A bit over a month after the first trailer for long-lost-sibling drama People Like Us debuted online, a sizzle reel (fancy industry talk for “featurette”) has followed. Basically, it’s a lot of the stuff we’ve seen before (plus some new bits), mixed with footage of first-time director Alex Kurtzman (co-writer of Star Trek and Transformers) and stars Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks discussing the film. Co-written by Kurtzman, frequent collaborator Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert, the film sees a debt-ridden salesman (Pine) who must split a sizeable inheritance with a sister (Banks) he didn’t know about; as he struggles with the “But it’s so much money!” quandary, he forges a relationship with his unsuspecting sis and her young son.
If you thought the first trailer betrayed a bit too much schmaltz, this one won’t do much to sway you. But, at the very least, it improves upon its predecessor by cutting the line “Sometimes the past is a present.” Shudder. Hit the jump to check it out. People Like Us (previously titled Welcome to the People) also stars Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, and Mark Duplass. It will hit theaters on June 29.
The first trailer for the drama People Like Us (formerly titled Welcome to People) has gone online. The film marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Transformers) from a script he co-wrote with writing partner Roberto Orci and relative newcomer Jody Lambert. The story centers on a man (Chris Pine) who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he never met (Elizabeth Banks). Despite the grating pop-rock song, the trailer doesn’t look half bad. Though the story could turn sappy really fast, there look to be some swell performances from the film’s impressive cast. The plot device comes off a bit too Pay it Forward-like for my taste, but hopefully that’s just a result of trying to sell the story in a two-minute trailer. Nevertheless, the film does look to be walking a very fine line between cheese-fest and solid character drama, but I’m sincerely pulling for the latter.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Olivia Wilde, Michelle Pfeiffer, Mark Duplass and Jon Favreau. People Like Us opens on June 29th.
Previously known as Welcome to People, the familial drama from debut director Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) is now titled, People Like Us. Written by Kurtzman, Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and relative newcomer Jody Lambert, People Like Us stars Chris Pine (Star Trek) as a man who inherits $150,000 upon his father’s death, but must deliver the money to a sister he has never met. Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) stars as the sister in question, an alcoholic with a 12-year-old son, who Pine’s character befriends. Olivia Wilde (Cowboys and Aliens) also stars in People Like Us as Pine’s girlfriend, Hannah. Pine spoke on the project during a previous interview, as did Mark Duplass (The League) in a more recent interview that you can read here. Michelle Pfeiffer (Batman Returns) also stars as Pine’s widowed mother. The DreamWorks picture, partially set up by Steven Spielberg himself, will open June 29th of this year.
We’ve got a few release dates to share with you today. Briefly:
- Welcome to People – The directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman starring Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks is dated for June 29th.
- Hick – The adaptation of Andrea Portes’ novel starring Chloe Moretz and Blake Lively hits VOD on May 8th and theaters May 11th.
- For a Good Time Call… – The Sundance comedy centering on phone sex operators opens September 14th.
Hit the jump for more on each film.
One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Colin Trevorrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed. Written by Derek Connolly, the film’s about a trio of magazine employees investigate a classified ad that seeks a partner for time travel. One employee develops feelings for the paranoid but compelling loner and tries to discover what he’s really up to. It’s based on a real ad that was passed around the internet in 2005 and the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni. Shortly after premiering, FilmDistrict bought the film, so you can look forward to seeing it at some point in the future. For more on the film, you can read Matt’s review.
After seeing the movie, I got to sit down with Mark Duplass for an extended interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how he got involved in Safety Not Guaranteed and what it’s about, what it was like to watch the film for the first time with a big crowd at Sundance, and how the film changed during production. In addition, since Duplass is involved in a number of other projects, we talked about the directorial debut of Alex Kurtzman (Welcome to People), The Skeleton Twins (Bill Hader and Anna Faris as twins), Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, The League, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
We have a couple of casting stories for you this evening. We previously broke the news that Billy Bob Thorton was heading back to the director’s chair with a script he co-wrote with Tom Epperson called Jayne Mansfield’s Car, and now it looks like the project has found its star. Robert Duvall has signed on to headline the indie project, which Duvall describes as “another Southern tale.” He elaborated on the plot in a conversation with EW
“It’s about a guy in between WWI and WWII who raises a family after his wife left him for an Englishman and moved to England. When the wife dies, she asks to be brought back to Alabama to be buried, and at that point the character hasn’t seen her in 20 or 30 years. The two families — her original family she abandoned and her English family — meet and then things get really interesting.”
Thorton will reportedly star in the film as well, in addition to writing and directing it. Production is scheduled to begin this summer. We recently told you that Michelle Pfieffer would be joining Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde in Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut Welcome to People, and now it looks like Mark Duplass (Greenberg, co-writer/co-director of Cyrus) has signed on as well. Variety reports that Duplass is set to play a neighbor who shows an interest in Banks’ character. The film tells the story of an estranged son (Pine) who returns home for his father’s funeral and begins to uncover his secret life. Welcome to People is set to be released sometime in 2012.
