EXCLUSIVE: Viggo Mortensen is in talks to star in Captain Fantastic, a drama written and to be directed by Matt Ross. Production will begin this summer. Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof of Electric City Entertainment are producing. Lest you think that Mortensen is being fitted for spandex for a superhero role, think again. While unforgettable for his trilogy turn as Aragorn in The Lord Of The Rings, that’s probably as close to superhero as he’ll get. In Captain Fantastic, Mortensen will play an idealistic father who, after a decade of living off the grid in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, must return with his six young kids to assimilate back into society. What does it mean for a young filmmaker to land an actor like Mortensen, who is so particular in the roles he plays? ”Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years,” said Ross. “There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s in is a film I want to see. He’s one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that’s happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Electric City partners Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell have optioned rights to the Alison Espach novel The Adults. They’ve set Massy Tadjedin to write the script and direct. Patricof and Howell most recently completed the Derek Cianfrance-directed The Place Beyond The Pines, which stars Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes and will be released by Focus Features.
In her debut novel, Espach chronicles a modern young woman’s struggle to grow up in a world where an adult and a child can so dangerously be mistaken for one and the same. At the center of the suburban universe in which the novel is set is teenager Emily Vidal, who learns quickly of the complications that come with adulthood when she falls in love with an older man. Espach teaches creative writing in New York City.
Howell found the book reminiscent of generation coming-of-age stories like The Graduate. “We were captivated by Alison’s work in her debut novel,” Howell said. “A fresh and emerging voice, Alison’s novel explores the relationships between adults and children, from the perspective of a young woman crossing the blurry line that separates the two.”
Tadjedin is best known for scripting Leo and The Jacket before making her directorial debut on Last Night, which starred Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington and Mendes. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Indie producers Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof’s Electric City Entertainment have gone online with Electric City Digital. Launched today, the new division’s first offering is the web-based interview show Becoming, with Captain America’s Chris Evans and Jackass star Johnny Knoxville among others. The 24-episode series asks successful actors, athletes, musicians and others how they got where they are. The first eight episodes went live online today. Patricof and Howell produced Blue Valentine, Half Nelson and The Place Beyond The Pines, which was picked up by Focus Features at the Toronto Film Festival this week, They formed Electric City Entertainment in January. “With platforms such as YouTube, Hulu, and HBO Go, we saw an opportunity to create the same high-level content we have been creating for TV and film, but for the Internet”, Patricof said. “Becoming is a concept we are very excited to produce and the Internet is the perfect home for this type of content”.