4 September, 2014 | By Andreas Wiseman
EXCLUSIVE: Canadian, European deals for drama being teased in Toronto.
Futuristic drama Into the Forest, starring and produced by Ellen Page, has sold to Latin America (Black Castle Group), Greece (Odeon) and Turkey (Calinos) for Celsius Entertainment.
Elevation Entertainment snapped up Canadian rights from the film’s producers prior to shoot.
Page stars alongside Evan Rachel Wood, Callum Keith Rennie and Max Minghella in writer-director Patrizia Rozema’s (Mansfield Park) drama set in the not-to-distant future about two sisters who must rely on one another as society crumbles around them and their forest home.
The film recently wrapped on Vancouver Island.
Canada’s Rhombus Media and Bron Studios produce, in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and participation from Telefilm Canada.
Producers are Niv Fichman, Page, and Aaron L. Gilbert and executive producers are Sriram Das, Haroon Saleem, Steven Shapiro, Kelly Bush Novak, and Jason Cloth.
Celsius will screen selected scenes at Toronto. WME handles US.
Max Minghella and Callum Keith Rennie have joined Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in “Into the Forest,” Patricia Rozema’s thriller adapted from the novel by Jean Hegland.
The film is set to wrap filming on Aug. 28 and select scenes are set to be screened at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” is gearing up for principal photography, but before then the famed filmmaker’s got a couple of slots that seemingly need filling.
According to Collider, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence is in talks to play the film’s only female character. Interestingly enough, Amber Tambyn read that role when a scripting reading of “Hateful Eight” was held in Los Angeles earlier this year, so it’d seem she’s out.
The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider checked in with Lawrence’s reps who denied that she’s involved in the film – but, of course, that doesn’t mean she won’t end up being in it (you know how these things work, right?).
Meanwhile, Justin Kroll of Variety says he’s heard that Evan Rachel Wood (“True Blood”), new “Grey’s Anatomy” recruit Geena Davis, and Hilary Swank (“Million Dollar Baby”) have met for the movie. Can’t imagine youngsters like Evan Rachel Wood and Hilary Swank would be up for the same part as Geena Davis, but the script does only feature one main female role so…
I hope this will happen! Evan in a Tarantino movie would be amazing. What do you think about it?
He’d been rumored for several weeks, but now it’s a done deal - James Marsden is joining HBO’s Westworld pilot as a series regular.
Marsden, known for the X-Men films, along with Enchanted, Superman Returns, Anchorman 2 and more, will play Teddy Flood, reports TVLine. Based on the film from Michael Crichton, Westworld revolves around a theme park where robots help guests take part in a vivid reenactment of the wild west - before something goes wrong and those robots begin to turn on the humans.
TVLine describes Flood as “a mysterious new arrival to the small frontier town who quickly proves both his charm — and his talent with a revolver. His pursuit of a local beauty launches him on a dark odyssey.”
Marsden’s possible casting first surfaced when it was revealed that Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood had joined Westworld, which is written by Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight) and Lisa Joy, with Nolan directing the pilot. Nolan will reunite with his fellow Person of Interest executive producer J.J. Abrams for the project, who is EPing Westworld along with Jerry Weintraub and Bryan Burk.
HBO’s Westworld is flushing out its ranks, adding six cast members to the Anthony Hopkins starrer.
Inspired by Michael Crichton's 1973 film of the same name, the drama is billed as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin. Hopkins stars as Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn and complicated creative director, chief programmer and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Evan Rachel Wood portrays Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
Joining Hopkins and Wood are Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Rodrigo Santoro (Lost), Shannon Woodward (Raising Hope), Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (Twilight: Breaking Dawn — Part 2) and Simon Quarterman.
Wright will play Bernard Lowe, the brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s programming division. His keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work — creating artificial people.
Santoro (Focus’ Dominion) is set as the terrifying and brutal with a dark sense of humor Harlan Bell, Westworld’s perennial “most wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.
Woodward, marking her first regular role since Fox’s Raising Hope, is Elsie King, a sardonic rising star in the programming division charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.
Berdal will portray Armistice, a savage fighter and brutal bandit whose ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.
Sarafyan is set as Clementine Pennyfeather, one of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.
Quarterman rounds out the new additions as Lee Sizemore, the narrative director of Westworld, whose inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.
J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot’s Bryan Burk. Person of Interest's Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer, with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. Westworld hails from Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions and Kilter Films.
It’s official now! Evan just retweeted this on her Twitter account.
Another Oscar winner is coming to HBO: Anthony Hopkins has been cast in the cable drama’s TV reboot of the sci-fi classic Westworld.
The casting will mark the first potential regular TV gig for the acclaimed Silence of the Lambs and Thor actor, and continues the trend of Academy Award winners taking small-screen roles. He will be joined in the project by actress Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again, True Blood).
No, Hopkins is not playing “the Yul Brynner role.” But the descriptions for both his character and Wood’s shed some insight into the secretive project’s storyline.
Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood are set to begin work in B.C. on the feature adaptation of Jean Hegland’s acclaimed novel Into The Forest.
The movie, written and directed by Ontario’s Patricia Rozema (When Night is Falling), is scheduled to shoot from July 28 to Aug. 23 on Vancouver Island.
Into The Forest follows teen sisters Eva and Nell in the not-so-distant future as they forage through the forest that surrounds their rural home following the collapse of society.
Page, a native of Nova Scotia, is one of the producers of the Canadian film.
Just hours after the producers of 10 Things I Hate About Life went after actress Evan Rachel Wood for more $30 million for allegedly leaving their movie, the actress’ reps responded. Calling today’s lawsuit “preposterous,” Team Wood claimed this is all because the producers ran out of cash, not because the actress wouldn’t be in the film. Read the statement here:
“The lawsuit is preposterous and simply a bullying tactic from financially troubled producers. The production shut down in February 2013 when the producers ran out of money. Even after that, Evan agreed to resume production in Nov. 2013 by which time the producers said they would have cleared up their issues. However, the producers still could not get their act together, nor did they pay Evan money that was owed. Repeated subsequent promises by the producers to resume production and pay Evan also turned out to be false. Enough is enough. The producers, not Evan, have breached contract.”
Melanie Griffith has come on board true-crime movie “Facing the Wind” opposite Alessandro Nivola, Vera Farmiga and Evan Rachel Wood. Joe Berlinger will direct and produce the film along with Eliza…
Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood will be honorees at the 2014 Maui Film Festival, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event. The festival will be held June 4-8, 2014 at the Wailea Resort on Maui. All awards will be presented at the brand new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located at the Grand Wailea. Tickets and passes to tributes, films, and special events are available now.