Three months after rescuingJonathan Levine‘s horror thriller All The Boys Love Mandy Lane from distribution purgatory and seven years after the Amber Heard-starrer was filmed, Radius-TWC has set fall theatrical and VOD dates for the film. The Texas-set slasher will hit VOD September 6 followed by an October 11 theatrical release, the company announced today. But has buzz waxed or waned for the infamously stalled 2006 festival midnight sensation?
Pic follows a group of high schoolers who invite “good girl” Mandy Lane (Heard) out for a weekend on a secluded ranch where a killer begins targeting them one by one. When The Weinstein Co. first won a Toronto Film Fest bidding war for the pic in a hot $3.5M sale, its cast and director were on the verge of breaking out. Then TWC balked, put it on hold, and eventually sold it to Senator Entertainment US — which went bankrupt, leaving Mandy Lane trapped in the space between spaces until Radius-TWC’s Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and EP Keith Calder figured out a way to resuscitate it. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Warm Bodies helmer Jonathan Levine has learned that zombies aren’t the only things that rise from the dead. His 2006 directorial debut, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, is finally getting a North American release through Radius-TWC, whose co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego just closed the rights deal and plans a late-summer multi-platform launch. Even though the $600,000 budget film was a sensation in its 2006 Toronto Film Festival debut, sparking an all-night auction that ended with The Weinstein Company besting two suitors by bidding $3.5 million and committing to 800 screens, Mandy Lane was never released theatrically in the U.S.
The film stars Amber Heard and Anson Mount, and is about a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, “a good girl” who becomes the object of everyone’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time. Radius co-president Quinn tells me he saw the film while he worked in acquisitions at Magnolia, and he never forgot it. What happened? The film got caught in that no man’s land between direct-to-video and wide release. After a disastrous test screening, TWC wavered on whether Mandy Lane could thrive in wide release. So after an appeal by the film’s producers, TWC sold … Read More »
A zombie romantic comedy? Warm Bodies gets going when a young zombie (Nicolas Hoult) rescues a human (Teresa Palmer) from a horde of undead. Directed by Jonathan Levine who adapted from Isaac Marion’s novel, Warm Bodies also stars Dave Franco, Rob Corddry and John Malkovich. The Lionsgate/Summit release opens February 1st, 2013.
John Malkovich has signed on to Summit’s Warm Bodies, the Jonathan Levine-directed adaptation of the novel about a zombie who rediscovers his soul through a relationship with a human girl. Nicholas Hoult plays the zombie; Teresa Palmer plays the girl; and Malkovich will play her father, General Grigio. It starts an interesting autumn for Malkovich, who’ll perform in two operas, The Giacomo Variations and The Infernal Comedy, before going off to direct a French-language version of Les liaisons dangereuses in Paris. Malkovich starred in 1988′s Dangerous Liaisons. He’ll be free in January, and will certainly follow by reprising his eccentric assassin Marvin Boggs in the sequel to the 2010 hit Red. Summit is right now searching for a director to replace Robert Schwentke, who’s directing Universal’s R.I.P.D. Malkovich is repped by WME.
Mandate Pictures is moving fast on the feature comedy Jamaica, which will reunite the studio with the team behind the comedic drama 50/50, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick and is due out in September. Like that movie, Will Reiser is writing the screenplay based on his real-life experiences, Jonathan Levine is directing, and Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing through their Point Grey Pictures. Plot details are thin on Jamaica, but it is loosely based on a vacation Reiser took to the island nation with his grandmother when he was 14 (“This is a story that I’ve long wanted to tell. It’s something of a passion project for me,” he said in the press release announcing the deal). Reiser, Point Grey’s James Weaver and Mandate’s Nathan Kahane and Nicole Brown are executive producing. “Will is an exceptional writer with so many amusing life experiences to pull from, and he has a unique instinct to bring out tender moments in comical situations,” Kahane said.
