Fall Festival Acquisitions Begin as The Weinstein Company Picks up TRACKS Starring Mia Wasikowska

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The fall festivals aren’t only about prestige films being groomed for a chance at an Oscar.  There are also plenty of acquisitions, and some of those acquisitions can quickly be turned around into awards, a recent example being The King’s Speech.  According to The Wrap, The Weinstein Company, the Oscar-hungry distributor behind King’s Speech, has now made the 2013 festival season’s first major acquisition with John Curran‘s Tracks.  The film is based on the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska), who in 1977 set out on a solo 2,700-kilometre journey by foot across the Australian Outback following the collapse of her marriage and the death of her mother.  The movie premiered at the Venice Film Festival, played at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend, and will then move on to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Bong Joon-ho Talks The Weinstein Company’s Forced Cuts to SNOWPIERCER

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A few weeks ago, we reported that U.S. distributor The Weinstein Company was forcing director Bong Joon-ho to trim twenty minutes out of his hit South Korean film, Snowpiercer, to make it more palatable to U.S. audiences.  It was an insult to both to Bong and to us especially since Snowpiercer may be a smart movie (I don’t know, I haven’t seen it), but at the very least, Americans should be able to understand the premise of a train traveling through a frozen, post-apocalyptic wasteland, and there’s a revolution brewing among the poorer passengers.  Nevertheless, Harvey Weinstein wants twenty minutes gone and opening and closing voiceovers.

Bong was recently reached for comment on the forced edits.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

The Weinstein Company Reportedly Wants Director Bong Joon-ho to Cut 20 Minutes from SNOWPIERCER for U.S. Distribution

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I’ve been really looking forward to Bong Joon-ho‘s post-apocalyptic thriller, Snowpiercer, but I guess I’ll have to wait to see his original cut.  Even though the movie is a hit in Bong’s native South Korea, The Weinstein Company is handling distribution in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.  According to if.com.au, “Weinstein is demanding Bong slash the 126-minute running time by 20 minutes for the version to be released in TWC’s territories,” to which Bong responded that the cuts “would eliminate much of the character detail, which would make the film seem more like an action movie. Weinstein is also adding opening and closing voice-overs.”

Hit the jump for more.  The film stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Ko Asung, and Kang-ho SongSnowpiercer currently doesn’t have a U.S. release date.

Ben Stiller Circling Thomas Edison Film THE CURRENT WAR as Directorial Vehicle; The Weinstein Company to Produce

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The Thomas Edison film The Current War is heating up.  The Michael Mitnick script chronicles the true-life public battle fought between Edison and George Westinghouse for the domination of the early power industry, and it landed on the Black List in 2011.  Last year Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter helmer Timur Bekmambetov signed on to direct, but further movement on the project failed to materialize.  Now The Weinstein Company has stepped in to finance and produce the period pic, and while Bekmambetov is no longer attached to direct, a number of other helmers are circling the project—including Ben Stiller.  Hit the jump for more.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR Pushed Back Nearly a Year to August 22, 2014

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Well it appears that director Robert Rodriguez won’t have two films opening within weeks from each other after all.  The Weinstein Company announced today that Rodriguez’s long-awaited sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has been pushed back nearly a year, from this coming October to August 22, 2014, making Machete Kills Rodriguez’s sole release this year.  That’s some pretty disappointing news for fans who have already been waiting eight years for the promised Sin City follow-up, so hopefully the finished product will be worth it.  The film’s impressive ensemble cast is lead by Josh Brolin as the physically-altered Dwight (played by Clive Owen in the first film), who is “hunted down by the only woman he ever loved, Ava Lord (Eva Green), and then watches his life go straight to hell.”

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently the only film slated for release on that August date.  The pic also stars Mickey RourkeJessica AlbaBruce WillisRosario DawsonJaime KingJoseph Gordon-LevittDennis Haysbert, Christopher MeloniJeremy PivenRay LiottaJuno Temple, Stacy Keach, and Julia Garner.

