The untitled English-language debut of Miss Bala helmer Gerardo Naranjo is ramping up its cast. Joining Dakota Fanning in the 1980s-set punk rock picture are Frank Dillane (Harry Potter), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class) and Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class). Fanning stars in the film as Viena, a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s. The project was first announced in November at the Baja International Film Festival where the deal came together in Los Cabos, Mexico. Pic is produced by Verisimilitude’s Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky with Lola Pictures’ Chris Ramirez. Naranjo is directing from his own script and filming gets underway in Nevada late next month.
Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, Caleb Landry Jones, Frank Dillane Join Dakota Fanning In Gerardo Naranjo Punk Pic
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s another solid deal coming out of the in-progress Baja International Film Festival, where executives and agents are doing business at Las Ventanas Hotel in Los Cabos. For this one, Dakota Fanning has been attached to star in Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled coming-of-age story, which he will direct from his screenplay. Alex Orlovsky and Hunter Gray will produce and co-finance through their Verisimilitude production banner; this reteams the pair with Naranjo after the trio collaborated on the helmer’s Voy A Explotar. The new movie, Naranjo’s English-language debut, is set to begin filming in February. It centers on Viena (Fanning), a roadie who’s on a journey of self-discovery and survival as part of a punk band’s convoy, traveling through America circa the 1980s. CAA, which reps Naranjo, arranged financing and will rep the film’s domestic distribution rights.
Based on a true story, A Man Must Die surrounds the assassination of Orlando Letelier, a Chilean diplomat in the 1970’s who was targeted and killed in Washington D.C. by agents of the Pinochet regime. This story focuses on the FBI investigator who starts to suspect a government conspiracy surrounding the murder. Naranjo, who helmed Miss Bala, wrote the original screenplay.
Buchman scripted both of the Che films for director Steven Soderbergh and Benicio Del Toro. Most recently, Buchman wrote the apocalyptic sci-fi film The Edge for Fox, which John Moore is attached to direct. Buchman’s credits include Jurassic Park III and Eragon.
The scribe is repped by UTA, manager Tobin Babst at Kaplan/Perrone and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Darren Trattner.
EXCLUSIVE: In his U.S. TV debut, Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo (Miss Bala) will direct the pilot for FX’s drama pilot The Bridge. Written by Meredith Stiehm and Elwood Reid based on the Scandinavian series Bron, the project centers on two detectives from the United States and Mexico who must work together to hunt down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border after a dead body is found on the bridge connecting El Paso and Juarez. Shine America co-produces with FX Prods.
Naranjo became a hot Hollywood commodity after directing Mexico’s 2012 Oscar submission Miss Bala, about an innocent teenager who heads to the Mexican border city of Tijuana and inadvertently gets caught up in a violent drug war on her way to compete in the Miss Baja California beauty pageant. He is attached to direct a J. Mills Goodloe-scripted adaptation of the Charles Martin novel The Mountain Between Us for 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, which has Michael Fassbender starring. CAA-repped Naranjo also recently closed a deal to direct A Man Must Die for Focus Features.
Comic-Con: ‘Miss Bala’ Helmer Gerardo Naranjo Sets Focus Features Deal For Political Thriller ‘A Man Must Die’
EXCLUSIVE: While Focus Features has an early panel today at Comic-Con to unveil its family-themed ghoulish animated film Paranorman, the indie studio has just closed a deal for Gerardo Naranjo to direct A Man Must Die. Naranjo, who helmed the Mexican film Miss Bala, wrote the script for the drama which is a political thriller along the lines of Carlos. Pablo Cruz is producing.
This comes as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment continue to develop the J. Mills Goodloe-scripted adaptation of the Charles Martin novel The Mountain Between Us, for Naranjo to direct and for Michael Fassbender to star. That film combines a tale of survival with a love story. Ashley is a writer catching a flight from Salt Lake City and heading East for her wedding. Ben is a doctor returning from a medical conference. When a their flight is cancelled due to a broken de-icer, the strangers agree to charter a ride, only to see the pilot suffer a heart attack and crash into a desolate snowy mountain region. He breaks ribs and she suffers a leg fracture but it turns out the doc is an avid climber, and as he struggles to get her down from the mountain in harsh weather, she begins to realize that maybe she was headed to marry the wrong guy.
All this action was the result of Miss Bala, which was Mexico’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submission, about an innocent teenager …