Rogen, Goldberg and Reiser are repped by UTA; Levine is repped by CAA and managed by Ragna Nervik. Reiser is managed by Thruline Entertainment, and Rogen is managed by Principal Entertainment. Dan Freedman, Mandate’s SVP Business Affairs, negotiated the deals for the company.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has acquired Flight 75, a pitch for a thriller that will be directed by The Grudge helmer Takashi Shimizu. Project was bought on a treatment by Shimizu and a writer will be set momentarily. It is described as a claustrophobic thriller set on a transpacific airliner where the passengers encounter what appears to be a supernatural force. Shimizu reteams with Grudge producer Taka Ichise, who’ll produce with The Ring‘s Roy Lee and Insidious‘ Steven Schneider. John Middleton is exec producer. Shimizu has been looking for the right fit for his next English-language project and this is expected to be it. They hope to get it mounted by the fall. It becomes another in a flurry of projects set up by CBS Films, which has Gambit in production with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz; just put Ed Zwick on the Vince Flynn bestseller American Assassin; and an adaptation of the Marie Lu novel Legend, to be directed by Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies). ICM reps Shimizu.
Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is attached to direct Legend, a futuristic thriller that CBS Films acquired in February and that Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing through their Temple Hill Banner. The film, based on the upcoming novel by Marie Lu, takes place in L.A. more than 100 years in the future, when North America is split into two warring nations. A teenage prodigy is hired to hunt down the nation’s most wanted criminal, until they join forces after learning an impossible truth about their totalitarian leaders. Levine is repped by CAA.
Nicholas Hoult, who already bagged the title role in Jack the Giant Killer, has landed the lead in Warm Bodies, the Summit Entertainment adaptation of the Isaac Marion novel. The book will be published by Atria, and the film will be directed by Jonathan Levine, who wrote the script. Like the Jack role, this was one of the most coveted parts for young actors.
Hoult will play an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one his victims, and it starts a chain reaction that transforms him and perhaps will do the same for his fellow zombies and maybe the whole lifeless world. Summit production president Erik Feig and veep Gillian Bohrer are overseeing.
Shooting starts late summer, after Hoult completes Jack the Giant Killer for director Bryan Singer at New Line. Hoult is repped by UTA and UK-based Independent. The British actor, who has grown from the About A Boy hanf-pint into a 6’3″ leading man. Hoult starred in the original UK series Skins, and starred with Colin Firth in the Tom Ford-directed A Single Man.
Hoult will next be seen playing the role of Beast in X-Men: First Class coming out in June through 20th Century Fox. Hoult will also star in Fury Road, the George Miller-directed prequel to the Mad Max films. That will film next year, with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron also starring.
EXCLUSIVE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to reunite with his Inception director Christopher Nolan in The Dark Knight Rises for Warner Bros. I’m not sure what role he’ll play, but I’m told that he will be in the movie when Nolan starts production this spring. Gordon-Levitt will be done shooting the Rian Johnson-directed Looper with Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt by then. Gordon-Levitt has the indie Hesher coming out this spring, as well as Live With It, the Jonathan Levine-directed pic about a 27-year old who tries to overcome a cancer diagnosis. CAA-repped Gordon-Levitt established himself with indie films like Brick, the underrated Scott Frank-directed The Lookout, and the Marc Webb-directed (500) Days of Summer. Nolan keeps his films shrouded in secrecy, though he did lift the veil recently to disclose that Anne Hathaway would play Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and Gordon-Levitt’s Inception co-star Tom Hardy will play Bane. What role fits Gordon-Levitt?
UPDATE: Universal has bought screen rights to the Richard Aleas crime novel Little Girl Lost and has attached I’m With Cancer helmer Jonathan Levine to direct. Michael Bacall is writing the script. An NYU dropout-turned private eye learns that the high school girlfriend he thought went to medical school instead became a stripper, and was murdered…
The website Latino Review got the drop on the festering question of who would play arch-nemesis Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes 2. It will be Jared Harris, the son of Richard Harris and a Mad Men cast member. Rumors were the studio was looking to star cast for the role, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth mentioned. Jude Law reprises, while Noomi Rapace and Stephen Fry are in the cast, the latter playing Holmes’ older brother…
Paul Haggis is reportedly going to write the script for The Equalizer, the CBS drama that’s had Russell Crowe attached…
Lost hunk Josh Holloway is joining M:I4 cast of Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, reprising thesps Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames, and newcomers Vladimir Mashkov and Michael Nykvist.