The 24 creator wrote and directed the story of a divorced used car salesman (Christopher Meloni) whose son (Devon Bostick) eschews college to join him on the lot. Dean Norris, Bridget Moynahan and Kevin Nealon also star in Small Time, Joel Surnow‘s feature debut. It’s alsothe first big-screen effort from Asylum Entertainment, the TV producer that was acquired by Legendary last month. The Anchor Bay pic opens April 18 in theaters, VOD and iTunes. Here’s the trailer:
One of the longest and most persistent courtships this pilot season ended successfully last night when former Law & Order: SVU star Christopher Meloni signed on to topline Fox’s untitled Justin Halpern & Patrick Schumacker comedy pilot (aka I Suck At Girls), from Bill Lawrence’s Doozer and Warner Bros TV. Meloni fielded interest from about a dozen pilots this season, turning down all offers, including the Halpern/Schumacker project at first. But the producers came back to him, and he ultimately agreed to do it. Helping the cause was the fact that Meloni and Lawrence have known each other for a long time, and Meloni did an episode of Lawrence’s NBC comedy series Scrubs years ago. Based on Halpern’s book I Suck At Girls, the single-camera comedy tells the story of a boy becoming a man, and a man becoming a father, in a time before coming of age was something you could Google. It centers on a father, Jack Dunlevy (Meloni), and his teen son Frankie (Connor Buckley). Jack is ex-military, and an oncologist. He talks to everyone like they’re 75-years-old and dying of cancer: just a no bulls–t guy. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Add Law & Order: SVU alum Christopher Meloni to the cast of tough guys lined up for the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez-directed Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Meloni has landed a lead role in the film. He’ll be playing a cop, which might seem like stereotyping. But in the original Sin City, cops were the most hard-edged disreputable characters in the film.
So while Meloni might seem like the prototypical honest cop from his TV series run, if you’ve seen any of his work in the HBO series Oz, you’ll know he can play one frighteningly imposing dude capable of anything. Dimension Films is already in production on the film, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Jaime King, Dennis Haysbert and Jamie Chung, so far. I’ve heard whispers Josh Brolin is being courted and there are several others from the original cast who’d be welcomed back, but Meloni is for sure joining the mix. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Meloni is in negotiations to play the male lead in White Bird In A Blizzard to be directed by Gregg Araki. He joins Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) and Gabourey Sidibe (Precious), who are already attached. Araki wrote the script, about a young woman whose life is upended when her mother disappears.
After wrapping a long run in Law & Order: SVU, Meloni has gotten busier on the feature front. Next year, he will be seen in Jackie Robinson-Branch Rickey drama 42, the Superman reboot Man Of Steel, and Small Time. He just wrapped production on They Came Together, which will be released in 2014.
Meloni is represented by Gersh and Industry Enertainment’s Bill Butler.
Christopher Meloni, who a month ago surprised everyone by exiting his longtime home as co-star of NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, is in line for a big-time follow-up. I hear he is in negotiations for a major role in Man Of Steel, the Superman franchise reboot from Warner Bros that Zack Snyder is directing. No word yet on what part he might get, though. He would join such big-name players as Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane in the film, which stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. Meloni is repped by Gersh and Industry Entertainment.
EXCLUSIVE: Just in time for NBC’s upfront presentation on Monday, Law & Order:SVU star Mariska Hargitay has closed a new deal to return to the crime drama for its upcoming 13th season, in which she will pass on the female lead baton to a new actress. I hear Jennifer Love Hewitt is being courted for the gig, though no formal offer has been made. Meanwhile, SVU‘s leading man Christopher Meloni still has no deal for next season.
Going into the contract negotiations, Hargitay had asked to scale back her workload on the show. The producers granted her request, and she will work fewer hours at her previous salary of about $385,000 an episode ($400,000 with backend and other payments included.) For the first 13 episodes, Hargitay’s character Olivia Benson will continue to solve sex crimes alongside her partner, presumably Elliot Stabler (Meloni), pending him closing his deal. Then Benson will be promoted to a supervisor position, with a new female detective taking her place. That is the role that the producers are eying Hewitt for. Read More »