Archive for April 30, 2011
A Twitter photo of the cover page to the script for Quentin Tarantino's next film has made the online world quite excitable over the past 24 hours.
The photo indicates the title of the spaghetti western flick is "Django Unchained". IndieWire confirms that Tarantino's final draft has been handed over to The Weinstein Company and a source gives away brief plot details.
The story reportedly follows Django, a freed slave, who assists a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in taking down some bad guys for profit. Taken under the man's wing, the pair track down Django's slave wife and try to liberate her from an evil plantation owner.
A source says it's a popcorn and revenge flick, but it "deals with racism as I’ve rarely seen it handled in a Hollywood film", and essentially rips into Southern slave owners in this the way he did with the Nazis in "Inglourious Basterds".
Waltz is the only confirmed cast member right now, though Franco Nero and Keith Carradine are also said to be starring. The story is partly inspired by the Sergio Corbucci original 1966 film "Django" (which starred Nero).
Rising star Sebastian Stan ("Captain America," "Kings") and Australian actor Socratis Otto ("Home and Away") have joined the cast of the thriller "Gone" at Summit Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment reports Variety.
The story centers on a kidnap survivor who attempts to find the same kidnapper whom she believes has abducted her sister.
Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley, Erin Carufel and Emily Wickerhsham star while Heitor Dhalia will direct from a script by Allison Burnett.
Kimmel, Chris Salvaterra, Dan Abrams, Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will produce with shooting to kick off next month in Portland, Oregon.
Brendan Fraser has joined while Vanessa Hudgens is in final negotiations to star in the indie drama "Gimme Shelter" says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on a pregnant, homeless teen (Hudgens) who flees her abusive mother and seeks out her biological father (Fraser) who had a youthful fling with her mother. He first takes the girl in but then throws her out when she refuses to abort her child.
Ron Krauss is writing and directing the project with shooting to kick off in Connecticut at the end of May. Kraus, Jeff Rice and Dama Claire are producing.
Robert Zemeckis ("Back to the Future," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit") is in serious talks to direct the time travel thriller "Replay" for Warner Bros. Pictures reports Vulture.
Based on the bestselling 1987 novel by Ken Grimwood, the story follows a forty-something radio journalist who dies of a heart attack in 1988, but re-awakens back in 1963 in his eighteen-year-old body with all his memories intact.
He soon finds himself living the same cycle over and over, each time he has the ability to make a new set of choices, resulting in different spouses, progeny, and jobs.
While he can't prevent his own death, he sets about trying to prevent the death of his daughter. Jason Smilovic adapted the script and Zemeckis is expected to make this his next project before the Denzel Washington-led "Flight" at Paramount Pictures.
Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker," "Adjustment Bureau”) has scored an offer to star with Brad Pitt in “World War Z" and is under consideration to join "Gangster Squad" for Warner Bros. Pictures reports Variety.
Marc Forster's “World War Z” is based on the Max Brook’s novel about the world after a global zombie epidemic.
Ruben Fleischer's 'Squad' feels with a 1940s squad of elite Los Angeles police officers. Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin also star.
Mackie is currently filming “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” for Fox, and there is no confirmation on either bit of possible casting at present.