EXCLUSIVE: Southpaw, the long-gestating Kurt Sutter-scripted drama about a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory, is finally getting close to the start line. I’m hearing that The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have made Rachel McAdams their choice to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, with Forest Whitaker in talks to play the boxing trainer who tries to guide his fighter back after his world is shattered by personal tragedy. It sends him on a downward spiral and puts his young daughter in a bad spot. I’m hearing TWC is courting 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong‘o to play the social worker watching out for the kid. Alan Riche and Peter Riche are producing with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. Fuqua has brought his Equalizer scribe Richard Wenk on for a rewrite.
“It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch a shark,” German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann says. He’s using a young lawyer for a human rights group who is harboring a mysterious client as bait to trap an Islamist terrorist with Chechen connections who has made his way into Germany. So goes A Most Wanted Man, an international thriller based on spy-meister John le Carré’s 2008 novel. It’s the final starring role for Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February. Director Anton Corbijn’s cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright. Andrew Bovell wrote the pic, which debuted at Sundance. Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions opens the film July 25. Here’s a look:
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel McAdams has signed with WME. The actress comes into the agency fold after starring most recently in the untitled Cameron Crowe film with Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Bill Murray, and after starring in the Anton Corbjin-directed A Most Wanted Man, the adaptation of the John Le Carre novel that stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl and Willem Dafoe. McAdams, who had been without an agent since leaving UTA last April, continues to be managed by Shelley Browning at Magnolia.
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel McAdams is in talks to join Keanu Reeves in Passengers, the science fiction film that The Weinstein Company bought in one of the biggest deals of the last Cannes. The film, scripted by Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and to be directed early next year by Game Of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire helmer Brian Kirk, was sold with Reese Witherspoon as the female lead. Because they will shoot the movie in Germany, she was unable to work out the schedule, and that opened the door for McAdams, whose deal is in the process of being negotiated right now.
What a fortuitous time it is for this film, prepping for production in the wake of the grosses of the Alfonso Cuaron-directed Gravity. Like that film, this is set in space, and it is primarily the interaction between two lead characters. The plot: A spacecraft transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet has a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger (Reeves) is awakened 90 years before anyone else. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger (McAdams), marking the beginning of what becomes a unique love story. I read the script back when buyers were bidding on it, and it was east to see why the bidding got heated among three distributors. TWC won it, committing to a multimillion-dollar minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment in the $25 million range, and at the time they were looking at a 2014 wide release late next year.
About Time stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander and Margot Robbie and was written and directed by Love Actually‘s Richard Curtis. The Universal/Working Title pic centers on a young man (Gleeson) who learns he can travel through time. But as he finds his true love (McAdams) and sets off on their life together, he discovers his gift has its complications too. The movie’s platform release date is November 1 before going wide the next weekend.
EXCLUSIVE… UPDATE: Rachel McAdams and her Magnolia Entertainment manager Shelley Browning today fired UTA after a seven-year stint together. Browning met with Tracey Jacobs and other members of Rachel McAdams’ agency team this afternoon. Howard Fishman remains her attorney. I hear CAA’s Dave Buligari is chasing ”very intensely”. McAdams (who just dyed her hair red) is going to co-star in Cameron Crowe’s next movie alongside Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone for Sony Pictures. This exit is particularly puzzling because Browning and Jacobs have several clients together including Daniel Espinosa and Joel Kinnaman. “UTA is at a complete loss. They can’t figure this out,” an insider tells me. Look, I’ve always thought Browning is a pain in the ass. And so is Scott Rudin who’s producing the untitled picture which starts shooting in September/October. The result of putting them together is drama, drama, drama. (“And a lot of pain for everyone,” one wag told me.)
I was tipped Thursday that “Rudin sent UTA a warning email saying Shelley was telling Sony and Crowe that Tracey was trying to kill the Rachel deal – and that Shelley is very clearly getting ready to fire Tracey/UTA”. Other sources say Scott and Shelley “got this impression that Tracey wasn’t being supportive of Rachel doing this movie. And that’s not true. Tracey’s been a fan of Cameron’s for 30 years. He’s one of her dearest friends.” (I hear at a recent birthday party, Jacobs and Crowe not …
EXCLUSIVE: What a cast Cameron Crowe and producer Scott Rudin have cooked up for the film they are prepping at Sony Pictures. Rachel McAdams is in talks to star with Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. McAdams will play a former lover of Cooper’s character. They’re keeping the plot specifics under wraps, but the role McAdams is in negotiations for is a great part and the movie is funny and romantic, with a tone similar to past Crowe films Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous. Crowe wrote the script and will direct the film beginning in October. McAdams is repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.
