Two veteran Academy Award-winners are looking to team up once again. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro are attached to star in the adaptation of author Ann Leary’s bestselling novel The Good House. The darkly comic drama tells the story of Hildy Good (Streep), a New England realtor and alcoholic who strikes up a relationship with an old flame (De Niro) when her new friend Rebecca becomes the subject of the town gossip. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Cunningham (The Hours) will pen the screenplay for the adaptation, but no director is attached just yet.
Streep will next be seen this fall in the ensemble adaptation August Osage County, while De Niro stars in the actioner The Family, the comedy Last Vegas, and David O. Russell’s American Hustle. Hit the jump to read the press release.
The very busy Shawn Levy is adding another project to his development docket, though this time it’s only in a producing capacity. FilmNation Entertainment announced today that it would finance and produce the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life alongside Lava Bear Films, with Levy producing the pic via his 21 Laps banner with partner Dan Levine. Written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film is based on a short story by Ted Chiang that takes place immediately after aliens land around the globe and centers on a linguist who is recruited by the US government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth.
Commercials director Nic Mathieu is set to direct, and the pic is being fast-tracked with casting beginning immediately for a planned 2013 production start-date. Levy most recently wrapped his latest directorial project, the Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn comedy The Internship, and earlier this month signed on to helm the ensemble dramedy adaptation This Is Where I Leave You. Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Story of Your Life.
Remember that one time when Taylor Lautner was poised to be a big action star with his breakout role in Abduction only to have the film absolutely bomb? Well apparently Lautner is ready to give the whole “action star” thing another go, as it was announced today that the Twilight star will topline Tracers with Daniel Benmayor (the Manhunt) onboard as director. Lautner stars as a New York City bicycle messenger who is “the hottest thing on two wheels” (this is literally how the character is described). He’s in debt to an organized crime organization, but he crashes his bike into a “sexy stranger” and becomes seduced by the world of parkour. Apparently picking up parkour as a hobby magically gets you out of debt. Hit the jump for more, including the full press release that features a wonderfully absurd logline.
FilmNation Entertainment has acquired Guy Hibbert’s (Omagh) screenplay for Eye in the Sky. The studio has set Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) to direct the international thriller that follows a group of characters around the world as they are all affected by the decision to drop a drone missile on a house in East Africa. The project marks a reunion for the writer and director, as Hirschbiegel also directed the Hibbert-scripted film Five Minutes of Heaven. The 2009 drama starred Liam Neeson and won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award and the World Cinema Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
Hirschbiegel’s Downfall is the 2004 German film depicting the last days of Adolf Hitler that has, of course, evolved into an Internet meme befitting of any and all anger-generating situations. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
Director Paul Solet (Grace) has been tapped to helm the thriller The Faces for FilmNation Entertainment (House at the End of the Street and The Raven). Written on spec by Eric Reese, The Faces centers on newlyweds who, one year after barely escaping a brutal kidnapping, learn of an underworld society that uses terror as a means of entertainment. FilmNation and Sonny Mallhi (The Strangers) will produce the pic alongside executive producer Chuck Simon.
Although I haven’t seen Solet’s Grace, you can count me amongst those interested in The Faces as the “underworld society” plot point reminds me of Eyes Wide Shut. I know what you’re wondering, and yes, I’m that easily won over by synopses. For a little more on the project, hit the jump for the press release.