The adaptation of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods has seen Richard Linklater and Robert Redford lined up to take the director’s chair, but it now looks as if Larry Charles (Borat) will have the honor. Charles is a bit of an odd choice, not just based on his resume which includes the Sacha Baron Cohen-fronted trio of oddball character films and episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but also because the Brooklyn native is not exactly the image that springs to mind when conceptualizing a trek down the Appalachian Trail.
Long in development, A Walk in the Woods stars Redford and Nick Nolte as two high school friends who meet up later in life to tackle the Appalachian Trail, catching each other up on their respective lives while making observations about the world around them during the journey. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) penned the script. The production is now looking forward to a March start date. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today at D23, I landed a quick video interview backstage with Josh Gad. During the interview, he talked about how cool it is to voice a character in a Disney film (he voices Olaf in Frozen), what he collects, and director Larry Charles Sam Kinison biopic, Kinison. He reveals he was nervous to take on the role, he’s practiced the scream, and they hope to be filming next year. Hit the jump to watch.
A feature film about the life of stand-up comedian Sam Kinison is finally materializing. Deadline reports that Book of Mormon star Josh Gad has been tapped to play the preacher-turned-comedian in the biopic Kinison, and Borat and The Dictator director Larry Charles has signed on to take the helm. Kinison started out following in his father’s footsteps as a Pentecostal preacher before eventually becoming a comedian, going on to find great success with his scream-hevy style. Kinison battled drug and alcohol addiction during his rise to fame, but eventually got sober. Unfortunately, at the age of 38 Kinison was killed in car collision with a drunk driver.
Kinison is an adaptation of Bill Kinison’s book Brother Sam and boasts a script penned by xXx scribe Rich Wilkes. The film has been in development for years, with Tom Shadyac attached to direct for HBO Films at one point. The story picks up in the 80s and follows Kinison’s transition from preacher to comedian.
When last we reported on the comedy Pierre Pierre, it had Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) attached to star and Larry Charles (Borat) on board to direct. Now it looks as if Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek) is in early talks to displace Carrey. Pierre Pierre centers on an obnoxious Frenchman who steals the Mona Lisa and attempts to transport it to from Paris to London. Along the way, he runs afoul of “French police inspector, a serial killer named Pigeonshit and his own brothel-owning mother.” Hit the jump for more on Brand and Pierre Pierre.
Anyone can be offensive. The skill comes with trying to get people to laugh at it. Sacha Baron Cohen, the mind behind the semi-scripted comedies Borat and Bruno, has shown a great skill at getting audiences to laugh at light comic fodder like incest, rape, anti-Semitism, screaming dickholes, and carrying bags of shit to the dinner table. He also tends to throw in a little social criticism for some spice. The Dictator marks his first feature-length, fully-scripted film, and while the blade may be a bit more polished, the edge remains razor-sharp. Despite a slapdash plot and a cop-out ending, The Dictator is brilliantly irreverent, juvenile, cartoonish, and it will have you laughing, feeling guilty about laughing, and then laughing even harder.
A new French trailer for the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator has gone online, and it reveals what looks to be the crux of the plot for the film. Though I’m fairly certain this plot twist will be unveiled in the next domestic trailer, I’ll keep things spoiler free here on the front page just in case. I’ll simply say that the twist shows huge comedic promise and I can’t wait to see where Cohen takes the rest of the film.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly and Megan Fox. The Dictator opens on May 11th. [Update: As expected, this was exactly the same as the new domestic trailer. It appears we're now getting an idea of the expanded plot and what to expect from the actual film. We've updated the article with the US version of the trailer, which is the same as the French one save for the subtitles.]
Back in 2010, we reported that Larry Charles (Borat) had signed on to direct the comedy Pierre, Pierre starring Jim Carrey. Carrey plays an obnoxious Frenchman who steals the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in the hope of selling it so he can finally move out of his parents house. The project was previously set up Fox, who paid $1 million for the spec script, but when previous director Jason Reitman dropped out, the movie was put into turn around. Now, Screen Daily reports that the film has secured financing and will shoot this summer in Germany and other parts of Europe. Screen Daily adds that the budget was boosted from $20 million to $30 million based off the strength of the supporting roles and the actors currently in talks for them.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s next film The Dictator is currently shooting in New York City. For those who don’t know, Cohen plays “a heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” The film is inspired by the novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein. The set photos we’ve seen so far make it look as nutty as Cohen’s previous films. We have now learned of a new cameo in the film as well as how much a previously-announced actor will be in the film.
Hit the jump for more details. The film, directed by Larry Charles (Borat) also stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, J.B. Smoove, John C. Reilly, and Megan Fox. The Dictator opens May 11, 2012.
Some new set images have emerged from the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator. We got our first official look at Cohen in the titular role last week, and today’s set photos show that we’re in store for another very crazy character, as they capture him competing in a track race while utilizing a pistol to ensure that he’s the winner. The comedy “tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”
Hit the jump to check out the images. Directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno), the film also stars Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Jason Mantzoukas. The Dictator is set to open on May 11, 2012.
