‘Rock Of Ages’ Diego Boneta Joins ‘In The Blood’; ‘Seal Team 6′ Cam Gigandet In Talks

By | Wednesday November 7, 2012 @ 12:51pm PST

Diego Boneta has signed up for the John Stockwell-directed In The Blood. And Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama bin Laden’s Cam Gigandet is in … Read More »

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‘Seal Team Six’ Director Rips NYT Story Suggesting Muslim Backlash

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 3:49pm PDT

The director of the upcoming National Geographic TV movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden is criticizing the New York Times for suggesting in a story that his Seal Team Six risks causing additional backlash in the … Read More »

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‘Footloose’s Kenny Wormald In John Stockwell’s ‘Kid Cannabis’

By | Thursday June 14, 2012 @ 5:07pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Kenny Wormald and Jonathan Daniel Brown have been set to star in Kid Cannabis, a fact-based indie about two guys who smuggle pot between the borders of Idaho and British Columbia. Wormald got his break playing Ren (the Kevin … Read More »

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Weinstein Company Near Big Deal For Bin Laden Hunt Pic ‘Code Name Geronimo’

Mike Fleming

Code Name Geronimo MovieEXCLUSIVE: In what is shaping up as the first major deal made on the ground at the Cannes Film Festival, The Weinstein Company is in hot and heavy negotiations for U.S. rights to Code Name Geronimo, the John Stockwell-directed drama about the manhunt for 9/11 terror attack mastermind Osama bin Laden. The deal is in the $2 million range, and is being negotiated on the basis of a trailer for a film that is in post-production.

That footage was unveiled today by Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier and WME Global’s Graham Taylor (who just landed in Cannes), and Weinstein moved quickly to hammer out a deal with attorney Craig Emanuel.

What is most intriguing about this is that TWC can put the film into theaters in early fall, a move that would put it before the Kathryn Bigelow-directed Zero Dark Thirty. That film, which has an ensemble cast including Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain, won’t be released until December 19 after Sony Pictures decided not to put it in theaters during the presidential elections. Already it is clear that President Obama’s green light of the SEAL Team 6 mission will be a major issue in the upcoming presidential campaign, and Republicans have already railed against the notion that writer Mark Boal got inside information from the administration for his script.

Related: Kathryn Bigelow Bin Laden Film Getting DC Scrutiny Read More »

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AFM: John Stockwell Film ‘In The Blood’ Marks Launch Of Cargo Entertainment

By | Wednesday November 2, 2011 @ 9:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Industry vets Mark Lindsay, Marina Grasic and Jan Korbelin have launched Cargo Entertainment, a company that will be affiliated with Curious Pictures and will finance, produce and run foreign sales for independent films. The company is launching at AFM with a first project. In The Blood, an action revenge thriller that will be directed by John Stockwell, will begin production in Puerto Rico in the spring. The film is scripted by Dumb and Dumber’s Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston.

Stockwell called the film “an opportunity to take on a taut, tense paranoid thriller that delivers on a supremely engaging premise, what if the person you love vanished in a foreign land and you were the prime suspect in their disappearance?” The film is produced by Verso Entertainment’s Baron Davis and Cash Warren, along with Movie Package Company’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield. Read More »

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AFM: Another Bin Laden Pic, ‘Disconnect’ Rights Deal, ‘Leashed’ Teaser

By | Wednesday October 26, 2011 @ 2:23pm PDT

With the American Film Market kicking off next week in Santa Monica, sellers already are positioning the projects they will put in front of the more than 8,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. Here are a few projects already ramping up:

Stockwell To Direct Code Name Geronimo
John Stockwell (Dark Tide, Turistas, Into The Blue) has come aboard to direct the upcoming Code Name Geronimo, the latest among a slew of films centered on the Navy SEALs’ mission to find and kill Osama bin Laden. Voltage Pictures is selling rights at AFM on this film, which was written by Kendall Lampkin and is set to begin principle photography in January. ICM negotiated the deal and represents Stockwell. Geronimo is based on the actual incursion into bin Laden’s compound from the perspective of a small unit of SEALs. Of course, the most high-profile of the bin Laden film bunch is the Sony Pictures one from The Hurt Locker team of director Kathryn Bigelow and scribe Mark Boal, which focuses on the SEAL unit’s hunt for the al-Qaeda leader and is looking like it might not be released until after the 2012 presidential election. There’s also Relativity’s Act Of Valor, which features a half-dozen leads played by actual SEALs and was backed by the military. It is due out Presidents Day weekend 2012. That one was scripted by Kurt Johnstad (300) and directed by the ICM-repped Bandito Brothers’ Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh. Read More »

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