Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan to star in Sleepless Night; Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous 6 finds new life; Selma’s star and director plan to reteam; Brad Pitt may star in Angelina Jolie’s next film; new release dates for Goosebumps and Concussion; and the animated movie Spark adds more voice actors.
Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) are set to star in the upcoming thriller Sleepless Night.
The film is a loose adaptation of the French film Nuit Blanche, about a corrupt cop’s desperate attempt to rescue his son from gangsters. In this American version, Foxx will play the cop and Monaghan will play an Internal Affairs agent hot on his heels.
The premise might not be entirely original, but with Foxx and Monaghan onboard, Sleepless Night is sure to gather some attention. Baran bo Odar, a Swedish filmmaker whose prior work mostly includes low budget thrillers, will direct the film.
Adam Sandler has found a star-studded cast for Ridiculous 6, his first film with Netflix.
The cast will include tons of familiar faces, both to Sandler fans and film fans in general. Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Black Shelton, Will Forte, Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi and even Vanilla Ice are among the names attached to the film, which hopes to start shooting later this month.
Not much is known about the Ridiculous 6 as of yet, but reports suggest the film will put a comedic spin on The Magnificent Seven concept. Given Sandler’s strong fan base, Ridiculous 6 could be a major hit for Netflix and the start of something big for them in the film production world.
Source: The Wrap
David Oyelowo is in early negotiations to reteam with his Selma director Ava DuVernay.
The two are looking to use Hurricane Katrina as the backdrop for their next film, which will reportedly feature a romance and murder mystery. In addition to starring, Oyelowo will also produce the film.
Oyelowo and DuVernay have seemingly built a strong working relationship since working on Middle of Nowhere and then this year’s Selma. And with the latter film earning rave reviews for both, it’s no wonder they want to keep going.
Brad Pitt may star in Africa, the in-development fourth feature from Angelina Jolie.
It may seem like a done deal given Jolie and Pitt’s relationship, but no one involved with the film has yet to comment. If Pitt does sign on, he will play archaeologist Richard Leakey, who gained fame in the ‘80s for his staunch defense of elephant poaching.
Even if Pitt doesn’t sign on, Africa looks to be another awards contender for actor-turned-director Jolie. The story itself is one worth the telling, and the film features a script by Forrest Gump scribe and Oscar winner, Eric Roth (with high profile cinematographer Roger Deakins set to make the movie his second collaboration with Jolie after Unbroken).
Source: The Wrap
Goosebumpsand Concussion have nabbed new, hopefully more appealing release dates.
Goosebumps was most recently set to arrive in April 2016, but has now been moved up to October 16th, 2015, which might help its (family-friendly) horror appeal. The film loosely adapts the popular Goosebumps book series of the ‘90s with Jack Black playing a version of author R.L. Stine.
Next up, Will Smith’s concussion drama, the aptly titled Concussion, has targeted Christmas Day 2015 for its release. Ridley Scott was originally set to direct the film, but Peter Landesman (Kill the Messenger) has since stepped in.
Source: Box Office Mojo
Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have signed on to lend their voices to the animated feature Spark.
The film will follow a teenage monkey, a fox, and a warthog, as they try to retake their planet from a general. Swank will voice a noble queen according to reports, and Sarandon will play a robot nanny.
The two celebrated actresses will join a cast that already includes Jessica Biel and Jace Norman, on a project that hopes to hit theaters some time next year. Aaron Woodley, who delivered the moderately successful The Nut Job, will direct.
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