Michelle Monaghan stars as a decorated Army medic who returns from a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and tries desperately to reconnect with her 5-year-old son, who initially wants nothing to do with her. As they try to restore a bond, she is faced with redeployment — and the likelihood of losing everything she worked to rebuild. Ron Livingston, Pablo Schreiber, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Dash Mihok and young newcomer Oakes Fegley co-star in Fort Bliss, from writer-director-producer Claudia Myers. Phase 4 Films opens the drama September 19 in theaters and VOD. Here’s the new trailer:
Paul Walker had planned to star in this Nicholas Sparks adaptation. James Marsden ended up playing the role opposite Michelle Monaghan as high school sweethearts who reunite in their hometown after 20 years apart. Will true love prevail? Michael Hoffman directed The Best Of Me, which he wrote with J. Mills Goodloe and Will Fetters. Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney co-star in the romantic drama from Relativity Media and Di Novi Pictures that opens October 17. Here’s the teaser trailer, set to Jules Larson’s “Running Wild”:
EXCLUSIVE: Phase 4 Films has landed North American distribution on Fort Bliss, the Claudia Myers-directed drama that stars Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Freddy Rodriguez, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akkinagbe, Pablo Schreiber and John Savage. Phase 4′s Katharyn Howe and brokered the deal with Voltage’s Elisabeth Costa de Beauregard. Pic will be released in the fall.
The film tells the story of a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour of duty in Afghanistan to discover the bond with her 5-year-old son has been broken. While struggling to reclaim her son’s affection, she must also reintegrate into life after war, haunted by harrowing memories from Afghanistan. Fort Bliss not only explores the incredible sacrifices made every day by men and women in the armed services, but the price that’s paid by their families as well. Myers wrote the script, and the film is produced by John Sullivan, Adam Silver, Patrick Cunningham, and Brendan McDonald.
UPDATED 2:35 PM: The studio said today that the feature adaptation of Pixels will hit theaters May 15, 2015, and that shooting will begin next month rather than June.
Related: Kevin James, Josh Gad Join ‘Pixels’
PREVIOUSLY, APRIL 4: Sony Pictures announced that it will release the Chris Columbus film Pixels starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James and Josh Gad in summer 2015, with Michelle Monaghan and Peter Dinklage joining the cast. Principal photography will commence in June. In Pixels, aliens invade planet Earth after misinterpreting video feeds of classic arcade games as a threat. The President (James) calls on his childhood friend, Jules Brenner (Sandler), a former arcade champ-turned-home theater installer, to assist in saving the planet. Monaghan is set to play a weapons expert who also is Sandler’s love interest. Dinklage will play Sandler’s former arcade foe. Gad will portray a socially inept genius with a lot of conspiracy theories. Columbus and Sony are working with iconic vintage video game brands in order to incorporate them into Pixels. Thefilm was written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling and based on the 2010 short by Patrick Jean and produced by One More Production. Pixels will be produced by Happy Madison’s Sandler and Allen Covert, and 1492 Pictures’ Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe. Executive producers are Barry Bernardi, Jack Giarraputo, Tim Herlihy, Heather Parry and Seth Gordon. Just for grins, here’s the original short …
Michelle Monaghan rounds out the lead cast of Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Ryan Murphy. The Fox 21 project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Monaghan will play the central female character Grace, a successful and recently engaged gynecologist. She joins Scott Speedman, who plays Grace’s fiance Jonathan, Wes Bentley (Evan), Anna Torv (Windsor) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (Holly). Open keeps Monaghan — repped by ICM Partners, Circle of Confusion, and attorney Robert Offer — in the HBO fold. She plays the female lead opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the pay cable network’s eight-episode limited series True Detective, which premieres in January 2014. Her upcoming features include Fort Bliss, A Many Splintered Thing and Better Living Through Chemistry.
Michelle Monaghan Set As Female Lead In HBO’s Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson Drama Series ‘True Detective’
Michelle Monaghan (Eagle Eye) is set to star opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective, HBO‘s upcoming eight-episode drama, which has a straight-to-series order. The high-concept project is descried as an elevated serial narrative with multiple perspectives and time frames. It centers on two detectives, Rust Cohle (McConaughey) and Martin Hart (Harrelson), whose lives collide and entwine during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana. The investigation of a bizarre murder in 1995 is framed and interlaced with testimony from the detectives in 2012, when the case has been reopened. Monaghan will play the female lead, Maggie Hart, the wife of Martin Hart (Harrelson), a woman who makes a hard decision that has long-reaching and devastating consequences.
EXCLUSIVE: Topher Grace has signed on to star opposite Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, and Giovanni Ribisi in A Many Splintered Thing, the Justin Reardon-directed film for McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and Voltage Pictures. Production begins October 26.
In the vein of Amelie and (500) Days Of Summer, the film tells the story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart. Grace will play the poser’s best friend. The film is being produced by Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores and Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola.
Wonderland initially optioned the Black List screenplay from Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair last year. The screenplay was also a 2011 Nicholl Fellowship Finalist. Wonderland brought the project to Voltage to co-produce and finance, and together they attached Reardon, a commercials director. Voltage Pictures is handling foreign sales on the picture.
