Mistress to finally see the light of day, only not in darkened movie theaters. It’s a straight to VOD play for the Menno Meyjes-directed drama stars Adrien Brody as Spanish bullfighter Manolete, in a film that covers his late life love affair with actress Lupe Sino before he was gored to death in the bull ring. Penelope Cruz plays Sino, whose left wing politics turned their affair into a scandal in the early 1940s. Gravitas Ventures’ CEO Nolan A. Gallagher said that the film will be released this June through cable, telco and online, making it available to a potentially sizable audience.
Even though the film stars two Oscar winners, it never found any takers for a theatrical run. It was actually shot in 2005, four years before Cruz won her Oscar for Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Back in the day when there was a vast number of small indie distributors, someone would have figured out a way to squeeze a buck out of theaters, but those days are gone. To Gravitas Ventures’ Gallagher, such opportunities now exist on VOD, with greater opportunities for titles with branded independent names like Brody and Cruz. “Film lovers will have the opportunity to appreciate the find performances of Adrien Brody and Penelope Cruz,” said Gallagher. “Video on Demand is increasingly allowing … Read More »
Adrien Brody, who in November got a federal judge to block the release of the Dario Argento-directed thriller Giallo after the court found he was owed $640,000, has reached a settlement with the film’s backers. Three Seven Entertainment, Giallo Productions and Hannibal Pictures can now see the film get a DVD release from its U.S. distributor, Maya Entertainment.
Brody claimed he’d been lied to and tried to block the U.S. distribution sale, but instead effectively froze the release in place. The rhetoric is over, and both sides issued conciliatory statements.
In his statement, Hannibal’s Richard Riondo Del Castro said: “I am glad to put this behind us and move forward with Adrien on the release of the film.” He called Brody “not only the star of the film, but a creative guiding force and a faithful production partner.”
Said Brody: “I very much enjoyed the process of making Giallo, and am happy that things have been resolved and that people can now enjoy seeing the film.” Brody plays an FBI agent hunting a serial killer in Italy, and objected to his face being used on the DVD release and the film was stuck in limbo until he was paid.
EXCLUSIVE: There are few hotter projects in Hollywood right now than Twentieth Century Fox’s macabre3D Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter based on the Seth Grahame-Smith novel (he also wrote the script) that will be directed by Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Timur, Tim Burton, and Jim Lemley. The studio has set a June 22, 2012 release for the film and has been focused on casting since November. Now we can tell you the list of actors who’ll be screentesting for the role of young Abe Lincoln this week and next: Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Josh Lucas. It’s a very interesting mix of semi-knowns and unknowns, stage and screen vets.
Twentieth won the project after a hard fought auction that included Sony and Paramount and Universal and Summit. Bekmambetov and Burton liked it so much they used their own money to option the book earlier this year, and Fox had existing relationships with both filmmakers – Timur dating back to when the studio talent-spotted him in Russia and released his first movie Night Watch worldwide. The movie is a 3D re-imagining of Lincoln’s life that depicts the 16th president as an axe-throwing, highly accomplished killer of vampires Read More »
NEW YORK (January 11, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s new film, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. The film stars Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson.
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, and Jaume Roures. It is financed by Mediapro, the Spain-based company which also funded VICKY CHRISTINA BARCELONA and YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER. The film was Allen’s first film shot in Paris.
“I had a particularly enjoyable experience shooting in Paris. It’s something that I hope I get a chance to do again. I always look forward to having my films distributed by Sony Classics because they have great sensitivity toward my work and I appreciate it,” says Allen.
Sony Pictures Classics states, “MIDNIGHT IN PARIS is Woody Allen at his most magical. We couldn’t be more pleased to be back with Woody, Letty and their entire team, as well as, our friends at Mediapro.”
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS marks Allen’s fourth film with Sony Pictures Classics. Their previous collaborations include the recent, YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts; SWEET AND LOWDOWN, which garnered Oscar nominations for Sean Penn and Samantha Morton; and The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival’s opening night film WHATEVER WORKS starring Larry David, Patricia Clarkson and Evan Rachel Wood.
The IFC genre label IFC Midnight has acquired US rights to the Michael Greenspan-directed Wrecked, a psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody as a man who awakens in a car wreck at the bottom of a steep cliff. He can’t remember who he is or how he got there, but a report over the radio fills in some of the blanks, as it describes a violent bank robbery and names a perpetrator who happens to be sitting dead in the back seat. IFC will release it next spring. Here is a recent trailer:
Creepy stuff here as Adrien Brody wakes up in the middle of a forest after a car accident, unable to remember who he is or how he got there. Brody attended this week’s Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where the indie was getting a Gala Screening. The film was directed by Michael Greenspan and is slated for release next year.
EXCLUSIVE: The Basic Instinct star is set to play Pixie Lott’s mother in the 70s comedy. Adrien Brody is in final negotiations to play Joseph. Sweet Baby Jesus is due to start filming in September. The joke of the film is that pregnant hippie chick Mary wanders into 70a Bethlehem, Maryland with boyfriend Joseph. It doesn’t take long for townsfolk to expect the Second Coming. Bette Midler plays the innkeeper character. Sean Brosnan, son of 007 Pierce, rounds out the cast. Peter Hewitt is directing and the producer is Philippe Rebboah. Intandem, the London-based sales agent, is handling distribution.
Here’s a new trailer for The Green Hornet, which debuts 3D in January. Cool trailer, sure. But having grown up watching action films with badass protagonists like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Sly Stallone, even Brian Bosworth and Jeff Speakman, I’ve got a question about this trailer (and the one for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World): Am I the only one having trouble buying Seth Rogen and Michael Cera as action stars? What happened to the days when the heroes could wipe the floor with everyone in the theater? I’m not sure Rogen and Cera could clean house against the matinee audiences for Toy Story 3. The jury is still out on Adrien Brody for Predators, though at least he seems to have undergone a vigorous aerobics regimen. Is this an apocalyptic sign for the genre?