Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. have announced the start of production of director Denis Villeneuve’s (Incedies) dramatic thriller Prisoners. The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class Boston father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case. Filming is underway in Georgia, with an impressive supporting cast that includes Paul Dano, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Viola Davis.
The screenplay was written by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband), and Mark Wahlberg is onboard as one of the film’s executive producers. Moreover, genius cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) is handling the camera work. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Prisoners opens on September 20th of this year.
We’ve got two new additions to leading lady casting news today. Check them out in brief below:
- Viola Davis (The Help) will join Prisoners, a Black List script from Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) that stars Hugh Jackman (X-Men) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) to be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
- Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) will star opposite Zac Efron (17 Again) in Are We Officially Dating?, a romantic comedy from debut writer/director Tom Gormican.
Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
A couple of casting headlines for you today:
- Paul Dano (Looper) will join Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch) in the vigilante thriller, Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies).
- Ron Perlman (Hellboy) has joined the psychological thriller, Angry Little God, from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism).
Hit the jump for more on these casting assignments and the movies themselves.
Some writer news recaps for you today. Here they are in brief:
- Warner Bros. has tapped I Am Legend 2 screen writer, Arash Amel, to do a page-one rewrite of director James Watkin’s Methuselah draft.
- Universal Pictures is looking to Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski to turn in a new draft of Evan Spiliotopoulos’s treatment of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
Hit the jump for more details on each project.
Fans of watching Sam Worthington (Avatar) participate in science-fiction projects with ample action and war overtones will be glad to hear that the actor is attached to star in a “space war” project for Warner Bros. Deadline reports that the studio has acquired preemptive rights to the project pitch with scribe Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) set to pen the script. The film will reunite Worthington with Clash of the Titans producer Basil Iwanyk who will produce through his Thunder Road label. This is more good news for Guzikowski who recently had director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) take over the reins of his Black List-alum script Prisoners. As for Worthington, moviegoers will have plenty of opportunities to catch the actor in upcoming projects such as the Clash sequel Wrath of the Titans, thrillers Man on a Ledge and The Fields, and F. Gary Gray’s The Last Days of American Crime.
by Bill Graham Posted: September 17th, 2010 at 11:40 am
Every day that goes by without an announced film featuring Kate Beckinsale is a day wasted. Thankfully, today is no such day, as Latino Review reports that Beckinsale will co-star with Mark Wahlbergh in Baltasar Kormakur’s remake of Reykjavik-Rotterdam, freshly titled Contraband. Komakur starred in and produced the original Icelandic 2009 foreign-language Oscar submission, and Aaron Guzikowski is penning the script. The original won five awards from its home country. Here is the logline from Latino Review: The plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. Contraband is setup at Working Title.