Paul Walker had planned to star in this Nicholas Sparks adaptation. James Marsden ended up playing the role opposite Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts who reunite in their hometown after 20 years apart. Will true love prevail? Michael Hoffman directed The Best Of Me, which he wrote with J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney co-star in the romantic drama from Relativity Media and Di Novi Pictures that opens October 17. Here’s the teaser trailer, set to Jules Larson’s “Running Wild”:
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity and director Michael Hoffman have offered James Marsden the male lead role in The Best Of Me, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller that Paul Walker planned to star in. Marsden’s deal needs to be negotiated, but the offer was just made for him to star alongside Michelle Monaghan. Relativity had been quietly looking to recast since the tragedy that took Walker’s life late last year. This had boiled down to a short of Marsden and Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello. While Universal put Fast & Furious 7 on extended hiatus to creatively find a way to finish the movie after Walker died in a crash Thanksgiving weekend halfway through the shoot, Walker had several good projects he was sparked to star in. Homeland‘s Rupert Friend is reportedly circling one of the others, Agent 47.
Book is about two former high school sweethearts reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of the beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the sparks, but the forces that drove them apart back then still get in the way. J. Mills Goodloe, Will Fetters and Hoffman wrote the script. Denise DiNovi, Sparks and his producing partner Theresa Park are producing with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Relativity president Tucker Tooley and Richard Middleton are executive producing. Read More »
LOS ANGELES, JULY 29, 2013– Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack, James Marsden and Alan Tudyk have joined the cast of WELCOME TO ME starring Kristen Wiig and produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and Bron Studios, it was announced today. Directing is Shira Piven (Fully Loaded), from a screenplay by Eliot Laurence. The dramatic comedy is produced by Aaron L. Gilbert and Marina Grasic with Margot Hand as co-producer on behalf of Bron Studios. For Gary Sanchez Productions, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum are producers, with Robyn Wholey as executive producer. Kristen Wiig is also a producer. WELCOME TO ME began production in California on July 29th. Allison Jones is the casting director. WELCOME TO ME tells the story of Alice (Wiig) who suffers from borderline personality disorder and wins the lottery only to decide to spend her money on a cable access talk show about herself. The show reflects her larger-than-life personality and absolute obsession with wanting to be famous, even if it means alienating her friends and family in the process. UTA is packaging and representing the film for the US market. Cargo International is handling international sales.
Claire Danes, James Marsden and Sarah Bolger star in the IFC Films drama As Cool As I Am from Wind Dancer Films (Bernie) based on Pete Fromm’s novel. It stars Bolger as a smart young woman who must grow up herself while dealing with her immature parents (Danes and Marsden), who had her when they were teenagers. Thomas Mann co-stars. The pic hits theaters June 7.
EXCLUSIVE:X-Men‘s James Marsden is the latest cast member to join Will Ferrell & Co. in Anchorman: The Legend Continues. While plot details have been kept largely under wraps, sources tell Deadline he’ll play a rival anchor and nemesis to Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy in the sequel. Secrecy has been high as production ramps up for a March shoot in Atlanta, although Christina Applegate slipped news of Kristen Wiig’s casting on Twitter earlier this month. Adam McKay is directing the December 20, 2013 Paramount release for Gary Sanchez Productions and Apatow Productions with much of the original Anchorman cast reprising their roles, including Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and David Koechner. Read More »
James Marsden is heading to Walk Of Shame with Elizabeth Banks. He will play Gordon, Banks’ character’s love interest in the comedy written and directed by Steve Brill. Walk Of Shame follows an uptight news anchor (Banks) whose path to a big job interview spirals into a series of misadventures after being locked out of her place with no money, phone or ID. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi of Lakeshore Entertainment are producing with Sidney Kimmel. FilmDistrict is distributingdomestically, with Sierra/Affinity selling the international rights. Marsden, repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ White House saga The Butler playing John F. Kennedy. He also will be in 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg coming out next year.