Grace most recently starred in Too Big To Fail for HBO, Lionsgate’s The Big Wedding with Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried and Katherine Heigl, The Giant Mechanical Man and The …
EXCLUSIVE: Wonderland Sound & Vision and Voltage Pictures are starting preproduction on A Many Splintered Thing, an offbeat film that will star Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan. The film, which will begin production October 26, is called an “anti-romantic comedy,” and it marks the Captain America: The First Avenger star’s first film as executive producer. Justin Reardon will direct.
In the vein of Amelie and (500) Days Of Summer, the film tells the story of a young man disillusioned by love who meets a breathtaking young woman at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Turns out that she’s engaged to a guy who doesn’t like her going on dates. Challenged by the chase, and egged on by his eclectic friends, he feigns a platonic relationship in order to keep seeing her as he tries to conquer her heart. The film is being produced by Voltage’s Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores and Wonderland’s McG and Mary Viola.
Michelle Monaghan will star with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in The Coup, a thriller centered on an American family who moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves entangled in a violent coup with merciless rebels attacking the city. Devil helmer John Erick Dowdle will direct a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle.
Monaghan will play Wilson’s wife in the action thriller, which is scheduled to begin production in October. Crime Scene Pictures’ Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are financing and have teamed up with Steve Alexander and Drew Dowdle to produce. Sierra/Affinity will be handling international sales beginning at Cannes while CAA is representing U.S. rights.
ICM-repped Monaghan, who is managed by Frank Frattaroli, recently wrapped Penthouse North and Tomorrow You’re Gone.
EXCLUSIVE: ICM has signed Willem Dafoe, the veteran actor who just wrapped the Andrew Stanton-directed Disney film John Carter, with Taylor Kitsch playing the title character. Dafoe had been repped by WME. Dafoe has been working up a storm. He starred in The Hunter, a film that premiered at Toronto and has been acquired by Magnolia for release next year. He also completed production on Odd Thomas, the adaptation of the Dean Koontz novel that stars Anton Yelchin; the Abel Ferrara-directed 444 Last Day On Earth; and Boot Tracks with Michelle Monaghan. Dafoe continues to be managed by D/F Management.
Dimension Films has landed U.S. distribution rights to director Joseph Ruben’s thriller Penthouse North, which stars Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan and begins shooting in December in Ottawa. David Loughery wrote the script and is producing with Ruben, Jeff Sackman and Michael Baker; Jon Shiffman is executive producer. The story centers on a sadistic criminal named Hollander (Keaton) who plays a cat-and-mouse game with Sara Taylor (Monaghan), a photojournalist who was blinded in Iraq and also has a fortune of stolen diamonds hidden in her apartment. Hollander uses psychological and physical torture in an effort to find them, but Sara fights back. Dimension’s Andrew Kramer and Michal Steinberg negotiated the deal with Sackman and ICM, which helped package the film and co-repped U.S. rights.
New Line is zeroing in on the female lead for Burt Wonderstone, the Don Scardino-directed comedy that will star Steve Carell and Jim Carrey as rival magicians on the Las Vegas strip. The short list for the female lead right now is Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Judy Greer, Sarah Silverman and Jessica Biel, I’m told.
The Duncan Jones-directed Source Code will be the opening night film of the South by Southwest Film Festival. The fest runs March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and Jeffrey Wright. The film will be released by Summit on April 1. Mark Gordon and Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet are producing.
BREAKING NEWS: The Sofia Coppola-directed Somewhere has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film, which stars Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Benicio Del Toro, won by unanimous decison of a jury headed by Quentin Tarantino. Focus Features releases the film in the U.S. Here’s the full list of winners:
WINNERS OF THE 67TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
Somewhere – Sofia Coppola (U.S.)
The Last Circus “Balada triste de trompeta” – Alex de la Iglesia (Spain, France)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Essential Killing – Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland)
Vincent Gallo – Essential Killing
Ariane Labed – Attenberg (Greece)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER
Mila Kunis – Black Swan (U.S.)
Alex de le Iglesia – The Last Circus “Balada triste de trompeta” (Spain, France)
TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION — Best Cinematography
Mikhail Krichman - Silent Souls “Aleksei Fedorchenko (Russia)
SPECIAL LION (FOR THE OVERALL BODY OF HIS WORK)
Monte Hellman (U.S.)
LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE
Majority – by Seren Yuce (Turkey)
Verano De Goliat – Nicolas Pereda (Mexico, Canada)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR FEATURE FILMS
The Forgotten Space – Noel Burch, Allan Sekula (The Netherlands, Austria)
Coming Attractions – Peter Tscherkassy (Austria)
MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
Out – Roee Rosen (Israel)
Jean Gentil – Laura Guzman and Israel Cardenas (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany)
VENICE SHORT NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
The External World – David O’Reilly (Germany)
20 Cigarette – Aureliano Amadei (Italy)
L’Oreal Paris Prize
Vittoria Puccini (Italy)
JAEGER–LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD
Mani Ratnam (India)
Persol 3-D Prize for most creative 3D film …