Universal Pictures has nixed plans to release Joe Carnahan’s comedy-thriller Stretch on its scheduled March 21st release date. Although it made our “Most Anticipated” list for the first quarter of 2014, no replacement date is currently set up. It’s a bit of an odd move, especially for the normally successful production banner of Jason Blum, Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in turning low-budget pictures into big box office returns. Universal allowed Blum to shop the picture to other distributors, but when a deal couldn’t be reached, the rights reverted back to the studio, which is now “exploring creative options” for release. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: We've updated the article with comments on the situation from Carnahan himself.]
Opening this weekend in theaters and IMAX is director Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Based on the Tom Clancy character, the original story follows Jack Ryan (played by Chris Pine) as he uncovers a financial terrorist plot. Starring alongside Pine is Kevin Costner and Keira Knightley with Branagh as the film’s antagonist.
A few days ago I got to talk to Chris Pine at the Los Angeles press day. He talked about the film’s long development process, whether there was any dramatic shift in the story during that time, if he collects anything, and more. In addition, Pine talked about making Horrible Bosses 2 and Joe Carnahan‘s action-comedy Stretch, saying the opening scene of the latter “may end my career.” Hit the jump to watch.
A New Year is now upon us, and with 2014 comes another full 12 months of new films to look forward to. It will no doubt be filled with its fair share of disappointments, but right now we’re full of optimism as we look towards the first quarter. The next three months host a promisingly varied slate of films that include a goofy animated adventure, a World War II picture, a new Muppets movie, a Biblical epic, and much more. In the latest installment of our Most Anticipated series, Matt, Adam, and Dave have compiled a list of the films that they are most looking forward to in the first quarter of 2014. Read on after the jump.
Opening this weekend is writer-director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama Parkland. Produced by Tom Hanks, the pic revolves around the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the days surrounding President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Parkland Hospital is where Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Jack Ruby all died. Rather than focusing on one person, the film looks beyond the assassination and even President Kennedy to examine the surrounding figures on that infamous day and their roles in one of the most important events in American history. Parkland is loaded with a great cast featuring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, James Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle Haley, Ron Livingston, Colin Hanks, Tom Welling, Jeremy Strong, and David Harbour. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.
At the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed a video interview with Weaver and Badge Dale (they play Marguerite Oswald and Robert Oswald). They talked about getting ready for the role, whether anything surprised them while researching the part, and more. In addition, Weaver talks about how she was cast in Woody Allen‘s next film and I try to get Badge Dale to talk about Joe Carnahan‘s Stretch. Hit the jump to watch.
Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2. The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off with the Lambert family thrust into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious put an entirely original spin on the haunted house subgenre with its unique third act, and Chapter 2 digs deeper into that universe traveling further into the, well, Further and answering any last lingering fan questions. Insidious: Chapter 2 stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.
A few weeks ago at a Los Angeles press day I got to sit down with producer Jason Blum for an exclusive interview. He talked about bringing back the entire cast from the first film, the creative freedom of low-budget films, going where he’s needed as a producer, attracting name actors to small genre projects, and more. He also gave updates on Stretch and Mockingbird. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
Opening in theaters this weekend is James Wan’s Insidious: Chapter 2. The follow-up to the 2011 surprise hit picks up exactly where the first left off. Josh (Patrick Wilson) has returned from the Further feeling not quite himself, and when Renai (Rose Byrne) begins seeing familiar signs of the paranormal the Lambert family is thrust once more into a world of psychics, demons and ghosts. Insidious: Chapter 2 also stars Barbara Hershey, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Ty Simpkins.
During a recent New York press day I hopped on the phone for an interview with Wilson. He talked about working on his first sequel, playing multiple characters, what he’s learned from his collaborations with James Wan, wanting to get back on stage and more. He also gave an update on Joe Carnahan’s Stretch. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
I’m a big fan of director Joe Carnahan. I like the diversity of his filmography, and I’ve even had a blast with his panned pictures like Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team. They’re both action movies that have a lot of spark and lunacy to them, and his upcoming film Stretch seems to have the same kind of energy according to star Patrick Wilson. For those unfamiliar with the film, Wilson stars as “a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back.” The film is low-budget, but the cast includes Chris Pine (who worked with Carnahan on Smokin’ Aces and was great), Ed Helms, Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Dekker, James Badge Dale, Shaun Toub, Ray Liotta, and David Hasselhoff.
