EXCLUSIVE: Filming in the Hollywood Hills has wrapped on The Invitation, the latest feature from Girlfight‘s Sundance award-winner Karyn Kusama and the helmer’s first since 2009′s Jennifer’s Body. It’s also the second feature to be backed by femme-focused Gamechanger Films, the film fund established last year to finance narrative features helmed by women in an effort to equalize gender disparity in film. The first Gamechanger project, road tripper Land Ho! co-directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, sold out of Sundance in January. Sony Classics opened the pic on Friday.
TriStar Options Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s Memoir, Which Launches Company For Actors Ben McKenzie, Logan Marshall-Green
EXCLUSIVE: Actors Ben McKenzie and Logan Marshall-Green have joined forces to launch the shingle A Thing Or Two Productions. They come to the table in a big way. Tom Rothman’s TriStar Pictures has made a deal on a baseball memoir which the duo will produce with Michael De Luca. TriStar has optioned Wherever I Wind Up, the memoir by pitcher R.A. Dickey about his unusual life journey. Buzz Bissinger has been set to write the script. It becomes another eclectic project for Rothman’s upstart division.
McKenzie first starred on Fox’s The O.C. and now is playing the lead role of Detective Jim Gordon in the Bat-prequel series Gotham, while Marshall-Green played his brother on O.C. and has co-starred in Brooklyn’s Finest, Prometheus and As I Lay Dying. He just shot the pilot Quarry. They have been friends since doing theater together at Williamstown in 2001 and talked about partnering in a production company. It all crystallized when both sparked to Dickey’s memoir. Neither is looking to play the pitcher in the feature.
Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) has joined director Sophie Barthes’ Madame Bovary along with Cesar-nominated Olivier Gourmet and Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael. The Occupant Entertainment-produced adaptation also stars Mia Wasikowska, Ezra Miller, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, and Henry Lloyd-Hughes and begins production this week in Normandy, France. Rose Barrenche and Barthes scripted from Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel about Emma (Wasikowska), who escapes her small-town life through marriage to a doctor and indulges in a string of adulterous affairs, with tragic consequences. Marshall-Green will play the Marquis, with Gourmet as Monsieur Roualt and Carmichael playing Henrietta. Marshall-Green is repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment; Gourmet is repped by Artmedia; and Carmichael is repped by Curtis Brown Group and Untitled Entertainment.
Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, and Logan Marshall-Green star in director Tze Chun’s Cold Comes The Night, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up for domestic and international. Chun (Children of Invention) co-wrote and directed the pic about a motel owner (Eve) taken hostage by a nearly blind criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve a cash package from a dirty cop (Marshall-Green).
Logan Marshall-Green has been cast as the title character in Quarry, a drama project for Cinemax based on the series of novels by Max Allan Collins (Road To Perdition graphic novel). Written by Graham Gordy and Michael D. Fuller, Quarry is set in the 1970s and centers on a Marine sniper (Marshall-Green) who, upon his return home from Vietnam in 1973, finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. Combat-hardened and disillusioned, he’s recruited into a network of contract killers and corruption spanning the length of the Mississippi River. John Hillcoat is set to direct the pilot, co-produced by Anonymous Content. Hillcoat, Gordy, Fuller, Collins and Ken Levin executive produce with Anonymous’ Steve Golin, David Kanter, Matt DeRoss and Keith Redmon.
Logan Marshall Green has been tapped to play Tennessee Williams in Full Moon Films’ Lonely Hunter, the feature based on the life of Southern gothic novelist Carson McCullers. Playwright Williams was the best friend and longtime confidante of McCullers, who is being played by Jena Malone in the biopic to be directed by Deborah Kampmeier and co-written by Kampmeier and Sarah Shulman. Troy Johanson is producing with Blair Breard, and Fork Films’ Abigail Disney will exec produce. The film is set to go before cameras this year, and casting is ongoing for McCullers’ other pals like Truman Capote and Gypsy Rose Lee. Marshall Green, whose credits include Across The Universe and Brooklyn’s Finest, next appears in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. He is repped by Gersh and 3 Arts.
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The young male Role To Die For at the moment is the lead in The Bourne Legacy, the Bourne Identity spinoff film that will be directed for Universal by Tony Gilroy. The field is narrowing, and I’m told that the following are set so far to test: Joel Edgerton (The Thing), Dominic Cooper (The Devil’s Double), Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) and Luke Evans (The Amateur American).
There could be another name or two (Logan Marshall-Green comes up as speculation), but that’s who’ll test first week of April. Now the choice could always come from an actor who doesn’t test. Among the established names in the mix has been Shia LaBeouf (will not test, per insiders) and Battleship‘s Taylor Kitsch (has met with Gilroy and is a possibility). I don’t think the studio feels this needs a big star. It’s hard to find a better branded movie, and while it’s not Matt Damon starring, Gilroy’s writing work has provided the spine for the original series. That gives this some franchise cred.
Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have tapped Logan Marshall-Green to play a lead role in Prometheus, the science fiction film that Scott next directs. Marshall-Green will play the role of Holloway, a crewman on the space ship and the love interest for the character played by Noomi Rapace. Rapace, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star, was the first castmember set by Scott. Marshall-Green most recently was seen in Devil and Brooklyn’s Finest, and did stints on The O.C. and 24. He’s repped by 3 Arts and Gersh. This was a role that a lot of young actors chased, and who wouldn’t want to be involved in Scott’s first sci-fi foray since Alien and Blade Runner?
The film also stars Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, with Idris Elba, Sean Harris and Kate Dickie playing smaller roles. Shooting begins in March on a film that started as a prequel to Scott’s seminal science fiction film Alien but morphed into something else. The original script was by Jonathan Spaihts, but the most recent draft is by Damon Lindelof. Shooting begins shortly in the UK.