The promising pairing of Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is one step closer to becoming a reality. Variety reports that Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3 screenwriter Etan Cohen has been tapped to make his feature directorial debut with Get Hard for Warner Bros., which sees Ferrell playing a wealthy investment banker and Hart playing the guy who washes his car. When Ferrell’s character is wrongly convicted of a crime and sentenced to a maximum security prison, he enlists the help of Hart’s “street-smart” character to help prepare him for prison life. Ian Roberts and Jay Martel (Key & Peele) wrote the script, and production will likely begin soon given both Ferrell and Hart’s busy schedules.
Ferrell is also producing Get Hard, and he and Cohen are actually poised to team up again on the comedy Daddy’s Home, which Cohen is attached to direct for Paramount. Hit the jump for news regarding the fascinating blog adaptation 40 Days of Dating.
Fox 2000 has hired Michael Sucsy (The Vow) to direct the feature adaptation of Dare Me, described in movie terms as “Heathers meets Fight Club.” According to Deadline, the studio is courting Natalie Portman to star. Based on the book synopsis, I assume Portman would play the new cheer squad coach: “Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life.” A suicide draws a police investigation, and Addy begins to uncover dangerous secrets. If Portman signs on, Dare Me becomes a project to keep an eye on that should offer a handful of nice roles for young up-and-comers.
Portman has nearly finished filming Jane Got a Gun, a troubled Western project that she produced and headlined. Portman will next be seen in Thor: The Dark World, opening November 8. Hit the jump for the Dare Me book synopsis.
Girls star Allison Williams is making the move into features. Williams, who plays Marnie on the polarizing HBO comedy series, has booked a starring role in an upcoming feature film and has landed on the short list for a highly anticipated superhero reboot. Deadline reports that Williams will topline the Romeo & Juliet reimagining Rosaline, which tells the classic Shakespeare story from the point of view of Rosaline, Romeo’s jilted ex-lover. Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens) is directing the period pic from a script by (500) Days of Summer scribes Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber.
The Shawn Levy-produced project was previously set up early last year with True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll in talks to play Rosaline alongside Dave Franco and Lily Collins as Romeo and Juliet, but that version of the film did not move forward. There’s no word on whether Franco and Collins are still attached, but the project is said to be mobilizing at 20th Century Fox. Hit the jump for news concerning Williams possibly starring in the Fantastic Four reboot.
Following the surprise success of Universal’s Pitch Perfect last year, DreamWorks is getting in on the a capella craze. The studio has picked up a pitch about the story behind the a capella group Straight No Chaser, which was formed by ten Indiana University students in 1996. The group was fairly successful in the late 1990s but disbanded three years after forming, only to see a video of their 1998 performance of “12 Days of Christmas” go viral in 2006 when it was uploaded to YouTube. Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman saw the video and quickly got the group back together, signing a five-record deal and bringing Straight No Chaser widespread mainstream success. Hit the jump for more.
When he first street-danced his way to stardom in Step Up, Channing Tatum read as little more than sentient six-pack, vacantly mumbling his way through that film and the obligatory star vehicles that followed. Then, a few flicks ago, something unexpected happened: his empty stare started giving way to a low-key charisma. The pretty boy who walked out of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue showed signs of developing into a vulnerable, relatable leading man. Due in no small part to the derision he was (and still is) subjected to, he’s also a believable underdog. It’s one of the reasons The Vow works better than most mainstream romances…some of the time, anyway. Hit the jump for our review of The Vow on Blu-ray.
Fox 2000 and Michael Sucsy (The Vow) are reportedly in talks to team up on Susannah Grant’s (Erin Brockovich) untitled musical featuring the music of The Beach Boys. The project features an original story by Grant and a cast of fictional characters, though the real highlight may be the music itself. John Stamos, who played with the band and remains close to them still today, will be a producer on the film. Producing the musical alongside Stamos will be Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the team behind successful musicals, Chicago and Hairspray. The trio also produced “The Beach Boys: The American Family” back in 2000 for ABC television.
Variety reports that though the studio won a bidding war with Universal to use The Beach Boys’ music, the band’s popularity is not guaranteed to translate to a good box office showing. Mamma Mia’s ABBA soundtrack helped the musical bring in north of $600 million worldwide, while The Beatles’ contribution to Across the Universe netted only $29 million. Perhaps Sucsy will be able to bring his box office magic to the table, with his directorial debut having brought in over $100 million already.