Hit the jump for the kind of craziness we can expect from the movie. Stretch opens March 21, 2014.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) will join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys adaptation as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.
- Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) is in talks to join the all-action cast of The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). Other newcomers include Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
- Jessica Alba (Sin City) will board Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy, Stretch.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) has signed on for writer-director Cameron Crowe’s new project, a rumored reimagining of his Deep Tiki script.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Check out the latest casting news below:
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After appearing in brief but memorable roles in a number of swell films as of late, including Iron Man 3, Flight, and World War Z, James Badge Dale has become the latest actor to sign on to The Grey director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget action-comedy Stretch. The film stars Patrick Wilson as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, and Ed Helms are also poised to appear, and Carnahan broke the news of Dale’s casting on Twitter by saying, “James Badge Dale, my boy AND one of the best actors walking the planet, has joined the cast of STRETCH.” The two previously worked together on Carnahan’s terrific existential survival drama The Grey.
Hit the jump for news concerning an up-and-comer taking on a mysterious role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Robert Rodriguez was set to deliver a one-two punch this fall with Machete Kills and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, but now both movies have been pushed back. Sin City was knocked all the way to August 22, 2014, and now Machete Kills has received a significantly shorter date change. Originally set for September 13th, Open Road Films will now release Machete Kills on October 4th against Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama, Gravity. Open Road has also decided to move the action film Homefront from October 4th to November 27th. Written by Sylvester Stallone, Homefront stars Jason Statham as an ex-DEA agent who moves his family to a small town in hopes of a quieter life. Instead, he runs afoul of a meth-pushing kingpin by the name of Gator (James Franco). Homefront will share the weekend with Kasi Lemmons‘ Black Nativity and Disney’s animated film, Frozen.
In other release date news, Universal has scheduled Joe Carnahan‘s comic thriller Stretch for March 21, 2014. Patrick Wilson stars as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back. The film also stars Chris Pine, Ed Helms, and Brooklyn Decker. The movie will have serious competition that weekend against Muppets Most Wanted and Divergent.
Check out the latest casting additions below:
- Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight) is in final negotiations to join Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson’s new action-thriller, Lucy.
- Brooklyn Decker (Battleship) is set to join Stretch, the low-budget action-comedy from Joe Carnahan that stars Patrick Wilson, Chris Pine and Ed Helms.
Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Ed Helms (The Hangover) is set to star in director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget comedic thriller, Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson and Chris Pine.
- Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) is in talks to star in Disney’s live-action Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Lily James, Richard Madden and Cate Blanchett.
- Josh Peck (Red Dawn) is in negotiations to star opposite Al Pacino in Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut, Imagine, starring Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
A few casting stories to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Chris Pine will be reuniting with his Smokin Aces director Joe Carnahan on the low-budget comedic thriller Stretch opposite Patrick Wilson.
- Homeland star and Broadway veteran Mandy Patinkin has been set in the role of Zach Braff’s father in Braff’s partially Kickstarter-funded directorial effort Wish I Was Here.
- Lust, Caution stars Wei Tang and Leehom Wang have boarded Michael Mann’s untitled cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.
It’s easy to forget about it since it came out so early, but for my money director Joe Carnahan’s survival drama The Grey is still one of the best films of 2012. It was considerably more low-key than his last pic, The A-Team, but I felt that Carnahan and Liam Neeson crafted something really special. It looks as though the director may be sticking with “low-key” for his next project, as he’s now set to direct Patrick Wilson in the low-budget actioner Stretch for IM Global and Blumhouse Pictures, the studio behind the Paranormal Activity series, Sinister, and Insidious.
Hit the jump for more.