Here’s the first trailer for Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to Dallas Buyers Club. It’s an adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir about her 1,100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. Reese Witherspoon stars as Strayed, an inexperienced hiker who embarked on the trek after her marriage tanked and her mother died. Laura Dern, Thomas Sadoski, Gaby Hoffman, Kevin Rankin and Michiel Huisman co-star in the pic written by Nick Hornby. Fox Searchlight opens Wild on December 5. Have a look:
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star for Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée, in Demolition, from the Black List screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Black Label is financing and producing with Mr. Mudd, whose Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith will produce with Black Label’s Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. Mr. Mudd produced Reitman’s Labor Day and Juno.
Talks with Gyllenhaal are in the early stage but look promising. The story centers on a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong but ultimately is rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. It is another solid indie for Mr. Mudd, which recently produced The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
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On every film there’s someone who doesn’t get as much credit as they deserve. People in the background who fight for the movie, whose insight or work is crucial to the film, whose efforts start the ball rolling. For instance, for Gravity, it was Alfonso Cuaron‘s son (and writing partner, Jonas), who inspired him by saying, “Your films are all right, but you’ve got to get more entertaining,” Cuaron remembered backstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel after the Golden Globes last Sunday. “It could be more fun. And that was the point of departure to do this film.” Also, if it weren’t for former Warner Bros. president of the Motion Picture Group Jeff Robinov, the film would not have gotten made. It got shoved aside by Universal after Angelina Jolie dropped out and Warner Bros. couldn’t get its co-financiers to step up to the plate. Enter Robinov who was the behind the scenes champion on the film which now has a worldwide gross of $675M. For 12 Years a Slave, it was Steve McQueen‘s wife Bianca Stigter who found the book and alerted her husband who had been wanting to make a film about slavery. Today, we asked some of the nominees who, if anyone, also deserved special recognition. These are some of the responses.
Amy Adams, Best Actress nominee, American Hustle:
“The unsung hero? That’s our Steadicam operator Geoff [Haley] – I’m not even kidding. Because David [O. Russell] works in 360 and you can plan what the shot is but the shot is pretty much what David O. Russell is yelling at the moment. Geoff is running around all day with a Steadicam on and I would look at him and go I don’t know how you’re doing this if I’m barely standing at the end of the day. He was amazing. He’s our dance partner. Any place we moves he’s moving – and sometimes it’s without planning… It’s an amazing thing to watch.”
Matthew McConaughey, Best Actor nominee, Dallas Buyers Club:
The under the radar person that’s not really been brought up out in the light as much as I would have liked is Jean-Marc [Valée], the director. He came out, he’s only been on couple of panels. Mind you was off making another film, which is priority one. But this guy brought the right sensitivity to the anarchy of Ron Woodruff’s story. He saw what it was from the beginning. His ideas for how to approach different scenes were wild but always very human. We know when you read this script, this could be one movies that’s an independent, that’s very important – but is it going to be entertaining? We got away with importance and entertainment. That’s a big coup for a movie like this.
EXCLUSIVE: Black Label Media partners Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill have stepped up to finance Demolition, which becomes the next film directed by Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée. The Black Label Media trio joins Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith, who are producing through their Mr. Mudd banner. Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. I wrote about this in May, when Vallee first boarded the drama. Bryan Sipe wrote the script, about a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. Sipe’s script made the Black List. They will now go out to cast to shoot next summer after Vallee completes Wild.
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-starrer Dallas Buyers Club, has been set by Fox Searchlight to helm Wild. Reese Witherspoon already is set to star in the Nick Hornby-scripted adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir. Witherspoon and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea are producing with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Vallee’s producing partner, Nathan Ross, will be exec producer.
Witherspoon will play Strayed, who in the book recounted how the twin tragedies of her marriage cratering and her mother dying plunged her into a long spiral of reckless and destructive behavior. At the end of her rope, she made a rash decision: With no experience, she hiked more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. She experienced as much terror as pleasure in navigating the rough terrain but regained her mojo in the process. Searchlight execs Claudia Lewis and David Greenbaum are overseeing. Vallee is repped by Ross and attorney David Weber.
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Marc Vallée, who just helmed Dallas Buyers Club, is teaming with production company Mr. Mudd to develop Demolition from a Black List screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith will produce for Mr. Mudd and Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. Mr. Mudd just produced Reitman’s Labor Day and Juno. Shooting begins this fall. The story centers on a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, but is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. It looks like another solid indie for Mr. Mudd, which recently produced The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
Here’s the other perspective in Café De Flore, which explores the parallel fates of a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris and a divorced, successful DJ in contemporary Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film that stars Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène Florent. Adopt Films releases Café De Flore in the U.S. on November 2nd:
Café De Flore explores the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antonio, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present-day Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film, which stars Vanessa Paradis (Girl On The Bridge). Adopt Films releases Café De Flore on November 2nd.
Adopt Films has announced its acquisition of all U.S. rights to Jean-Marc Vallée’s “Café de Flore,” which World Premiered at the 2011 Venice Film Festival and enjoyed its North American Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
Co-starring Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent and Evelyne Brochu, “Café de Flore” has been nominated for a spectacular 13 Genie Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Oscars ©. Its nominations include Best Motion Picture, Best Director (Vallée), Best Screenplay (Vallée), Best Actress (Paradis), Best Supporting Actress (Florent), and Best Supporting Actor (Marin Gerrier). The Genie Awards will be presented on March 8th. “Café de Flore” was produced by Pierre Even and Marie-Claude Poulin. Vallée’s previous films include “Liste Noire,” “C.R.A.Z.Y.,” and “The Young Victoria,” produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese.
The deal was negotiated by Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Managing partner of international sales company Films Distribution and Adopt’s Co-Managing Executives Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky.
While most of the industry views the Toronto International Film Festival as a place to showcase films for acquisition or Oscar runs, festival organizers always stock the program with homegrown films. The festival just announced that part of the program, setting a Gala premiere for the Ken Scott-directed drama Starbuck, about a 42-year-old who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children; Breakaway, a Robert Lieberman-directed hockey drama that features Rob Lowe in its cast; Keyhole, the world premiere of the latest film by Guy Maddin, a gangsters-meets-ghosts sonata that stars Jason Patric; the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed Cafe de Flore; the Michael Dowse-directed hockey comedy Goon that stars Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber; and the Mary Harron-directed The Moth Diaries. The fest previously announced Canadian galas for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Sara Polley’s Take This Waltz.
Content Film has acquired The Dallas Buyers Club for international sales. That puts the picture on track to finally happen, with Matthew McConaughey and Hilary Swank starring, and Jean-Marc Vallee directing. He helmed The Young Victoria, and just wrapped Cafe de Flore. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack wrote the screenplay. The project has long been a passion of top actors and directors. McConaughey will play a Texas electrician named Ron Woodroof. Given six months to live by his doctors in 1986 after contracting AIDS, he hung on and lived another six years by illegally smuggling medicine into the US. He made sure a lot of other sufferers got them. The spirit of the drama paints a picture at the time of powerful and unyielding bureaucrats at the Food and Drug Administration.
The film is produced by Robbie Brenner (Machine Gun Preacher) and Rachel Rothman-Winter. Nathan Ross will also be a producer. Content Film president Jamie Carmichael will lead Content’s effort to broker offshore territories while CAA reps the film for a domestic deal.