You’re forgiven if you’re inclined to feel a bit intrigued about the idea of repopularizing real-life tales of horror in cinema not too distant in between. It even fascinated film critic Peter Debruge in his Variety review of director Anthony Maras’ Hotel Mumbai which, in large part, is aimed at erecting a tale of humanity and heroism in the face of evil.
IMR will reportedly be taking upcoming sci-fi action thriller, Freak Shift, long in development with news of its development stirring for the last several years, to Cannes for buyers. Its cast has already lined-up a batch of faithfuls in American Honey actress Sasha Lane, forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot star Alicia Vikander and actor Armie Hammer set to star.
The film reunites Hammer with Free Fire helmer Ben Wheatley who will direct the pic centered on squads of lawbreakers and misfits assigned to take out nocturnal creatures and monsters. Wheatley wrote the script with Amy Jump and will have Andrew Starke producing under their Rook Films banner with Riverstone and Film4 financing. (THR)
MINE is an action-packed military thriller starring Armie Hammer (FREE FIRE, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., THE BIRTH OF A NATION) as a U.S. soldier who, stranded after a mission goes awry, must single-handedly battle for survival against his enemies, the unforgiving desert environment, and the creeping psychological toll of his treacherous situation. The film co-stars Annabelle Wallis (ANNABELLE, THE MUMMY) and Tom Cullen (WEEKEND).
Henry Cavill (“Man of Steel”) stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie’s action adventure “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series.
Kill List helmer Ben Wheatley‘s knack for vintage classic noir thrillers and hard-boiled action flicks may suit perfectly for his latest feature film, Free Fire. The film is setting up to be his first North American set project with producer Andy Starke under their Rook Films banner with financing from Film4 while they prepare to introduce the film at the American Film Market next month.
So what’s in store? Well, for starters, a gritty crime thriller set in 1978 revolving around the story of a woman named Justine who brokers a deal at an empty warehouse between two Irish gangsters and a gang looking to sell them some guns. What could possibly go wrong? Well, with a lot of guns in a room full of criminals, what do you think? The stellar ensemble cast includes actress Olivia Wilde, and actors Cillian Murphy, Michael Smiley, Luke Evans and Armie Hammer. StudioCanal has the UK rights with William Morris Endeavor holding the rights for the U.S.
Filming is expected to commense next Spring, which should help keep Dracula Untold star Evans busy in addition to his expected appearance in the upcoming reboot of The Crow for Relativity Media. Free Fire will be his second outing with Wheatley after next years’ action sci-fi release, High Rise, while Murphy will be seen in Ron Howard’s In The Heart Of The Sea this March, with Hammer following with upcoming action comedy, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. with Henry Cavill in the summer.
Fans can also catch Evans this December in Peter Jackson’s middle Earth fantays action finale, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.