Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon, Elle Fanning Join Drama ‘Three Generations’
– October 30th 2014
In a pre-American Film Market move, Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Elle Fanning have come on board to star in family drama “Three Generations.”
IM Global will launch international sales at AFM. ICM Partners will handle North American sales.
Producers are Big Beach co-founders Peter Saraf and Marc Turtletaub with Dorothy Berwin of InFilm Productions. Watts will executive produce along with Leah Holzer and Daniele Melia of Big Beach and Peter Pastorelli.
Gaby Dellal is directing from Nikole Beckwith’s script. Fanning will play a New York City teen transitioning from female to male and Watts will play her mother as she comes to terms with having to raise her only daughter as a son.
Sarandon will portray the mother of Watts’ character, a music manager who shares her brownstone with a lesbian partner.
News was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Naomi Watts Starring in Thriller ‘Shut In’
– November 5th 2014
Naomi Watts will star in psychological thriller “Shut In” with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp co-producing with Lava Bear and fully financing.
EuropeaCorp will distribute worldwide and release the film domestically through its partnership with Relativity. EuropaCorp is launching international sales at AFM.
Farren Blackburn will direct from Christina Hodson’s Blacklist screenplay about a woman who discovers a shocking secret about her catatonic son. Shooting will start next year in Europe.
Watts is currently in “Birdman” and “St. Vincent” and will be seen in “Insurgent,” “Sea of Trees” and “While We’re Young.” Blackburn’s directing credits include the TV series “The Fades,” “Luther” and “Doctor Who.”
Hodson also wrote “The Eden Project,” which was recently acquired by Sony.
Tory Metzger, president of Lava Bear, is overseeing the production of “Shut In.”
Watts, Blackburn, and Hodson are represented by CAA. Watts is also represented by Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment; Blackburn is represented in the UK by Cathy King at Independent Talent Group; and Hodson’s manager is Tobin Babst at Kaplan Perrone.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts on Romancer ‘Demolition’
– September 4th 2014
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts will star in the romantic drama “Demolition” for “Dallas Buyers club” director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Gyllenhaal’s attachment was first reported in June. Shooting will start Sept. 15 in New York City.
Producers are Black Label Media, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Mr. Mudd. Black Label and SKE will co-finance as well as produce. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales at the Toronto Film Festival.
The story, written as a Black List script by Bryan Sipe, centers on an investment banker struggling to understand his emotional unraveling after the tragic death of his wife, when he meets another woman who changes his life forever.
Black Label Media’s Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill will produce with Sidney Kimmel and Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Executive producers include Thad Luckinbill, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, John Malkovich, Nathan Ross, Ellen Schwartz and SKE’s Carla Hacken.
Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” is set to premiere at the festival. Watts stars in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming “While We’re Young,” Theodore Melfi’s “St. Vincent” with Bill Murray and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s upcoming “Birdman” with Michael Keaton.
Vallee’s “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, will also screen at Toronto, a year after “Dallas Buyers Club” premiered at the festival.
After Naomi reportedly being attached to this project for years, Jessica Chastain is now taking on the role:
Jessica Chastain to Play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s ‘Blonde’
Brad Pitt’s company Plan B is expected to produce with Worldview Entertainment
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s passion project “Blonde,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Representatives for Chastain and Worldview Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
First announced in 2010, “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 700-page novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.
Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s.
In 2001, Oates’ imagined memoir was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and the prolific author believes it may be the book for which she will be best remembered.
Dominik adapted “Blonde” on spec and his agency, CAA, will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights.
Naomi Watts in Talks to Join Matthew McConaughey in ‘Sea of Trees’
UPDATED: Director Gus Van Sant and McConaughey turned up at the festival Thursday (15th May) to talk about the project, which begins shooting this summer.
CANNES – Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Gus Van Sant’s Japan-set drama, Sea of Trees.
The news that Van Sant is planning to cast the Diana star came from the director himself, who showed up at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday with Matthew McConaughey, star of the film, to tout the project to foreign buyers. Sea of Trees, with a budget of $25 million to $28 million, is one of the biggest titles being shopped at the market this year.
Sea of Trees is the first title from Bloom, the new sales company launched May 13 by veteran foreign sales agent Alex Walton and Ken Kao. Bloom sought to further elevate the project’s profile by flying in Van Sant and McConaughey (the actor arrived Wednesday night from Los Angeles, and will depart Friday).
McConaughey, fresh off his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club and who is next in theaters in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, said the script for Sea of Trees was the best he’s read in five years. He’ll play an American who travels to Japan’s famous “Suicide Forest” with the intention of taking his own life. Instead, he decides to help a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who has become lost, and the duo set off on a reflective, and sometimes dangerous, journey to find their way out.
“It’s like [reading] a whole bunch of haikus back-to-back,” McConaughey said. “I got the chills, which doesn’t usually happen. And with Gus, I thought it was the perfect match.”
Watts would play the wife of McConaughey’s character. Their marriage is told through a series of flashbacks, Van Sant said.
“There are many different relationships in the film,” the director said. “I can only hope that it will look fantastic.”
Sea of Trees is McConaughey’s next movie and begins production in July or August. Van Sant would like to shoot in Japan. If not, he’s eyeing the Pacific Northwest (Van Sant lives in Portland).
Van Sant said he received Chris Sparling’s script from producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi). CAA and WME arranged financing and are co-repping U.S. rights. Kao, heir to the Garmin fortune, is producing and financing Sea of Trees through his Waypoint Entertainment.
