‘American Hustle’s Alessandro Nivola Joins J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’

By | Friday February 21, 2014 @ 9:34am PST

alessando navoliimagesEXCLUSIVE: Alessandro Nivola will join Jessica Chastain, Oscar Issac and Albert Brooks in J.C. Chandor’s thriller A Most Violent Year for Participant Films and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Nivola is most recently remembered for playing the FBI agent with the slicked-back hair whose ambition was as grand as his sideburns in David O. Russell’s American Hustle, the ensemble film that has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Newly formed distribution company A24 acquired domestic distribution rights to A Most Violent Year at Sundance this year. Written and directed by Chandor, the thriller is set during the winter of 1981 in New York — one of the most violent years on record in the city’s history. ALeqM5imiOyNKKEfrIZw9lQyJ95kHtkMvgThe story, according to the distributor, “follows the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built.” Nivola will play Peter Forente, a heating oil distributor who is a competitor to Isaac’s character. A24 is looking at the dark drama as a possible Oscar contender for next year and with that cast and writer-director, it seems destined to deliver. Read More »

Comments (0)

Albert Brooks Joins ‘A Most Violent Year’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 1:29pm PST
Mike Fleming

albertEXCLUSIVE: Albert Brooks has been set to star with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year, the J.C. Chandor-directed drama that was just acquired for domestic distribution by A24 at the Sundance Film Festival. Shooting on the film is just getting underway. Co-financed by Participant Media and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the drama takes place in New York in 1981, a year in which the city had one of its highest tallies of violent crime. An immigrant and his family are trying to grow their heating oil business and their ambition collides with the crime element.

Related:  Sundance: A24 Acquiring ‘A Most Violent Year’

Brooks will play Isaacs’ character’s attorney. The film is produced by Before The Door’s Neal Dodson and Washington Square Films’ Anna Gerb and Chandor, the filmmaker’s partners on All Is Lost and Margin Call. Participant’s Jeff Skoll is involved in producing capacities as well. Read More »

Comments (7)

Sundance: A24 Acquiring J.C. Chandor-Helmed ‘A Most Violent Year’ With Oscar Isaac And Jessica Chastain

Mike Fleming

chandUPDATE:  A24 had just confirmed Deadline’s scoop. I’ll attach press release at the bottom of this post.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 8:48 am PST: Coming into Sundance, many expected big things for upstart distribution company A24, and the label hasn’t … Read More »

Comments (5)

Legendary Sets ‘All Is Lost’s J.C. Chandor For Packers Coach Vince Lombardi Pic

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 3:27pm PST
Mike Fleming

vince-238x300EXCLUSIVE: After turning the Jackie Robinson-Branch Rickey story 42 into a hit, Legendary Pictures is now targeting Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi for a feature film. Legendary has made a deal with All Is Lost and Margin Call writer-director J.C. Chandor to write with an eye to direct a feature about the coaching legend who led Green Bay to five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl titles. Legendary, whose principal Thomas Tull is a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and a passionate pigskin fan, will produce the film with Mary Parent. She produced Pacific Rim and Godzilla for Legendary. Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser will be exec producers.

Chandor, who made his feature directing debut on his Oscar-nominated script Margin Call, is once again in the awards season conversation for his follow-up All Is Lost, which stars Robert Redford as a man struggling to survive on the open seas. Chandor is casting up his next directorial outing, A Most Violent Year, which will star Jessica Chastain with production to begin early next year.

chandorHe has already begun writing the new film, and Legendary has assembled a rights package that includes a deal with the Lombardi estate, as well as the Broadway play written by Eric Simonson that starred Dan Lauria and Judith Light. That play was based on the David Marannis book When Pride Still Mattered, and that is also part of the package. Read More »

Comments (6)

OSCARS Q&A: Robert Redford On Returning To His Roots In ‘All Is Lost’

By | Saturday November 30, 2013 @ 3:35pm PST
Pete Hammond

For more than 50 years, Robert Redford has been at the top of his game, whether as an actor, Oscar-AwardsLine.LogoBWwinning director (Ordinary People), producer or at Sundance, the festival and institute he founded. He won an honorary Oscar for his work with Sundance in promoting independent film, and that is where he met director J.C. Chandor, whose first film, Margin Call, premiered at the festival. But none of the many young directors whose films got big breaks at Sundance actually ever dared to ask Redford to be in a movie. That is, until Chandor brought him All Is Lost. The result is an extraordinary tour de force performance in which Redford is the only actor on screen, playing a man trying to survive after his sailboat springs a leak. Incredibly, Redford has only been nominated for an acting Oscar once in his career, 40 years ago for the lighthearted The Sting. Betting odds are that All Is Lost is going to bring him his second best actor nom.

