Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella are attached to play brothers in Memorial Day, a 1980s-set crime drama from Australian writer-director Kieran Darcy-Smith. Ted Hope and Aquarius Films’ Angie Fielder will produce the saga of the Hispanic brothers who struggle to redress the fallout from a family tragedy. The aim is to shoot in Florida next year. Darcy-Smith tells Deadline the financing will be finalized after a third key role is cast. It’s one of three projects he’s juggling as a follow-up to his debut feature Wish You Were Here, which eOne will launch in the U.S. in early 2013, aiming to capitalize on Joel Edgerton’s profile after Zero Dark Thirty and in the lead-up to the debut of The Great Gatsby. Darcy-Smith also is attached to direct Matt Cook’s 2009 Black List script By Way of Helena, which follows a Texas Ranger and his Mexican bride who investigate mysterious deaths, for Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Also on his slate is a romance, title under wraps, for the Mark Gordon Co. Darcy-Smith met Hope in 2009 at a Screen NSW workshop when Wish You Were Here was in development. Darcy-Smith has completed the screenplay of the sequel to Tomorrow, When the War Began, based on the second and third of John Marsden’s novels, for producer Andrew Mason and OmniLab Media, but he won’t … Read More »
Summit Entertainment posted a TV spot for the alien-invasion movie The Darkest Hour. Directed by onetime art director/production designer Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella, the Moscow-set sci-fi thriller opens Christmas Day.
BREAKING: Anchor Bay Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Ten Year, the Jamie Linden-directed drama that premiered at 2011 Toronto Film Festival. The film will be released next spring. Anchor Bay has been negotiating for this for the past month, and it is now nearly done with the deal. It’s low seven figures, including minimum guarantee and P&A for what looks like a platform release. Linden, whose script credits include We Are Marshall and Dear John, wrote the script for a film that was inspired by his own high school reunion. The film has a cast of up-and-comers that includes Channing Tatum, Anthony Mackie, Lynn Collins, Rosario Dawson, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Brian Geraghty, Ari Graynor, Oscar Isaac, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Max Minghella, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, and Chris Pratt.
The film tells a Big Chill-style story about a group of friends who reunite and assess where they find themselves and what they hope to accomplish in the future. The film was produced by Temple Hill’s Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey, and Iron Horse Entertainment’s Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin. Eric Gores, Scott Lumpkin and Frank Mancuso Jr were exec producers. Gores and Mancuso’s Boss Media funded the film and the Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group made the deal with Anchor Bay president Bill Clark and Kevin Kasha, exec veep of acquisitions and co-productions.
EXCLUSIVE: A major shake up is taking place at Arnon Milchan’s New Regency. Co-chairmen Bob Harper and Hutch Parker will not renew their contracts when they expire in December. I’ve confirmed with Harper that he and Parker are negotiating their exits. There had recently been a ripple of rumors about this, and there will be the inevitable speculation over whether the duo are jumping before being pushed. Harper didn’t get into that, but said that he was confirming because he and Parker were aware of the rumors and were most concerned with reassuring filmmakers with Regency projects that the duo would continue to be closely involved and see those films through to release. Harper also said the decision came after months of conversations with Milchan over whether or not to renew. Recently, they came to the conclusion that this was the best course. Milchan could conceivably name a replacement quickly, but Harper told me that he and Parker will continue to see through the completed films as well as some of the projects that are gearing up for production starts, regardless of how quickly the succession takes place.
Harper had been in the job for four years (he moved from the post of vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment and has worked for Fox since 1986), and Parker had been in the post for more than three years (he moved over from the post of 20th Century Fox vice chairman, and had been with the studio 13 years when he took the job). They have been involved in every facet of New Regency films, including production, marketing, distribution and administering the library. Harper said it is unclear what will happen next year, and that he and Harper haven’t solidified their plans. I wouldn’t be surprised if they remain on the Fox lot as producers or in some other capacity. Read More »
Summit Entertainment has released a trailer for The Darkest Hour, an alien invasion movie that focuses on a group of kids on holiday in Moscow when crazy things begin happening. The Chris Gorak-directed pic stars Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby and Max Minghella. It will be released Dec. 23.
EXCLUSIVE: Management/production company Anonymous Content is about to make a major play in the talent game. I’m hearing that Doug Wald is leaving his partnership at Raw Talent, Sandra Chang is leaving as partner at Industry Entertainment, and Tony Lipp is leaving CAA. The trio will lead Anonymous Content’s talent division and create a major infusion of acting clients. It is all taking shape today.
Lipp announced internally on Tuesday that he would leave CAA to be a manager. Wald and Chang dropped the bombshells this morning at their respective management companies. Anonymous has a modest talent business that included four managers and clients like Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Katie Cassidy, Omar Epps and Adrianne Palicki (just cast as Wonder Woman). The newcomers will greatly expand that list, and a lot of it is emerging talent. Among the actors already set to join: Sam Worthington, Paul Dano, Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Anna Faris, Max Minghella, Jack Quaid, Patrick Wilson, Justin Chambers, Jessica Walter, Jaime King, Matt Bomer, John Cleese, Blythe Danner, Jonathan Groff, Mamie Gummer, Nathan Lane, Simon Russell Beale and Stanley Tucci. Read More »
The town is slowing, but not the deal makers who are racing to lock their young clients into jobs before everything shuts down for the holidays. Here are some of the more interesting results:
British actor Joshua Bowman just got the love interest to Miley Cyrus in her new film So Undercover, which is being financed by Exclusive Media Group and directed by Tom Vaughan. The actor’s repped by Management 360 and United Agents.
Lily Collins has been set to star in the first installment of the Mortal Instruments book series which is being directed by Scott Charles Stewart for Screen Gems. She’ll play the role of Clary Fray. Collins, who followed The Blind Side by starring with Taylor Lautner in Abduction, next stars in Priest. She’s repped by CAA.
Max Minghella has landed the role of Ben Harper in Ides of March, which George Clooney will begin directing next year. with Ryan Gosling starring. Minghella, who’s coming off The Social Network, just starred in the New Regency-Summit supernatural project The Darkest Hour. He’s repped by CAA.
Caleb Landry Jones joins Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale and Ben Foster in Contraband for Universal and Working Title. He’ll play the brother in law of a retired smuggler (Wahlberg) whose screw-up forces him back for one last … Read More »