Zac Efron, Dennis Quaid, Kim Dickens, Heather Graham and Maika Monroe star in this father-son drama set in Midwest farm country. Ramin Bahrani directed and co-wrote with Hallie Elizabeth Newton. Sony Pictures Classics picked up At Any Price prior to its screening at the Venice Film Festival last fall. It opens April 26th.
Hyde Park International closed deals at the Cannes Film Festival on Midnight Sun and the Untitled Elmore Leonard Project starring Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid.
Ashok Amritraj’s company sold the Italian rights to Midnight Sun to Medusa. The Canadian rights to Midnight Sun were purchased by Alliance, Pa-dora purchased the Eastern Europe rights and Lumix picked up the South Korean rights. The Aniston/Quaid film, based on Elmore Leonard’s The Switch was sold to Arum in Spain. Top Film took the Russian territories rights to the crime flick while Italia bought multiple territories, all of Eastern Europe with Pa-Dora, and Latin America was picked up by Swen.
Hyde Park sold the film Adult World, starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts, to multiple territories. The company also sold Sunlight Jr., with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon, to multiple territories. Hyde Park International announced today that in addition to individual movies in individual territories, the company closed sales on all of their titles in Portugal, the Middle East, Turkey, Latin America and South Asia.
Dennis Quaid-Michael Chiklis In Talks For Las Vegas Drama Pilot
After lengthy negotiations, Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis have closed deals to star in CBS’ untitled Ralph Lamb drama pilot, written by Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi and Greg Walker and directed by James Mangold. In his TV series debut, Quaid will play the title role in the project, set in the 1960s and centered around the true story of Ralph Lamb (Quaid) – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas- and Johnny Savino (Chiklis), a Chicago mob fixer whose entrepreneurial vision for transforming Las Vegas collides with the law-and-order mandate of Sheriff Lamb. In addition to starring, Quaid and Chiklis, both repped by WME, will serve as co-executive producers on the Ralph Lamb project, which is executive produced by Pileggi, Mangold, Walker, Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian. CBS TV Studios is producing.
Dennis Quaid is testing the series series waters. The feature actor is in negotiations for the lead in CBS’ untitled Las Vegas period drama pilot (form. Ralph Lamb). Because of the size and the complexity of the deal, things are still moving slowly after a week of talks. Also in negotiations for the project is Michael Chiklis who is eying the pilot as part of his development/talent holding deal with CBS. The show tells the true story of Ralph Lamb, the role Quaid is in talks for – rodeo cowboy turned longtime Sheriff of Las Vegas. Former Shield star Chiklis is in negotiations to play Johnny Savino, a Chicago mobster who recently moved to Las Vegas, a ruthless killer with a polished edge. Goodfellas‘ Nicholas Pileggi co-wrote the script with Greg Walker, and James Mangold is directing. The two are executive producing with Cathy Konrad and Arthur Sarkissian.
EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid are in talks to join Ty Burrell, John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey in Switch, the adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch that will be directed by Dan Schechter. Aniston is in talks to play Mickey Dawson, and Quaid to play her crooked real estate developer husband. She’s kidnapped and ransomed by two ex-cons (Hawkes and Bey) and when the lowlife husband sees this as a way to get rid of his wife and refuses to pay the ransom, the kidnappers embrace a new opportunity: teaming with a pissed off bombshell housewife to get all of her husband’s money.
The ex-con characters, Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, are earlier versions of the characters that appeared in Leonard’s Rum Punch, which Quentin Tarantino turned into Jackie Brown. This movie has been described as a prequel, but it is not; Leonard sometimes cross pollinates his books with characters from his past novels. Schechter wrote the script. Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing with Michael Siegel and Leonard. Jim Garavente is executive producer. No deals are done at this point with Aniston and Quaid, but it looks good. Aniston is repped by CAA and Brillstein and Quaid by WME.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has closed her deal to star in Broken City, joining Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe in the Allen Hughes-directed drama. Zeta-Jones will play the philandering wife of the mayor of New York (Crowe). When a Brooklyn detective (Wahlberg) is hired by the mayor to identify his wife’s lover, and the lover turns up dead, the detective takes it personally and uncovers a wider conspiracy involving his employer. Brian Tucker wrote the script and Randall Emmett, Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg and George Furla will produce. The $50 million film is being fully funded by Emmett/Furla Films and New Regency recently came on as producer, with Fox distributing. Shooting begins November in New York. Zeta-Jones recently completed three big films. She’s coming off the Adam Shankman-directed Rock Of Ages with Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, starred with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Dennis Quaid in Playing The Field, and starred in the Stephen Frears-directed Lay The Favorite with Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn. She’s repped by WME.