We have a couple additional casting tidbits to send your way tonight. First up, C. Thomas Howell (The Outsiders) has been cast in an unspecified role for Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot. Per Cinema Blend (via Italy’s own Bad Taste), Howell confirmed his casting via his personal Facebook page and is set to join the film’s shoot (which is already in progress in L.A.) on January 25th. Howell joins a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen. The Spider-Man reboot hits theaters July 3rd, 2012.
Next up, the cast for Alex Kurtzman’s (co-writer Cowboys and Aliens) Welcome to People keeps on growing as Michelle Pfeiffer has agreed to join Kurtzman’s directorial debut. Per EW, Pfeiffer is set to play Chris Pine’s widowed mother in the film which tells the story of an estranged son (Pine) who returns home for his father’s funeral and begins to uncover his secret life in the process. In addition to Pine and Pfeiffer, Welcome to People also stars Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde. It begins shooting next week in L.A. with a 2012 theatrical release in mind.
Olivia Wilde has joined the cast of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome to People. The film is a “family drama about a businessman (Chris Pine) who returns home after his estranged father’s death and discovers that he has an alcoholic sister (Elizabeth Banks) with a 12-year-old son.” According to Risky Business, Wilde will play Hannah, the girlfriend of Pine’s character.
Wilde, who was most recently seen as one of the few good aspects of TRON: Legacy, will next appear in theaters in Cowboys & Aliens (Kurtzman co-wrote the script for the film). She’s also co-starring in the body-switching comedy The Change-Up with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, the satire Butter with Jennifer Garner, the crime-thriller Kin with Eric Bana, and the Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) sci-fi flick Now with Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake. Wilde is also set to return to the Fox drama House sometime before the season is over.
Elizabeth Banks (Role Models) is in negotiations to join Chris Pine in Welcome to People, the directorial debut of screenwriter Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek). Kurtzman co-wrote the screenplay with long-time collaborator Roberto Orci (Transformers), as well as relative newcomer Jody Lambert. If she signs on, Banks would play the alcoholic female lead in the family drama. Hit the jump for the synopsis, as well as some of my thoughts.
Just a few hours ago I attended the press junket for Tony Scott’s new movie Unstoppable. Starring Chris Pine and Denzel Washington as a train conductor and engineer, the two have to race the clock to stop an unmanned runaway train – effectively a missile the size of a skyscraper – and prevent disaster in a heavily populated area. You can watch some clips and read a better synopsis here.
With the movie getting released November 12, I’ll be posting exclusive video interviews with Pine, Washington and Rosario Dawson that week. However, towards the end of my interview with Pine, I managed to get some updates on the Star Trek sequel, Alex Kurtzman’s Welcome to People, and I asked him if he was going to star in George Clooney’s Farragut North. Hit the jump for what he said:
Amy Adams is reportedly considering roles in three upcoming films: James Bobin’s untitled Muppets movie, Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo, and Alex Kurtzman’s Welcome to People. According to EW, negotiations for Muppets appear to be the most solid, but Disney isn’t commenting. We don’t know much about the Muppet movie. We know that Jason Segel co-wrote the script and will star and that the title is rumored to be The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made. Co-writer Nicholas Stoller told Steve back in May that there are tons of cameos, it will be similar in tone to The Muppet Movie, and that the movie breaks the fourth wall every five minutes.
Hit the jump for more on We Bought a Zoo, Welcome to People, and what roles Adams might play in those films.
Chris Pine is in talks to star in screenwriter Alex Kurtzman’s (Transformers, Star Trek) directorial debut, Welcome to People. According to THR, Pine will play a man who “must deliver $150,000 in cash to an alcoholic sister he didn’t know he had after the death of their father. Without telling her who he is, the guy also gets involved in the life of her angry 12-year-old son.” Steven Spielberg will be guiding the low-key family drama at DreamWorks and the film is also co-written by Kurtzman’s frequent writing partner, Roberto Orci.
Pine continues to be a rising star in Hollywood, following his role as Capt. Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot. The actor is currently filming McG’s action-comedy, This Means War, with Reese Witherspoon. He’s also attached to star in the next Jack Ryan film, and will be retuning to reprise his role in the planned Star Trek sequel. He can next be seen in this fall’s Unstoppable. Hit the jump for a plot synopsis for Welcome to People
After a three-year run of Mission: Impossible III, Transformers, and Star Trek, the screenwriting team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci became the go-to guys for mega-franchise hopefuls (see: Cowboys & Aliens). Kurtzman and Orci are now notably prolific producers, particularly in television where they oversee Fringe, this fall’s Hawaii Five-0 remake, and a recently announced adaptation of the comic Locke & Key.
That last project reunites the duo with their Transformers boss Steven Spielberg, a relationship that continues to bear fruit — at least for Kurtzman. Spielberg has set up Welcome to People at DreamWorks to be Kurtzman’s directorial debut. Kurtzman co-wrote the script with Orci and Jody Lambert six years ago, resulting in a low-key family drama rather than the tentpole fare the duo is known for. Details after the jump.