Jason Patric stars in the ensemble action thriller as a long-retired assassin who is pulled back into the life when someone grabs his daughter. Waiting for him in New Orleans is crime boss Omar (Bruce Willis), who has a score to settle that goes back 20 years. John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Jessica Lowndes, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and South Korean actor-singer Rain (aka Jung Ji-hoon) co-star in The Prince from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Grindstone Entertainment and director Brian A. Miller. Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore penned the pic, which opens day-and-date August 22 in theaters and VOD. Check it out:
Lionsgate has signed new multiyear agreements with production and acquisitions outfit Grindstone Pictures‘ president and CEO Barry Brooker and principal Stan Wertlieb. The two companies have combined on recent releases like Emmett/Furla pics the Dwayne Johnson-starrer Empire State and the Nic Cage-John Cusack serial killer pic Frozen Ground. The partnership has proved beneficial to both parties, with Grindstone providing mid-level-budget films with strong talent for Lionsgate’s distribution platforms. Grindstone and Lionsgate expanded a slate deal with with Emmett/Furla/Oasis in 2012, and so the next titles in this pipeline include a couple of Bruce Willis vehicles: The Prince starring Willis, Cusack and Jason Patrick, and Vice, starring Willis, Thomas Jane and Ambyr Childers. “[Brooker and Wertlieb] are an important part of the Lionsgate family and a key component of our slate,” Lionsgate co-COO and Motion Picture Group president Steve Beeks said. ”We expect them to continue to serve as a reliable source of profitable films featuring world-class talent in the years to come and, as they continue to evolve as a label, we look forward to elevating our Grindstone relationship to the next level.”
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Vice’ Attracts Berlin Buyers; Umedia Takes ‘Six Dance Lessons’; ITV To Launch New Channel
Proving yet again the affinity global distributors have for Bruce Willis, K5 International has enjoyed a strong sales run at Berlin with Vice. The Willis-starrer has nearly sold out with more than 37 territories biting. The Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films picture, produced by Randall Emmett, George Furla and Adam Goldworm, was picked up across Scandinavia, Russia, Benelux, Japan, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Czechoslovakia and France. The film had previously sold to Germany, Poland, ex-Yugoslavia, Latin America, the Middle East, Turkey, Greece, and India. Shooting starts in Alabama next month on the movie that’s set in a resort where the rich live out their most perverse fantasies via synthetic humanoids. When one becomes self-aware and breaks out, she seeks her revenge. Willis plays the resort’s owner and Ambyr Childers is the renegade android. Thomas Jane is also in the cast. Brian A. Miller is directing from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore.
BREAKING: Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Shia LaBeouf and Zooey Deschanel are joining Bill Murray in Rock The Kasbah, the pic Mitch Glazer wrote and Barry Levinson is directing. QED’s Bill Block, Venture Forth’s Jacob Pechenik, Shangri-La Entertainment’s Steve Bing and Glazer are producing, and Brian Grazer and Tom Freston are executive producing. Production will now get underway in June, and QED is repping the film at the upcoming EFM. Bill Murray stars as a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client. When he finds himself abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice, who stows away with him back to Kabul to compete on the popular television show, The Afghan Star, Afghanistan’s equivalent of American Idol.
EXCLUSIVE: M. Night Shyamalan is in talks to re-team with Bruce Willis in Labor Of Love, based on one of the very first scripts Shyamalan sold in his career. The project will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, which is coming off the twice Oscar-nominated hit Lone Survivor and is prepping the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence. The plan is to start production mid-September in Philadelphia. IM Global’s Stuart Ford is making a deal to sell the picture in Berlin. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Blinding Edge’s Shyamalan and Ashwin Rajan.
Shyamalan and Willis made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, which are my two favorite films by the director. This project goes back even further, as it was one of the very first screenplays that Shyamalan sold. This one went to Fox in 1993, but it didn’t get made back then because Shyamalan was fighting to get into the director’s chair and the studio wasn’t biting. The script came into play several years ago when Denzel Washington was eyeing it.
