Lennie James (HBO’s Hung) is set to co-star opposite Mark Strong in the AMC drama pilot Low Winter Sun. Ernest Dickerson (The Walking Dead) is in negotiations to direct the pilot, from Endemol Studios and AMC Studios. Written/executive produced by Chris Mundy, the project, based on based on the 2006 British miniseries, is described as a contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption that starts with the murder of a cop by fellow Detroit detective Frank Agnew (Strong). Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder activates forces that will forever alter that detective’s life and pull him into the heart of the Detroit underworld. James, who co-starred in the ABC pilot Gotham last season, will play Joe, who is described as part cop, part perp. The actor, repped by UTA and manager Estelle Lasher, most recently did the BBC drama series Line Of Duty.
Joe Anderson (Across The Universe)-has been cast in AMC’s other drama pilot, the LaGravenese & Goldwyn project. Written by Richard LaGravenese and to be directed by Tony Goldwyn, the ensemble drama is a legal thriller centered on Adam Powell, a District Attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case. Anderson, repped by CAA, Management 360 and UK’s United Agents, will play Terry Kaminski, a man of Polish descent convicted of a crime. He will next be seen in Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.
EXCLUSIVE: Open Road is in the final stages of acquiring U.S. rights to Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, and it’s shaping up to be a whopper of a deal. The numbers I’m hearing are in the $8 million minimum guarantee range, … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Based on a 30-minute reel being shown to distributors as we speak, bidding is getting hot and heavy on The Grey, the Joe Carnahan-directed drama about an oil-drilling team struggling to survive in the wilds of Alaska after their plane crashes smack in the middle of a territorial rogue wolf pack. Liam Neeson, Dallas Roberts, James Badge Dale, Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie and Joe Anderson star in the film. CAA is shopping the Scott Free-produced pic, and I’ve heard that Warner Bros, Open Road, Summit, Lionsgate, The Weinstein Company and FilmDistrict are all in the mix.
The movie’s had heat on it since CAA showed a three-minute reel right after the Cannes Film Festival. The ask is in the $8 million range minimum guarantee and a release upwards of 3000 screens and the deal will certainly be in the seven-figures based on what I’ve heard about the footage. But the bidding is complicated by one thing: the filmmakers are insisting that The Grey be released later this year. It makes sense for a cold-weather film that has a Neeson performance that could be in the Oscar mix. And the film is ready to build buzz that starts with festivals like Toronto. The complication is, several of the distributors have crowded late-year release schedules. This could give an edge to a distributor like Tom Ortenberg’s Open Road, which is looking for exactly this kind of wide-release film. Read More »
British actor Joe Anderson (Across the Universe) has landed the lead in ABC’s drama pilot The River directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. The horror thriller, from DreamWorks TV, ABC Studios and Paranormal Activity mastermind Oren Peli, centers on Lincoln Cole (Anderson) … Read More »