EXCLUSIVE: Before they return to dystopian Panem this fall in Lionsgate’s Mockingjay, sources say Hunger Games co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Woody Harrelson will head West to shoot revenge action thriller By Way Of Helena. Aussie filmmaker Kieran Darcy-Smith (Wish You Were Here) is directing from the script by Matt Cook that made the 2009 Black List. Hemsworth will star as David, an 1880s Texas Ranger sent to an isolated frontier town to investigate a series of mysterious murders. There he squares off against Harrelson as a local preacher named Abraham who holds the townsfolk in a fearful grip.
Pic should be a treat for Hunger Games fans since Hemsworth and Harrelson’s characters haven’t yet shared the screen in the Lionsgate franchise. Read More »
The killer cast for the Kilburn Media thriller now includes a starring role for Liam Hemsworth (Armie Hammer was originally attached as the lead). Hemsworth now joins John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Teresa Palmer, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt and Michael Stuhlbarg in the pic that is serving as the feature directorial debut of Matt Shakman (Mad Men, Six Feet Under). Cut Bank, a 2009 Black List script from Sons Of Anarchy‘s Roberto Patino, centers on 25-year-old Dwayne McLaren (Hemsworth), a former-athlete-turned-auto-mechanic who dreams of getting out of Cut Bank, MT, the coldest town in America. But his efforts to do so set in motion a deadly series of events that change his life and the character of the town forever. Production began this week in Edmonton. It is produced by Laura Rister.
What happens when a young gun working with and against old rivals gets trapped in a serious double cross? The FBI gets involved, careers are endangered and lives are threatened. Liam Hemsworth plays the up-and-comer seduced by life on the other side of the tracks in Paranoia, Robert Luketic‘s corporate thriller that also stars Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and Amber Heard. The Relativity film, based on Joseph Finder’s best-seller set in a high-stakes world of archenemy tech billionaires, is produced by Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, William D. Johnson and Deepak Nayar. Jason Hall and Barry L. Levy wrote the screenplay. Check out the new trailer, with a brief intro from Hemsworth:
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media has set The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth to star in Aurora Rising. Scripted by A Man Apart‘s Christian Gudegast, the film is produced by Emjag Productions’ Alexandra Milchan and Film 360’s Scott Lambert and Guymon Casady along with Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh. Antonio Moura Santos Jr. will executive produce.
Hemsworth will play a Southern California surfer turned military fighter pilot who, after acing a complicated and messy first combat mission, gets recruited to be part of an elite team to test the next generation of aircraft. This happens just as an international conflict begins to escalate. ROAR, WME and Morris And Yorn rep Hemsworth. Gudegast is repped by WME and Management 360. This is his second project with Relativity where he will also script and direct the bank heist drama Den Of Thieves. Relativity’s Jason Barhydt will oversee the project for the studio.
On August 16, Relativity releases the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia, the Luc Besson action film Malavita on September 20 with Robert De Niro with EuropaCorp, Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace on October 4, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed Don Jon on October 18, and the Jimmy Hayward-directed Free Birds on November 1. Relativity is in production on the Kevin Costner-starrer Three Days To Kill with Europacorp.
EXCLUSIVE: Studio is not confirming, but I’m hearing that The Hunger Games‘ star Liam Hemsworth is close to being set for the lead inThe Raven, which Ricardo de Montreuil is set to direct at Universal Pictures from a script by Michael Gilio and Justin Marks. The film is based on the helmer’s short film, the one that took wing when it went viral and won all kinds of awards in 2010. The feature is a sci-fi conspiracy thriller, set in the near future. Prep has begun for a June production start. Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg are producing and Oly Obst is exec producer. Hemsworth is repped by WME and ROAR.
When Deadline revealed a month ago that Philip Seymour Hoffman had ended his Death of a Salesman run by leaving his longtime agency Paradigm, we were first to tell you that Hoffman was being courted by Lionsgate to play the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in the Francis Lawrence-directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate has confirmed that he’s set to join Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson and will play the head game organizer in the film, which should be a welcome respite from his grueling nightly performances as Willy Loman in the Mike Nichols-directed Tony-winning Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic play. Here’s the release:
Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a first look at photos from the set of Empire State, the indie drama that stars Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson and tells the true story of two pals in the 1980s who stole all the money stored at an armored car company. Production is ongoing in New York and New Orleans on the period pic, which is being produced and financed by Emmett/Furla Films and distributed by Lionsgate. Adam Mazer wrote the script and Dito Montiel is directing.
