This week will see a number of indie projects open on select screens across the country. We mentioned the Kristen Stewart (Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsmen) drama Equals opening this Friday, about a couple who falls in love as the result of a disease in a futuristic utopia that is devoid of feeling and emotion, and the tension it causes between them and their society. Co-starring with Stewart is Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road, X-Men: Apocalypse), who are led by director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy, Breathe In).
Also opening on the indie circuit this week is a new animated movie called Phantom Boy, which takes place in the 1940s-50s and follows a young boy with superpowers who helps a wheelchair-bound policeman in his efforts to take down a notorious mob boss. The film comes from Oscar-nominated filmmakers Loup Felicioli & Alain Gagnol (A Cat in Paris) and stars French actors Edouard Baer (Chicken with Plums), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Coup de torchon, The DaVinci Code), and Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement, Amelie).
Academy Award-winning actor Russell Crowe (Gladiator, A Beautiful Mind) will be making his feature-length directorial debut this month with his new war drama The Water Diviner. Working from a script by Andrew Knight (Siam Sunset, Cashburn) and Andrew Anastasios (The Broken Shore, Australia: The Story of Us), Crowe directed himself and actors Jai Courtney (Divergent, A Good Day To Die Hard), Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace, Oblivion), and Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals) in the story of an Australian farmer who travels to Turkey in 1915 following the Battle of Gallipoli in an attempt to locate his missing sons. The film will see a limited release at the end of April following a premier at the Newport Beach International Film Festival on the 23rd. Check your local listings for showtimes in your area…meanwhile you can see the trailer here on MADE!
Director Shane Black is still filling out the remaining cast spots for his upcoming LA-crime thriller The Nice Guys, which already has Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, The Place Beyond The Pines) and Russell Crowe (Gladiator, Man of Steel) attached to star in the film. The story follows a private detective and his muscle-head partner (both practicing alcoholics by-the-way) in 1970s Los Angeles who investigates the suicide of a porn-star only to discover her death will uncover a massive conspiracy leading all the way back to the American automotive industry. The script comes from screenwriter Anthony Bagarozzi and director Shane Black, who has also recently added actor Matt Bomer (Flightplan, Magic Mike) to the cast list, according to Deadline. Other names currently attached to the project are Margaret Qualley, Daniel Lee, Angourie Rice, Cayla Brady, and David Born. The movie is currently scheduled for release in June 2016, so we’ve got some waiting time before we actually see a trailer or set-pics, but stay tuned for more news!
After five years of waiting for a sequel to the 2009 action/comedy, fans of Zombieland are getting excited about news from Deadline of a sequel with original director Ruben Fleischer being back in the works. Although Fleischer does not have an actual contract on the table at this time, screenwriter Dave Callaham is going to be working on a script for the project, fresh off his work on this summer’s blockbuster Godzilla from Legendary Pictures. While this is all good news, it is not clear as to whether or not the cast of the original will be available at this time, particularly Jesse Eisenberg, who is set to play Lex Luther in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will most likely return for the Justice League movie after that. Emma Stone is also scheduled to appear in two upcoming projects, one with Cameron Crowe and the other with Woody Allen, while Woody Harrelson is wrapping up work on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, and will also be appearing in the upcoming sequel Now You See Me 2 (2016). Abigail Breslin will also be appearing in Maggie (2015) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, which also revolves around a zombie-apocalypse plot but from a much more dramatic perspective, as a father comforts his daughter through her transformation from human to zombie. We’ll keep an ear out for more news about Zombieland 2. Stay tuned.
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has kept the Hollywood gossip scene hungry for news about what his next project will be after the success of his blockbuster sequel last May, but now he seems to have given them some answers. The Wrap has reported that Black will next be directing producer Joel Silver’s murder/conspiracy thriller The Nice Guys, which follows muscle-head and private-eye Jackson Healy and Holland March, respectively, in the investigation of a porn-star’s suicide in connection to someone (Tycoon or businessman) in the American auto-industry. The story takes place in 1970s Los Angeles and the director is currently looking to actors Russell Crowe (Gladiator, American Gangster) and Ryan Gosling (The Ides of March, Gangster-Squad) to take the leading roles. The script comes from Black and screenwriter Anthony Bagarozzi, who has also penned scripts for a couple of film potentials, including Doc Savage and Death Note, but no release date or production schedule has been put into effect at this time.
Two big releases for next March are now being converted into 3D format before the final cut is seen by audiences around the globe. The upcoming crime-thriller Need For Speed, starring Aaron Paul in his first big film appearance since AMC’s Breaking Bad, is being converted into a 3D format before its release next month. Paramount Pictures has also decided to convert Darren Aronofsky’s new biblical drama, Noah, to 3D for its release to worldwide audiences. Unlike Need For Speed, however, at this point Noah‘s 3D version will only be released to foreign audiences. This was a last minute decision made by Paramount in an attempt to boost foreign interest in the film, which in the United States is expected to pull in a decent amount of profit considering it revolves around one of the most famous Bible stories and has Oscar-winner Russell Crowe leading in the title role. Need For Speed is set for release here in the States on March 14th, with Noah following two weeks later on the 28th. Noah also features an all star cast, including Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins. You can check out the full trailer above.
Check out the new trailer for director Darren Aronofsky’s new biblical film, Noah. Based on the story of the man who famously built an arc to save all of Earth’s biological species from sheer extinction at the hands of the corruption of mankind, the movie attempts to put the story in a more accurate historical context, involving wild human tribes and the politics of the world of men during that time before the teachings of Christ and the spread of Catholicism across Europe. The film stars Russell Crowe in the role of a more warrior-like Noah, as well as Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson. The movie is set to be released next year.
With the film already in production, and an eighth installation that will take place in Egypt currently being prepped, Fast and Furious 7 is well underway. Jason Statham and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey have already joined the cast, but recent rumors of Kurt Russell taking on a role seem to have been dismissed. Instead Djimon Hounsou will be joining the cast, although the details on his character and role in the plot are still uncertain. Hounsou got big notices back in 2000 when he co-starred alongside Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. He also received an Oscar nomination in 2007 for Best Supporting Actor in Blood Diamond. Fast & Furious 7 is set to be filmed in Los Angeles and will be directed by James Wan, who wrote and directed Saw (2004) and has a reputation for directing horror movies. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Tyrese Gibson will all be reprising their roles in the upcoming sequel, which has been slated for release sometime next year.