EXCLUSIVE: In a whopping deal with a mid-seven figure minimum guarantee and a wide release-caliber P&A commitment, The Weinstein Company-Dimension has acquired U.S. rights to Regression, an elevated suspense thriller that will star Ethan Hawke and will be directed by Alejandro Amenabar. This establishes the film as a major title coming into the start of AFM where FilmNation will be selling offshore territories. CAA brokered the deal.
This marks a re-team between Amenabar and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, who last worked with the helmer at Miramax on The Others, the sleeper hit thriller that starred Nicole Kidman and grossed $97 million U.S. and $210 million worldwide in 2001. Amenabar returns to the English language terrain on Regression, which is set in 1980 in a small Minnesota town where a man is arrested for sexually abusing his daughter. He admits his guilt despite having no memory of it. With the help of a psychologist, he relives the memories and implicates a police officer as his partner in crime. The man’s estranged son and other townspeople are also suddenly able to relive suppressed memories of horrific abuse. At the same time, the local news reports blame a Satanic cult that has been performing rituals of orgies, assault, killing animals and even babies, for years. The officers are alarmed when similar reports come in from all around the country—they believe they’ve uncovered a national and possibly supernatural conspiracy. Is the abuse real, or something else?
EXCLUSIVE: Writer/director Andrew Niccol has found his next film, and set a familiar face to anchor it. Ethan Hawke is in talks to star for the third time in a Niccol film. This time, he’ll play a fighter … Read More »
UPDATE, 7:52 PM: Reddit is looking a little red-faced today. After alleging Wednesday that someone at Warner Bros was trying to game comments and postings about the about-to-open driving thriller Getaway on the social news and entertainment site, Reddit is now changing its tune. The site said tonight that neither Warners nor anyone working for it actually had anything to do with the supposed under-handed marketing move. After looking into the matter more and likely fielding some calls from WB lawyers, Reddit updated its original post with the following statement late Thursday:
After further investigation, we have found that neither Warner Bros. nor any of their employees was involved in this activity. To be perfectly clear, the posts that we detected came from a third party who had no affiliation with Warner Bros. This third party was not part of the marketing efforts of Warner Bros for the film. We regret confusion about the source of these posts, and appreciate the cooperation and understanding of Warner Bros who has taken this as seriously as we do and has very strict policies on these matters.
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In Warner Bros’ Getaway, Ethan Hawke stars as an ex-race car driver who steals a Shelby Cobra Mustang and snatches up its owner (Selena Gomez) in order to save his kidnapped wife. The Warners-Dark Castle action thriller, directed by Courtney Solomon, opens August 30. Here’s the second … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline has a King in Ed Harris and now it has its Queen in Milla Jovovich. The actress has been added … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: The cast of Michael Almereyda’s Shakespeare adaptation continues to grow. Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris will now be joined by Penn Badgley in Cymbeline. The former Gossip Girl and Greetings From Tim … Read More »
Oscar nominee Ed Harris will join Ethan Hawke in the Shakespeare adaptation Cymbeline, which updates the romantic tragedy/comedy to a modern day America where corrupt cops clash with a drug dealing … Read More »
Thirteen years after updating Hamlet to a modern day NYC setting, Ethan Hawke is reteaming with writer-director Michael Almereyda (Nadja, New Orleans, Mon Amour, William Eggleston in the Real World) on William Shakespeare’s … Read More »
Warner Bros. and Dark Castle Entertainment close out the summer with Getaway, an action thriller starring Ethan Hawke as an ex-race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and its owner (Selena Gomez) in order to save his kidnapped wife. Courtney Solomon directed … Read More »
Ethan Hawke stars in the thriller that follows a family over the course of a single night in which any and all criminal activity – including murder – is legal. The newly unveiled clip below features James (Hawke) and his wife Mary (Lena Headey) as they struggle with a … Read More »
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Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Vera Farmiga are attached to star in Neil LaBute’s crime thriller The Geography of Hope. London-based Salt Pictures is handling international sales on the movie that’s due to start shooting in early 2014 in Puerto Rico. French actress Emmanuelle Devos is also attached. LaBute wrote the script and will direct the 1970s era pic that takes place at a resort where two small time crooks meet two vacationing women and a catastrophic series of events is set in motion. Producers are Stefan Nowicki, Joey Carey, Trace Sheehan and Tim Harms. Read More »
Ethan Hawke reteams with his Little New York helmer James DeMonaco for Universal‘s The Purge. The thriller is set in an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Ethan Hawke, hot off his latest pic Before Midnight which sold to Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance, has inked with The Schiff Company. He adds the management firm to his longtime agent team at CAA and … Read More »
Universal Pictures will be releasing The Purge on May 31, 2013, the studio announced today. Directed and written by James DeMonaco, the dystopian thriller stars Ethan Hawke and Game Of Thrones’ Lena Headey and is set in … Read More »
Warner Bros has scheduled the action-crime movie Getaway for August 30, 2013. The Dark Castle Entertainment and After Dark Films production stars Ethan Hawke as a burned-out race car driver forced to get behind the wheel for … Read More »
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Funding agency Screen Australia announced today it’s investing $A5.5 million ($5.6 million) in three features with a total budget of more than $17 million: Michael and Peter Spierig’s … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Buyers arriving at the Toronto Film Festival tomorrow already have a lot of sales titles to consider (more on that tomorrow). Here’s another title to add to the mix: Richard Linklater just wrapped shooting in Messinia, Greece on Before Midnight, the third film in a series that began with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset.
Before Midnight, which has Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke reprising their roles as star-crossed lovers Celine and Jesse, was once again scripted by Linklater, Delpy and Hawke, the same team that got an Oscar nom in 2005 for Before Sunset. Linklater shot the film quietly, as many didn’t think it would happen before 2013.
There won’t be a sizzle reel or script to read at Toronto, because the film wrapped late last night. But Cinetic Media’s John Sloss will be handling domestic sales once again and he will be at Toronto with other films. Before Midnight is produced by Linklater’s Detour Filmproduction, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos and Sara Woodhatch of Faliro House and Jacob Pechenik of Venture 4TH, together with Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer of Castle Rock Entertainment. Sloss is exec producer. Read More »
Rhys Wakefield will star opposite Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady in sci-fi thriller Vigilandia by writer/director James DeMonaco. Michael Bay, Platinum Dunes, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Blumhouse Productions are producing the feature that is shooting in Los … Read More »
Universal Pictures has teamed with Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes Productions and Why Not Productions on Vigilandia, a futuristic thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco. Ethan Hawke will star in the low-budget project, which starts shooting February 13. It’s the … Read More »