EXCLUSIVE: River Road Entertainment‘s Bill Pohlad has set Catherine Hardwicke to helm The Age Of Miracles, an adaptation of the Karen Thompson Walker bestselling debut novel. Seth Lochhead (Hanna) has adapted the screenplay and Pohlad will produce. Set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation mysteriously slows, The Age Of Miracles is a suspenseful and romantic snapshot of one young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama, and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that define what it is to be human in a world that might just be ending.
Hardwicke, who helmed the first Twilight pic, just wrapped Plush, a thriller she co-wrote with Arty Nelson. The film will star Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, and Xavier Samuels. She is directing CBS’ drama pilot Reckless, from a script by Dana Stevens. River Road’s Christa Zofcin negotiated the deal with Hardwicke’s reps at Manage-ment and CAA.
River Road Entertainment picked up the project in June, and now company founder Bill Pohlad has decided to direct Love And Mercy himself, casting Paul Dano as the young version of the Beach Boys frontman. Pohlad is still looking for someone to play the older version. Here’s today’s release:
LOS ANGELES, CA, January 17, 2013 – Bill Pohlad, Academy Award® nominated producer, is set to direct Love & Mercy with Paul Dano (Looper, Ruby Sparks, There Will Be Blood) starring as legendary musician Brian Wilson in his early years. Pohlad is also casting an actor to play Brian Wilson later in his life.
Academy Award® winning composer Atticus Ross (The Social Network) is in talks to work on the sound design of the film and the soundtrack, which will include the music of Brian Wilson.
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EXCLUSIVE: River Road Entertainment optioned screen rights to The Age of Miracles, a first novel by Karen Thompson Walker that sold in a 7-figure deal to Random House and 24 international territories. Hanna scribe Seth Lochhead has been set to write the script. The film will be produced by River Road principal Bill Pohlad, who is nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
To be published June 26, The Age of Miracles is set amidst an advancing catastrophe after the Earth’s rotation inexplicably slows. The novel covers a young girl’s adolescence, a poignant family drama and a heartrending glimpse into the everyday tragedies and triumphs that occur at a time when the world might be ending. The book was brokered by WME, which reps the author and Lochhead. The scribe’s managed by Circle of Confusion. River Road’s Christa Zofcin made the deal and production exec Sarah Hammer is overseeing it.
Christa Zofcin, most recently SVP and Head of Business Affairs at United Artists, has joined River Road Entertainment as EVP Business and Legal Affairs, the indie production company announced today. Before UA, she worked at Yari Film Group. “Christa’s expertise will be felt in all phases of motion picture operations, and we’re certain her addition will be a perfect fit for River Road,” company president Mitch Horwits said.
River Road produced Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, which will play the Cannes Film Festival in May ahead of its U.S. release via Fox Searchlight.
Fox Searchlight has acquired the Terrence Malick-directed The Tree of Life from Bill Pohlad’s River Road Entertainment. Though the film might be an awards season magnet with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn starring, the distributor is flush with those kinds of films already, and will release in 2011. At the Toronto International Film Festival, Searchlight will fete 127 Hours, Black Swan, Conviction and Never Let Me Go. Read More »