EXCLUSIVE: John Krokidas, who made his feature directing debut with the Beat Generation poets mystery Kill Your Darlings at Sundance, has signed a pair of deals that will put him to work on the Fox lot. Krokidas has been set to helm Standard Loneliness Package, which Keith Bunin is scripting based the title short story from the Charles Yu collection Sorry Please Thank You. Temple Hill Entertainment’s Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen will produce. Pic is set in the near future, where a recent college graduate gets an entry-level job at a tech company where he’s paid to experience painful events in other people’s lives. He falls desperately in love with his boss, and tries to build a genuine relationship in a society that’s becoming entirely virtual and where he essentially serves as a human pain cushion.
Krokidas has separately made a deal with Fox 2000 to team with his Kill Your Darlings writing partner Austin Bunn to rewrite Highrise, which the studio acquired as a spec script by Peter Dowling (Flight Plan). It is best described as a lush 21st century thriller inspired by the 1960s classic The Collector. Jon Shestak is producing. Krokidas just helmed two episodes of the new ABC series The Black Box, which stars Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave. UTA, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Andrew Hurwitz rep Krokidas.
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The upcoming weekend will host a number of anticipated films from the recent festival circuit, some of which are likely eyeing an Oscar nomination or two. Robert Redford-starrer All Is Lost hits theaters after crowd-pleasing runs in Cannes and the recent New York Film Festival. Word of mouth helped propel the film when it debuted back in May in Cannes, despite its limited dialog. 12 Years A Slave has practically won the race according to some prognosticators. A debut at Telluride, Toronto and NYFF, the film should continue to see positive word of mouth, though may prove tough viewing for some. Daniel Radcliffe stars in Sundance and Venice debut Kill Your Darlings. The Harry Potter thespian breaks out from the franchise that made him huge in a leading role that launches him squarely into adulthood. Doc filmmaker Jehane Noujaim takes her latest onto the streets of Cairo during the country’s series of uprisings in The Square. The filmmaker and her team experienced arrest, interrogation and more creating the film which had standing ovations at TIFF and NYFF. The doc is part of a trio of non-fiction films utilizing various forms of DIY releases including Blood Brother and “Fantastical doc” Peaches Does Herself. And The Film Collective and Dada will bow drama Torn in a targeted roll out.
All Is Lost
Director-writer: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
Robert Redford won praises for his portrayal of a skipper aboard a pleasure craft sailing alone on the open sea. The film unfolds with little dialog, with Redford playing the only cast member “Our Man,” whose boat collides with a shipping container at sea, damaging his boat, forcing him to face mortality and the elements. “It’s a big weekend for us, it’s the first movie Roadside has been involved with as a production,” Roadside co-president Howard Cohen said. “J.C. handed us the script as [his previous film] Margin Call opened. We had released that film [with success] and liked the material.” They also liked Redford who was attached at that point. Margin Call had debuted at Sundance, but Chandor had already reached out to Redford for the “Our Man” part. The two met in Redford’s office in L.A. “When we met, I was already inclined. I just had to make sure he wasn’t nuts,” said Redford at the recent New York Film Festival. Read More »
The 21st Hamptons International Film Festival has named the Sony Pictures Classics pic Kill Your Darlings to open the fest; the Paramount Vantage-distributed Alexander Payne-directed Nebraska for its centerpiece, and the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years A Slave to close the deal. Latter is a Fox Searchlight/New Regency production that has arguably gotten the strongest critical reaction of the Oscar pics unveiled here in Toronto. The fest runs October 10-14.
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Daniel Radcliffe stars in the John Krokidas-directed Kill Your Darlings, the previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that led to the birth of the Beat generation. Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen, Dane Dehaan and Jack Huston also star in addition to Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Check out the new trailer:
Listen to (and share) episode 5 of Deadline’s audio podcast Global Showbiz Watch With Nancy Tartaglione. Deadline’s international editor talks with host David Bloom about the Venice Film Festival, now at its mid-way point, with Stephen Frears‘ Philomena the early favorite for the fest’s top prize, the Golden Lion. Nancy also talks about Locke, the man-in-a-car movie featuring, only, Tom Hardy; the overwhelming response by Harry Potter fans to Daniel Radcliffe’s festival appearance for Kill Your Darlings; and the fabulous swan song of animation master Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises.
Deadline Global Showbiz Watch, Episode 5 (MP3 format)
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