Christopher Plummer has booked the lead in director Atom Egoyan’s thriller Remember, in which the darkest chapter of modern history collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. Martin Landau, Dean Norris and Bruno Ganz also star. Ari Lantos and Robert Lantos are producing. Plummer won an Oscar for Beginners, and other recent credits include Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Last Station. He next appears in Elsa & Fred opposite Shirley MacLaine.
Thomas Jane is set to star in Standoff for first-time director Adam Alleca. He will play Carter, a troubled veteran who gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12 year-old girl from an assassin after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl’s life. Production is set to begin this summer in Ontario. Jane, whose credits include Hung and the upcoming feature Reach Me, is repped by Paradigm and Ziffren Brittenham.
EXCLUSIVE: Paradigm, which has been adding lit clients after bringing in established agents like Robert Bookman, Ken Stovitz and Rand Holston, has made a good score in the talent realm: It signed Thomas Jane. Jane, the star of HBO’s Hung and films that include The Punisher, Deep Blue Sea and Boogie Nights, makes the move from CAA as he is preparing to star in and direct A Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand. The Western thriller, being produced by Geyer Kosinski, also stars Jeremy Irons and Nick Nolte. Jane’s separately starring opposite Paul Walker, Brendan Fraser and Matt Dillon in Pawn Shop Chronicles, opposite Sly Stallone in Reach Me and opposite James Marsden and Billy Bob Thornton in Red Machine. Jane continues to be managed by Media Talent Group.
EXCLUSIVE: Simon Hunter has been set to direct Last Blood, a live action adaptation of the Keenspot graphic novel that takes place after a zombie apocalypse, when vampires must battle to protect the last surviving humans to keep alive the necessary blood supply. Hunter helmed Mutant Chronicles, the actioner that stars Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Ron Perlman and Devon Aoki, as well as the James Purefoy-starrer Lighthouse. The pic will be formally announced at Comic-Con this weekend.
Last Blood will be produced by Ironclad exec producer Christian Arnold-Beutel as well as Red Giant Media’s Aimee Schoof, Isen Robbins and Benny R. Powell, and Keenspot’s Chris and Bobby Crosby. The Crosby siblings created the graphic novel with illustrator Owen Gieni, and Bobby Crosby wrote the script with Nick V. Sterling. Last Blood was published as an online comic in 2006, drawing almost 20 million readers around the world. Two prequel novels are in the works and they will be published this Halloween on multiple platforms.
HBO has picked up dark comedy Hung for a third season with a 10-episode order to run in 2011.
Hung stars Thomas Jane as a down-on-his-luck Detroit high-school coach moonlighting as a male prostitute and Jane Adams as his rookie, poetry-loving pimp. The husband-and-wife duo of Dmitry Lipkin and Colette Burson created the show and are executive producing with the pilot’s director Alexander Payne, Michael Rosenberg, Scott Stephens, Noreen Halpern and John Morayniss for E1 Entertainment. Anne Heche, Eddie Jemison, Rebecca Creskoff, Gregg Henry, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Charlie Saxton co-star. The penultimate episode of Hung‘s second season on Sunday averaged 2.5 million. Its season finale airs Sept. 12.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Lowe has joined Thomas Jane and Jeremy Piven in I Melt With You, the indie ensemble thriller that Mark Pellington will direct near Big Sur in Northern California next month. Lowe will play a doctor struggling with deep personal loss and a growing drug addiction. Pellington hatched the storyline with screenwriter Glenn Porter for a micro-budget film that focuses on the pain of the modern male psyche. Considering that Pellington got that trio and the whole film will cost less than $1 million, my question is: why do movies cost so much, again? Lowe, who is separately involved with Colony Capital’s Tom Barrack in the formation of a $500 million media fund, just made a deal with Henry Holt to write Stories I Only Tell My Friends, a memoir about acting and fatherhood.
Mark Pellington Sets Jeremy Piven & Thomas Jane For Ensemble Thriller
EXCLUSIVE: Thomas Jane and Jeremy Piven are set to star in I Melt With You, an ensemble thriller that will be directed by Mark Pellington. Production will begin in early August in Northern California. The thriller follows the interconnecting lives of four men. Glenn Porter wrote the script from a story he hatched with Pellington, who last directed Henry Poole Is Here and U2 3D. Rob Cowan and Norm Reiss are producing. Pellington and Porter will be exec producers with Neil Labute, Heidi Levitt, Aaron Gilbert and Jane. The pic, packaged by UTA, is privately financed and the budget is under a million bucks. Casting will begin so that the Hung and Entourage stars can return to their TV series.
“I am 48 and found a dearth of of films that speak to my life experience,” Pellington said. “Where is my generation’s version of Cassavetes’ Husbands? It is hard to get anything idiosyncratic made for a budget. I have been shooting music videos on small cameras at low cost and wanted to apply it to a film. This is about four guys and deals with mortality, aging and friendship. It is very dark and very low budget. I have nothing against the larger budget movies I have made. I just want to make movies and doing it this way improves my chances.”