EXCLUSIVE: Indie Spirit Award-winning helmer Sean Baker moved from the streets of New York in Prince Of Broadway to the suburbs of the Valley in 2012′s Starlet, and he’s stuck with the City of Angels for his latest feature. Details are staying under wraps on Tangerine, but the LA-set pic is set on Christmas Eve against the backdrop of the city’s different subcultures. Baker cast first-time actors Kiki Lee Key and Mya Taylor as his two leads and tapped Starlet co-stars James Ransone (The Wire, In A Valley Of Violence) and Mickey O’Hagan to star alongside Karren Karagulian, who appeared in Prince Of Broadway.
Try gleaning any plot clues from this quote from Baker: “I think this film is a response to those who told me that I’d go soft if I moved to LA. It’s a wild, colorful ride through sections of this city that has rarely or never been captured on film.” Chris Bergoch co-scripted and Mark and Jay Duplass are exec producers on the film for their Duplass Brothers Productions banner alongside Marcus and Karrie Cox of Through Films. Darren Dean and Shih-Ching Tsou are producers. Freestyle Productions’ Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri are co-producers alongside DP Radium Cheung. Baker and Mark Duplass are repped by ICM Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Fidell’s feature A Teacher, one of the buzzed about titles at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, is getting a series adaptation as a drama at HBO executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass and Michael Costigan. Also titled A Teacher, the project is being written/executive produced by Fidell and BAFTA-winning British writer Daniel Brocklehurst, former showrunner of the original UK series Shameless, with Fidell also set to direct the potential pilot. The series centers on a high school teacher in her late 20′s in the midst of a torrid affair with one of her students.
The project originated with Costigan and his company Cota Films. Costigan saw Fidell’s film at Sundance 2013 and teamed with her and Brocklehurst for a TV adaptation. Costigan then brought in Jay and Mark Duplass whose film Cyrus he produced for Fox Searchlight. The Duplass brothers are already in business with HBO with their new comedy series Togetherness, which starts production this month. Here is the trailer for A Teacher, starring Lindsay Burdge, which was released theatrically and on VOD by Oscilloscope. There is no talent attached to the series version at this time.
HBO has given the green light to Togetherness, a single-camera comedy pilot written, directed and executive produced by brothers Mark and Jay Duplass. It follows two couples living under the same roof who struggle to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. I hear filming is eyed to begin in April, with no plans for Mark, who is also an actor, to star. Duplass Brothers Prods’ Stephanie Langhoff co-executive produces the project, which indie filmmakers the Duplass brothers wrote on spec. Read More »
Found-footage horror specialist Blumhouse has acquired Peachfuzz from producers Mark and Jay Duplass and directed by first-timer Patrick Brice. The plot is mostly under wraps but follows a man who answers a Craigslist ad with unexpected results; Mark Duplass co-wrote the script and also stars. The deal closed yesterday at Sundance ahead of the film festival that starts today. The pic was not ready in time for the fest lineup, so the filmmakers offered up a poster and some scenes for buyers. Blumhouse jumped on it, and now it can be finished, with the Universal-based production company set to partner and collaborate with the brothers on the film and its distribution and marketing. The deal was negotiated by Submarine’s Josh Braun, who will serve as an executive producer. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures and producers Walter Mirisch and Scott Rudin are planning a remake of the 1978 romantic comedy Same Time, Next Year. They are negotiating with Mark and Jay Duplass to write the script, with an eye toward directing the film. The Robert Mulligan-directed original starred Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. She’s a housewife, he’s an accountant and they meet by chance at a romantic inn over a dinner. Even though they are married to others, they have a one night stand and then they get together once a year to rekindle the sparks. Over the course of time, the relationship becomes complex as they develop an intimate relationship as they discuss what is going on with their lives at home.
Jay and Mark Duplass most recently collaborated as writers and directors of the Jason Segel-Ed Helms comedy Jeff, Who Lives At Home, and before that Cyrus, Baghead and The Puffy Chair. Mark Duplass also stars in the FX series The League and just signed on for a role in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. He also stars in and exec produced Safety Not Guaranteed and the Alex Kurtzman-directed People Like Us. In addition, he stars in and co-produced Your Sister’s Sister, which opens Friday. They are repped by ICM Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: Stephanie Langhoff has been tapped to run Duplass Brothers Productions, the shingle founded by filmmaking pair Jay and Mark Duplass. The three plan to produce films ranging from microbudget indies to studio features that the brothers and other filmmakers will write and produce, as well as a number of television projects in the works. The brothers and Langhoff’s recent projects include Safety Not Guaranteed, which they produced with Big Beach Films and premiered at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, where it sold to FilmDistrict; The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, which will debut at SXSW in March; and Jeff Who Lives At Home with Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon, which Paramount Vantage will open March 16th. Langhoff started as an assistant to Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas at Revolution Studios. As an executive, she was a producer on the feature Perfect Stranger. The Duplasses wrote, produced and directed their first feature The Puffy Chair in 2005, which debuted at Sundance and sold to Roadside Attractions, followed by Baghead in 2008 (Sony Classics) and 2010′s Fox Searchlight feature Cyrus with John C Reilly, Jonah Hill and Marisa Tomei.
Jason Segel, Ed Helms and Susan Sarandon star in Jeff, Who Lives At Home. In the basement. Then his mother sends him on a simple errand that might end up changing his life along the way. From Jay and Mark Duplass, who gave us another memorable character, Cyrus. From Paramount Vantage, it opens March 16.
EXCLUSIVE: The 19th annual Hamptons International Film Festival has set the silent film sensation The Artist to be the closing-night film premiere on Oct. 16 and the Drake Doremus-directed drama Like Crazy to be the Centerpiece Film screening Oct. 15. That film won the Grand Jury Prize at 2011 Sundance, where it was acquired by Paramount and Indian Paintbrush.
The festival will honor its star, Anton Yelchin, as one of this year’s Breakthrough Performers. Other emerging stars will be added as the festival gets closer. HIFF already announced that its opening film will be the Jay and Mark Duplass-directed Jeff Who Lives at Home. The Michel Hazanavicius-directed The Artist, acquired by The Weinstein Company on the eve of Cannes, won Best Actor honors at the festival for Jean Dujardin, who plays a silent-movie superstar at the advent of talking pictures, a development that will ruin his career. Read More »
Paramount Vantage will give a platform release to Jay and Mark Duplass’ Jeff Who Lives at Home on March 2, 2012, the studio said today. The comedy stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer and Susan Sarandon and just was slated for a Special Presentation slot at September’s Toronto Film Festival, where it will have its world premiere.