Nip/Tuck star Julian McMahon is joining the cast of Paranoia, the Robert Luketic-directed adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, with IM Global controlling international distribution territories and Relativity Media releasing in the U.S. He’ll play the role of Meechum. Already set are Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Amber Heard. McMahon was last seen in Red. He’s repped by WME and ROAR. In Paranoia, a boss blackmails his young employee to spy on a rival company. Alexandra Milchan of Emjag Prods., Scott Lambert of Film 360 and Deepak Nayar are producing. IM Global and Reliance are financing the film.
EXCLUSIVE: The Robert Luketic-directed thriller Paranoia has emerged as an early hot sales title at Cannes. Relativity Media is negotiating for U.S. distribution rights, and IM Global’s Stuart Ford closing deals in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Canada and Latin America. That clears the way for a summer production starts on the adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, with Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman and The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth starring, and Lucas Till and Richard Dreyfuss also expected to be part of the cast.
Luketic, who helmed 21 and Legally Blonde, will direct the Jason Dean Hall- and Barry Levy-scripted thriller about a boss who blackmails one of his young employees to spy on a rival company. So far, IM Global has set deals with Momentum in the UK, Gaumont for France, Studio Canal for Germany, Aurum for Spain, Alliance for Canada and Sun for Latin America. Other territories are expected to close during the Cannes Film Festival.
The film will be produced by Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert and Depak Nayar, with IM Global’s Ford and Gaumont’s Christophe Riandee executive producing. The film starts production this summer for a 2013 release.
EXCLUSIVE: In a hot package fast coming together to start production this summer, Robert Luketic will direct Paranoia, a corporate espionage thriller that is set in the world of dueling telecom giants. The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth is set to play the lead, and Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman are in advanced negotiations to join him.
The film, an adaptation of the Joseph Finder novel, is being fully financed by Stuart Ford’s IM Global, and the most recent script draft is by Jason Hall. Barry Levy (Vantage Point) wrote the initial version. The film’s being produced by Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan, Film 360′s Scott Lambert and Gaumont. Hemsworth’s repped by WME and ROAR, Ford by UTA and Oldman by Douglas Management Group and APA.
Buyers board ‘Titanic: Blood And Steel’ Italy’s De Angelis Group has entered a handful of licensing deals on its $30 million miniTitanic: Blood And Steel. Not to be confused with the Julian Fellowes-scripted Titanic 4-parter that’s currently airing on ITV in the UK, this 12-part series is a multi-national co-production that stars Chris Noth, Neve Campbell, Kevin Zegers and Derek Jacobi. Deals were signed in Belgium (Telenet and VMMA), Bulgaria (Fox), Denmark (DR), Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Macedonia (Visionary), Iceland (Screen One), Pan Asia (AETN), Romania (Pro.TV) and Slovakia (TV JOJ). Co-producers are De Angelis, RAI, 3 Arts, CBC, Artists Studio, Tandem Communications, Epos Films and Antena 3. Tandem is handling worldwide television distribution. The production recently wrapped in Dublin for delivery later this year.
Shine, SMG Cook Up Chinese ‘MasterChef’ Elisabeth Murdoch’s Shine has reached a deal with Shanghai Media Group to bring MasterChef to China. SMG’s Dragon TV will produce and air the cooking series later this year. Shine Netwok will consult. The MasterChef format originally launched in the UK and is now produced in over 30 countries. According to Shine, MasterChef has generated in excess of $270 million in global retail revenue through ancillary activity including cookware, live events, publishing and digital properties.
‘Heartthrob’ Doc Traces Rise Of Hutcherson & Hemsworth Revolver Entertainment has acquired exclusive worldwide TV and home entertainment rights to Liam Vs Josh: The Heartthrob Games which it is selling this week in Cannes. The hourlong doc follows the rise of The Hunger Games stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Set for delivery in June 2012, the show will be released in UK & US territories by Revolver Entertainment in early summer 2012. Read More »
Lionsgate’s hotly anticipated The Hunger Games today held the first stop on its national mall tour with major talent in tow. The fan event at the Westfield Century City mall was mobbed because of the prospect of a meet-and-greet with director Gary Ross and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson. The movie doesn’t even open until March 23rd but already it’s selling out tickets online and tracking huge. The mall tour will include stops in Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and Minneapolis. Previous: ‘Hunger Games’ Comes On Tracking Huge.
