Director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) upcoming action thriller Ten just nabbed a release date, but those itching to get a look at the film anytime soon will be sorely disappointed. Open Road Films announced today that Ten will be released on January 24, 2014, which for you mathematicians out there is about 13 months away. The film is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Ten Little Indians, as it centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin. The impressive ensemble cast is lead by Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Max Martini (Revenge), Olivia Williams (Anna Karenina), and Mireille Enos (The Killing) rounding things out.
Currently no other film is slated for that same weekend in January 2014, but Open Road has also released a slightly new image from the film. It’s incredibly similar to the first image of Schwarzenegger that was previously released, but this photo shows the actor striking a different (though no less intimidating) pose. Hit the jump to read the press release and to take a look at the new image.
AMC’s The Killing has returned from purgatory and will air its third season on the network. The crime drama was cancelled after two seasons and then had its hopes resurrected by a joint effort from AMC and Netflix, thanks to relentless pursuit from producer Fox TV Studios. Though none of the execs from the above-mentioned organizations would confirm the news, it looks like showrunner Veena Sud and executive producers Dawn Prestwich and Nicole Yorkin are back in the writers’ room as of this week, in order to churn out another season. Whether the show will regain its first season highs or continue its second season lows remains to be seen. Stars Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos are contractually obligated to return. Hit the jump for more.
The first trailer for director Marc Forster’s zombie apocalypse film World War Z has been released. Things go to Hell rather quickly for the Lane family when the zombie apocalypse wreaks havoc on an otherwise mundane rush hour. I get that Forster is accentuating the “world” aspect of the film and certainly establishes the pandemic as a global event, but the cut of the trailer paints the horde of the undead as more of an overwhelming flood observed from a bird’s eye view. I’m hoping to see a little more of the immediate danger, but this glimpse certainly gets the heart pumping. (I think we’ve all had enough of the Zimmer horns though…)
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Matthew Fox, James Badge Dale, and David Morse. World War Z opens on June 21st, 2013.
The Killing returns. Months after AMC cancelled the drama series following its second season, it appears that a deal is being hammered out to now bring the show back. Deadline reports that The Killing producer Fox TV Studios was relentless in their pursuit to keep the show alive, and after talking with a number of potential buyers they finally found a partner in Netflix. AMC will be teaming up with the streaming juggernaut for the third season, with AMC airing the episodes first before they go up on Netflix. Hit the jump for more.
Thanks to social networking, we now have the first image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in director David Ayer’s new film, Ten. Schwarzenegger tweeted the image earlier today, one that shows off a new look for the former Governor as he’s sporting a new haircut and a variety of new tattoos. He’s also armed to the teeth and ready for battle in a police-issue bullet-proof vest, complete with knives, ammo and at least three guns. Back when it was titled Breacher, Ayer said he wanted to “reinvent Arnold” during an interview with Steve. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not he succeeded. Hit the jump to check out the first image and for more on Schwarzenegger’s character.
We’ve got a few casting stories to share this evening. Briefly:
- The ridiculously talented Benedict Cumberbatch is set to join Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the drama adaptation August: Osage County.
- The Killing star Mireille Enos joins the testosterone-fueled thriller Ten with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington.
- The Hunger Games star Alexander Ludwig has signed on for Peter Berg’s Navy SEAL drama Lone Survivor.
Hit the jump for more details.
After finally revealing “who killed Rosie Larsen” in the second season finale this past May, AMC has cancelled to the hourlong drama series The Killing per TV Line. The show got off to a great, moody start in season one by surrounding a procedural case with genuinely interesting and flawed characters, but too many red herrings, Twin Peaks ripoffs, and extremely iffy plotting tainted the rest of the show. Moreover, many fans were left screaming at their televisions when the central question raised in all the marketing preceding the pilot—“Who killed Rosie Larsen?”—was left unanswered in the season one finale.
I watched all 26 episodes of the series, and what kept my interest were the truly terrific performances from the show’s two leads: Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. The actors have rightly nabbed some high profile roles since the show premiered, with Enos starring alongside Brad Pitt in World War Z and Kinnaman landing the lead in the RoboCop remake. Vulture reports that Fox Television, the studio that produces The Killing, is apparently now shopping the show around to other networks. Good luck with that…
Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects. First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case. The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls. Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg. The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.
A new international trailer for Zombieland-director Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad has gone online. While it’s a shorter, tighter cut of the previously released trailer, the new version does feature a few seconds of new footage. Sean Penn stars as Mickey Cohen, a New York gangster who takes his criminal enterprise to Los Angeles. Standing in his way are Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin) and Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling), who are tasked with disrupting Cohen’s stranglehold under the orders of Bill Parker (Nick Nolte). Gangster Squad also stars Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Mireille Enos, Frank Grillo and Michael Pena. The film opens September 7th. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer.
