French director Louis Leterrier’s latest film, the magician heist thriller Now You See Me, is poised to hit theaters in a couple of weeks, but it appears that the filmmaker is gearing up to commit to his next project. Variety reports that the Incredible Hulk director is in early discussions to take the helm on a secretive project called Sea at War that was penned by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Taken). Besson is also producing through his EuropaCorp banner, but plot details are being kept very firmly under wraps—Leterrier couldn’t even read the script outside of Besson’s office.
Nevertheless, the pic is rumored to be a mermaid adventure film, which would put Leterrier back in the fantasy realm that he explored with 2010’s Clash of the Titans. Should he firmly commit to the project, we should start hearing more about Sea at War soon.
Though Jason Statham has already been on three adrenaline fueled rides as The Transporter, it looks like the action franchise may be heading to the small screen very soon. EuropaCorp, the production company from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) apparently has a “big” broadcast partner in the U.S. lined up for the series, but they’re not saying who just yet. With a budget of $48 million, the series is aiming for 12 episodes (at least to being with) to start shooting early in 2011 in order to start airing in November. The story itself seems to fit perfectly in TV form as it follows the exploits of the titular driver who transports anything, anywhere, anytime and by any means necessary, but I doubt Statham will actually be behind the wheel.
For details on a potential TV adaptation of the Liam Neeson ass-kicker Taken, hit the jump.
I Love You Phillip Morris is finally getting an American release. The film, written and directed by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, has faced a tortuous road to multiplexes. After premiering at Sundance 2009 and accumulating a lot of buzz the film was to be distributed by Consolidated Pictures Group way back on February 12th. But that did not happen. The alternate release dates, March 26th, April 30th, and July 30th all came and went and left audiences waiting. The the film was delayed indefinitely.
Now, Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which produced the film, has made a deal with Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment to have the film distributed on December 3rd with full advertising to promote the release. The movie, inspired by a true story, stars Jim Carrey as Steven Russell, a con-man who meets and falls in love with his prison cellmate, Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. After Morris’ release, Russell repeatedly escapes prison in order to see him again. Already released internationally (and garnering a 81% “Fresh” rating on RottenTomatoes in the process), the film is sure to be controversial, albeit critically lauded, upon its release in America. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see what the love is all about.
Update: We’ve now included the press release after the jump
Shark Tale co-director Bibo Bergeron has nabbed Adam Goldberg, Jay Harrington, and Danny Huston to provide voices for his upcoming animated film A Monster in Paris for Europacorp, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trio will join Bob Balaban, Catherine O’Hara, and French music pop singer Vanessa Paradis. The film, co-written by Bergeron and Stephane Kazandjian (Modern Love, Scalp), is described by THR below:
“The story, set in Paris in 1910, follows a shy movie projectionist (Harrington) and an inventor who team up with a cabaret star (Paradis), an eccentric scientist, and his monkey to save the city from a monster. The real villain, however, turns out to be the ruthless police chief (Huston).”
Hit the jump to find out why the tone that Bergeron is aiming for is being compared to King Kong and additional cast details.