robertredfordlost1AwardsLine: What attracted you to such a physically and mentally challenging role?
Robert Redford: It was an opportunity for me to go back to my roots as an actor. That was how I began in this business, and it brought me great joy. As you move through your life, you create opportunities, and if you see new opportunities, you take them. Directing and producing, or creating opportunities for other filmmakers, feels great, but you’re not aware of how it’s taking you further and further away from what your basic joy is—to act. This gave me that in a very big way because of the kind of role it was. Then there is that other thing that happens when you just go in—and it’s impulse—where you say, “I’m going to trust this.” That happened for me with J.C. We met, and very quickly, I thought, “Let’s just do it.” Read More »

Comments (6)

Javier Bardem Pacts Pair: He’ll Star In J.C. Chandor’s ‘A Most Violent Year’ And Opposite Sean Penn In ‘The Gunman’

By | Wednesday June 5, 2013 @ 4:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Javier Bardem has found a couple of killer roles. He will star as the good guy (for a change) in J.C. Chandor’s next film, A Most Violent Year, which will shoot in Manhattan … Read More »

Comments (9)

Hammond On Cannes: Robert Redford’s Brave New Role Wows Fest But He Can’t Win

Pete Hammond

Robert Redford may not be eligible for any awards at Cannes this year where his new film, All Is Lost premiered to strong response out of competition on Wednesday night, but if the reaction on the Croisette was any indication, he could be headed for the Oscars. The film, in which Redford is the only actor playing a man stranded at sea when his sailboat springs a huge leak, is a tour de force for the star and it won a 9-minute standing ovation at its debut tonight. Even the return of the rain that has plagued this festival could not put a damper on the mood of the filmmakers, Universal International (releasing overseas) and Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (releasing domestically on October 18th). It is clearly an awards season play, not only for Redford in a role unlike any he has played but also Oscar nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) who proves his first film was no fluke and shows a remarkable ability to pull off this one-man show with real filmmaking skill. Read More »

Comments (6)

First Image: Robert Redford In J.C. Chandor-Directed ‘All Is Lost’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 10:26am PDT
Mike Fleming

Here is a first look at Robert Redford battling the elements in All Is Lost, the film scripted and directed J.C. Chandor, who helmed the financial crisis thriller Margin Call.Chandor met Redford at the Sundance Film Festival, and was so taken by the indie film patriarch … Read More »

Comments 23

OSCARS: ‘Margin Call’ — J.C. Chandor

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 3:16pm PST

Cari Lynn is a contributor to AwardsLine

Early this autumn, as the Occupy Wall Street movement heated up, writer-director J.C. Chandor was getting nervous. Really nervous. It was only days before the release of his writing and directorial debut, Margin Call, set in 2008 and about a fictitious investment bank discovering it’s the linchpin of the financial crisis. “My fear was that the OWS movement would turn into the World Trade Organization riots in Seattle, where they were breaking windows and burning cars,” Chandor says. “And there’s the old adage about films, that when it’s that too close, no one wants to see it.” Of course, Chandor and his ensemble cast — including Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore — were relieved that things went “in a Gandhian way,” which, Chandor says, Read More »

Comments (6)

TOLDJA! Robert Redford To Star In J.C. Chandor’s ‘All Is Lost’; FilmNation On Sales: Berlin

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 2:40am PST

FilmNation is confirming what Deadline told you last year, that Robert Redford will star as the sole castmember in Margin Call writer and director J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales starting at the EFM … Read More »

Comments (5)

OSCARS: ‘Margin Call’ Nomination Bolsters VOD Fest Push

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 8:14am PST
Mike Fleming

Can Actors Be Sold On The VOD Business Model? Sundance Buyers Ponder That…

One of the hot topics of discussion at Sundance has been how viable VOD-centric releases can be in the Oscar race. While independents received 60 nominations … Read More »

Comments (5)

Robert Redford In Talks To Star For ‘Margin Call’s J.C. Chandor Man Vs Nature Drama

By | Thursday December 15, 2011 @ 6:24pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After making his feature directorial debut on the timely financial crisis drama Margin Call, J.C. Chandor is setting up his followup. It’s called All Is Lost, a drama that is described as a man vs. nature drama that … Read More »

Comments (9)