The ensemble comedy 10 Years follows a group of friends, many of whom haven’t seen each other in quite some time, on the night of their high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) but runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in years; jock Cully (Chris Pratt) married cheerleader Sam (Ari Graynor) but is still haunted by all the classmates he bullied; longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella) are still competing to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins); and rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is still too shy to talk to his high school crush Elise (Kate Mara), except through song. The film also stars Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Aaron Yoo and Nick Zano.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/director Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) talked about this film being inspired by his own high school reunion, developing characters and storylines around actors that he wanted in the ensemble, developing the look and feel of the reunion with his production designer, how much fun it was to shoot the karaoke scenes, and why he loves the post-production process more than production itself. He also talked about his next project The Flight Before Christmas, which he’s writing and directing for Paramount, writing Dogs of Babel for actor Steve Carell and director John Carney (Once), and the development status of The Testament, adapted from the John Grisham novel, and a remake of the 1966 Steve McQueen movie Nevada Smith. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
While at the big Los Angeles press junket for Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Collider got the opportunity to chat with Wyck Godfrey, producer of all the films in the very popular franchise. While we will post what he had to say about the film closer to its November 18th release, we did want to share what he had to say about what he’s focused on, now that the Twilight films are finished shooting.
With his attention currently focused on the ABC drama Revenge, his first foray into television, his company is also developing two movies that will go into production next year. The first is the Biblical epic Goliath, which will give the backstory of David’s pursuit of Goliath. They hope to have Dwayne Johnson in the Goliath role, but they have to cast the David role, as Taylor Lautner will no longer be a part of the project. The other film is hugely popular author Nicholas Sparks latest book, Safe Haven, which is about two people who feel like they’ve been damaged and hurt in love before, and yet can’t help but take that second chance, all with an added thriller and supernatural element to the story. Currently finishing that script, they hope to cast soon. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
People tend to freak out a little when it comes to their ten year high school reunion. They see it as a chance to make up for past regrets, prove how well they’re doing (even if they’re not), and regress a bit to the meaningless drama of our teenage years. Jamie Linden’s Ten Year gets the meaningless drama part. Following a group of male friends and their female appendages, Ten Year features redundant storylines, a dearth of humor, an almost total lack of creativity, and a waste of a perfectly good cast.
Continuing our assault of all the new movie images that hit the net this morning, we’ve got our first official looks at Steve McQueen’s Shame (starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, James Badge Dale and Nicole Beharie), Fernando Meirelles 360 (starring Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz and Ben Foster), Jamie Linden’s Ten Year (starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Anthony Mackie and Chris Pratt) and Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus (which stars Fiennes and Gerard Butler).
While many Film Festivals hope to land a few big movies, this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is an insane lineup that’s loaded with huge actors and high profile projects. Like the past few years, I’ll be at TIFF, so you can expect plenty of reviews/interviews during the Festival which runs from September 8-18th. Hit the jump to check out all the new images.
Steve Carell has signed on to star in the drama Dogs of Babel. Screenwriter Jamie Linden (Dear John) adapted the script from the novel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Here’s the plot synopsis per the press release:
The story follows Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor, who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure. The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul’s grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died.
While Carell has done films with dramatic elements (Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life), this sounds like a big departure for him. However, he also has tons of comedies on his plate, and it’s unknown when Dogs of Babel will go in front of cameras. The project is currently searching for a director. Hit the jump for press release.
Oscar Isaac (Robin Hood) has joined the cast of the ensemble drama Ten Year, the directorial debut of We Are Marshall screenwriter Jamie Linden. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan, Brian Geraghty, Anna Faris, Justin Long, Kate Mara, Chris Pratt, Chris Pine, Scott Porter and Anthony Mackie as friends reconnecting ten years after their high school graduation. According to Risky Business, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing with Tatum’s 33andOut Productions partner Reid Carolin.
Ten Year is set to begin shooting this month in New Mexico. Oscar Isaac will be seen next in Sucker Punch in March.
Apparently acting just wasn’t enough for Channing Tatum: his producing career is marching onward with screenwriter Jamie Linden’s (We Are Marshall, Dear John) directorial debut getting traction. Deadline has posted a director’s test done for the film, titled Ten Year, which the pair is shopping around Hollywood for financing. As we previously reported, the film is an ensemble drama that centers on a group of friends who reunite a decade after their high school graduation.
The director’s test stars Tatum, Kate Mara (Shooter, the upcoming 127 Hours), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), and Haylie Duff. Anna Faris, Justin Long, and Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) are also circling roles in the project. For more on the film and to view the short itself, hit the jump.
Out to prove he’s more than just an immensely pretty face, Channing Tatum hopes to make it as a producer as well. We heard about his first effort, the thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook, earlier this month. Project number two is an ensemble drama entitled Ten Year, which reunites a group of friends a decade after their high school graduation. Naturally, Tatum intends to star in addition to his producerial duties, shared with producing partner Reid Carolin (Stop-Loss) as well as Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey (Eclipse).
According to THR, Tatum hired his Dear John scribe Jamie Linden to write and direct, with a few of Tatum’s friends in mind for the ensemble. There’s a role set aside for wife Jenna Dewan (Step Up), and the wishlist includes Chris Pine (Star Trek), Anna Faris (Observe and Report), Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation), and Scott Porter (Friday Night Lights). There are no deals in place yet, but if Tatum and Co. can land that cast, I’m sold. I actually tend to respect Tatum more than most males in my age bracket, and like the conceit enough that I imagine I could get behind even a Pine-less Ten Year. The filmmakers hope to assemble financing and cast in time for a November shoot.