Entertainment One Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to Catch Hell, a suspense thriller that will star Ryan Phillippe. The actor makes his directorial debut in a film that is slotted for theatrical release in the fall. This becomes the second acquisition by Berry Meyerowitz, who is integrating his Phase 4 Films into eOne and who became eOne’s president of U.S. Film and Distribution in June. Phillippe wrote the script with Joe Gossett and is producing alongside Robert Ogden Barnum and Holly Wiersma. Mark Burg and Cassian Elwes are exec producers.
Phillippe plays a former Hollywood star, who, on location in Louisiana, is kidnapped by two men connected to his past. He awakens, chained in a rundown shack, and discovers the real motives of his captors and finds himself in the middle of a twisted scheme with little chance to make it out. Survival and revenge become the actor’s motivations. eOne’s Larry Greenberg brokered the deal with Elwes. Read More »
Here is the final new drama series order at ABC for next season. The network has picked up the last drama pilot that had remained in contention after the mass pickups last night — mystery Secrets & Lies, from producer Aaron Kaplan and director Charles McDougall. Based on an Australian series, Secrets & Lies stars Ryan Phillippe as a family man who finds the body of a young boy and quickly becomes the prime murder suspect. Juliette Lewis and KaDee Strickland co-star in the 10-episode project, which had a seven-figure episodic penalty attached. Secrets & Lies joins fellow newly picked up ABC drama series How To Get Away With Murder, American Crime, Forever, Whispers and Agent Carter. Talks for comedy pilots Fresh Off The Boat and Cristela are still underway.
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Juliette Lewis is set as the female lead opposite Ryan Phillippe in ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. An adaptation of the upcoming Australian crime mystery series, Secrets & Lies centers on Ben (Phillippe), a family man who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. Lewis will play Detective Andrea Cornell, who is conducting the investigation into the boy’s murder, focusing on Ben. Lewis, repped by Untitled Entertainment and UTA, was most recently seen in August: Osage County and recently wrapped indies Hellion and Kelly And Cal. Charles McDougall is directing Secrets & Lies, from ABC Studios, Hoodlum and Kapital Entertainment.
Ryan Phillippe is in final negotiations to star in ABC’s drama pilot Secrets & Lies, which has a series penalty. An adaptation of the upcoming Australian crime mystery series, Secrets & Lies centers on a family man (Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body. He has no choice but to try to find the real killer as his marriage, his kids, his reputation, and his sanity are all at stake. On the Australian series, the lead is played by Martin Henderson. Charles McDougall is directing the ABC pilot, from writer/exec producer Barbie Kligman, ABC Studios, Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and Australian-based Hoodlum. On TV, WME-repped Phillippe’s previously did a season-long arc on Damages and was briefly attached to the pilot for CBS’ series Golden Boy.
EXCLUSIVE: John Cusack, Ryan Phillippe, Rachelle Lefevre, Jacki Weaver and Luis Guzman are starring in Reclaim, a suspense thriller inspired by true events. The film is just getting underway in Puerto Rico, directed by Alan White (Erskineville Kings). The most recent script draft is by Luke Davies, from an original script by Carmine Gaeta.
Phillippe and Lefevre (The Twilight Saga) play an American couple who head to Puerto Rico to finalize the adoption of their new 7-year-old daughter, a Haitian orphan named Nina. When take the time to explore the idyllic coast to bond as a new family, Steven clashes with an intimidating local (Cusack), and Nina disappears from her bed one night.
The film is being produced by Paradox Entertainment’s Fredrik Malmberg and Silvio Muraglia, and Brian and Josh Etting of Paradox Entertainment. Arclight Films is handling international sales and Paradox will make the domestic deal.
EXCLUSIVE: Less than two weeks after Ryan Phillippe committed to his first regular series gig, a starring role in CBS’ untitled Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti drama pilot (formerly Golden Boy), he has departed the project. I hear the parting of the ways was amicable and happened after doubts on Phillippe’s part that he was ready to commit to the rigors of a network drama series. His decision was in part influenced by his first primetime series experience — he is currently filming a major arc on the final season of DirecTV’s Damages, which has given him hands-on TV series production experience. The move mirrors that of another feature actor, Paul Bettany, who also recently committed to doing his first pilot, Showtime’s Masters Of Sex, before pulling out. (He was replaced by Michael Sheen). Phillippe had been approached about doing network pilots every season for the past few years but he had been reluctant to do it until he finally signed on for Golden Boy. The hot project will now move on with casting a new actor in the lead role, a cop who has a meteoric rise from officer to detective and ultimately police commissioner.
In his first pilot gig, Ryan Phillippe is set for the lead in CBS’ untitled Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti drama pilot (formerly Golden Boy). The project, from Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Prods centers on Clark (Phillippe), a cop, and chronicles his meteoric rise from officer to detective and ultimately police commissioner. In the pilot, Phillippe joins previously cast Kevin Alejandro and Chi McBride. Phillippe has been one of the most sough-after actors for pilots for several years now. His pilot gig comes on the heels for his signing for a major role on the final season of Damages.
Ryan Phillippe has landed a regular role in the upcoming season of the Glenn Close courtroom drama Damages, reports our TVLine colleague Michael Ausiello. Phillippe will play a “Julian Assange-type character who turns to Ellen (Rose Byrne) for help.” It will be a 10-episode arc on the series that now airs on DirecTV with shooting in New York City for its fifth and final season. This will be Phillippe’s first regular TV gig since he played Billy Douglas on One Life to Live back in the early ’90s. He was courted for a guest role in Starz’ Torchwood: Miracle Day but declined.
Writers Jeremy Miller and Dan Cohn have set up two comedy projects: one at Fox based on a non-fiction book, and one Showtime, which has Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer attached as executive producers. Additionally, the duo has inked two blind deals: one at Warner Bros. in conjunction with McG’s studio-based Wonderland Sound and Vision, and one at 20th TV’s cable division Fox21.
The Fox project, from DreamWorks TV and 20th Century Fox TV, is based on Walker Lamond’s book Rules for my Unborn Son, a collection of fatherly advise for boys that includes such rules as “A man’s luggage does not have wheels,” “When in doubt wear a tie,” “If you are tempted to wear a cowboy hat, resist” and “There is no better remedy (for hangover) than a dip in the ocean.” The Fox comedy centers on Miles, a 25 year-old underachiever adopted and raised by a family of eccentric intellectuals. When Miles meets his birth father, whom he finds to be “the world’s most interesting man,” his life is turned upside down, and, putting his own spin on the advice from his two very different fathers, Miles begins to write a rule book of life for his future son.
The Showtime comedy, Heavy and Rolling, is about a towncar driver in Manhattan who assumes different Ripley-esque identities as he teeters on the brink of madness. Miller and Cohn … Read More »
Tribeca Film has acquired U.S. rights to The Bang Bang Club, a drama based on the lives of photojournalists during the last stages of apartheid in South Africa. It stars Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman and was written and directed by Steven Silver. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Tribeca Film will release it theatrically in the second quarter of 2011.