Peter Webber, helmer of Girl With A Pearl Earring, Hannibal Rising and Emperor, has come attached to Bedlam Productions’ Happy Camp. The noir thriller is set to shoot in North America at the end of 2013. Scripted by Zayd Dohrn and produced by Stella Nwimo, Happy Camp follows a drug-addled former Deputy Sheriff, Cal, searching for his missing daughter amongst the complex politics of a rural Californian logging community. Taking place just off-reservation, the story exists where several worlds collide, with drug dealers, Native Americans, and corrupt officials all coming to blows. Meanwhile Cal grows increasingly desperate as he unearths a major conspiracy involving his daughter and a devastating forest fire rages, threatening to destroy the town of Happy Camp.
Toronto, September 14, 2012 – Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Peter Webber’s Emperor, which had its world premiere this evening at the Toronto International Film Festival. Roadside will release theatrically, and all other US rights will be distributed by partner company Lionsgate. The film stars Golden Globe nominee Matthew Fox (World War Z, I, Alex Cross, Lost), Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln, Men in Black), and rising Japanese actress Eriko Hatsune (Norwegian Wood). Based on a screenplay by David Klass and Vera Blasi and produced by Yoko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Eugene Nomura and Russ Krasnoff. Roadside Attractions is planning a spring 2013 theatrical release.
Tommy Lee Jones will join Matthew Fox in Emperor, a drama directed by Peter Webber. Jones will portray General Douglas MacArthur in the film based on a screenplay by David Klass and Vera Blasi. Yoko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Eugene Nomura and Russ Krasnoff are producing.
Inspired by true events, Emperor is set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Gen. MacArthur is the de facto ruler of Japan as Supreme Commander of the occupying forces, and he leans on a leading Japanese expert on his staff, General Bonner Fellers (Fox), to reach a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? Fellers’ feellings are complicated by his love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S. Memories of Aya and his quest to find her in the ravaged post-war landscape help Fellers to discover both his wisdom and his humanity and enable him to come to the momentous decision that changed the course of history and the future of two nations.
Producer Gary Foster said: “Tommy will bring strength, intelligence, and gravitas to the portrayal of General Douglas MacArthur, a legendary American hero.” Jones is repped …
Peter Webber is attached to direct Emperor. The indie drama was scripted by David Klass and Vera Blasi, and will begin production in January in New Zealand and Japan. The film will be produced by Yoko Narahashi, Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff and Eugene Nomura. The drama is set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. On the staff of General Douglas MacArthur, a leading Japanese expert, General Bonner Fellers, is charged with reaching a decision of historical importance: should Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal? Interwoven with this nail-biting political thriller is the story of Fellers’ love affair with Aya, a Japanese exchange student he had met years previously in the U.S.
“The end of WW2 in the far east and the relationship between General MacArthur and Japan, is a part of history which has been largely unexplored on film,” said Foster. “With most documents burned, historians have relied on accounts which are being debated to this day.”