Two Black List-approved scripts found studio homes today:
- The Weinstein Company is in final negotiations to finance and distribute St. Vincent De Van Nuys, which stars Bill Murray as a war veteran who has taken to such hobbies as drinking and gambling in retirement before befriending a 12-year-old neighbor.
- Silver Pictures has acquired the Andrew Baldwin script The Outsider, set in post-WWII Japan in the Yakuza underworld. Tom Hardy is rumored for the lead role.
Hit the jump for details on both projects.
Coming off the success of the action thriller Safe House, Swedish director Daniel Espinosa looks to have landed a major gig at Warner Bros. Variety reports that Espinosa is in early talks to direct the WWII Yakuza film The Outsider. The story centers on a POW who is broken out by the Yakuza and then forced to work for the Japanese crime syndicate. As with nearly every other film in development these days, Michael Fassbender is being eyed to star. No official offers have been made, but apparently Warner Bros. is keen on the Shame actor for the lead. The studio acquired the screenplay from scribe Andrew Baldwin last August and made the project a priority.
Espinosa was best known for the Swedish crime thriller Snabba Cash before his studio debut, and in just three weeks of release Safe House has already raked in over $130 million worldwide. Depending on the studio’s timetable for The Outsider, it’s unclear how feasible it would be for Fassbender to star. In addition to press duties for Prometheus this summer, he’s already onboard for Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Steve McQueen‘s period pic Twelve Years a Slave. The premise sounds great and Espinosa definitely shows promise, so The Outsider is definitely one to watch in the coming months, especially if Fassbender commits.
Each year, Hollywood releases “The Black List.” The list is a compilation of the “best” unproduced scripts making the rounds of Hollywood, as voted on by hundreds of film executives. Past scripts that have made their way to the list include Diablo Cody’s Juno and Aaron Sorkin‘s The Social Network. This year, topping the list is Graham Moore’s script for the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game. Turning was a mathematician and codebreaker during World War II who was criminally prosecuted for his homosexuality, after which he elected chemical castration over prison, and eventually ended his own life.
The Imitation Game has been in the works for a while, and last we heard Warner Bros. was keen on getting Harry Potter director David Yates to take the helm. Leonardo DiCaprio is also said to have taken a liking to the role of Turing. Also appearing on the list is Matt Damon’s planned directorial debut Father Daughter Time and Chewie, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of Star Wars from the perspective of Peter Mayhew. Hit the jump to peruse the entire list, which includes two Pinocchio projects, a movie about catching a screening of Jurassic Park, and zombies!
The remake of Logan’s Run has burned through numerous directors and writers. Directors Bryan Singer, James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), and Carl Erik Rinsch (the upcoming 47 Ronin) have all been attached in the past, and screenwriters including Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad) have worked on the script. Hopefully the film has now found its dream-team in Drive director/star duo Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. The two are re-uniting for the sci-fi film which takes place in a dystopian future where no one is allowed to live past the age of 30. Anyone who doesn’t go quietly is a “runner” and has to be tracked down for extermination.
According to Heat Vision, the project has now hired Andrew Baldwin to take on the screenplay. None of Baldwin’s previous scripts have made it to a finished feature, but he’s been busy selling his work. He gained attention from his Black List script The West Is Dead, he wrote Red Asphalt for director Timur Bekmembatov (Wanted), and Warner Bros. recently picked up his period Yakuza script The Outsider. Hit the jump for more on Logan’s Run.
Any film folks out there complaining about the complete lack of movies in development that aren’t based a previously existing high-selling property (whether it be a book, toy, board game, or eventually a soft drink) should feel a little excited today because Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to an original screenplay called The Outsider. More importantly, they plan to make the project a priority. Granted, we’re not exactly talking about the studio bending over backwards to fund a low-key art film. The Outsider is a period Yakuza drama guaranteed to be filled with action and with a central role custom-made for a movie star. It’s commercial, but also compelling and potentially geared for an adult audience (a Hollywood movie for grown ups? Say it ain’t so!). Not much is known about the project yet, but everything that has been revealed so far sounds pretty good. Hit the jump for more details about the upcoming flick.