TORONTO – Canadian indie distributor Remstar Films has pre-bought the Canadian rights to the Scarlett Johansson-starrer Don Jon’s Addiction, by writer/director Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Remstar, which has a movie distribution deal with Entertainment One, also acquired Two Mothers, from director Anne Fontaine and writer Christopher Hampton.
Entertainment One will handle rights in all media for the two films in Canada in partnership with Montreal-based Remstar, excluding theatrical, VOD and French-language TV rights in Quebec.
Both acquisitions are expected to be released in 2013.
Don Jon’s Addiction, which started production in May, portrays a modern-day porn-addicted Don Juan-type looking to become less self-centered.
The pic also stars Gordon-Levitt and Julianne Moore, and is produced by Ram Bergman and Nicolas Chartier.
Two Mothers stars Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, James Frecheville and Xavier Samuel, and is adapted from the work of novelist Doris Lessing as it tells the story of childhood friends and neighbors falling for each other’s sons.
It isn’t often that we hear about a sequel and get genuinely excited, but this one has real promise. Or rather, promises.
Vulture hears exclusively that Vincent Cassel is now negotiating to join Viggo Mortensen in a sequel to David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. We hear the sequel, to be directed by Cronenberg and written by Steven Knight (who also wrote the original), picks up where the 2007 film left off — with the incompetent underboss Kirill (Cassel) thinking that he and his henchman driver Nikolai (Mortensen) really have inherited the throne from his crime-lord father, without knowing that Nikolai is actually a clandestine agent working undercover in Russia’s federal security service.
We’re told Mortensen will first star in Hossein Amini’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January this fall but will then pivot to the Eastern Promises sequel at the start of next year. News of a possible Promises sequel first surfaced in March of 2010.
There’s no word if Naomi Watts would return, but given how extraneous she was to the first film, we imagine it’s a long shot.
Whilst browsing Google Images for various Naomi things, I just came across this previously unseen photo taken on the set of Sunlight Jr. last year. It gives us our first look at Naomi’s characters look in the film, and shows her wearing the uniform for the place she works – Sunlight Jr. I don’t know who the other person in the photo is – probably an extra in the film? I found the photo here.
The film was recently previewed for buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Below is a synopsis from IMDB, and you can find this first set photo in our Gallery.
Sunlight Jr. is a love story set in the ruins of the American dream. Melissa is a convenience store clerk who lives in a motel with her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie. When they learn they are going to have a baby, they are genuinely excited. But when she loses her job and they are evicted from the motel, they face difficult choices about life and their relationship.
Brad Pitt To Produce Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde,’ Naomi Watts Not Likely To Lead
Sounds like Naomi may no longer be attached to star in Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde — what do you think about this?
Having a friend in Brad Pitt certainly isn’t a bad thing. The actor has used his superstar clout to get difficult, hard to finance movies made — often choosing to produce them himself via his Plan B shingle — and among his many filmmaker and actor pals, he’s forged a strong relationship with Aussie helmer Andrew Dominik. The pair first teamed up on the existential western “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” where the actor used his sway with the studio to keep the lengthy title for the film, and stuck by the director’s side during the fraught editing sessions. And just a couple of weeks ago, they hit the Cannes Film Festival with the searing and brilliant “Killing Them Softly,” another ambitious effort produced by and starring Pitt. And it looks like the bromance will continue.
24 Frames reports that Pitt is now set to back to Dominik’s long brewing Marilyn Monroe biopic “Blonde,” a film the director told us during Cannes that he hoped to make as his next movie. Well, with Pitt now throwing his weight behind the movie as a producer (whether or not he’ll take a role as well hasn’t been decided yet), the wheels are fully turning on “Blonde” and while nothing is locked down just yet, a January or February 2013 shoot for the movie is apparently feasible. But they’ll need to find a new leading lady.
While Naomi Watts became attached to the film in it’s earliest incarnation, the paper says “it’s likely that the filmmakers would go in a different direction.” It’s not clear why she’s no longer involved — she would’ve been great for the part too with the looks and chops to nail it — but it looks like blonde starlets might want to send their headshots to Plan B’s offices.
Andrew Dominik Says He’s Aiming To Make “Emotional Nightmare Fairy-Tale” Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ Next
After a few years in the wilderness after the masterpiece “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” underperformed at the box office, Andrew Dominik’s third film — initially titled “Cogan’s Trade” after the George V. Higgins book on which it’s based, and later retitled “Killing Them Softly” — came together quite quickly. The first hints emerged in September 2010, and within a few months it had a star and producer in Brad Pitt, a distributor courtesy of The Weinstein Company, and rolled in front of cameras in early 2011.
