Two casting items tonight:
- Julianne Moore will play the title character in the feature adaptation of Harvard neuroscientist Lisa Genova‘s debut novel, Still Alice, about a 50-year-old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
- Aaron Eckhart is set to star in the psychological thriller Fade Out as a screenwriter whose screenplay about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife starts to come true.
More on both projects after the jump.
According to Variety, Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (Quinceañera) are on board to direct Still Alice, scheduled to start shooting February in New York. Here’s the book synopsis:
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind… [Amazon]
Producer Robert Salerno (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will make his directorial debut on Fade Out. The press release with all the details is below—synopsis bolded:
Los Angeles, California (November 5, 2013) – Golden Globe nominee Aaron Eckhart (OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, THE DARK KNIGHT, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) will star in the psychological thriller FADE OUT, to be directed by Robert Salerno, award-winning producer of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 21 GRAMS, Tom Ford’s A SINGLE MAN, Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN and ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere, it was announced today by producers Anthony Bregman from Likely Story (ENOUGH SAID, upcoming CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND) and Naomi Despres from Artina Films (KILL THE MESSENGER, HIGH CRIMES).
Salerno will direct from an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer (ORIGINAL SIN, CASANOVA, GIA, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK).
The Solution Entertainment Group’s (“The Solution”) Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel will executive produce alongside John Penotti and Tim Williams.
Recovering from a nervous breakdown, screenwriter Jim Connelly (Eckhart) spends his days in a tropical beachfront villa being cared for by his glamorous wife Anne. He starts writing a new screenplay about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife, but his intense paranoia and hallucinations cause fiction and reality to blur. As the events in Jim’s screenplay appear to materialize, he becomes a suspect in his own wife’s disappearance and must outrun the police as he pieces together the puzzle seemingly designed by his very own mind.
Currently in pre-production, principal photography on the film will commence in mid-February 2014 in Puerto Rico.
The Solution will represent international rights and will introduce the project to buyers at the American Film Market this week. Producers are currently handling US rights.
“FADE OUT is as irresistible as a potent Caribbean cocktail: a twisted mind-bending thriller set in a sun-soaked beach town — from a smart script full of surprising twists, and with true artists in front of and behind the camera,” said Anthony Bregman.
“Aaron is a versatile actor who has shown immense range across his performances and is the perfect actor to bring the character to life in this Hitchcockian thriller. We’re delighted to be partnering with Bob Salerno on his directorial debut and debuting the project at AFM,” said Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.
Aaron Eckhart was seen earlier this year in FilmDistrict’s OYMPUS HAS FALLEN opposite Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman, which earned over $160 million worldwide. His other film credits include the role of Harvey Dent in Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT, ERIN BROCKOVICH, RABBIT HOLE, BATTLE: LOS ANGELES and THANK YOU FOR SMOKING, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He is currently shooting the lead in INCARNATE produced by Jason Blum, and will next be seen starring in Lionsgate’s 3D IMAX action thriller I, FRANKENSTEIN opposite Bill Nighy, set for release in January 2014.
Eckhart is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman.
Michael Cristofer is a veteran playwright, screenwriter and director who holds both a Writers Guild and Directors Guild Award for his work on such films as ORIGINAL SIN with Angelina Jolie and Antonio Banderas, CASANOVA with Heath Ledger, FALLING IN LOVE with Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, GEORGIA O’KEEFFE with Joan Allen, and many others including GIA which introduced Jolie. He is currently developing a mini-series on the life of Catherine the Great for ABC and will be directing his own screenplay, THE NIGHT CLERK, next summer.
Other titles on The Solution’s AFM slate include three films currently in production: THE FORGER with John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan; HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN with Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba and JENNY’S WEDDING starring Katherine Heigl, Tom Wilkinson, Linda Emond and Grace Gummer. They will also be offering LAGGIES starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell; 5 TO 7 with Anton Yelchin and Bérénice Marlohe; David Mamet’s BLACKBIRD to star Cate Blanchett; FELONY starring Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson which world premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival; GRAND PIANO starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack which world premiered at Austin’s Fantastic Fest and was the opening night film at the Sitges Film Festival; NOVEMBER MAN starring Pierce Brosnan and TWO NIGHT STAND with Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton.