Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
EXCLUSIVE: Sullivan Stapleton and Ryan Kwanten will play ex-cons who set fire to a nightclub, killing 15 people in Cut Snake, an Australian thriller to be produced by Matchbox Pictures. Also attached is Rachael Taylor, who will play the girlfriend of Kwanten’s character. Matchbox’s Tony Ayres, who was the series producer on the TV drama series The Slapand is an exec producer on the U.S. remake, will direct. The script by Blake Ayshford is inspired by a real-life incident in 1973 when Brisbane’s Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub fire was torched, killing 15 people. EOne will handle international sales and its Australian subsidiary eOne Hopscotch will release in Oz. Producer Trevor Blainey, who is co-producing with Michael McMahon, tells Deadline shooting will start in mid-2013 and they are in the latter stages of assembling the financing. READ MORE »
Ryan Kwanten will take a temporary detour from the sex and fangs of HBO’s True Blood to star in the indie feature Sex And Sunsets. Jeremiah Chechick will direct from the screenplay adaptation by Megan Martin based on the novel by Tim Sandlin. Principal photography will begin on August 20th on locations in Banff and Los Angeles. Robert Lantos is producing the Serendipity Point Films production with Ari Lantos, and Mark Musselman is exec producer. Read More »
Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrara has joined the cast of the Takashi Shimizu-directed CBS Films thriller 7500. He stars with Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb, Jamie Chung, Christian Serratos, and Scout Taylor-Compton. It is Ferrara’s second film since the end … Read More »
CBS Films has set Leslie Bibb, True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten and Amy Smart to star in 7500, a thriller that will be directed by The Grudge helmer Takashi Shimizu. The focus is a group of passengers who encounter what appears … Read More »