It’s a lot closer to Shyamalan’s first script Praying With Anger than the supernatural stuff he did later. In Labor Of Love, Willis will play a Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to show her posthumously just how much he did love her. That trek starts from Philadelphia to Pacifica, CA, which was her favorite place.
Sundance: Bruce Willis To Star In Action Pic ‘Vice’, Teaming Again With Emmett / Furla / Oasis Films
EXCLUSIVE: Lone Survivor producer Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is set to produce and finance Vice, an Andre Fabrizio- and Jeremy Passmore-scripted futuristic action thriller that will star Bruce Willis. The $15 million-budget pic will be distributed by Grindstone/Lionsgate Films. The movie is set in a city in which humans can enact their most perverse fantasies onto androids. One android becomes self-aware and breaks out, only to become intent on shutting down the organization. Ambyr Childers, most recently seen in 2 Guns, Ray Donovan and The Master, will play the android, and Willis will play Julian, owner of the Vice resort that caters to the depraved. Pic begins shooting March 15 in Alabama and more casting is pending. George Furla, Randall Emmett and Adam Goldworm are producing. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will executive produce, and Tim Sullivan is co-producing.
Emmett/Furla is fully in the Bruce Willis business these days: He just finished shooting director Brian A. Miller’s action thriller The Prince alongside Jason Patric, John Cusack and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, also penned by Fabrizio and Passmore. Willis also was recently set to star in Captive, a Brazil-set action thriller directed by Simon Brand that shoots later this year.
Willis is repped by CAA, and E/F/O Films is with WME.
Sundance: Bruce Willis Takes Stand On Egypt’s Struggle For Democracy, Lends Weight To Docu ‘The People Demand’
EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis has signed to produce and narrate The People Demand, a feature documentary detailing the aspirations of protesters around the world in their pursuit of democracy, free speech and human rights. Willis will spearhead the film with Station 18 CEO and Lord of War exec producer Michael Mendelsohn and Michelle McElroy, exec director and Willis’s partner in the Bruce Willis Foundation. The story centers around the current crisis in Cairo, where pro-democracy activist and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (for founding the April 6 Movement) Ahmed Maher was sentenced to three years of hard labor for violating harsh anti-protesting laws meant to quell dissent in a country where peaceful protests led to the ouster of two governments in three years. Maher and his co-defendants get their appeal tomorrow.
The documentary looks at the political motivations for suppressing free speech and democratic movements, while taking an unflinching look at leadership in international activist movements and the practice of street politics. Maher’s journey exemplifies this trajectory: as one of the leaders of Egypt’s January 25, 2011 Revolution he harnessed the power and imagination of Egyptians for a better future. But since that time he has also been at the epicenter of the messy work of democratic change as Egypt went from the dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak to the repression of SCAF to the polarizing figure of President Morsi. Hopes for …
Bruce Willis has been set to star in Captive, an action thriller that will begin production in March with Simon Brand directing. Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem wrote the script from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Willis will play a real estate developer who gets kidnapped and held for ransom while at work in Brazil. The kidnappers think he’s wealthy, but he’s more of an ordinary guy. He frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, while a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him. The film has been reconfigured from last year, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to play the role. Aldamisa has come on to finance the film with Emmett/Furla Films. Aldamisa co-chairman Marina Bespalov is producing with Randall Emmett and George Furla, Wolf Of Wall Street‘s Alexandra Milchan and Groundwell’s Michael London and Janice Williams. Scott Lambert of Management 360 is exec producer with Fuglsig and Eva Maria Daniels. The distribution rights are being shopped by Aldamisa COO Jere Hausfater. Many of the buyers that signed on with Schwarzenegger have sparked to Willis, and the remaining territories on the film will brokered in Berlin next month. Domestic is up for grabs as well. Brand is a Colombian-born helmer who directed a bunch of videos before getting his feature shot on the Jim Caviezel-starrer Unknown, and Paraiso Travel. He’s repped …
Cuba Gooding Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Armie Hammer, Marg Helgenberger, Sir Ben Kingsley, Helen Mirren, Luc Robitaille, Jon Turteltaub, Jon Voight and Diane Warren will be among those paying in-person tributes to Jerry Bruckheimer when he receives the 27th American Cinematheque award Thursday night at the Beverly Hilton. Bruce Willis will present Bruckheimer with the award. Pre-taped tributes also will be coming from Eric Bana, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Martin Lawrence and Judge Reinhold. Additional presenters will be announced as they are confirmed.
EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/ Oasis Films has set Jason Patric, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and South Korean actor-singer Rain for The Prince, the Brian A. Miller-directed action thriller. Patric plays a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer who is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Bruce Willis was previously set to star in the film. He plays Omar, a man with a score to settle, who has waited years for Paul to return.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis is producing and financing with South Korea-based Union Investment Partners. Kim Young-don, Choi Pyeung-ho, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Jeff Rice and Brandon Grimes will executive produce alongside producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Ho-Sung Pak, Fred Song, Adam Goldworm and co-producer Tim Sullivan. Shooting begins next week in Mobile, ALA, and Grindstone/Lionsgate Films will release domestically. Hannibal Pictures will handle international sales.
Bruce Willis last hosted SNL in 1989 in the era of Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and Phil Hartman. This time alongside the newbie cast a stiff Willis passed up the chance to skewer all those action movies that bore him – his Expendables beef with Stallone, even – to coast through an easy Armageddon reference:
Tina Fey‘s schedule is a bit more free on the TV side these days after her long-running 30 Rock wrapped its run in the spring. She will return to NBC‘s airwaves September 28 to host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. It launches the 39th season of the late-night show. Arcade Fire returns as musical guest. Miley Cyrus, fresh off her stint at the MTV Video Music Awards, will be host and musical guest both on October 5, Bruce Willis and Katy Perry will host and perform, respectively, on October 12. SNL has added five new castmembers for this season after the departures of Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis in May and Seth Meyers leaving later in the fall to take over Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show.
BREAKING: Bruce Willis will star in The Prince, an action thriller that will be produced and financed by Emmett/Furla Films. The $15 million budget film will be directed by Sarik Andreasyan (American Heist) from a script by Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore, who scripted Ride at Fox and San Andreas 3D for New Line. Grindstone/Lionsgate Films will distribute and Hannibal Pictures will handle international sales. A retired Las Vegas mob enforcer is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Willis plays a man who has waited years for the enforcer to return, and a confrontation is inevitable. Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Adam Goldworm, and Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb and Brandon Grimes will executive produce. Tim Sullivan is co-producer. Casting is underway for an October start in New Orleans.
Global Showbiz Briefs: Channel 4 Faces Airline Lawsuit, Primps For ‘Real Sex’; UK Bans Bruce Willis — Sort Of; More
Channel 4 Threatened With Lawsuit Over Ryanair Report
In the past year, the BBC has been the subject of harsh criticism — and legal action — over some of its reporting. Now it’s Channel 4‘s turn. A report by the network’s news program Dispatches has flown in the face of low-cost airline Ryanair, marking the second time in seven years the pair have butted heads. The investigative show’s Monday episode included concerns from unidentified pilots over the airline’s fuel policy and safety measures. Ryanair now says it plans to sue. “Ryanair has instructed its lawyers to issue legal proceedings against Channel 4 Dispatches for defamation,” the no-frills airline said. The program highlighted three occasions in which Ryanair pilots called in emergency alerts because they were low on fuel. Ryanair says the incidents occurred because of bad weather and that EU regulations were met in each case. The Dublin-based carrier serves 30 countries in Europe and North Africa. In 2006, it was the subject of a separate Dispatches report, “Ryanair Caught Napping,” which criticized its safety, training and hygiene practices. Ryanair denied the allegations. Channel 4 told Deadline today, “We stand by our journalism.”