McConaughey gave foreign buyers a history lesson on the Suicide Forest, which lies at the foot of Mt. Fuji. “If you go online and look for the perfect place to die, this is the place that comes up. There are even signs that say, ‘remember, you leave a family behind.'”
The actor said he is preparing for Sea of Trees by contemplating “the metaphors” provided by the script, and that the character’s “visitation with death actually gives him life.”
Watts, who received an Oscar nomination for 2012’s The Impossible, has three films in post-production: Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, comedy St. Vincent De Van Nuys and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
HOLLAND, Mich (Feb. 26, 2014) – West Michigan will serve as the set for another upcoming Hollywood movie starring “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston.
According to the Holland Sentinel, Cranston will play a serial killer in the film “Holland, Michigan,” and it will take place during Tulip Time. Actress Naomi Watts will play his wife.
Production is scheduled to start this spring, but at last check there is no word if any filming will actually take place in Holland.
Sands Shift In ‘Queen Of The Desert;’ Nicole Kidman Eyed To Replace Naomi Watts As Gertrude Bell
Looks like director Werner Herzog is going to get a new Queen Of The Desert. I’m hearing that Naomi Watts is exiting the film about the early 20th Century explorer Gertrude Bell, and that Nicole Kidman is in talks to take the plum role.
This follows a switch of the male leads earlier this year, when Jude Law departed and James Franco replaced him. Robert Pattinson also stars. Bell is the iconic explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. The story plays with the sweep of Lawrence Of Arabia, potentially, and Kidman seems a nice match for the material.
Nick Raslan is producing through his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales.
Kidman is here in Toronto where her new movie The Railway Man premiered Friday evening. That Jonathan Teplitzky-directed film, about a brutalized WWII POW who gets to confront his Japanese torturer, is considered a prime acquisition title here in the festival here. Kidman also stars in the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace Of Monaco, which The Weinstein Company releases November 27, in the head of the Oscar race. Kidman is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group.
Toronto: Naomi Watts To Star In Errol Morris-Helmed ‘Holland, Michigan’
Naomi Watts is in talks to star in Holland, Michigan, a thriller that will be directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris from a script by first time screenwriter Andrew Sodroski. The script is described as a suburban thriller with pitch black humor. Le Grisbi Productions’ John Lesher and Adam Kassan are producing and Sean Murphy will be co-producer. Production will start in April.
Watts will be seen next as Princess Diana in the Oliver Hirschbiegel-directed biopic Diana. She just wrapped the Ted Melfi-directed St. Vincent De Van Nuys with Bill Murray and the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman, the latter of which Lesher produced.
Morris is at Toronto to unveil his latest documentary, The Unknown Known and his past work includes The Thin Blue Line, Tabloid and the Oscar-winning The Fog Of War: Eleven Lessons From The Life Of Robert S. McNamara. Morris served as executive producer on Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Act Of Killing.
Lesher is currently in pre-production on the David Ayer-helmed WWII film Fury with Brad Pitt. He produced Blood Ties, Guillaume Canet’s English language debut which premiered at Cannes, and was acquired by Lionsgate. Watts is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
James Franco To Replace Jude Law In QUEEN OF THE DESERT
Werner Herzog’s biopic about Gertrude Bell, an English writer and political officer who helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in what is today Jordan as well as in Iraq has James Franco circling the role that Jude Law was going to play.
Previously scheduled to start shooting ‘in late fall of 2012‘ and then rescheduled for March shoot in Morocco with Naomi Watts, Robert Pattinson and with Jude Law attached, Herzog’s next narrative feature was on hold. Now it appears Oz the Great and Powerful himself may ride in to save the day because Law’s likely unable to participate since his scheduling window had closed.
The film has Watts set to star as famous British Intelligence female spy, while Pattison is attached to star in the film as T.E. Lawrence, the British army officer best known by his nickname Lawrence of Arabia (or should Franco take this role, we do not know yet).
The free-spirited Franco is currently filming true life crime drama True Story with Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones and will soon be seen in apocalyptic stoner comedy This Is The End.
Naomi Watts in Negotiations for Noah Baumbach Movie
Noah Baumbach once again is trying to mount his midlife-crisis-for-hipsters movie While We’re Young.
Naomi Watts is in talks to star opposite Ben Stiller, and Girls’ star Adam Driver also is in talks to join the project, which will likely shoot in the fall in New York.
The project has been on and off for Baumbach and some of its stars. Both Stiller and Driver were around in an earlier incarnation that included Greta Gerwig, but securing financing has been a consistent problem with the project. In fact, a scheduled spring shoot didn’t happen for financial reasons. But Watts’ involvement could help the filmmaker secure the coin.
Written by Baumbach, the story revolves around an uptight documentary filmmaker (Stiller) and his wife (Watts) who find their lives loosened up a bit after befriending a free-spirited younger couple. Driver would play one half of the younger couple. Amanda Seyfried’s name has surfaced as a candidate for the mate of Driver’s character.
(Other incarnations of this project have included James Franco, Cate Blanchett and Jesse Eisenberg.)
Baumbach’s frequent collaborator Scott Rudin is producing.
Watts, who will next be seen in Sunlight Jr. and Two Mothers, also has the Princess Diana biopic Diana in the can. The Aussie star is filming the Alejandro González Iñárritu comedy Birdman and has St. Vincent de Van Nuys on tap.
She is repped by CAA and manager Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment.
Driver already has a packed schedule. He is gearing up to star opposite Chris O’Dowd in Max Winkler’s adaptation of The Coward and will shoot Shawn Levy’s and Warner Brothers’ adaptation of This Is Where I Leave You in the summer, while also shooting a new season of Girls.
He is repped by Gersh.