Robert De Niro Joins Stephen Gaghan’s CANDY STORE; Richard Gere Courted for BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL 2

     October 30, 2013

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Writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s new film Candy Store is inching closer towards production—slowly but surely.  Worldwide Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce the crime thriller from the Syriana filmmaker, with Robert De Niro signing on to join Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in the cast.  The pic tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him.  It’s unclear whether Clarke or De Niro will play said cop, but the film certainly comes with high expectations given that it will be Gaghan’s first major feature directorial effort since 2005’s Syriana.  Filming is expected to commence in 2014.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel and the full press release for the Candy Store news.

best-exotic-marigold-hotel-2-sequel-judi-denchAdditionally, Deadline reports that Richard Gere is being courted to play a new character in Fox Searchlight’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel.  Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton, and Maggie Smith are all set to return with Ol Parker again penning the script.  John Madden is also expected to come back and direct, but we haven’t heard solid news on the project in quite some time.  Last year we heard that Colin Firth and Helen Mirren might be signing on, but obviously that didn’t happen.  The nature of Gere’s role is unknown, but shooting is slated to begin early next year so we should hear more soon.

Read the press release for Candy Store below.

October 30, 2013 (New York, NY) — Worldview Entertainment has signed on to finance and produce the crime thriller, “Candy Store,” starring Academy Award winner Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy. Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Shannon Burke. Gaghan and Allison Sheamur through Allison Sheamur Productions will produce alongside Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, Molly Conners and Nicolas Gonda and Ryan Rettig for Ironwood, which is making an investment in the film. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson and Lotus’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will executive produce alongside Michael G. Macs for Ironwood, Allyn Stewart and Kipp Nelson for Flashlight Films and Suzanne Joskow for Unsupervised.

“Candy Store” is the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. Lotus will handle international sales and introduce the film to buyers next week at the American Film Market (AFM) while CAA, who packaged and arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights. Principal photography will commence in 2014.

“Candy Store’ is a gritty, high energy crime thriller and we could not ask for a more talented director and cast. Stephen has written another world-class screenplay and we are confident that it will lead to box office success,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.

Worldview’s impressive 2013 slate includes two studio co-financing deals: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, “Birdman,” with Fox Searchlight and New Regency, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which is currently in post- production; and Daniel Espinosa’s crime thriller, “Child 44,” with Summit/Lionsgate, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel and Jason Clarke, which wrapped this fall in Prague. The company also financed and produced Kate Barker Froyland’s drama, “Song One” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; and Zach Braff’s drama, ‘Wish I Was Here,” starring Braff and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson. Worldview is reteaming this fall with David Gordon Green on the drama “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino and Holly Hunter, which currently in pre-production in Austin, TX. Upcoming for 2014, Worldview announced plans to finance and produce the horror thriller, “Beyond the Green Inferno,” the sequel to Eli Roth’s, “The Green Inferno,” which will be directed by Nicolas Lopez next spring in Chile; Kim Farrant’s dramatic thriller, “Strangerland,” starring Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving; and Takashi Mikke’s crime thriller, “The Outsider,” starring Tom Hardy.

Worldview had six films premiere on the festival circuit this fall: Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller, “Devil’s Knot,” starring Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, which made its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and was acquired by Image Entertainment; Eli Roth’s highly anticipated return to directing with the horror thriller, “The Green Inferno,” made its world premiere in the Midnight Madness Section of the Toronto International Film Festival and was acquired by Open Road Films; David Gordon Green’s drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan premiered at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival; Ti West’s thriller, “The Sacrament,” presented and produced by Roth made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival followed by the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by Magnolia Pictures; Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller, “Blood Ties,” starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Academy Award nominee James Caan made its North American premiere as a Gala Presentation at Toronto International Film Festival after making its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it was bought by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions; and Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian revolution documentary, “The Square,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened theatrically in New York.

Lotus is also selling “A Hologram for the King” starring Tom Hanks at AFM. They just wrapped the Anne Hathaway-starrer “Song One” with Worldview and “Maggie”, with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. Lotus is prepping “Fallen” with Scott Hicks directing and Jeremy Irvine starring in the young-adult novel adaptation.

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