It’s not Too Late for John Hawkes; Nicole Kidman takes a bite out of The Family Fang; Sean Bean climbs Devil’s Peak and Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson go from Unknown to Non-Stop.
1. Oscar-nominee John Hawkes will take the lead in Too Late, a new drama from Dennis Hauck.
Too Late will be Hauck’s debut as a director (he also wrote the script) and the non-linear film follows “the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator (Hawkes) and the missing woman he’s hired to help find.”
The cast will be rounded out by Rider Strong, Natalie Zea, Dichen Lachman, Brett Jacobsen and legendary fimmaker Peter Bogdanovich. Hawkes also has the Elmore adaptation Switch on the way – the Jackie Brown ‘prequel’ co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Dennis Quaid.
I can’t imagine that Too Late is going to bust blocks at the box office, but it might just do well on the festival circuit.
2. Nicole Kidman will take the lead in the adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s novel The Family Fang.
According to Deadline:
“The Family Fang is about a couple of performance artists who routinely sucked their kids into taking part in a variety of bizarre events. When the full-grown children return home in a state of crisis, they are unwittingly enlisted to help in the execution of a daring and mysterious final performance by their parents, who are hellbent on achieving the act of a lifetime. Their kids harbor more than a little resentment and blame the performance art for how badly their own lives have turned out.”
Kidman will produce the film and David Lindsay-Abaire, the writer the actress’ Rabbit Hole will adapt the script.
According to Variety:
“Bean will portray Detective Benny Griessel, the protagonist of the thriller series that begins with Devil’s Peak. Other entries include 13 Hours and 7 Days.”
The plan is for Devil’s Peak to shoot in South Africa in September. Producer Malcolm Kohll said:
“I believe that Deon Meyer will do for the South African thriller what Stieg Larsson did for the Scandinavian crime novel.”
Well, if it’s not a franchise then it’s just not worth it.
The action film sees Neeson play an Air-Marshall who must stop a threat onboard a flight. Producer Joel Silver will handle the money of the film which sounds a bit like his 1993 Kurt Russell and Steven Seagal team-up Executive Decision.
It looks like Neeson is still the go-to-guy for middle-age action.
That’s it for now. See you at the movies.