THE COMPANY MEN Director John Wells Looking to Helm Bradley Cooper in CHEF

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It’s quite clear that Bradley Cooper is a very popular guy.  Coming off a Best Actor nomination for his work in last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, the actor has been courted for a number of projects.  He’s currently filming another movie with SLP director David O. Russell called American Hustle, he’ll star in Cameron Crowe’s next film, and he recently flirted with filling a vacated role in the troubled Western Jane Got a Gun before dropping out due to scheduling conflicts.  Now Cooper has added another project to his slate, as the long-gestating drama Chef has finally landed a director by way of ER veteran and The Company Men helmer John Wells.  Hit the jump for more, including how Cooper’s incredibly busy schedule will play out over the next year.

James Ponsoldt to Adapt the Broadway Musical PIPPIN and Write/Direct an Adaptation of Matthew Quick Novel FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK

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After a successful Oscar campaign for The Weinstein Company’s Silver Linings Playbook, TWC is already lining up author Matthew Quick’s upcoming novel, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock.  Writer/director James Ponsoldt (Smashed, The Spectacular Now) has been tapped to both pen and direct the adaptation.  It tells the tale of a boy who, on his birthday, plans to take a gun to school and kill his former best friend and himself.

Keeping it all in the family, TWC has also signed Ponsoldt to draft a screenplay of the 1970s Broadway musical Pippin, from Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz.  The play features a mysterious performance troupe who narrate the story of a young prince on his quest for meaning in his life.  Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Tim Burton to Next Direct Biopic BIG EYES; Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams Will Star

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Director Tim Burton’s long-developing biopic Big Eyes is finally moving forward.  The filmmaker first became attached to the pic back in 2010, when he sparked to a script by Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that he intended to produce.  The film’s story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret and Walter Keane.  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon became attached to play the couple early last year, but now a different promising duo of actors will be bringing The Keanes to life on the big screen with Burton in the director’s chair, as Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have signed on to topline the pic.  Hit the jump for more.


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It’s been less than a week since this year’s Oscars, but The Weinstein Company has already set fall release dates for four of next year’s contenders.  And with Meryl Streep in the mix, it’s safe to say that Harvey Thanked More Than God Weinstein’s chances are looking good.  So what’s on tap?  Check it out below:

  • Fruitvale – This Sundance darling (read our review), the true story of a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot to death in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2009, will open October 18.
  • August: Osage County – A family comes together after their alcoholic patriarch goes missing in this adaptation of Tracy Lett’s comedic play, which is slated for November 8.
  • Mandela: Long Walk to FreedomIdris Elba portrays Nelson Mandela in this film based on the South African president’s 1995 autobiography, scheduled for November 29.
  • Grace of MonacoNicole Kidman steps into the shoes of the legendary Hollywood star who became a princess in this film, which opens on December 27.

Hit the jump for more on each of the movies, as well as their release dates.

BRUCE ALMIGHTY Director Tom Shadyac May Helm THE INTOUCHABLES Remake

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Moves are being made on The Weinstein Company’s English-language remake of the smash hit French film The Intouchables.  The story follows a wealthy white aristocrat who suffers a tragic paragliding accident that leaves him a quadriplegic. After cycling through a number of caretakers, the man bonds with a young, troubled immigrant caregiver.  The original pic was a massive hit overseas, taking in over $420 million against a budget of just $9 million, and so TWC has been working hard to get the English-language remake together.

Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) was at one point in talks to direct and Colin Firth has been circling the lead role for some time, and now it looks as though prolific comedy director Tom Shadyac is looking to make his big Hollywood comeback with the film.  Hit the jump for more.

