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Bruce Willis Set For Brazil Hostage Thriller ‘Captive,’ With Simon Brand Helming

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 8:37am PST
Mike Fleming

willisBruce 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 … Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K. Williams Gets ‘Captive’

By | Thursday October 24, 2013 @ 2:10pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While Michael K. Williams‘ Chalky White character seems to be becoming a larger presence on each season of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire (I am most certainly not complaining), he’s found a movie to do during his hiatus. Williams signed with BN Films to join Captive, the thriller directed by Jerry Jameson and written by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke. Williams joins David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers. The film is a fictionalized thriller based on a well-known true story. While Ashley Smith, a single mom, struggles to overcome her drug addiction to regain custody of her daughter, she’s taken hostage by an escaped, quadruple murderer. Her only defenses: faith in God, a love for her daughter, and the book A Purpose Driven Life, parts of which she reads aloud to her captor during the harrowing ordeal. This leads to a surprising epiphany for both Ashley and the convict. Williams plays a lead detective in the film that begins shooting this weekend in North Carolina. Read More »

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