With director Michael Sucsy‘s The Vow opening on February 10, Screen Gems has provided us with five movie clips and eleven images from the film. Based on a true story, the film stars Rachel McAdams as a woman who loses all her recent memory in a car crash, including that of her husband played by Channing Tatum. The film focuses on McAdams trying to get her life back, anchored by Tatum’s struggle to make her fall in love with him again. The Vow also stars Sam Neil, Scott Speedman, and Jessica Lange. Hit the jump for the clips and images and look for exclusive video interviews with the cast next week.
A new trailer for the drama The Vow has been released. Based on a true story, the film stars Rachel McAdams as a woman who loses all her recent memory in a car crash, including that of her husband played by Channing Tatum. The film focuses on McAdams trying to get her life back, anchored by Tatum’s struggle to make her fall in love with him again. This trailer centers a bit more on the whole “courting” aspect of the film, and is a great deal less depressing than the first one which was basically McAdams giving Tatum the “I don’t know you, go away” face over and over again. McAdams is a talented actress, and I’m sure the movie will do big business on its Valentine’s Day release date, but I’m not really seeing much here to get the male moviegoers in the seats (at least willingly).
Direct by Michael Sucsy (Grey Gardens), the film also stars Sam Neil, Scott Speedman, and Jessica Lange. The Vow opens February 10th.
We have a couple quick casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Abigail Breslin has signed on to star in the dark indie drama The Class Project. Per Variety, “Story follows two sisters who, tired of their mother’s alcoholism and her abusive boyfriends, take matters into their own hands and plot to kill her.” I want to make fun of that logline, but it actually sounds like an intriguing premise and a nice development for the Little Miss Sunshine star. Stan Brooks will direct from a script by Fabrizio Filippo and Adam Till. Shooting begins later this month.
Breslin recently did some voice acting for Gore Verbinski’s Rango and she’ll next be seen in Gerry Marshall’s massive romantic comedy New Year’s Eve. Hit the jump for casting news on the Romeo & Juliet spinoff/re-imagining, Rosaline.
Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair, Jordan Gelber, Aasif Mandvi, Justin Bartha, Zachary Booth, and Donna Murphy have all joined the cast of Dark Horse, the latest from writer/director Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime). THR provides a brief outline for the indie drama:
The film centers on a thirtysomething man (Gelber) in arrested development who lives with his parents (Walken and Farrow), reluctantly works for his father and avidly collects toys. He seeks out a thirtysomething woman (Blair) in arrested development in an attempt to shed the “dark horse” status in his family and finally accomplish something.
Mandvi plays Blair’s “not quite ex-boyfriend,” Bartha and Booth are Gelber’s more successful brother and easygoing cousin (respectively); Murphy will portray Walken’s secretary. Filming began earlier this week in New York.
Hit the jump for news details on Vanessa Hudgen’s role in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and the teaming of Jessica Lange and Sam Neill for The Vow.
Bradley Cooper is attached to star in an untitled comedy-drama based on a pitch from writer Allen Loeb (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). According to Variety, Cooper would play “an injured baseball player on the mend” and that the script has similar themes to Scent of a Woman and The Rookie. Cooper can currently be seen in the dumb-fun action flick The A-Team. He’s also signed on to star in the sci-fi thriller Dark Fields, the man vs. wolf tale The Grey, and will return for the The Hangover 2.
In other casting news, Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum have signed on to star in Michael Sucsy’s romantic drama The Vow. THR reports that the film is about a real-life newlywed New Mexico couple, played by McAdams and Tatum, “who end up in a car crash. The wife is put in a coma, where she is cared for by her devoted husband. When she comes to, without any memory of her husband or their marriage, the husband woos her and attempts to wins her heart again.” Hopefully, she’ll fall in love with her IV fluid when she discovers it has more charisma.
Variety is reporting that director Michael Sucsy, who directed the award-winning Grey Gardens last year for HBO, has come on board to direct The Vow. The film will be based on the true story of Kim and Krickitt Carpenter, who were hit by a car two months into their marriage. The accident left Krickitt in a coma and when she awoke she could remember everyone but had no memories of her husband, their relationship, or their marriage. This lead to Kim having to woo her again until the couple fell in love…again. As you can tell, it’s easy to see why their story is ripe for a film adaptation given the success of recent romantic tearjerkers like The Notebook and Dear John.
Suscy will also be rewriting the current script by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (He’s Just Not That Into You, Never Been Kissed) and I’m going to assume that The Vow will be his next project after he is done working on his next film, The Goree Girls.