EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/ Oasis Films has set Jason Patric, John Cusack, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Johnathon Schaech, Gia Mantegna and South Korean actor-singer Rain for The Prince, the Brian A. Miller-directed action thriller. Patric plays a retired Las Vegas mob enforcer who is forced to return to the city and face his former enemies when his teenage daughter goes missing. Bruce Willis was previously set to star in the film. He plays Omar, a man with a score to settle, who has waited years for Paul to return.
Emmett/Furla/Oasis is producing and financing with South Korea-based Union Investment Partners. Kim Young-don, Choi Pyeung-ho, Barry Brooker, Stan Wertlieb, Jeff Rice and Brandon Grimes will executive produce alongside producers Randall Emmett, George Furla, Ho-Sung Pak, Fred Song, Adam Goldworm and co-producer Tim Sullivan. Shooting begins next week in Mobile, ALA, and Grindstone/Lionsgate Films will release domestically. Hannibal Pictures will handle international sales. Read More »
UPDATE, 1:22 PM: Morgan Creek has confirmed Deadline’s report in a news release. It added that LT Hutton also is aboard as a producer and that the film will shoot in Atlanta.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is teaming with Morgan Creek Productions to co-finance and co-produce Tupac, creating a new urgency for the long-gestating biopic on the hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. They are working with a script by Eddie Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft, and a new draft is expected in two weeks. Several companies battled for the rights to partner on the film with Jim Robinson’s Morgan Creek before MCP president David Robinson sealed the deal with EFO. They are eyeing a February start date and a $45 million budget. They have the rights to exploit Tupac’s musical catalog, and his mother, Afeni Shakur, will be a producer on the film.
Born in East Harlem to parents who were members of the Black Panthers, Shakur shot to fame as a hip-hop artist and an actor. That rise started with the release of 2Pacalypse Now. His gruff delivery of politically charged, in-your-face lyrics and willingness to lead the “thug life” made him highly credible in the urban music scene. It also made him a target, particularly when a feud between East Coast and West Coast rappers escalated from insults to gunfire. Tupac was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas in 1996, and … Read More »