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Antoine Fuqua’s Boxing Drama SOUTHPAW

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The game of “hot potato” over the long-in-development boxing drama Southpaw continues.  The pic was initially developed as a starring vehicle for Eminem, centering on a welterweight’s rise to a championship title “as he battles various tragedies in his personal life and wins back the love of his daughter.”  Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) wrote the script and Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) came aboard to direct in the summer of 2011 only to see DreamWorks back out of producing the film soon thereafter.  MGM and Sony subsequently stepped in to take control of the property, but last spring the studios decided to put the film on the backburner.

Fuqua moved on to helming the upcoming White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen in the meantime, but now another studio looks to be stepping up to get the film back on track: The Weinstein Company.  Hit the jump for more.

David O. Russell to Direct Drama THE ENDS OF THE EARTH Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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Director David O. Russell is plotting a third film with actress Jennifer Lawrence.  The two are currently making the awards rounds for Silver Linings Playbook, which netted Lawrence a Best Actress Oscar nomination and Russell a Best Director nomination.  We recently learned that Lawrence has joined the cast of Russell’s next film, an untitled drama about an undercover sting operation in the 1980s, and now THR reports that Russell is set to direct the Weinstein Company drama The Ends of the Earth with Jennifer Lawrence poised to star.

The pic is based on the lives of Ernest and Lydie Marland and centers on the controversial love affair between the oil baron/eventual Governor of Oklahoma and his adopted daughter and how their relationship lost Ernest everything he had.  Argo scribe Chris Terrio wrote the script, and Russell could very well tackle the pic after he wraps his next project.  That untitled drama starts shooting next month with a lead cast that includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams—all of whom Russell has worked with in the past.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON Sequel Being Prepped for May Start; Ronny Yu May Direct

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Nothing’s going to come close to the news of J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode VII today, but a sequel of a different sort is also moving closer to production.  Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company is planning on a May production start date on the sequel to Ang Lee’s Oscar-winning 2000 film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  The follow-up is based on author Wang Du Lu’s Silver Vase, Iron Knight, which is the fourth book in the Crane-Iron Pentalogy.  The pic has a script by John Fusco (Hidalgo, Young Guns) and Ronny Yu (Freddy vs. Jason, Bride of Chucky) is in talks to direct.

The story again centers on the character of Yu Shu Lien, played by Michelle Yeoh in the first film.  Casting will begin once the director is officially signed, but some actors are expected to reprise their roles and Fusco imagines choreographer Wo Ping Yuen to come back.

TWC Acquires ST. VINCENT DE VAN NUYS Starring Bill Murray; Silver Picks Up Post-WWII Yakuza Script THE OUTSIDER That Could Star Tom Hardy

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Two Black List-approved scripts found studio homes today:

  • The Weinstein Company is in final negotiations to finance and distribute St. Vincent De Van Nuys, which stars Bill Murray as a war veteran who has taken to such hobbies as drinking and gambling in retirement before befriending a 12-year-old neighbor.
  • Silver Pictures has acquired the Andrew Baldwin script The Outsider, set in post-WWII Japan in the Yakuza underworld.  Tom Hardy is rumored for the lead role.

Hit the jump for details on both projects.

The Weinstein Company Picks Up Bong Joon-ho’s SNOW PIERCER Starring Chris Evans; Summer 2013 Release Date Eyed

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Director Bong Joon-ho’s (The Host) English-language debut Snow Piercer has secured distribution.  Per Deadline, The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller.  The film boasts an excellent ensemble cast that includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, and Octavia Spencer and centers on a group of train passengers learning to co-exist in a new ice age.  The ice age is a result of a failed experiment to stop global warming that killed off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of a train called Snow Piercer, which travels the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine” The conflict in the story comes from a revolution that brews as a result of the class system that forms on the train.

Though nothing has been set in stone, Deadline adds that a wide summer release in 2013 is likely.  It would be a smart move for TWC, and the intriguing concept, heady social issues, and stacked cast definitely make this one to look forward to.  Click here to see what Evans had to say about the film during his recent interview with Steve.

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