Hot Trailer: ‘Devil’s Knot’

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 8:27am PDT

Devil’s Knot is the story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year-old boys in West Memphis, Ark. — two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death even though there was not a shred of physical evidence. The film explores the lives … Read More »

Comments (6)

Hot Teaser: ‘Paddington’

Here’s a first look at the eponymous bear in the David Heyman-produced Paddington. The Weinstein Co’s TWC-Dimension label is releasing the movie in the U.S. on December 12; it will go out ahead of that in the UK on November 28 via … Read More »

Comments (6)

Christopher McQuarrie To Helm Colin Firth In ‘Three To Kill’

By | Wednesday November 20, 2013 @ 5:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Lauren Productions has committed to finance Three To Kill, an adaptation of the novel by French author Jean-Patrick Manchette. Christopher McQuarrie has signed on to direct and Colin Firth will star. Howard Rodman will write the script and Lauren will produce with Laura Bickford. Pic is a thriller set on the coast of France. A disillusioned businessman witnesses a murder and finds himself being hunted by two relentless sociopaths. The novel was adapted by Jacques Tardi into the graphic novel West Coast Blues, and that was nominated for two Eisner Awards in 2010. Manchette’s The Prone Gunman was separately turned into The Gunman, a Studio Canal Silver Pictures co-production that was directed by Pierre Morel with Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba starring.

Related: Chris McQuarrie To Direct ‘Star Blazers’ From ’70s Anime Series
Read More »

Comments (2)

TWC-Dimension Sets ‘Paddington’ For December 2014 Release

By | Friday November 15, 2013 @ 11:29am PST

That duffle coat wearing bear found in a train station is coming Stateside in time for Christmas 2014. New Weinstein Co label TWC-Dimension announced today that the live-action version of Paddington will be released on December 12 of … Read More »

Comments (2)

Toronto: Image Lands West Memphis 3 Pic ‘Devil’s Knot’ With Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon

Mike Fleming

Image Entertainment has acquired the Toronto title Devil’s Knot and will release it in second-quarter 2014. The Atom Egoyan-directed film stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Mireille Enos, and Stephen Moyer. Image’s Chief Acquisition … Read More »

Comments (10)

Weinsteins Acquire ‘Paddington’ For New TWC-Dimension; Colin Firth & Nicole Kidman To Lead Cast Of CGI Live-Action Pic

The Weinstein Co has taken North American rights to the upcoming big-screen transfer of Michael Bond’s classic kids character Paddington Bear. Paddington will be the first release under a new label for the company, TWC-Dimension, which will see Harvey and Bob Weinstein team on films for which they share a common passion. The Harry Potter franchise’s David Heyman is producing Paddington which is fully financed by Studiocanal. Colin Firth has been set to voice the CGI bear and, in a reteam with his Railway Man co-star, Nicole Kidman will play an evil taxidermist out for revenge. Also joining the cast are Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent.

This is the first-ever live action film inspired by the books which Bond began in 1958. The story follows a curious young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British who travels to London in search of a home. Lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family who offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed, until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Principal photography starts this month with Paul King (Come Fly With Me, The Might Boosh) directing. Shooting is set to take place in the UK with Framestore handling VFX. Studiocanal has set a November 28, 2014 event release in the UK and will go day-and-date in its other territories that include France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. TWC-Dimension will release in North America in the first quarter of 2015. Studiocanal has international sales.

The project was initially announced in Cannes in 2012 and Studiocanal chairman Olivier Courson tells me the idea was to take time developing a script that would be a “real family comedy” that’s not just for kids. Read More »

Comments (17)

TORONTO UPDATE: Weinstein Co In $2M U.S. Deal For Colin Firth-Nicole Kidman Pic ‘The Railway Man’

Mike Fleming

UPDATE, 2:40 PM: The Weinstein Company just made this deal official (see the release below the original break).

PREVIOUS BREAKING, 10:37 AM: Harvey Weinstein has done it again. The Weinstein Company is acquiring U.S. distribution rights for around $2 million to The Railway Man, director Jonathan Teplitzky’s drama that stars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman. It’s the true story about a British Army officer who is tormented at a Japanese POW camp. Decades later, he discovers the Japanese interpreter responsible for the brutality is alive. He sets out to confront him and his haunting past. The deal for the film, which premiered Friday at Roy Thompson Hall, was brokered by CAA. Andy Paterson and Chris Brown produced. It’s the third buy for TWC after the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life? and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers. All of them will be released in 2014. Read More »

Comments (15)

Hot Trailer: ‘The Railway Man’

By | Wednesday September 11, 2013 @ 6:19am PDT

The Railway Man debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival, Deadline’s Pete Hammond wrote over the weekend. Present at the screening was Patti Lomax, the widow of Eric Lomax, the real-life subject of the story about a man who confronted his … Read More »

Comments (6)

