• Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams will play Prohibition Era lovers (or, potential mates) in Ezekiel Moss. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been attached to direct the pic for some time off of Keith Bunin’s Black List script. The story revolves around Iris (Adams) a widower who runs a boarding house to support her son Joel in a small, religious town. She falls for a drifter, Gyllenhaal’s Ezekiel Moss, who can “channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead.” [THR]
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What starts as a simple vanity quest turns sinister when a low-key history professor spots his mirror image in a film and eventually tracks him down. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on double duty as the actor and professor in director Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Based on Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s novel The Double, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini round out Villeneuve’s cast as the women in the lives of the lookalikes.
Check out Jeff Labrecque’s interview with Villeneuve, and watch the hypnotizing, minimalist trailer after the jump.
Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp
When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.
Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?
Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.
Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer or perhaps even to 2015.
According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.
Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.
Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.
Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.
The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.
Casting Net: Jake Gyllenhaal in talks for boxing pic; Plus, Christopher Walken to play Lenny Kravitz's dad, more
• Jake Gyllenhaal, who has been widely praised for his recent performance in Prisoners, is in talks to team up with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for the boxing pic Southpaw. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was hired to write the script, which tells the story of a disgraced title-winning fighter who tries to rehabilitate his image for the sake of his daughter. Eminem was attached to the role at one point. [The Wrap]
You don’t need a detective to figure out the biggest winner at the box office this weekend. Prisoners, the R-rated thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, brought in an estimated $21.4 million, easily beating second-place finisher Insidious Chapter 2 ($14.5 million) and blowing away the weekend’s only other new wide release, Battle of the Year ($5 million). READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie; Plus, 'Gone Girl' still trying to find its girl, more
• There’s a new Lamb brother in town. Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) has joined the cast of the Veronica Mars movie as Dan Lamb, Sheriff Don’s (Michael Muhney) brother. In the Kickstarter update announcing the news, creator and director Rob Thomas traced his interest in O’Connell back to the movie Pirahna. “The performance in that movie that I couldn’t get over was Jerry O’Connell’s take on an amoral, coked up and soon-to-be penis-less smut peddler. I just kept wanting to get back to scenes of Jerry chewing scenery.” O’Connell even recorded a video for fans on the shoot. Welcome to Neptune, Sheriff Dan.
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Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.
On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.
Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”
It’s tough to watch the trailer for Prisoners and not immediately be reminded of Give Us All Our Daughters Back, a parody preview that aired on SNL last fall. Like that fake movie, this real one is a revenge tale that stars a murderers’ row of big-name stars — including Hugh Jackman as the devoted family man driven to the end of his rope when his daughter is kidnapped, Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who promises to find the girl, and Viola Davis as a stoic mother and Jackman’s friend, whose child is also missing. You can predict what’s coming after about 30 seconds of footage: ominous music, Jackman screaming “WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER,” the supposed kidnapper (Paul Dano) sitting bound and gagged in a quiet suburban home.
Then again, considering the level of talent involved — Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo also star — Prisoners could very well be more like In the Bedroom than Taken. And give that Gyllenhaal’s character is named Detective Loki, it’s also likely that the film has a few tricks up its sleeves.
The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.
The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)
If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.
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• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, which finally hits theaters on October 18. [THR]
• James Franco is continuing his auteur tour, and may sign on to star in Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Queen of the Desert about Gertrude Bell, the turn of the 20th century British adventurer. Jude Law was attached to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The report says that Ridley Scott may also have a Gertrude Bell in the works that Angelina Jolie is interested in. There is no word yet on which actress would play Bell in Herzog’s version. [Deadline]
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