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Russell Crowe To Star In Gabriele Muccino-Helmed ‘Fathers And Daughters’ For Voltage

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 11:25am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Voltage Films has set Russell Crowe to star in the Gabriele Muccino-directed Fathers And Daughters, which instantly establishes this film as a hot sales title for AFM. The film is a love story between a father and daughter who live in Manhattan 25 years apart. The story moves back and forth between the 1980s where a famous novelist and widower struggles with mental illness as he tries to raise his 5-year old daughter; then it shows that daughter as a 30-year old woman in contemporary Gotham who battles her own demons that stem from that turbulent childhood. The script was written by Brad Desch (Shotgun Lovesongs).

Fathers And Daughters will be produced by Voltage Productions’ Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier, and Busted Shark Productions’ Sherryl Clark. Exec producing are Crowe and his Fear Of God Films partner Keith Rodger. Romilda De Luca is also exec producer. Voltage Pictures will handle foreign sales, which get underway at AFM. They are circling a major actress to play the daughter. The film preps in December. Read More »

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Cannes: Voltage Taps Gabriele Muccino To Helm Black List ‘Fathers And Daughters’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Productions has set Gabriele Muccino to direct Fathers And Daughters, a Black List script by Brad Desch. Voltage is out to cast on the film and is looking to sell it here at Cannes. Muccino helmed the Will Smith films The Pursuit Of Happyness and Seven Pounds after coming to Hollywood off the success of L’Ultimo Bacio. The plot: a Pulitzer-winning writer grapples with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown. Much later, his grown daughter struggles to forge connections of her own.

The film will be produced by Voltage’s Craig J. Flores and Nicolas Chartier and Busted Shark Productions’ Sherryl Clark. Clark, whose credits include Cloverfield and Morning Glory, developed the screenplay with Desch and it was one of the first projects under her new shingle Busted Shark. Voltage bought it after the script made the Black List. Desch separately set his script Shotgun Lovesongs at Fox Searchlight, with Clark also producing.

CAA and Untitled rep Muccino and Desch is repped by ICM Partners and Management 360. Voltage’s Babacar Diene is overseeing. Voltate and ICM Partners will sell the film here.

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Rob Cohen And Voltage Team On ‘Bullet Run,’ A ‘Fast & The Furious’ In The Desert

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Productions has set Rob Cohen to direct Bullet Run, an Andrew Hilton-scripted action film that puts Cohen back on the fast car track he was on when he helmed The Fast & The Furious. Voltage Productions producers Nicolas Chartier and Craig Flores acquired the script as a spec and brought on Cohen. The intention is for him to direct after he completes the Summit Entertainment adaptation of the James Patterson novel I, Alex Cross, which will star Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox.

The head of an elite private protection team and his former CIA agent wife infiltrate the closed borders of Iran to abduct a man who killed their daughter. The extraction goes awry and they force to rely on their world-class driving skills and a fleet of high-performance street cars to travel 200 miles through a hail of bullets to keep alive the man they really want dead. Zev Foreman is exec producer.

Bullet Run can be a unique and genre-bending action film with huge international appeal,” Cohen said. Hilton scripted The Lost Patrol, which is set up at Legendary Pictures for Steven Norrington to direct. Cohen’s repped by WME, Hilton by Nethercott Agency. Chartier will sell offshore territories, and they haven’t yet made a domestic distribution deal.

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Nicolas Chartier Teams With Hollywood Gang’s Craig Flores In Production Shingle

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Pictures chief Nicolas Chartier is branching out from foreign sales into the production game. He has partnered with longtime Hollywood Gang executive Craig Flores to form Voltage Productions, an offshoot of Voltage Pictures that will generate large pictures set at studios, and films in the $15 million-$40 million budget range that will be funded through a combination of pre-sales, debt and equity. The latter formula is the one that the French producer employed to fund the Kathryn Bigelow-directed The Hurt Locker–which brought him a Best Picture Academy Award–and the recently wrapped William Friedkin-directed Killer Joe, which stars Matthew McConaughey. Chartier’s best known, of course, for being dis-invited to the Oscars–he got his trophy later–after sending e-mails lobbying for his film. Many in Hollywood rallied behind him, even throwing him a viewing party thrown by WME Global’s Graham Taylor, and producers Mike Fleiss and Lynette Howell in Malibu.

Flores, who entered the business as an attorney, spent the past eight years with Gianni Nunnari’s Warner Bros-based Hollywood Gang. Flores will remain an exec producer on projects he developed with Nunnari that include the upcoming the Tarsem Singh-directed Immortals, and adaptations of Frank Miller’s Ronin, the Conn Iggulden Julius Caesar novel series that’ll be directed by Burr Steers, and a Mexico City-set thriller being scripted by Gravity co-writer Jonas Cuaron. Flores was exec producer on Hollywood Gang pics 300 and Everybody’s Fine.

Said Chartier: “Craig and I have wanted to work together … Read More »

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