SANTA MONICA, CA (February 21, 2012) – Talent from The Hunger Games will be embarking on a national tour to meet press and fans March 3rd – 10th, 2012. The tour, sponsored by the Microsoft Store, China Glaze, and h2O Spring Water will include stops in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, and Minneapolis.
Each stop will include a Q&A event where fans will have a chance to ask questions of their favorite cast members and participate in fun giveaways such as a chance to win a limited-edition Hunger Games HP Folio PC from the Microsoft Store or additional Hunger Games gear. Talent will be available for select press opportunities the morning of each tour stop. To request information regarding any of the tour stops, see media contacts below.
(Beverly Hills, Calif.) January 25, 2012 – Relativity Media has signed Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) to star as the lead character Rory in its upcoming romantic drama Timeless, written by Bill Kelly (Enchanted). Relativity has also closed a deal with Phillip Noyce, known for international action-thrillers Salt, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, to direct the emotional film.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve just learned that The Hunger Games‘ Liam Hemsworth is about to close a deal to star as ‘Chris’ in Empire State, an indie heist movie written by Adam Mazer (Breach, HBO’s You Don’t Know Jack) with Dito Montiel (Fighting, The Son Of No One) directing. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is negotiating to play ‘Ransone’. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films are producing. Randall Emmett and George Furla’s Emmett/Furla Films is financing. Formerly titled The Sentry Keep, pic is based on the true story of a 1982 NYC armored car company robbery thought at the time to be the largest cash heist in U.S. history. Filming would begin in April. Both Liam and The Rock keep booking high-profile pic after pic recently. But this movie features my kind of casting: 8-pack abs times two. I like male pulchritude with muscles.
Lionsgate has released its first trailer for The Hunger Games, the Gary Ross-directed adaptation of the first of a trilogy of Suzanne Collins novels. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth and will be released March 23. Coming off a bad quarter and surviving a takeover attempt by Carl Icahn, Lionsgate needs The Hunger Games to take it to the next level, the way that Twilight Saga did for Summit Entertainment. The Collins book series has been a bestselling phenomenon with a strong youth demographic, so the ingredients seem to be there.
EXCLUSIVE: In the young actor category, a role to die for is John McClane Jr, the son of Bruce Willis’ indestructible cop character in A Good Day To Die Hard, which John Moore will direct in Russia early next year for 20th Century Fox.
I’m told the studio, Moore and Willis are down to these four actors for the role: Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth; Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (scheduling on his series could pose a problem); The Pacific star James Badge Dale; and D.J. Cotrona, who was a regular in the series Detroit 1-8-7 and is currently shooting G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. The studio would not comment.
Liam Hemsworth has been cast in The Expendables 2, the sequel to the action-hero-rich actioner that Simon West is directing for Millennium Films. The movie already stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li, as well as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme — with expanded roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis thrown in — and filming is set to begin in October. The original movie made $274 million worldwide. Hemsworth recently wrapped shooting on Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games.
EXCLUSIVE: In a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee deal, FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to Only God Forgives, a drama that will reteam Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn with Ryan Gosling. Several distributors were in the mix, but FilmDistrict’s Peter Schlessel had an edge because Refn was pleased with the way FilmDistrict’s Bob Berney has set up the marketing for Drive. That film, which stars Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlights as the wheel man for a heist crew, played the Cannes Film Festival and drew raves. It will be released Sept. 16. Funded by Wild Bunch, Only God Forgives will shoot in late summer in Thailand, with Gosling playing a guy on the run from British police. He runs a Thai boxing club in Bangkok that is a front for a drug-smuggling operation. He winds up getting in the ring for a shot at redemption. Buyers this week read a script and started making offers this week. Gosling is next starring for his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance in A Place Beyond the Pines and he’s also starring with Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad for Warner Bros. He’s also set to star for Refn in a remake of Logan’s Run at Warner Bros, where he’ll next be seen starring with Steve Carell and Julianne Moore in Crazy, Stupid, Love.