This one had been talked about for a while, with Channing Tatum saying he wanted to play a superhero and that Gambit would be perfect (they’re both Southerners). At the MTV Movie Awards earlier this spring he confirmed he’d had a meeting with X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner over just that. Now it looks like this is getting serious, after Shuler Donner talked up Tatum as Gambit to Total Film at the red carpet before the London premiere of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. No word yet on whether this is a stand-alone pic.
Here’s the first UK trailer for Gambit. The remake of the 1966 Michael Caine-Shirley MacLaine heist pic is written by Joel and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz, Alan Rickman and Tom Courtenay. It’s slated to be released in the UK on November 21. CBS Films has not set a U.S. release date.
CBS Films has adjusted release dates for a couple of its movies. Director Michael Hoffman’s Gambit is shifting to October 12, 2012 from its previous date of January 11, 2013. The romantic comedy was written by Joel Cohen and Ethan Coen and stars Colin Firth, Alan Rickman and Cameron Diaz. Producers are Mike Lobell, Adam Ripp and Rob Paris. On the new date it will be up against Warner Bros and Ben Affleck’s Argo and Sony’s Here Comes The Boom with Kevin James. The horror-thriller 7500, directed by Takashi Shimizu, is moving to a yet-to-be-determined date in 2013 from August 31, 2012.
CBS Films, which has already released the Daniel Radcliffe starrer The Woman In Black and Salmon Fishing In The Yemen this year, has dated three additional titles due out in the next 12 months. The dramatic romance The Words, starring Bradley Cooper as a writer who claims another man’s long-lost work as his own, will be released wide on September 21. CBS Films picked up the film, which also stars Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde and Zoe Saldana, at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits and Olga Kurylenko star in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths, which was written and directed by In Bruges’ Martin McDonagh. It’s about a screenwriter whose friends draw him into a dog kidnapping scheme. It will be get a limited release on November 2.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Gambit. The film has a script by Joel and Ethan Coen, and Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz are set to star for The Last Station helmer Michael Hoffman. Firth plays an art curator who enlists a Texas rodeo queen in a scam to con England’s richest man. Shooting begins in London this May. The film is based on the 1966 Michael Caine-Shirley MacLaine British caper film.
Mike Lobell is producing with Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, and Rizal Risjad is exec producer. I’ve been writing about this movie for going on a decade, with Lobell a tireless advocate for a picture that got close several times over the years. Now, the movie seems charmed, with Firth coming off The King’s Speech and his Academy Award for Best Actor. Diaz just starred in Bad Teacher. The picture was funded by Crime Scene. Financing was arranged by CAA, which brokered the domestic distribution deal.
CBS Films is becoming an increasingly busy player in the acquisition circuit after the success of the remake The Mechanic. Those acquisitions are meant to bolster CBS’ slate of homegrown pictures that includes the recent release Beastly.
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Firth is in talks to star in Gambit, the Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of the 1966 British action comedy that starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The Last Station’s Michael Hoffman is directing.
Firth is again in the thick of the Oscar race for his role in the Tom Hooper-directed The King’s Speech. While the Coens just wrote and directed a remake in True Grit (they based theirs more on the original Charles Portis novel than the first film) it has taken a lot longer to get their scripted remake of Gambit into production, but not for lack of trying by producer Mike Lobell.
Hoffman signed on recently along with Crime Scene Pictures partners Adam Ripp and Rob Paris, who’ll provide financing through their upstart company. Glen Basner signed on to sell foreign territories though FilmNation. Their hope is to get the picture shooting in London and Texas before summer.
Firth would play a cat burglar who attempts to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue. He enlists the help of a waitress who looks exactly like the victim’s dead wife. The burglar’s usual precision is clouded by his relationship with his accomplice. Firth is repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Things are finally looking up for Gambit, the Joel and Ethan Coen-scripted remake of the 1966 British caper comedy which originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. Upstart company Crime Scene Pictures has signed on to finance the picture, and The Last Station director Michael Hoffman has come aboard to direct. FilmNation’s Glen Basner will sell foreign territories and the picture is on track to shoot next May in London. Producer Mike Lobell has been trying to get the project made for years, and most recently had Doug Liman flirting with the job. Caine played a cat burglar who tries to rob a billionaire of his priceless statue and enlists the help of a waitress who is a dead ringer for the victim’s late wife. While the burglar has carefully planned the job in his head, the execution is complicated by his relationship with his pretty accomplice.
The filmmakers will go out to cast shortly. Crime Scene Pictures was started by Adam Ripp and Rob Paris. Backed by equity from Southeast Asia, they hope to fund 4-6 pictures over three years with budgets ranging from $2 million to $20 million. Hoffman is repped by UTA.