UKTV Launches Drama Channel With Giant Lake Statue Of Colin Firth As Mr. Darcy

Britons recently voted a scene from the 1995 adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice as the most memorable TV moment of all time. Therein, Colin Firth‘s Mr. Darcy takes a dip in a lake and then, dripping wet and under-dressed, runs into Jennifer Ehle’s Elizabeth Bennett. In honor of UKTV‘s new Drama channel, the media company has erected a 12-foot statue of Darcy in Hyde Park’s Serpentine lake. The sculptor says Firth’s Darcy was a starting point, but that notes were used from others who’ve portrayed him including Matthew Macfadyen and Laurence Olivier. Still, the end result bears a striking resemblance to the King’s Speech Oscar winner. The statue will eventually settle at Lyme Park in Cheshire, the scene of the Pemberley manor in Pride And Prejudice. The BBC is adapting Death Comes To Pemberley, based on the suspense novel by P.D. James that pays homage to Jane Austen’s iconic characters. Matthew Rhys is playing Darcy. At the time the three-part serial was announced, Rhys said his Darcy would be different from the ones who have gone before, “And also, I don’t have to appear from a lake in a white shirt and breeches.” Video of the original scene is on the next page: Read More »

Comments (5)

TOLDJA! Emma Stone, Colin Firth Officially Set To Star In Woody Allen’s Next Pic

By | Tuesday April 30, 2013 @ 11:07am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Deadline broke separate stories about Emma Stone and Colin Firth being set for Woody Allen’s next pic. Now, the Woodman has confirmed the news, along with our revelation the film will be set in the South of France. If that part of France stirs Allen as much … Read More »

Comments (1)

Colin Firth In Talks For Male Lead In Woody Allen’s Next

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 3:46pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After locking in Emma Stone as the female lead, Woody Allen is in talks with Colin Firth to play the male lead in his next film. The untitled pic will shoot in the South of France, I’m told. … Read More »

Comments (12)

Tom Shadyac Eyes ‘The Intouchables’ Remake As Return To Comedy Helming

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:50am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Shadyac, once a prolific director of blockbuster comedies before a near-death experience sent him on a life-changing journey chronicled in his feature documentary I Am, is returning to laffer mode. Shadyac is in talks with The Weinstein Company to helm its remake of the Olivier Nakache/Eric Toledano French sensation The Intouchables.

TWC has a script by Paul Feig, and Colin Firth has been circling to star, though casting is not locked. The picture seems primed for remake — it grossed $416 million overseas, and only $10 million domestic. That is a decent number for a foreign film but leaves a lot of room for an American audience to discover the story. TWC released it here and got remake rights as part of the bargain. Feig was once going to make it his directorial follow-up to Bridesmaids but he left the project after writing the screenplay about an aristocrat who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. TWC’s Dylan Sellers has been shepherding the redo. Read More »

Comments 21

AFM: Colin Firth & Michael Fassbender Join ‘Genius’

By | Thursday November 1, 2012 @ 2:05pm PDT

Oscar winner Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender are set to star in Genius. Based on the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe and renowned editor … Read More »

Comments (7)

Hot Toronto Clip: ‘Arthur Newman’

By | Friday September 7, 2012 @ 11:25am PDT
Mike Fleming

I tipped this as one of the hot titles of this year’s Toronto Film Festival. The Dante Ariola-directed comedic love story is being sold by CAA and UTA and premieres here Monday. Colin Firth and Emily Blunt star in the story of a depressed divorced dad who fakes his … Read More »

Comments (11)

Colin Firth Taking His Act To Vegas As Noel Coward In ‘Mad Dogs And Englishmen’

By | Saturday May 19, 2012 @ 6:12am PDT

Colin Firth will play Noel Coward in BiteSize Entertainment‘s upcoming feature Mad Dogs And Englishmen. Gene Kirkwood and Ross Elliot, who are folding their Kirkwood-Elliot banner into new venture Bitesize, are producing. The film is based on the … Read More »

Comments (1)

OSCARS: Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo To Present

By | Thursday February 23, 2012 @ 10:39am PST

Beverly Hills, CA – The four Oscar®-winning actors from the 83rd Academy Awards – Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman – will present at the 84th Academy Awards, telecast producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer announced

Read More »

Comments (1)

Hugh Grant: We’re Making ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 10:34am PST
Mike Fleming

Add Hugh Grant’s to the chorus of voices refuting reports that Bridget Jones’s Baby was imploding. On behalf of Grant, his rep said: “Hugh is keen that Bridget Jones 3 happens, but Renee [Zellweger], Colin [Firth] and he all … Read More »

Comments (0)

Working Title’s Tim Bevan Addresses ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ Talk

On Thursday, my colleague Mike Fleming weighed in on rumors being reported as fact elsewhere that said threequel Bridget Jones’s Baby was in trouble. Mike’s sources were adamant the movie would get made this year, denied that Hugh Grant … Read More »

Comments (4)

Is ‘Bridget Jones’ Sequel In Trouble?

By | Thursday February 2, 2012 @ 6:30pm PST
Mike Fleming

I’ve been hearing from sources all day that Bridget Jones’s Baby is in big trouble. And Universal and Working Title have been denying it. The rumor has been that production was weeks away and was shut down after Hugh Grant … Read More »

Comments (10)
More Deadline | Hollywood »