‘Real Sex Season’ Coming To Channel 4
In other Channel 4 news, the network says it wants to be “very un-British and talk about what really goes on in Britain’s bedrooms.” To do so, it’s planning a thematic series of shows to form the Real Sex Season beginning in September. The focus will be the effect that pornography is having on people’s expectations of sex. Included among the new shows are Porn On The Teenage Brain, a study of the impact of readily-available, explicit content on adolescents; The Week The Women Came, produced by ITV’s The Garden, about a group of women on a mission to confront loss of libido; and Date My Porn Star, which gives three porn-obsessed men the chance to meet and date their favorite adult movie stars to see if they can distinguish between the fantasy and the reality.
The once-and-current action hero has irked British media outlets with his less-than-scintillating promo interviews lately. Now Bruce Willis explains why, sort of. During an interview with a Spanish magazine, the 58-year-old star of the five Die Hard films and numerous other lucrative shoot-’em-ups was asked his opinion on action movies. “Explosions are one of the most boring parts of my job,” Willis told XLS, as reported by the Guardian “When you have seen a few fireballs, it’s not exciting anymore. I know part of my audience enjoys the explosions, but to be honest, I’m a bit bored of it now.” And if he’s weary of acting in the flicks, he can’t be thrilled about traveling the world promoting them, right? On the continent to shill for the action sequel Red 2 recently, Willis berated London radio interviewer Jamie Edwards about the lack of thrills he was experiencing at the moment. “Has any actor ever told you this, James? This part is not acting what we’re doing right now,” he said. “You might be, but we are just selling the film now. Sales. The fun part was making the movie.” Wait, didn’t you tell go on to tell the magazine that making action movies isn’t any fun?
Harrison Ford will join the brawny cast of Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables 3, Deadline has confirmed. Stallone announced the surprise casting news today – along with an apparent dig at Expendables & Expendables 2 cast member Bruce Willis. “WILLIS OUT… HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!” he Tweeted Tuesday. Stallone, who wrote and starred in the Expendables films in addition to helping nab the franchise’s line-up of ’80s and ’90s action stars, subtweeted five minutes later without naming the subject of his scorn: “GREEDY AND LAZY …… A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE.” Coincidence?
Willis had a cameo in the first action pic as Mr. Church and reprised the role with expanded screen time in the 2012 sequel. Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich are among the new faces joining the franchise. Patrick Hughes is directing the threequel which Lionsgate has already set for an August 15, 2014, release. Ford is repped by UTA and next stars in Paranoia, which opens August 16, then Summit’s November 1 sci-fi adaptation Ender’s Game.
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Carnahan has abruptly withdrawn from Death Wish, the Paramount-MGM remake of the 1974 film. I’m told this happened over creative differences having to do with casting. Word is they didn’t agree on the guy playing the role originated by Charles Bronson. I understand that the studios want Bruce Willis and Carnahan wanted to go another way.
Carnahan, coming off the Liam Neeson starrer The Grey, has other irons in the fire. I’m told one prime candidate is Narco Sub, the thriller written by David Guggenheim that the late Tony Scott planned to direct at Fox.
Bruce Willis was on hand last night at 20th Century Fox studios to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his blockbuster franchise with a new mural on the backlot. From certain angles the mural McClane looks more like a young Mel Gibson, but filmmakers and execs (including Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey) didn’t seem to mind as the next pic in the franchise — the Russia-set A Good Day To Die Hard, which premieres February 14 — had its first screening, followed by a “red” Russia-themed reception on the 21st floor of where else, but Nakatomi Tower (aka Fox Plaza). Willis was joined by Good Day To Die Hard co-stars Jai Courtney, Rasha Bukvic and Yuliya Snigir, director John Moore, and 20th Century Fox Film chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos.