EXCLUSIVE: Emmett/Furla Films partners Randall Emmett & George Furla have added another mid-budget thriller to their slate. They’ve set Brass Monkey helmer Nicolai Fuglsig to helm the $60 million action thriller Taking Gotham. The Thomas Kelly-scripted film, based on actual events, is about a secret unit of the NYPD that was created in response to a string of brutal robberies in New York City. After a deadly sting operation, the elite unit is disavowed by the NYPD, forcing them to go deep underground in order to clear their names.
Production will get underway next March. The film is produced by Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari, Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith Vein & Michael Prevett and Emmett and Furla. This film is part of the $275 million equity fund Emmett /Furla Films acquired to increase their 2013 film slate. The company has six to eight films in the works per year and they are presently wrapping the $85 million 2 Guns with Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg followed by the Peter Berg-directed Lone Survival with Wahlberg heading the ensemble cast. Both films are to be released by Universal, and Lone Survivor starts filming October 2 in New Mexico.
Here’s something you don’t often see, producer Jerry Bruckheimer out pitching a movie package. I’m told the Disney-based producer has been out this week with a pitch for Horse Soldiers, an adaptation of the Doug Stanton book that has a Ted Tally script rewritten by Peter Craig, and Nicolai Fuglsig attached to direct. Disney bought the book for Bruckheimer back in 2009. The true story revolves around 12 elite special forces soldiers and CIA operatives who secretly invaded Afghanistan after 9/11. They arrived on horses and helped Afghan fighters capture the city of Mazar-i-Sharif and topple the Taliban. The project has the same level of warfare evident in the Bruckheimer-produced Black Hawk Down, which got made by Sony and Revolution. It’s not the first Bruckheimer project that Disney jettisoned because it didn’t fit Rich Ross’s family film mandate. In June, 2010, Disney put in turnaround an adaptation of the Steven Pressfield historical novel Killing Rommel, after several drafts were written by Randall Wallace and Pressfield, best known for writing Gates of Fire and The Legend of Bagger Vance. Bruckheimer expected to continue that project, which chronicles the daring attempt by a British battalion to capture German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, at a time when his Panzer tanks were overrunning the North African desert and driving Winston Churchill crazy in WWII. Bruckheimer ultimately gave up on that one, never getting the script quite right. The rights are … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Acclaimed commercials director Nicolai Fuglsig has set Brass Monkey at Paramount, hoping to make his directing debut on a real-time kinetic thriller that takes place during a killing spree in Los Angeles. Fuglsig hatched the idea for the film, and Paolo Marinou-Blanco wrote the first draft. Brian Horiuchi has just been hired to rewrite it.
Stefan Sonnenfeld is producing with Missy Papageorge and Sarah Perlman is co-producer for Sunny Field Entertainment. Fuglsig is repped by CAA and Management 360. The graphic for Brass Monkey is one that was designed by Fuglsig when he took the pitch to Paramount. Here are two of Fuglsig’s memorable spots. The first, for Guinness, won the DGA Award, and the second aired during the 2008 Super Bowl:
EXCLUSIVE: Days after closing a deal for The Expendables 2, Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in Captive, an action thriller that is out to directors with the intention of shooting next year. Emmett/Furla Films is financing the picture, and Randall Emmett and George Furla are producing with Groundswell’s Michael London. Benjamin van der Veen and Kario Salem wrote the script from a story by Nicolai Fuglsig. Fuglsig was originally going to direct but stepped out, and he will be exec producer with Eva Maria Daniels. Schwarzenegger is in early talks to play an American real estate magnate living in Brazil who is kidnapped and held for ransom. As he frantically searches for a way out of his armored-truck prison cell hidden in a Sao Paolo landfill, a detective specializing in kidnap and ransom cases works to find him. Emmett/Furla earlier today announced a $250 million film fund with cash coming from Envision Entertainment. Schwarzenegger is starring in the Kim Jee-Woon-directed action film Last Stand, his first major film job after leaving as California governor and weathering a subsequent paternity scandal. Schwarzenegger is repped by CAA.