What are overweight people to do when diet and exercise are simply not working? The answer: become sumo wrestlers. That’s the premise behind A Matter of Size, a remake of a 2009 Israeli movie directed by Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor. The re-imagining will be directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure) from a script by Howard Franklin (The Big Year). The Paramount project will be produced by David Permut, whose Permut Presentations owns the remake rights to the original property. Hit the jump for more on A Matter of Size.
Director Aaron Schneider has been tapped to helm the true story The Conscientious Objector for Walden Media. The film centers on Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector American to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. For those unaware, a conscientious objector is one who refuses the right to perform military service on the grounds of freedom of thought, conscience, or religion. Doss refused to kill or even carry a weapon into combat during World War II, though he saved the lives of 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa.
Deadline reports that the film comes from screenwriter Robert Schenkkan, whose credits include the HBO minseries The Pacific and 2002’s The Quiet American. Schneider made his feature debut on the 2009 drama Get Low, an won an Oscar for his short film Two Soldiers. Bill Mechanic, David Permut, and Terry Benedict are producing.
by Jason Barr Posted: January 20th, 2011 at 7:21 pm
Fresh off of his Golden Globe win for his supporting role on Fox’s Glee, Chris Colfer now has a director for his high school comedy, Struck by Lightning. Per Variety, Colfer is set to team up with director Brian Dannelly (Showtime’s United States of Tara) on the project. The film, which Colfer penned as well, is said to be in the vein of films from the late John Hughes. Struck by Lightning will look to begin shooting this summer during the actor’s hiatus from Glee. David Permut (Youth in Revolt) is on board to produce the film, which will see Colfer’s big screen debut. As for Dannelly, his previous feature directorial work comes in the form of the 2004 teen comedy Saved! which starred Jena Malone, Mandy Moore, and Macaulay Culkin.
We have some quick casting stories for you this morning. First up, Glee star Chris Colfer is set to make his big screen debut in the indie coming-of-age comedy Struck by Lightning. Producer David Permut (Youth in Revolt) tells Variety that the script (which Colfer wrote) “captures the spirit of movies penned by the late John Hughes.” Permut plans to attach a director and a cast before putting the film out to financiers next year. I’m interested to see how this project develops as Colfer is one of the true breakout stars of Glee with his incredible voice and knack for comedy as well as drama.
Hit the jump for news regarding Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks), Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad), and Rich Sommer (Mad Men) joining The Giant Mechanical Man.