Writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash) has made a couple of last minute casting additions to his next project, Third Person. Maria Bello and Adrien Brody are the latest to join a cast that now includes Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Kim Basinger, Mila Kunis, and Moran Atias. In the vein of Haggis’ Oscar-winning 2004 drama Crash, the film follows three intersecting stories set in Paris, New York, and Rome, “with each storyline following a different stage of a love relationship from the beginning, middle, and the end.”
Variety’s report doesn’t provide details on Bello’s character, but Brody plays the love interest of Atias. We also know that Neeson and Wilde play a journalist and a gossip columnist, respectively, in the New York storyline. Production begins this week in Rome. Hit the jump for casting news concerning the 9/11 drama September Morn.
Crash writer/director Paul Haggis is setting up his next project, Third Person, and as always is assembling a nice ensemble. Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde signed on to star, and The Wrap reports that Mila Kunis has come on board. Moreover, James Franco and Casey Affleck are in negotiations to join the cast. Haggis says the story is “about three story lines, three love stories, three relationships in three different cities that combine in a very odd way: New York, Paris, Rome.” Neeson is a journalist and Wilde is a New York gossip columnist, but details have yet to surface for the other roles. Haggis and Co. are gearing up to shoot Third Person starting in mid-October with a budget of $28 million financed by Corsan Films.
Kunis and Franco teamed up for Disney’s March 2013 tentpole Oz the Great And Powerful, which you can see a brief glimpse of in the trailer. Or if you prefer, a longer look at their on-screen chemistry in this parody of The Hills.
Writer/director Paul Haggis has confirmed two of the stars for his upcoming film Third Person. Though the Crash director certainly has his plate full with scripting gigs at the moment, he’s been busy penning another ensemble piece that he plans to direct. The film will take place in three different cities centering on three different couples, and the director confirmed that one of the couples will be played by resident bad ass Liam Neeson and the lovely Olivia Wilde. Hit the jump for more on the project.
Just as director Joe Carnahan (The A-Team) exits the drama Umbra, the project gains a new director and screenwriter. Deadline reports that Casino Royale director Martin Campbell has been set to helm the pic, which centers on “a business man who gets a mysterious package in the mail and gets caught up in a government conspiracy.” In addition to Campbell jumping onboard, Paul Haggis (Crash) has been brought on to rewrite the screenplay. Haggis previously did rewrite work for Campbell on Royale, so the two have a rapport. Deadline’s report says Carnahan’s exit from the project was amicable, as The Grey director dropped out for personal reasons.
The original draft of the script was written by Steven Karczynski and Carnahan had done some rewriting before he left. There’s no word on the extent to which Haggis will rework the script, but production is set to begin in the spring so I presume it’s fairly minimal. Campbell is coming off of the less-than-stellar Green Lantern, and was recently tapped to helm the pilot for ABC’s thriller series The Last Resort. While Green Lantern was a giant misstep, I’m usually a fan of Campbell’s work so I’m excited to see him move back to more dramatic material.
Two-time Oscar-winner Paul Haggis (Crash) is in talks to script a spy film for Universal based on Daniel Silva’s popular character, Gabriel Allon. While possible, it’s unclear whether or not the writer/director would also helm the film given that the project is still in the very early stages of development. For those unfamiliar with the character (a.k.a myself just 30 minutes ago), Allon has appeared in ten of Silva’s novels and is described as a fortysomething Mossad agent who restores art as part of his “quiet job” and covertly investigates terrorist activities as part of his “slightly less quiet job.”
24 Frames reports that the exact details of Haggis’ script are unknown but that Universal is hoping to turn the property into a franchise (surprise, surprise). Former NBC head Jeff Zucker will produce the pic which joins the Bourne franchise as the second spy property in active development at the studio. For a taste of what could be coming in Haggis’ script, hit the jump for a synopsis of Gabriel Allon’s first appearance, the Daniel Silva novel The Kill Artist.
Director Michael Mann is eyeing Gold as his next directing vehicle with Paul Haggis onboard as a producing partner. Said to be in the vein of Treasure of the Sierra Madre, the contemporary thriller centers on a search for, naturally, gold. Written on spec by Patrick Massett and John Zinman (TV’s Friday Night Lights), Heat Vision reports that Haggis was initially looking towards directing the film himself before deciding his plate was too full. He then brought the script to Mann, who took quite a liking to it.
Mann and Haggis will produce the film alongside Michael Nozik, with Mann looking at it as a possible directing vehicle. The three plan on developing the package before going out to studios. While no actors are attached as of yet, Mann sent the script to Leonardo DiCaprio. Mann himself has quite a few projects on the horizon as well, including an adaptation of the Bernard Cornwell novel Agincourt which centers on the 15th century battle between the English and the French.
Paul Haggis seems to have two gears as a filmmaker: thoughtful or sanctimonious. There’s no denying that he was one of the ingredients that made the Daniel Craig Bond films a step above the works that came before, and his In the Valley of Elah wasn’t a great film, but it was definitely an advance on Crash. Sanctimonious Haggis is the guy who made Crash, a very self-important film about how people relate in Los Angeles. Also in the “S” category is the writer of Million Dollar Baby. This is a guy who can’t help but dot the I’s and cross his T’s when it comes to spelling things out.
The most appealing thing about The Next Three Days was that Haggis was no longer making award bait, but a thriller with Russell Crowe playing the determined husband of Elizabeth Banks. Banks is convicted of murder and after all their appeals are denied, he figures the only way to get her out of jail is to break her out. This puts Haggis in more Bond mode, and with a great cast that also includes Olivia Wilde, Liam Neeson and Brian Dennehy. What better way for Haggis to not be weighed down with heady issues? And yet The Next Three Days bombed, and home video does it no favors. The review of The Next Three Days on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Not too long ago, Paul Haggis wrote a rather scathing indictment against The Church of Scientology. Haggis, a one-time member, took issue with the church’s advocation of Proposition 8 and some of the church’s more controversial methods — namely the policy of “disconnection,” wherein one must cut all ties from negative influences in their lives whether they be friends or family. All this is merely a preamble to say that the prolific writer/director may not yet be done bashing the oft-derided religion/cult (you choose).
Haggis is now teaming up with author Lawrence Wright to write an expose on Scientology. The book follows Haggis’s three-decade love affair and subsequent public break-up with the church. The Heretic of Hollywood: Paul Haggis vs. The Church of Scientology is set for release this June. Guesswork: it will most likely paint Scientology in a negative manner. Hit the jump for the official description.
If he’s not trying to cram a heavy-handed message about Important Things down his audience’s throat, it turns out that writer/director Paul Haggis can make a decent thriller. The Next Three Days is a welcome departure for Haggis, who instead of preaching about race (Crash) or the Iraq War (In the Valley of Elah), crafts an exciting, prison-break film with a strong central performance from Russell Crowe. While some may love it when a plan comes together, The Next Three Days shows how it can be far more exciting when a plan falls apart.
Paul Haggis (Crash) is in talks to write and direct a remake of the Spanish action-thriller, Celda 211 (aka Cell 211) for CBS Films. The 2009 Daniel Monzón-directed film swept the Goya Awards (basically the Spanish Oscars) — it won such awards as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The film tells the story of a prison guard who is knocked unconscious during his first day at work and wakes up to find himself stuck inside the prison during a riot.
Hit the jump to check out the Spanish trailer for Celda 211 and a full plot synopsis for the film, plus a look at where Cell 211 fits in the trend of foreign remakes.
Russell Crowe may reunite with his The Next Three Days writer-director Paul Haggis for The Equalizer. Heat Vision reports that Haggis is in negotiations to pen the script which is based on the 1980s CBS crime series. In the original series, Edward Woodward played private detective Robert McCall, “a sophisticated former government agent atoning for the sins of his past by righting the wrongs of a flawed legal system.” As we reported back in June, Crowe is attached to star and produce. Haggis is not attached to direct at this point, but that could easily change since his only other project, Ranger’s Apprentice, was at United Artists and UA’s parent company MGM is stuck in a seemingly never-ending financial meltdown.
The Next Three Days also stars Liam Neeson, Elizabeth Banks, and Olivia Wilde. It opens November 19th.
Lionsgate has released the first trailer for The Next Three Days, a remake of the French thriller Anything for Her from writer/director Paul Haggis (Crash). Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, and Liam Neeson star in this tale of a man (Crowe) who devises an elaborate plot to break his wife (Banks) out of prison. Check out the trailer after the jump.
Jonathan Demme is reportedly considering directing the Paul Haggis-scripted Honeymoon With Harry, giving the project a good shot at finally getting made after spending six years stalled. According to Deadline, Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro read the lead roles at a New Line read-through several weeks ago. The film is described as a “James Brooks style” story of two characters who hate each other and are stuck together out of desperation, and it’s based on an unpublished novel by Bart Baker that Paul Haggis adapted and was previously attached to direct with Vice Vaughn and Jack Nicholson potentially starring. De Niro and Cooper are reportedly already attached, though no deals have been made. Hit the jump for a more detailed synopsis.
Going with the flow of the theme of the week established by The Karate Kid and The A-Team, Russell Crowe will seek his next project in the television vaults of the 1980s. Crowe is attached to star in a remake of the CBS crime series The Equalizer. The show starred Edward Woodard as private detective Robert McCall, “a sophisticated former government agent atoning for the sins of his past by righting the wrongs of a flawed legal system.” Details after the jump:
It was inevitable, really. Paul Haggis’ upcoming film, “The Next Three Days” stars Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks but it has its claws in any actor it can find including Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Tucker, rapper RZA and even Brian Dennehy, a man who is subject to neither time nor space. Now it’s found Liam Neeson who is currently planning to rule 2010 with an iron fist with his roles in “Clash of the Titans” and “The A-Team”. Neeson’s role is a “cameo in nature” as he plays a man who escaped from prison several times and wrote a book about it. This becomes helpful to an escape plan from Crowe’s character, a college professor and husband of a woman (Banks) who’s in prison for a murder she says she didn’t commit. I hope Neeson’s book also comes with a rock hammer and a full-size poster of Rita Hayworth. [Source: THR]