JEN YAMATO | Monday June 23, 2014 The genre arm of IFC has acquired North American rights to Outpost 37, an action sci-fi thriller starring Joe Reegan, Rick Ravanello and Matthew Holmes. Director Jabbar Raisani makes his feature helming debut after serving as a VFX pro on Predators, Machete, Fright Night, and HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Film follows a documentary crew tracking a group of elite soldiers after an alien invasion who reach the world’s most dangerous outpost only to discover that the first wave was just the beginning. Raisani and Blake Clifton wrote the pic which was produced by Laurie Cook, Jason Newmark and Trevor Engelson for Bigscope Films. Michael Sackler, Julia Godzinskaya and Sophie Vickers are executive producers for Ravens Nest Entertainment alongside Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall for Altitude Film Entertainment. Sundance Selects/IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco and Sean Berney negotiated the deal with Altitude Film Sales’ Mike Runagall on behalf of the filmmakers.
By JEN YAMATO | Monday June 23, 2014 EXCLUSIVE: Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) has tapped Spanish helmer Carles Torrens to direct Visceral, a thriller with a story line that’s being kept tightly under wraps. Writer Brant Hughes brought the pitch to Solipsist, whose Stephen L’Heureux helped develop the project. Torrens got the gig after impressing with his Spanish-language horror feature Apartment 143 and LA International Short Film Festival entry Sequence. L’Heureux is producing Visceral, which is eyeballed as a $10M-15M range production and will be filmed in New England. Torrens is repped by UTA, Underground, and Cohen Gardner and Hughes is repped by Zero Gravity.
06/20/2014 by Rebecca Ford | The Hollywood Reporter Billy Zane has joined the cast of indie Supreme Ruler, starring Ron Livingston. Marking the feature directorial debut of Duane Edwards, Supreme Ruler also will star Natalie Zea, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Geraghty. The drama with comedic sensibilities follows a small-town man (Livingston) who dreams of becoming “Supreme Ruler” of his local Buffalo Lodge, but is challenged by a hard-drinking womanizer (D’Onofrio). The two adversaries are forced to travel to the Buffalo National Convention in Chicago in order to win the support of the organization’s national leaders. Zane will play Peter Culpepper, Livingston’s boss at Midwest Real Estate. Stephen L’Heureux is producing via his Solipsist Films banner with Edwards co-producing. The project will begin shooting in Chicago in the fall. Zane, whose recent films include Ghost of Goodnight Lane and The Ganzfeld Haunting, is repped by Underground and Popular Press Media Group. Edwards is repped by UTA and Solipsist by CAA.
By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Tuesday June 10, 2014 On the heels of unveiling an expansive slate of video game adaptations, drama, comedy, reality, animation and event series, I’ve learned that xBox Studios has put another project in development, scripted comedy East Of Exurbia. Written by Nick Kreiss and Ian Wolterstorff, the project revolves around three guys who try to build a bastion of bro-fueled debauchery in a house that happens to be situated on top of a magical portal to other worlds. The show, inspired by “one of the worst roommate stories ever told,” which originally appeared on BroBible.com, comes from Five All in the Fifth Entertainment and Avalon, with Five All’s Doug Banker and Avalon’s David Martin and Dan Lubetkin executive producing. Kreiss, Wolterstorff and Banker are repped by CAA and Underground, Avalon is repped by Gersh.
By Robert Chan | June 4, 2014 | Yahoo TV One of the changes on Hemlock Grove this season is that Shelley, the outwardly monstrous daughter (experiment?) of the Godfrey clan, has been recast with actress Madeleine Martin (Californication). Or maybe just “cast” would be better since in the first season, she was played by a variety of actors and stand-ins. As you can see in the above photo, she still looks much like she did last season, but she’s not as covered up and hunched over. In fact, thanks to special effects, we’ll be seeing more of Shelley than ever. Yahoo TV spoke with Martin about taking on the role, what Shelley will be up to this season, and why she didn’t even watch the first season of the Netflix series. We also talked with new showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee about why Shelley was recast, why she’s the “beating heart of Hemlock Grove,” and what the rest of the cast has to look forward to this season. When we last saw Shelley, she took two shotgun blasts to the chest and still made it back for Season 2. How does it feel to play a lady Terminator? Martin: [Laughs] That might be my favorite way anyone’s ever put it! … Read More