Writers are brought on to perform rewrites on projects all the time, but it’s not every day that a scribe is hired to rewrite a film’s script after the film has already been shot. Such is the case with director Marc Forster’s (Quantum of Solace) zombie apocalypse pic World War Z. The film is based on Max Brooks’ novel of the same name and stars Brad Pitt as a United Nations employee “who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.” Production took place last year in various European locales, with Paramount even considering a potential trilogy based off of the dailies they were seeing.
Back in March, it was announced that the film was vacating its December 2012 release date for the summer date of June 21st, 2013. The move didn’t turn many heads, as most assumed that Paramount thought the zombie pic would do better business in the heart of the summer rather than in the midst of the crowded holiday season of 2012. Heads did turn, however, when rumblings began that the film was set to undergo some massive 6-7 week reshoots later this year. Hit the jump for more.
Here are some casting tidbits for you to enjoy today:
- Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) is set to topline Long Nights Short Mornings, an erotic indie for director Chadd Harbold (Revenge for Jolly!).
- AMC’s The Killing star, Mireille Enos will join Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a drama about the West Memphis Three.
- Disney’s Maleficent has crowned Brenton Thwaites (Home and Away) to play the prince in the Robert Stromberg-directed adaptation.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The AMC drama series The Killing, returning for its second season on April 1st, ties together three distinct stories around a single murder – the detectives assigned to the case, the victim’s grieving family, and the suspects. While Season 1 was all about questions and red herrings, Season 2 promises to start uncovering the answers while delving into and exploring the notion that everyone has past secrets that are now coming back to haunt them. And, the resolution of who killed Rosie Larson (Katie Findlay) will be answered at the conclusion of this season.
At a press day for the show, co-stars Mireille Enos (who plays homicide detective Sarah Linden) and Joel Kinnaman (who plays Linden’s partner, Stephen Holder) talked about their surprise over the fan reaction for the Season 1 finale, how the marketing of the show mismanaged expectations for viewers, that the stakes will get more and more intense in Season 2, how neither of them knows the identity of the killer yet (they’ve shot 11 of 13 episodes so far this season), and how all of the relationship dynamics will play out. Enos also talked about how much fun she had playing Brad Pitt’s wife in World War Z and working with the incredible ensemble cast in Gangster Squad, while Kinnaman talked about what he’s looking forward to with taking on the lead role in the RoboCop reboot, which starts shooting in August. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
It looks like Warner Bros. believes it has an awards contender on its hands with Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. According to Box Office Mojo, the studio has set the 1940s crime thriller for October 19, 2012. The film is based on the true story of an Los Angeles Police Department task force whose mission was to bring down notorious mobster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). The impressive cast also features Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Nick Nolte, Michael Peña, Anthony Mackie, Mireille Enos, Holt McCallany, Robert Patrick, and Giovanni Ribisi.
The other films that currently hold the 10/19/12 date are the romantic comedy The Big Wedding starring Robert De Niro and Katherine Heigl (hoo-boy) and an untitled project from Sopranos creator David Chase.
Following the two casting stories we had for you this morning, we now have a few more this afternoon. First up, The Killing star Mireille Enos’ may land another high-profile gig after signing on to co-star in World War Z earlier this year. THR reports that Enos is in talks to play the wife of Josh Brolin’s character in Ruben Fleischer’s period crime drama Gangster Squad. Brolin plays John O’Mara, one of the few good cops not on the payroll of crime boss Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) in 1940s Los Angeles. If she signs on, “Enos will play O’Mara’s wife, who is afraid her husband may die while in the line of duty but still helps him pick his squad. The film’s impressive cast also includes Ryan Gosling, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie, and Giovanni Ribisi. Emma Stone is also in talks to join the film.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut, Stoker.
With production set to begin this month, Marc Forster’s adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z continues to fill out its cast. Bloody Disgusting reports that Matthew Fox is now on board while Deadline adds that Ed Harris is in talks to join him. The zombie-action flick also stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos (The Killing), Anthony Mackie, Julia Levy-Boeken, and James Badge Dale. BD reports that Fox will play “Parajumper” while Harris role is currently unknown. The book takes place ten years after a zombie apocalypse but since Paramount sees the property as a tentpole, it will be repurposed into a PG-13 action movie.
Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel. Fox is also attached to play the villain in Rob Cohen’s adaptation of I, Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry. Harris is playing John McCain in Game Change and he’s attached to co-star with Aaron Eckhart in Neil Labute’s The Geography of Hope.