Paramount has unveiled a marketing plan to raise awareness for its Footloose remake. The studio will host exclusive free advance screenings of director Craig Brewer’s update in 26 theaters in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, Sept. 30 — two weeks ahead of the film’s Oct. 14 nationwide release. Los Angeles, New York and Toronto are among the cities to get the screenings of the movie, which stars Kenny Wormwald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. The promotion, which Paramount is calling “Footloose Friday,” encourages fans to get the word out following the sneak peeks via Twitter in hopes that those moviegoers eager to turn out for the freebie are the same ones that are fans of the franchise and therefore more likely to react positively.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Scott has been set to star in A.C.O.D., with Stuart Zicherman making his directorial debut on a script he wrote with Ben Karlin. The project is being financed and produced by Black Bear Pictures, which is currently in production with an untitled Ramin Bahrani-directed pic that stars Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid.
The title, A.C.O.D., is an acronym for Adult Children of Divorce, and Scott plays a thirty-ish man who was forced at an early age to be the adult of his family when his parents split bitterly. Fed up dealing with his parents’ long running feud, he must get his folks together once more time and keep from blowing a gasket after his younger brother unexpectedly decides to get married. Black Bear’s Teddy Schwarzman is producing with Karlin (who co-created The Colbert Report) and Tim Perell. The film will shoot in March, and Scott will work it into his schedule starring in the NBC sitcom Parks and Rec.
EXCLUSIVE: Kim Dickens has been cast in a lead role alongside Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron in Killer Films’ Heartland, which revolves around a traditional father (Quaid) who wishes for his race-car driver son (Efron) to take over the family-run seed business in Iowa, a tale that includes racing and illegal goings-on. Dickens will play the mother, Irene. Pam Koffler and Christine Vachon are producing for Killer Films. Dickens, who is a series regular on HBO’s drama series Treme and next appears on the big screen in Paramount’s Footloose, is repped by Gersh.
Paramount Pictures has released a trailer for Footloose, the remake of the 1984 film that launched Kevin Bacon’s career. The film, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid, will be released Oct. 14. In the trailer, I recognized many of the plot beats and scenes I remembered from the original, but 27 years later, the target isn’t fossils like me who recall these things.
Paramount has moved its Footloose remake from an April 1, 2011 release date to October 14, 2011.The Craig Brewer-directed remake stars newcomer Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid. At the same time, the studio has slotted Paranormal Activity 3 for release on October 21, 2011. The picture proved to be no Blair Witch Project flash in the pan, as Paranormal 2 dominated the Halloween period previously owned by the Saw franchise.
NEW YORK, November 1, 2010 – SOUL SURFER is the true story of competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. Coming to theaters nationwide on April 15, 2011, this exciting feature film stars Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, AnnaSophia Robb, and Carrie Underwood in her film debut. The cast also includes Lorraine Nicholson, Kevin Sorbo and Jeremy Sumpter.
The first film to be released under the new deal between FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures, SOUL SURFER will go out as a wide release via TriStar Pictures with a broad-based and integrated marketing campaign managed by FilmDistrict.
EXCLUSIVE: After testing more than 1,000 males for the lead role of Ren McCormack in the remake of Footloose, Paramount Pictures is setting Kenny Wormald, a 25-year old trained dancer, from Boston, to star in a film that begins production almost immediately. I’m hearing he will star alongside Julianne Hough, and that Dennis Quaid will play Reverend Shaw Moore, the heroine’s strict father who’s trying to uphold a town ban on dancing. Craig Brewer is directing a script that he wrote based on the 1984 original Dean Pitchford script. Wormald previously starred in the little-seen film Center Stage. He and Hough are real dancers, and the plan is to take full advantage.
This completes a lot of movement on a property that seems such a strong candidate for an update.The project began with plans for Kenny Ortega to direct his High School Musical star Zac Efron. Then Efron wanted to distance himself from dance fare, and the studio focused on Gossip Girls hunk Chace Crawford. A search for the right heroine led to Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars, who was set into a holding deal and then spent months going off and honing acting skills that left the studio greatly impressed. Right as his Michael Jackson documentary This is It! became a hit, Ortega had creative differences with the studio. He left, and Paramount set Craig Brewer, best known for Hustle and Flow. Even he was touch and go, as …