The first set photo has leaked from Sacha Baron Cohen’s next film The Dictator. It’s Cohen’s first film where he’s not playing a character from Da Ali G Show, but it looks like it has the best premise since Borat:
The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein
Whether Cohen will be engaging in his candid camera antics or if this is a straight feature remains to be seen, but Larry Charles (Borat, Bruno) will once again be behind the camera. The film is also set to star Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and Jason Mantzoukas (The League). Hit the jump to check out the photo of an All-American foreign dictator. The Dictator is slated to open on May 11, 2012.
We have a few casting tidbits to bring you tonight. First up, Deadline reports that Anna Faris has been offered the female lead in director Larry Charles’ (Borat) comedy The Dictator. Already starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley, the film tells the story of a dictator who risks his life to keep democracy out of his finely oppressed country. Cohen will take on dual roles in the film as both the dictator and a goat herder whereas Faris’ character would be the owner of an organic food store who begins to turn around Cohen’s dictatorial outlook. You may remember that Faris faced competition in the form of Kristen Wiig and Gillian Jacobs for the role. The Dictator is scheduled to be released by Paramount on May 11th, 2012.
Next up, Variety confirms that both Greta Gerwig (Arthur) and Orlando Bloom are settling in for roles in the romantic comedy Lola Versus. Per the report, Gerwig has already accepted the starring role of a girl who is dumped only weeks before her wedding by her college sweetheart. Bloom is still in final negotiations to join the film for an unspecified role (perhaps Gerwig’s aforementioned college sweetheart?). Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards) is set to direct the script he co-wrote with Zoe Lister-Jones. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in New York next month.
Just yesterday it was reported that a number of actresses were under consideration for a leading female role in the next Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator, including Kristen Wiig, Gillian Jacobs and Anna Faris. Now, it looks like Hugo Cabret costar Ben Kingsley will be reteaming with Cohen in the Borat-esque flick. Variety reports that Kingsley will play one of two Middle Eastern characters in the film, with Jason Mantzoukas (The League) in talks to play the other.
Directed by Larry Charles, The Dictator tells the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” with Cohen playing dual roles as the dictator and a goat herder. Filming is set to begin in May, which explains why casting seems to be heating up at the moment. Expect more announcements sooner rather than later for the comedy. The Dictator is slated for a May 11th, 2012 release
Casting for the next Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator is heating up, with producers looking to fill the part of the female lead. Kristen Wiig, Anna Faris and Gillian Jacobs (Community) are among the frontrunners to play opposite Baron Cohen in the Borat-esque comedy. Larry Charles, who also helmed Borat and Bruno, is directing the film which tells the “heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed,” with Cohen playing a dictator who gets lost in the US.
THR reports that Jason Mantzoukas (The League) is already attached to play Cohen’s sidekick in the film. Producers are looking for actors with very strong improvisational skills, and understandably so given the unscripted nature of Borat and Bruno. The report stresses that Cohen and Co. are still looking to fill the female lead role, and it could very well end up going to someone other than Wiig, Faris or Jacobs. Filming is set to begin in May in New York and Morocco for a May 11th, 2012 release date.
Last we heard, Sacha Baron Cohen was teaming up with Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles on a new film called The Dictator, and every studio in town was vying for the project. Well, Paramount ultimately snatched it up, and now has set a release date and an official logline for the film. The plot is as follows:
“The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. It is inspired by the best selling novel, Zabibah and The King, by Saddam Hussein.”
Baron Cohen’s films are nothing if not controversial, and this one seems to be no exception. He will purportedly be playing dual roles in the film: that of said dictator, and the other being a goat herder. Paramount executives apparently “love the script” and have budgeted the film at $58 million. No word on how this effects the reported filming of Baron Cohen’s Freddie Mercury biopic slated to begin shooting later this year. The Dictator will be released on May 11, 2012. “Very nice!” [Updated: We've been sent the press release and have updated the article with the full press release after the jump]
Freakonomics makes its way to DVD on January 18th after a run in theaters and various On Demand outlets ranging from cable TV to iTunes. The big-screen adaptation of the runaway 2005 bestseller features the work of six of the highest-profile directors working in documentary film. They include: Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady (2007 Oscar nominees for Jesus Camp), Alex Gibney (2008 Oscar winner for Taxi To The Dark Side & a 2011 Oscar short-lister for Best Documentary with Client 9: The Rise And Fall Of Eliot Spitzer), Seth Gordon (The King Of Kong), Eugene Jarecki (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for Why We Fight) and Morgan Spurlock (2005 Oscar Nominee for Super Size Me which is, as of today, still the most popular rental for any documentary on iTunes).
Collider caught up with the film’s producer Chad Troutwine. Hit the jump for the audio and transcription of our interview, including great stories about how the idea came about and which high-profile directors almost took part.