EXCLUSIVE: Cinemax has given a pilot greenlight to Blanco, a drama project which has cast Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead) as the lead. Feature director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) will direct the pilot, from Fox TV Studios and Lakeshore Entertainment. Blanco, which had been heating up at Cinemax since the summer, with the producers exploring casting and directing options, was written by Mark Rosner (Blue Bloods). It centers on Ruben (Fernandez), an uptown gangster — nicknamed Blanco for being a light-skinned Dominican — who uses his status as a confidential informant to turn the tables on law enforcement and build his criminal empire. Rosner and Lakeshore’s Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg are executive producing the pilot with Fresnadillo. Fernandez, repped by WME, Untitled Entertainment and Jackoway Tyerman, got his break on the cult CBS drama Jericho before segueing to features. He recently wrapped Return To Sender, serves as co-writer, producer, and star of the upcoming indie Queen Of Carthage and next will be seen in Gregg Araki’s White Bird In A Blizzard. At Cinemax, Blanco joins fellow drama pilot Quarry. HBO’s sibling network also has 10-part series The Knick coming up, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Clive Owen.
EXCLUSIVE: Start Motion Pictures has set 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct and Shia LaBeouf to star in Villain, a psychological thriller written by Robocop remake scribe Josh Zetumer. Villain follows two brothers who mysteriously re-connect in an unforgiving wilderness. The role of the other brother will be set shortly. Start Motion Pictures’ Ben Browning, Sarah Shepard and Jeremy Kipp Walker will produce, and Michael Maher will executive produce with Zetumer. Start will also finance. Wild Bunch will be selling the film in Cannes, alongside their other titles that include the Nicolas Refn-directed Only God Forgives, James Gray’s The Immigrant and Guillaume Canet’s Blood Ties.
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has come up with a short list to replace Rupert Wyatt as the director of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. I’m hearing that Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves is atop the list, along with The Disappearance Of Alice Creed helmer J Blakeson, 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, Take Shelter and Mud director Jeff Nichols, Pacific Rim helmer Guillermo del Toro, The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona and Looper helmer Rian Johnson (Johnson’s reps deny he is in the hunt).
Juan Carlos Fresnadillo has departed Relativity Media’s reboot of The Crow, Deadline has confirmed, following last month’s news from the Toronto Film Festival that the Spanish director has a holding deal to helm Summit Entertainment’s reboot of Highlander, written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Twitchfilm today described …
Los Angeles (October 11, 2011) – Millennium Entertainment’s CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s chilling Intruders, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, followed by a European premiere in San Sebastian. Millennium Entertainment will release the film theatrically April 2012. Fresnadillo directed the haunting film, starring Clive Owen, Carice Van Houten, Daniel Brühl, Pilar López de Ayala, Ella Purnell and Izán Corchero, from a screenplay by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques. Intruders was produced by Enrique López Lavigne, Belén Atienza and Mercedes Gamero, and executive produced by Jesus de la Vega and Ricardo Garcia Arrojo.
Earlier today, we scooped that director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, in Toronto for the premiere of his latest movie The Intruders, was the front-runner to helm Summit Entertainment’s re-imagining of Highlander, the 1986 fantasy sci-fi film starring Christopher …
EXCLUSIVE: Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, here for today’s world premiere of his latest film The Intruders, is Summit Entertainment’s choice to direct Highlander. That is the reboot of the 1986 film about immortals who battle with swords, and live and die by the mantra that “there can be only one.” Fresnadillo is now in discussions to direct a film that Summit will co-finance with RCR Media Group. Fresnadillo is also attached to direct a reboot of The Crow, which has Bradley Cooper attached.
Fresnadillo, who first attracted Hollywood’s attention with the genre film Intacto, followed with the superb 28 Weeks Later. Today he unveils Intruders, an intense psychological drama that stars Clive Owen as a father who cannot protect his young daughter from faceless intruders. The film also stars Daniel Bruhl, who starred Inglourious Basterds and next stars as Formula One racer Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard-directed Rush. The film is an acquisition title that is high on many buyers’ lists, and the director’s UTA reps are selling it.