Relativity has closed a deal to to fully finance The Disappointments Room, a psychological thriller in the vein of The Shining that will begin shooting in August with Kate Beckinsale starring for director DJ Caruso. Geyer Kosinski is producing and Robbie Brenner will oversee for Relativity.
Inspired by a true event, The Disappointments Room tells the story of one family’s terror-filled encounter within their own home. Looking for a fresh start, Dana (Kate Beckinsale) and David, together with their 5-year-old son Jeremy, move into their dream house, a beautiful old rural home. Hidden within the attic was a secret room. When frightening and unexplainable events lead Dana to discover the long lost key to this room, she accidentally unlocks a host of unimaginable horrors that reveal the house’s past is terrifyingly tied with her own. The ghost story was shopped at AFM, but those entities aren’t involved. The script was written by Wentworth Miller, the Prison Break star who wrote Stoker. Caruso has done the most recent pass on the script. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Big deal coming together at Sony Pictures that involves DJ Caruso in talks to direct Invertigo, a drama scripted by Ehren Kruger and Bradley Cramp about a NASA satellite that crash-lands in New York City, and it creates a “reverse-G vortex” where gravity is inverted. It imperils the planet if a rescue mission fails. Neal Moritz will produce, with Daniel Bobkur and Cramp exec producers.
This is a big-scale picture that was bought as a spec and is on a fast track toward production. Caruso last directed I Am Number Four, and before that the hits Eagle Eye and Disturbia. He just finished writing and directing Goat Island, a passion project that he made independently, and family film Brock Cole. He just finished his final edit Monday and it’s being shown at the Arclight tonight to distributors for the first time. Caruso is also been attached to Preacher, and the Scott Frank-scripted A Walk Among The Tombstones, but I’m told that Caruso’s reps at CAA and Media Talent Group are making this deal. Invertigo has an enormous amount of prep, so production conceivably wouldn’t start until first quarter of 2013. Kruger’s most recent script credit is Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Frank will rewrite and direct a feature adaptation of the 2009 British miniseries Unforgiven for GK Films partners Graham King and Tim Headington. When the project was set at GK last year, Christopher McQuarrie was signed to write the early draft as a potential vehicle for Angelina Jolie. McQuarrie did his job before going off to direct Tom Cruise in One Shot for Paramount. Jolie had never been formally attached, and so it won’t be clear who’ll star until Frank does his rewrite and gets the film ready.
Frank is finishing Houdini for Sony Pictures and director Francis Lawrence, and he also scripted Hell’s Angels for director Tony Scott and Fox. Both of those are priority projects and his adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel A Walk Among the Tombstones was resurrected by Cross Creek Pictures for DJ Caruso to direct. Frank made his directorial debut on his script The Lookout.
Unforgiven is about a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen. The tragedy happened after the policemen came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Her hope is to live quietly and reunite with her troubled younger sister, but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims. Suranne Jones played the lead in the original miniseries, which was … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Cross Creek Pictures has stepped up to finance A Walk Among the Tombstones, an adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel that seemed to have been put to rest more than a decade ago. DJ Caruso is in discussions to direct a script by Scott Frank. It is one of two pictures Caruso is considering for his next film. The other is Preacher, the John August-scripted film for Sony Pictures and producer Neal Moritz.
Double Feature partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing with Danny DeVito and Cross Creek president Brian Oliver. Shamberg, Sher and DeVito first got Frank to write a script while they were partners in Jersey Films. It had been set at Universal and once had Harrison Ford interested in playing Matthew Scudder, an alcoholic former cop who spends his retirement doing favors for friends, the kind that take him deep into the underbelly of New York City. In A Walk Among the Tombstones, a heroin kingpin’s wife is kidnapped and those kidnappers begin to send her back in pieces. The Scudder character was previously seen in 8 Million Ways To Die. Read More »
I Am Number Four director DJ Caruso has tweeted he will direct the John August scripted Preacher for Sony Pictures based on the comic book series. Since nobody has hollered at him, we’ll assume he has the job.
DreamWorks just released a full trailer that lays out the mythology for I Am Number Four, the DJ Caruso-directed film starring Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, and Glee‘s Dianna Agron and skedded for February 18. It’s meant to be the first of a series based on the novels by Pittacus Lore.
DreamWorks has released a teaser based on I Am Number Four, the DJ Caruso-directed adaptation of the novel co-written by James Frey that’s the first of a franchise. Alex Pettyfer plays the title character, an alien trying to assimilate as a human, but targeted for death by the baddies that destroyed his planet. Tim Olyphant’s also in the cast. Pic will be released February 18.