Open Road Films will release Ten, the David Ayer-directed action thriller starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, nationwide on January 24, 2014. Schwarzenegger leads an elite DEA task force that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels. When the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they think their work is done — until, one-by-one, the 10 members mysteriously begin to be eliminated. Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martin, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams and Mireille Enos co-star. Skip Woods wrote the original screenplay. QED International financed the pic; Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy are producers. Open Road released Ayer’s last pic, End Of Watch, in September.
EXCLUSIVE: The Killing star Mireille Enos is set to star in Ten, the David Ayer-directed film that stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington. QED is producing, financing and handling international sales. Shooting begins in October in Atlanta. The film has also gone under the working title Breacher.
Enos will play a member of the elite DEA team, and she is married to the character played by Worthington. Enos will next star in the Ruben Fleischer-directed Gangster Squad opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin for Warner Bros. She recently completed the Marc Forster-directed World War Z with Brad Pitt, and with both of those films undergoing reshoots, it was complicated to get her into this role, but it all worked out. Enos is currently in production on Devil’s Knot, starring with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Mireille received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her work in The Killing, which seems to be ending following its second season on AMC, though there has been talk of it possibly landing elsewhere. Enos also was part of the Big Love cast before that and got a Tony nom for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf on Broadway. She’s repped by CAA and Gartner/Green Entertainment.
Cannes Roundup: Robert Altman Doc, Universal-Screen Corp, Schwarzenegger, ‘Squatters’, ‘Me And Mrs. Jones’
Robert Altman Documentary
Sphinx Productions, the premium cable service Epix, Astral’s The Movie Network, Submarine Entertainment and Dakota Group Ltd. are partnering on Altman, a feature documentary about the late Robert Altman to be directed and produced by filmmaker Ron Mann. Altman will feature interviews with actors, his collaborators and family members, along with archival footage of Altman himself and clips from his groundbreaking films that include MASH, McCabe And Mrs. Miller, A Wedding, Nashville, The Long Goodbye, The Player, Short Cuts, Gosford Park and A Prairie Home Companion among many others. Consultants include Altman’s widow Kathryn Reed Altman and producer Matthew Seig. Submarine Entertainment will be presenting the project to buyers at the 2012 Cannes Film Market. Completion slated mid-2013.
Arnold Schwarzenegger In ‘Ten’
Canadian distributor VVS Films has acquired the thriller Ten starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and directed by David Ayer. Deal was negotiated between Ernie and Harry Grivakis of VVS Films and Bill Block and John Friedberg of QED. In addition to Ten, VVS Films’ slate includes Ayer’s End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña; Nicholas Jarecki’s Arbitrage with Richard Gere, Tim Roth and Susan Sarandon; William Friedkin’s Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch and Juno Temple; Gabriele Muccino’s Playing The Field with Gerard Butler, Jessica Biel and Catherine Zeta Jones; John Luessenhop’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D; and Nicolas Lopez’ Aftershock with Eli Roth and Selena Gomez.
Universal International-Screen Corp Deal
A first-look distribution deal covering Australasia between James M. Vernon’s Screen Corp and Universal Pictures International Australia may signal an upswing in production from the veteran producer who has enlisted two experienced executives, former Warner Bros. International President Wayne Duband and Alan Finney, former chief of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia, to serve on his project assessment committee. The deal gives UPI Australia the option to acquire an unspecified number of films per year, budgeted at between $A5M-$45M, providing P&A financing and at times, minimum guarantees.
Open Road has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Ten, an action thriller that David Ayer will direct with Arnold Schwarzenegger starring. The film will be funded by QED International. Skip Woods wrote the script. It’s about an elite DEA task force dealing with dangerous drug cartels that executes a tactical raid on a cartel safe house. It’s a ruse, and the DEA squad is stealing the merch. They think they’ve gotten away with millions, until team members begin getting bumped off.
Open Road is releasing Training Day scribe Ayer’s upcoming cop thriller End Of Watch on September 28. Bill Block, Paul Hanson, Joe Roth, Palak Patel and Al Ruddy are producers while Alex Ott of Ayer’s Crave Films is exec producing. QED CEO Block and Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg put together the deal. CAA reps Schwarzenegger and Ayer.
Schwarzenegger is starring in the QED-financed Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Act Of Valor’s Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Woods did the rewrite on a script that has Schwarzenegger playing a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest.
Here is a trailer for Ayer’s upcoming film End Of Watch: