Writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s new film Candy Store is inching closer towards production—slowly but surely. Worldwide Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce the crime thriller from the Syriana filmmaker, with Robert De Niro signing on to join Jason Clarke and Omar Sy in the cast. The pic tells the story of an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, but finds that his past life comes back to haunt him. It’s unclear whether Clarke or De Niro will play said cop, but the film certainly comes with high expectations given that it will be Gaghan’s first major feature directorial effort since 2005’s Syriana. Filming is expected to commence in 2014.
Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sequel and the full press release for the Candy Store news.
As part of Xbox’s console announcement today (read Matt’s recap here), Microsoft introduced a couple of games that will be featured this fall as part of the Xbox One experience. One of the most highly anticipated games is Infinity Ward’s follow-up to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, a wholly new Call of Duty video game featuring a new story and characters called Call of Duty: Ghosts. The full reveal trailer for Ghosts is now online, and it’s very, very promising. The video game was written by Oscar-winning Traffic and Syriana scribe Stephen Gaghan and takes place in the near future in which America’s forces have been nearly obliterated. The protagonist is part of the resistance, a ragtag team made up of former members from various armed forces services such as Navy SEALs and Marines. I love the underdog approach here and Gaghan’s involvement is incredibly promising. Also, mo-cap dogs!
Hit the jump to watch the reveal trailer along with a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s enhancements. Call of Duty: Ghosts will be available on November 5th.
FX is currently in the process of developing two new limited series shows to add to their lineup: The first is Conquistadors, a drama based on Kim McQuarrie’s novel The Last Days of the Incas, set to be directed by Nicholas Osborn (Remember Me) and Scott Rosenbaum (Chuck). The second is Stephen Gaghan’s (Syriana) six-part Vietnam War drama They Marched into Sunlight, based on the bestseller of the same name written by the award-winning author David Maraniss. Hit the jump for more information.
We’ve got a couple of interesting casting stories to share this evening. First up, it appears that a frequent collaborator of director Adam McKay and star Will Ferrell’s may be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel Anchorman: The Legend Continues. Production on that film begins in Atlanta next week, and Bleeding Cool has a copy of a casting call sent to Atlanta agencies asking for people who look like John C. Reilly and have the same build as the actor. It appears they’re attempting to nab a stand-in for Reilly, which means he’s most likely making at least a brief appearance in the follow-up.
If the first film’s bounty of familiar faces is any indication, I imagine this won’t be the last cameo appearance we hear about for Anchorman 2. Hopefully they manage to keep at least a couple of them secret. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Syriana writer/director Stephen Gaghan’s long-awaited follow-up film, Candy Store.
Though he’s out of the running for American Assassin, Chris Hemsworth certainly isn’t out of options. On the table is an offer to join Candy Store, a crime drama that already boasts the interested parties of Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Christoph Waltz. Add to it the fact that Candy Store comes with Academy Award-winning writer/director Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) attached and it’s easy to see why this will be a high-profile picture moving forward. Hemsworth is also being eyed for the Jerry Weintraub-produced Steve McQueen biopic, Triumph AKA 40 Summers Ago, a project that already has Liam Hemsworth attached. Hit the jump for more on both pictures.
Academy Award-winner Stephen Gaghan hasn’t directed a feature film since 2005’s Syriana, but the Traffic scribe is now attached to a rather high profile thriller as his follow-up. THR reports that Gaghan will next direct Candy Store, a thriller he wrote that’s attracting some major talent. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are apparently in early talks for the two leads in what’s described as “a crime thriller with meaty roles for the two main characters.” Further plot details are unknown, but Jamie Foxx was interested in one of the roles as well.
Late last year Gaghan set up an untitled cartel drama at Warner Bros. and an independent adaptation of Patrick Keefe’s novel The Snakehead, but neither of those projects have come to fruition. He provided a script polish for M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi pic After Earth starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith, which opens next year.
Antoine Fuqua is adding yet another project to his crowded directorial development slate. Variety reports that the Training Day director is in talks to helm the crime drama Chicagoland for New Line Cinema. Plot details are thin, but the story apparently revolves around some sort of heist. Fuqua has come in and out of a number of projects in the last year, and he’s currently attached to direct Steel Town, the crime spree pic Storming Las Vegas, and the Eminem boxing drama Southpaw. Variety notes that it’s unknown which of these projects is closest to production, so we still don’t know what Fuqua’s next film will be.
Peter Morgan (The Queen) wrote the script for Chicagoland, and apparently a number of directors were pursuing the gig, including Stephen Gaghan (Syriana). I haven’t been impressed with Fuqua’s recent output so I’m not exactly sure why he won out over a talent like Gaghan, but New Line must have taken a liking to his pitch. Nevertheless, we’ll have to wait and see if this project actually comes to fruition.
Despite the fact that his past few scripted projects were undeniably terrible (like really, truly terrible), writer-director M. Night Shyamalan is still making movies. His latest is a sci-fi pic called One Thousand A.E. starring none other than Will Smith and his karate-kicking son Jaden. The film centers on a father-son duo who crash-land on Earth one thousand years after humans have abandoned the planet. With his father seriously injured, the young boy must set out to find help on the now strange and harsh planet. The project was initially scripted by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), but since Shyamalan is so good at making movies he decided to take a crack at the script himself to tailor it to his own interest (ie. terribleness).
However, Variety now reports that Academy Award-winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic) has completed a polish of Shyamalan’s draft. The Syriana writer-director was tasked with getting the script into shooting shape, and may continue to work with Shyamalan to fine-tune his draft up until production begins. While I still have little faith in the project, Gaghan’s a fine writer and his input certainly can’t hurt. The scribe recently set up two new films, a cartel drama and an adaptation of Snakehead. Production on One Thousand A.E. begins in February, with a February 24th, 2012 release date.
Stephen Gaghan hasn’t directed a theatrical feature since 2006′s Syriana but now he’s finally gearing up for not one but two new films. Gaghan will direct an untitled Cartel project for Warner Bros., and he’s setting up an independent feature based off Patrick Keefe’s book The Snakehead: An Epic Tale Of The Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. Hit the jump for extensive details on both projects.
Want to know why I trust George Clooney with a movie like “Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld” which is a courtroom drama about the U.S. case against Osama Bin Laden’s former chauffeur Salim Ahmed Hamdan? He made “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Because he’s not trying to make it a political film but clearly tells a good story first and lets the political aspect speak for itself. Now with the news that he’s casting his friend Matt Damon as the lead means they’re crafting a powerhouse of movie. Find out why this film will be one of my most-anticipated if it comes together.
Malcolm Gladwell is one of the most exciting authors working today. His books, “The Tipping Point”, “Blink”, and “Outliers” are all fascinating studies that combine sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, and comes up with a unique approach delivered as a compelling narrative.
On the other side, Al Pacino is one of the worst actors working today. He’s become a parody of himself, reliable for looking strung-out and ready to yell at a moment’s notice. The seething intensity he brought to his early work of “The Godfather” and “Dog Day Afternoon” has been lost to eardrum-shattering shouts from a constantly-hoarse larynx. He also resembles an old Jewish woman, which is weird.
But the two shall meet in Stephen Gaghan’s adaptation of Gladwell’s “Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”. The book is about how various experts can instantly identify a solution even if they cannot immediately verbalize their conclusion. The miniature stories within the book are fascinating and when the project was first announced, I wondered what Gaghan would turn into a feature film.