But with the film having premiered at Cannes this week, we began to wonder what happened to “Blonde,” Dominik’s Naomi Watts-starring adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel about Marilyn Monroe. That film was long-mooted to be his next project after ‘Jesse James,’ and was originally set to get underway in January 2011 before “Killing Them Softly” came along. Was it still a going concern? Or had last year’s “My Week With Marilyn” put paid to Monroe-themed pictures for a while?
In a move that would amount to the Cannes Film Festival‘s very own clip reel of unfinished upcoming movies, Deadline has heard that a screening of footage from select films will take place in an official venue on Thursday. Details are scarce, but pics that could be in the surprise pack include Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible, the tsunami movie starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, and Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts bio The Grandmasters. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master might also be included, although the Weinsteins showed footage from those films last night. Other films are expected to be in the mix for what we hear will be an hourlong showing that will be open to all accredited fest attendees. This is a new move for the festival and could drum up some extra heat. The screening, Deadline understands, will take place at the Salle du Soixantième — the same venue where the roof was damaged by heavy winds the other day. Only this time, the festival will look to blow the roof off on purpose.
Last February it was reported that Naomi was in discussions to star in Werner Herzog’s film biopic of Gertrude Bell, entitled Queen Of The Desert. Nothing has been heard since, until producer Cassian Elwes mentioned it at Cannes this week:
Working with Werner Herzog for the first time, Elwes is also prepping Queen Of The Desert. The picture, he says, is like Lawrence Of Arabia but with a woman. It’s based on Gertrude Bell, the English writer, archaeologist and cartographer who mapped Iraq and Jordan in the early 1900s. Naomi Watts is attached. Shooting on Queen Of The Desert is expected to begin in the fall. Elwes is producing with Nick Raslan.
The Guardian and IndieWire.com report that LOST star Naveen Andrews has joined the cast of Naomi’s upcoming Princess Diana biopic. He will play the role of Dr. Hasnat Khan, the heart surgeon who had a brief relationship with the Princess before her death in 1997.
Those two sources also refer to the biopic’s title as simply ‘Diana‘, so we can assume the film has undergone a change of title, from Caught In Flight to Diana.
Naomi attended the UK launch party for Jacob’s Creek’s Cool Harvest range last night, looking chic in a navy and nude fitted Stella McCartney dress. She posed with Jacob’s Creek winemaker Rebekah Richardson at the event, and talked to the press about her upcoming role as Princess Diana. See the post below for more on that, and watch a video of Naomi talking about it here (unfortunately the video is not embeddable).
Photos can be seen in our Gallery:
King Kong star Naomi Watts said she is “absolutely terrified” to play the role of Princess Diana in a new film portraying the last two years of her life.
Caught in Flight is set to explore Diana’s relationship with heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan and her tragic death in August 1997.
Watts said: “She is a part of our history, an incredible woman and fascinating but a tragic ending. The filmmakers came to me and it’s a good script and it’s very scary and I kind of wanted to say no but I couldn’t.”
The British-born actress said she grew up watching Diana and taking on the new role will be “tough”.
“I saw the wedding and everything and she is a very inspiring woman and it’s kind of impressive how she sort of changed the whole gearing of the tradition of the royal family and opened it up and brought warmth to it.
“Now I’m doing all the research and there is so much to read, I just hope we make a good film and people can learn something new about her that’s interesting. There are a lot of people that knew her and a lot of books to read and so much information and one story is different to the next so it’s hard to gauge what was the truth. It’s going to be a tough one, it’s a big beast to take on, I just try to do my best.”
Caught in Flight will be filmed in the UK later this year and Watts, who has two young sons with actor Liev Schreiber, said she will “always want to work” but knows things will “slow down” as the children get older.
“We will definitely have to slow down and things will change, but they are still really small and the adventures they are experiencing now are pretty amazing. I think they will remember the ride on the elephant when we were shooting in India rather than the blue block stacked on the red block. Those are things that you want your kids to experience, these life adventures and big powerful memories.”
The Oscar-nominated actress, speaking as the Cool Harvest ambassador for wine brand Jacob’s Creek at the launch event in London, said she would love to work with Scream star Schreiber in the future. “He is a brilliant actor and I’m completely inspired by him so yes I’d love to work with him and it would make life a lot easier.”