Universal Pictures has moved Richard Curtis‘s new film About Time from its May 10 slot to a limited engagement on November 1 and a nationwide release November 8. The film, labeled a comedy about love and time travel, stars Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams,Tom Hollander and Bill Nighy. It’s produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who are joined by Nicky Kentish Barnes.
It was also written by Curtis and I think of him as an autumn kind of guy, probably because his Love Actually is a film I watch every Christmas Eve. Leave the summer to the superheroes.
The Toronto International Film Festival today posted this trailer for Brian De Palma’s new thriller starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. De Palma wrote the screenplay based on the 2011 French movie Love Crime directed by Alain Corneau. The movie is screening this month at the Venice Film Festival ahead of its Toronto unspooling next month:
Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace are set to star in Brian De Palma’s remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 thriller Crime D’Amour. The De Palma version will be titled Passion and begins shooting in Berlin on March 5. France’s Said Ben Saïd is producing the France-Germany co-production via his SBS Productions. Integral Films is the German partner. Kristin Scott-Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier starred in the original film noir, about a power struggle between a ruthless executive and her protégé. The Passion story will follow the same lines, with De Palma adding his spin to a script he wrote. A major male role and a smaller female role have yet to be cast. Those will likely be played by Europeans, with deals expected to be firmed up in January. De Palma will shoot for 10 weeks with delivery expected at the end of the year. Ben Saïd’s SBS has international sales. McAdams and Rapace are repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment. De Palma is repped by ICM.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros has set Drew Pearce to write Sherlock Holmes 3, continuing the Guy Ritchie-directed series that stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. The deal will soon be sealed with Pearce, who is currently writing Iron Man 3, which will also star Downey.
This development comes even before the opening of the second installment of the franchise, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which bows December 16. The film focuses on the battle between Holmes, Watson, and their nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Jared Harris plays that role, and Noomi Rapace joins Rachel McAdams in the sequel. Pearce also did some writing on Pacific Rim, the big alien invasion film that Guillermo del Toro is about to begin shooting in Toronto for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pearce is repped by WME and Warren Dern.
Midnight in Paris, the new film by Woody Allen will open the Festival de Cannes on May 11th in the Lumière theatre, in the presence of the Jury presided by Robert De Niro.
The romcom, which was shot last year in the French capital, brings together a broad international cast, including Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.
Following London (Match Point) and Barcelona (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), it’s the turn of Paris to be honoured by the lens of the New York film director most appreciated by European audiences.
“Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to Paris”, declared Festival director Thierry Frémaux. “It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration.”
Produced by Médiapro (Spain) and Gravier Productions (New York), distributed by Mars Films in France, the film is to be released in France the same day it is screened at Cannes. French audiences will thus be able to enjoy it in 400 theatres throughout the country. For this occasion, the Festival de Cannes wishes, with the consent of its partner Canal+ and the support of the national federation of French theaters, to make the Opening Ceremony of the Festival available to any theatre requesting it, so that their audiences can experience live the entire programme of the Opening Night
Director Rodrigo Cortes has found his followup to Buried, attaching Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver to star in the psychological thriller Red Lights. Cortes wrote the script. I saw Buried at its premiere screening and thought Ryan Reynolds and Cortes pulled off quite a feat, but the film unfortunately seems to have gotten a decent burial with a tiny release by Lionsgate. The film so far has grossed just over $600,000 on a high of 103 screens. Maybe Cortes will fare better pulling the action above ground with Red Lights, which starts shooting February in Spain. Weaver plays a psychologist whose study of paranormal activity leads her to investigate a world renowned psychic (De Niro)…Jessica Lange and Sam Neill have joined the cast of the Screen Gems/Spyglass romance The Vow, directed by Michael Sucsy and stars Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
This morning’s Daily Mail carries an amusing story about Carla Bruni, First Lady of France, flubbing her cameo in Woody Allen’s latest 35 times. Bruni, a top model before she married President Sarkozy, committed that most basic acting error of looking straight into the camera. Zut! Even I know you’re not supposed to do that. All Bruni had to do was walk into a grocery store clutching a baguette. Allen is currently shooting Midnight In Paris on location. Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard and Rachel McAdams star.
EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems will co-finance with Spyglass and distribute The Vow, the Michael Sucsy-directed film that will star Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. The film is based on a true story of a newly married couple whose car is rear-ended by a truck. She loses all recent memory-including that she’s married–and they struggle together to gain it back. Spyglass put together the project, and Sucsy, who directed HBO’s Grey Gardens, is rewriting. This puts Clint Culpepper’s Screen Gems back in the Channing Tatum biz, after the Sony-based shingle distributed another romantic weeper, Dear John. Spyglass’ Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber and Jonathan Glickman are producing. Shooting starts September in Toronto.