EXCLUSIVE: Nick Frost (The World’s End), Hope Davis (Louder Than Words) and Adelaide Clemens (Rectify) have been set to star in the black comedy Look Away, in which Clemens will play a young woman suffering from so-called “selective blindness” that leaves her unable to see her own mother (Davis). In search of a cure, she sees a therapist (Frost), who’s in love with her and, having Asperger’s, is unable to empathize. Music video and commercial vets Monty Whitebloom and Andy Delaney, who go by the directing duo moniker of Big TV!, are helming from a script by Jennifer Schuur (Big Love). Project is produced by Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Alexandra Kerry for Locomotive, coming off their recent films Friends With Kids and HBO’s Golden Globe winning Grey Gardens telefilm. Big Love producer Peter Friedlander is exec producing Look Away, which begins filming in August in New York’s Hudson Valley. Frost is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell in the UK. Davis is repped by UTA and Kipperman Management. Clemens is repped by UTA and The Artists Partnership in the UK.
In one of the biggest casting coups for Fox this season, the network has tapped British writer-actor Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Paul) as the lead opposite Justin Long in comedy pilot Sober Companion. Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal & Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on Robert (Frost), a charming, but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when a court-appointed sober companion (Long) takes control of his life. Frost’s Robert is intelligent, driven and an addict. So drunk that he does a faceplant in court, he is assigned a sober companion for the next 90 days, and must either stay away from everything he deems to be fun, or lose his job and probably his liberty. This marks the first American TV gig for Frost, who signed on for the role after lengthy courtship. The actor, repped by UTA, Think Tank Management and UK’s Hamilton/Hodell, was recently seen in The World’s End alongside his long-time collaborator and friend Simon Pegg.
Comic-Con Q&A With Edgar Wright: How Working Title Partner Eric Fellner’s Health Scare Put ‘The World’s End’ Before Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’
Edgar Wright came to San Diego with cohorts Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to show the Comic-Con crowd The World’s End, the final installment of a trilogy of films that began with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. The trio greeted a raucous crowd that had spent about 12 hours or more camped outside the theater to get an early glimpse at the Working Title-produced comedy that Focus Features bows August 23. Wright took a few minutes to talk with Deadline.
DEADLINE: You had the Hall H crowd at the Marvel panel frothing last year when you took the stage and showed cutting-edge footage of Ant-Man, which Marvel hopes will launch a new superhero franchise. The crowd loved seeing the protagonist going from microscopic to full size. But you pushed that movie and came to San Diego with The World’s End. How did that happen?
WRIGHT: I had a chance to do Ant-Man in 2011. Simon was busy with three franchises, if you count Tin-Tin along with Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. We had the story down and it was in the back of my mind that if we didn’t do this film soon it might never happen, and we owed it to the fans. But then something else happened. [Working Title partner] Eric Fellner was diagnosed with cancer. When I found out about that, I’d literally just finished another screenplay for him and it was on delivery that he told me. He has given me permission to tell this story. That changed everything. Eric was our knight in shining armor on Shaun Of The Dead. That film was in turnaround, developed by Film 4 and they’d gone bust. Lots of other British companies had passed on it. Working Title, ironically the biggest British company, came in and saved the day. He wanted us to do another film together; we’d even done the deal for it. When I found out he was ill, one of many emotions I felt was, if we didn’t make this film, and something terrible happened, I would never forgive myself on not making good on my promise to do it. I wanted Eric to see this movie.
DEADLINE: What did you do?
WRIGHT: Me and Simon began writing it the very next week; in fact, we wrote it in Eric’s office in Beverly Hills. He was having chemo and said, please take my office, do it there. We wanted to make the film anyway, but it became a very personal thing. The happy news is, we’ve made it, he loves it and he’s got a clean bill of health. He came out of that ordeal and went straight into a tough period where he made Les Miserables and our film. It informed the movie script. The film is about regrets and these guys saying, I’ve got to do this thing. That sentiment became personal. To Marvel’s credit, when I went to see them to tell them to their face I wanted to do Ant-Man but that I wasn’t doing it next, Kevin Feige and Louis D’Esposito said they understood. We’ll see you in a couple years, they said.
Sky Atlantic HD‘s six-episode comedy series from writer/director Robert B. Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm), has added five cast members to join Nick Frost who’s playing the titular Mr. Sloane. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch, Hyde Park On Hudson), Ophelia Lovibond (Mr. Popper’s Penguins), Peter Serafinowicz (The Muppets… Again!) and Lawry Lewin (Horrible Histories) have boarded the bittersweet 1960s-set romantic comedy that centers on Frost’s buttoned-down man in crisis. Shooting is underway in London for a 2014 airdate. Sky Atlantic has been pushing deeper into original series, recently partnersing with Starz on drama Fortitude, with Canal Plus on The Tunnel and with BBC America on biopic Fleming.
Cuban Fury stars Nick Frost as a former salsa star who tries to regain his mojo and is from the UK’s Big Talk, the UK outfit behind Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and Paul. EOne has acquired North American rights to the romantic comedy from StudioCanal, which co-developed and co-financed with Film4, with additional financing from the British Film Institute. A 2013 theatrical release is planned. Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd, Ian McShane and Olivia Colman co-star. James Griffiths directed. The deal was negotiated by StudioCanal’s Harold Van Lier and Jo Sweby for eOne.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has officially greenlighted The World’s End, the third film in director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost that began with 2004’s Shaun Of The Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz. Wright is currently in pre-production on the film, which will begin shooting this October in the UK
Pegg wrote the script with Wright and once again stars with Frost. Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Nira Park of Big Talk Pictures. Here Deadline can unveil the teaser poster (at right) made for Comic-Con.
EXCLUSIVE: Working Title and Edgar Wright have set a September start date for The World’s End, the last in a trilogy of comedies that started with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright, who’ll direct, wrote the script with Simon Pegg. Once again, Pegg stars with Nick Frost. Universal Pictures hasn’t yet green lit the film, but is expected to after the modestly budgeted pair of comedies grossed $108 million worldwide between them. The plan is for The World’s End to reach theaters in spring, 2013.
The logline: 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
The film is produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Nira Park of Big Talk Productions. Wright, who last directed Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, is separately adapting the series The Night Stalker for Disney as …
United Talent Agency has signed Nick Frost, the British multi-hyphenate who co-stars in and co-wrote Paul, the Universal sci-fi comedy that opened today. He joins co-writer Simon Pegg, who is already in the UTA fold. Frost, who had been repped by CAA, co-starred in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and is also known for the UK series Spaced and Man Stroke Woman. Frost also starred in the Joe Cornish-directed Attack the Block, seen at South By Southwest, and Paramount’s upcoming Steven Spielberg-directed The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Frost will continue to be managed by the Safran Company and UK-based Hamilton Hodell.
The film Attack the Block makes its debut at South By Southwest at a March 12 midnight screening. It is produced by Edgar Wright and first-time director Joe Cornish (who worked with Wright on Tin Tin) and has an ensemble cast that features Nick Frost. Here is the new trailer:
Universal has released a trailer for the Greg Mottola-directed Paul, the 3rd film from Brit comedy team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead), This time they play 2 sci-fi geeks whose pilgrimage takes them to America’s UFO heartland, where they help an alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) escape the infamous Area 51. Paul is set to be released in in the UK on Saint Valentine’s Day. Its US release is March 18.
Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:
PAUL is a road-trip comedy written by (and starring) Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, who are treated like absolute royalty by fans here. (Proof that what plays well at Comic-Con doesn’t always make it huge elsewhere; see also: “Filion, Nathan”). But PAUL is a perfect Comic-Con movie, because it actually begins at Comic-Con, as our lead duo take a road trip from San Diego to Area 51, where they pick up an escaping alien called Paul.