Here’s some inside baseball about Hollywood that your average moviegoer may not know: movies do not get made solely from investors or studios nor do they make money solely from domestic box office. A large majority of films, especially true indie films (i.e. no name stars), require the sale of their foreign distribution rights to finish the film they’re selling or to secure a profit that will provide investors with a good return on their investment. However, films with name actors like Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken also have to play this game. Some movies do it by creating unofficial posters and after the jump, we’ve featured six of these posters plus synopses for films with name actors but are still trying to secure funding. However, this is no guarantee that these films will ever get made and just because someone made up a poster, doesn’t mean some kindly, foreign investor is going to put in his euros or yen so hit the jump and see if you would bet on these movies.
These posters are for an upcoming event known as the American Film Market where hundreds of distributors and production companies will attempt to sell thousands of films to potential new investors. The event takes place from November 4th – 11th and looking at their site I see that this event is beyond my comprehension just in terms of sheer logistics. I’m just going to go back to the pretty posters and the nice, simple synopses below.
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Dana Delany, Andrew McCarthy, Spencer Treat Clark
At the end of every summer, the children of a Christian community from a suburb of New Jersey attend Camp Hope. They travel deep into the woods far from any distractions the world provides. Here, the children are taught the ways of the Lord, the perils of the flesh, and the horror of the Devil. A charismatic priest leads them in their training. But, he unknowingly has brought something with him, something evil. What was supposed to be a safe place, a spiritual retreat has now turned into nightmare that not even faith can end.
Starring: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Amanda Seyfried
Catherine (Julianne Moore), a successful doctor, suspects her handsome music professor husband David (Liam Neeson) is cheating on her. To lay her suspicions and fears to rest, she hires an irresistible young woman, Chloe (Amanda Seyfried), to test David ‘s fidelity. Chloe’s torrid tales of her encounters with David take Catherine on a journey of sexual and sensual re-discovery. But by opening the door to temptation, she puts her family in great danger…
Starring: David Cross, Michael Vartan, and Sean Astin
Mike and Rodney are two mid-level sales associates at a tire company, skate by on the good grace of their elderly boss who has a soft spot for them. After a night of partying, they wake up to the news that the old guy has died of a heart-attack, and their new boss is Castro, the office jerk. They are immediately demoted to the all female secretarial pool and forced to put in their first day of hard work at Treadline Tires. Completely unequipped for the demands of the job, Mike and Rodney put themselves at the mercy of the women who they had formerly looked down on. Desperately needing their paychecks, they suck up their pride and become one of the girls: They join the women’s softball team, share diet and dating tips and watch Desperate Housewives together. Risking their own jobs, Mike and Rodney spearhead an uprising demanding fair treatment for all secretaries, and findstrength in themselves and a pride in their work they have never known. In the end, with the support of their newfound comrades, they manage to land the biggest account in the history of the company, restore the dignity of the secretaries, get their jobs back… and get their nemesis Castro DEMOTED.
I COME WITH THE RAIN
Starring: Josh Hartnett
Kline, an ex-cop in Los Angeles traumatized by slaying a serial killer, is hired by a powerful corporate boss to go to the Philippines and find Shitao, his missing son. Kline’s leads take him to Hong Kong. Torn between good and evil, caught in the crossfire between a mafia drug ring and the police, he tracks down Shitao, who has become a mysterious vagrant.
Shot on state-of-the-art HD and slated to feature music by Radiohead and Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel, Brokeback Mountain), this modern thriller explores the fine line between carnal passion and violence and plunges us into an exotic urban world of gritty realism and sensual beauty.
Starring: Ray Stevenson, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken
The Irishman chronicles the rise and fall of infamous Cleveland gangster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), who engaged in a power struggle with the Italian mob. Greene was as an upstart longshoreman union rep and later became a cocky, legendarily difficult-to-kill troublemaker in the world of organized crime in the 1970s. Based on the real story of mobster Danny Greene, Christoper Walken will play the loan shark and nightclub owner Shondor Birns and Val Kilmer is a Cleveland police detective who befriends Greene.
Case used to be a professional hacker. Then someone hacked him. In the future, where life is cheap and nothing is worth more than information, he’s a living time bomb who will only be set free if he completes a deadly mission. With genetically upgraded femme fatale Molly, Case hustles his way through the real world and cyberspace. The ultimate battle between mind and body leads them against the corporations that govern what’s left of humanity, where the final conspiracy is about to be uncovered. Based on the landmark cyberpunk novel from William Gibson, Case finds it’s not just the explosives in his body he has to worry about, he’s trapped in a maze of murder, deceit, and the fate of the world.