The independent sales company will handle foreign sales for As Cool As I Am, a comedy-drama starring Claire Danes and James Marsden, at AFM this year. The Homeland actress and X-Men alum play self-centered parents whose daughter Lucy (Sarah Bolger) looks for the comfort she can’t get at home in cooking classes with chief Mario Batalli. Batalli, Jeremy Sisto, Thomas Mann and Peter Fonda also star. Max Mayer directs Virginia Korus Spragg’s screenplay she adapted from Peter Fromm’s 2003 novel. Matt Williams and Judd Payne of Wind Dancer Films produced the film with Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films; Wind Dancer’s David McFadzean and Dete Meserve executive produce with Ginger Sledge. Radiant’s Mimi Steinbauer will oversee the international rollout of the film. The company also has The Citizen and Trust Me, starring William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Allison Janney, on its AFM sales slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Piper Perabo will star opposite Billy Bob Thorton, James Marsden and Thomas Jane in director David Hackl’s thriller Red Machine. She will play a deaf photographer who is engaged to Beckett (Jane), whom she met during the Iraq War. The story revolves around two estranged brothers (Jane, Marsden) and their girlfriends (Perabo and an actress yet to be cast) who go camping in the Alaskan wilderness. An erratic grizzly relentlessly stalks the two couples, who are forced to rely on their own senses and skills to survive. Rick Cleveland and J.R. Reher wrote Red Machine, which Tai Duncan, Dominic Ianno, Stuart Pollack, Hadeel Reda, Paul Schiff, and David Valleau will produce. Shooting begins this month in Vancouver. TMT Entertainment Group and UTA rep Perabo.
Commercials house Park Pictures has unveiled a feature film unit, Park Pictures Features. Park Pictures’ Jackie Kelman Bisbee and Lance Acord are teaming with indie writer-producer-director Galt Niederhoffer and producer Sam Bisbee on the venture, which already is underway on its first project, Robot & Frank, which stars Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Jeremy Strong and Liev Schreiber. The family comedy, which centers on a curmudgeonly dad (Langella) whose kids install a robot as his caretaker, is shooting in New York. Jake Schreier is making his feature directorial debut; Niederhoffer, Bisbee, Kelman Bisbee and Acord are producing, and White Hat/TBB is exec producing. “Park is a company comprised of filmmakers, so as we grow and evolve it only makes sense to develop and produce their feature projects,” said Acord, a director of photography whose credits include Lost In Translation and Where the Wild Things Are. “Being a commercial production company, we have a unique opportunity to utilize our resources within the industry to economically and efficiently make longform films.” Park Pictures plans for two movies in the first year.
EXCLUSIVE: Producer John Palermo’s Palermo Pictures banner is eyeing a summer start for The Dead Circus, a drama that builds a fictitious storyline into the actual mysterious death of I Fought The Law singer Bobby Fuller. James Marsden, Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Shannon [UPDATE: Shannon's reps said scheduling has knocked him out of the role], Dexter star Michael C. Hall and Oscar winner Melissa Leo are attached. The script is by Adam Davenport and John Kaye, based on Kaye’s novel. Davenport will make his directing debut on the film.
Fuller’s song became a hit in 1966, but a week after, the 23-year-old singer was found dead. It was ruled a suicide even though his body was battered, with gasoline poured down his throat. In the drama, a grieving screenwriter (still to be cast) plunges into a crusade to solve the mystery of Fuller’s death. Leo will play a Manson Family matriarch who comes out of hiding five years after the murder to reveal to the writer that the answer to his questions might be found in 16 mm snuff films buried in Death Valley. Marsden, who stars this weekend in Hop, will play Charles Manson. Hall will play a corrupt, wheelchair-bound manager of the dead musician. Palermo, who split with longtime Seed Productions partner Hugh Jackman, is solidifying the financing … Read More »
The Universal comedy is scheduled for April 1st and features James Marsden as a slacker who accidentally injures the Easter Bunny (voiced by Russell Brand) and then takes him in. It’s from Illumination Entertainment, the team behind Despicable Me, and while there’s no story here, at least you get to rock out to Blur.