Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and Matthew Fox (Lost) have joined the Western film Bone Tomahawk, alongside previously announced cast members Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins. The film starts on Monday in southern California and is written and directed by novelist and first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler.
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Ever wonder what it would be like if Ron Burgundy had gone to space in the 1970s?
That’s the general vibe of the trailer for Space Station 76, which stars Patrick Wilson as the mustachioed, hard-drinking captain of Omega 76, a groovy space station that is turned upside down when the new assistant captain turns out to be a… woman (Liv Tyler).
The film’s vision of the future cleverly samples from B-movies and sci-fi television of that era, and its melodrama, which includes crumbling marriages, affairs, and petty jealousies, may have been cribbed from your favorite classic soap.
Veteran TV actor Jack Plotnick co-wrote and directed, recruiting actor friends to improv and workshop the scenes until a developed film took shape. The film debuted at SXSW earlier this year, and though Sony hasn’t yet announced its release and VOD plans, EW has the exclusive trailer. READ FULL STORY
• Patrick Wilson (Jack Strong), Jessica Biel (The Truth About Emanuel), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) have joined the cast of Andy Goddard‘s (Set Fire to the Stars) upcoming untitled Patricia Highsmith film. The upcoming thriller is based off Highslith’s novel The Blunderer. Set in 1960s New York, the novel follows Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a successful architect who lives the perfect life with his wife, Clara (Biel). Stackhouse’s life slips into chaos, however, when he becomes fascinated with an unsolved murder that forces him into contact with a killer (Jones) and an ambitious detective. READ FULL STORY
• Patrick Wilson continues to surprise. After guest starring in one of Girls‘ most talked about episodes and appearing in the modestly budgeted box office smash The Conjuring, Wilson is set to go the superhero route. He’s reportedly signed on to appear in Marvel’s Ant-Man for director Edgar Wright. There are no details on his role yet. Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas are starring in the film about a biochemist who discovers a formula that allows him to shrink to the size of an ant. Disney has already set a July 31, 2015, release. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
Universal Pictures will no longer be releasing director Joe Carnahan’s low-budget action comedy, Stretch, in wide release this March as initially planned. As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the studio opted out of its initial plans to distribute the film starring Patrick Wilson nationwide — an endeavor that can cost upwards of $30 million in marketing costs — after seeing the finished product.
According to the trade paper, and confirmed by EW, Carnahan and his producer Jason Blum tried shopping the under-$5 million movie to other studios looking for a wide release. When none of the other studios bit on the expansive release strategy the producers wanted for the film described as “cool, offbeat and little,” the film-making team returned to Universal where Blum houses his production company.
Now, the film, whose tone one source compared to an After Hours or Get Him to the Greek, will likely receive an alternative release strategy that could involve a partnership with a Netflix or other direct-to-video partner. In Stretch, Wilson, who also starred in Blum’s Insidious franchise, plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult billionaire client (Chris Pine) in his stretch limousine for a night of increasingly dangerous events. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ray Liotta and Ed Helms also appear in the movie.
Blum, who gained significant notoriety in recent years for his hit low-budget series Paranormal Activity, has parlayed his films’ successes into a new producing strategy where each film is capped at a $5 million budget. Such flexibility gives Blum and his filmmakers more autonomy when making movies and less pressure to turn a profit. For example, The Purge, made for $3 million, opened in June and grossed $89 million worldwide. (A sequel is due this June.) Another Blum film, Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem, only made a bit over $1 million theatrically, but did well in its video-on-demand window and was still profitable because of its $1.5 million budget.
Still, Universal’s decision to bail on its initial wide-release strategy casts a pall over the film, one Carnahan (The A-Team and The Grey) tried to rectify Tuesday evening on Twitter. The director declined to comment to EW, as did Universal, but you can read Carnahan’s Twitter rant below.
• Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]
Director James Wan is having a busy year. His period-piece horror film The Conjuring opens in July. His Fast & Furious movie opens next July. In between those two movies, he’s releasing Insidious: Chapter 2, the sequel to 2011’s ridiculously profitable spooky-family thriller. The trailer for the sequel just hit the web. And it is crazy. Like, there are a lot of things popping out of a lot of places, and Patrick Wilson is looking more than a little unhinged. And look! It’s that Iron Man 3 kid again! Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Chris Pine reunites with 'Smokin' Aces' director; Plus, Will Smith, Christoph Waltz, Zach Braff's Kickstarter movie, and more
• In the midst of the frenzy surrounding the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, Chris Pine has revealed where he’ll boldly go next. EW has confirmed that Pine will appear in comedic thriller Stretch, a project that reunites the actor with Joe Carnahan, who directed one of Pine’s earliest films, 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will star in the new film as a down-on-his-luck chauffeur who drives around a mysterious billionaire to get rid of his debt. Details on Pine’s role have not yet been revealed. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY
Director James Wan’s follow-up to 2011’s smash hit Insidious looks to feature a similar atmosphere of old-school bump-in-the-night horror. The new trailer for this summer’s The Conjuring focuses on true-life investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), who investigate a freaky house where freaky things happened. “It’s not a haunting. It’s not a possession,” the trailer explains. Whatever “it” is, it seems to include lots of scary faces, hanging bodies, and at least one terrifying use of a music box. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
• Katherine Heigl and Patrick Wilson will play spouses in the dark comedy North of Hell. Wilson will play a successful business man, and Heigl, his controlling wife. Anthony Burns (Skateland) is set to write and direct. Heigl hasn’t really been on the scene much since 2012’s One for the Money, but she has a number of films in the pipeline, including The Big Wedding (out April 26) with Robert De Niro, Amanda Seyfried, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, and Robin Williams, and the animated flick The Nut Job. Wilson has a number of projects coming up as well, including The Conjuring (out July 19) and Insidious: Chapter 2. As far as we know, none of them will feature Wilson playing ping-pong with Lena Dunham. [Deadline]
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