The sixten words I long to hear most: “I’m putting together a team and you’re the best in the world at what you do.”
Managing to fend off a spate of controversy a few years ago with a handover of the director’s chair to Tate Taylor, Jessica Chastain’s new assassin thriller, now Ava (formerly Eve) lives on. The official trailer is circling online ahead of an expected September 25 release from Vertical Entertainment, via theatrical and iTunes.
Production has reportedly begun on Dark Phoenix helmer Simon Kinberg’s female fronted spy thriller, 355, as announced by actress and producer Jessica Chastain. All signs here point to Paris as the starting point after recovering from the stalemate surrounding headliner Fan Bingbing’s tax evasion charges last year amid China’s crackdown on tax fraud in the industry.
Active developments toward a live-action adaptation of the hit Ubisoft game, The Division, have been stirring moreso since 2016 with the casting of actor Jake Gyllenhaal and with stunt action feature hitmaker David Leitch tapped to direct just last Spring.
Wikimedia CommonsVariety reports that Fan Bingbing (X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The White-Haired Witch Of Lunar Kingdon) will yet see her starring alongside her colleagues in the female spy ensemble, 355. The news comes just as the actress has since emerged from obscurity following a disappearance from the public for several months – part of the extensive fallout she’s faced amid China’s sprawling crackdown on tax evasion last year.
Voltage Pictures is at the American Film Market and they’re shopping upcoming action thriller, Eve. Screendaily is presenting a first look at the film with actress and producer Jessica Chastain in her reunion with The Help helmer Tate Taylor since production began in September.
Without question, director Bryan Singer has done some incredible work on the X-Men saga dating back to the early two-thousandies. Recent events and troubling revelations may or may have not dampened his prospects on the franchise – I’m not at all certain, though fans weren’t exactly keen on seeing Simon Kinberg take the mantle either. The comments at the time were, in a word, passionate.
The actress, who is set to produce 355 with Kelly Carmichael at their Freckle Films banner next to Kinberg at Kinberg Genre, spoke heavily to Deadline and cited her previous enjoyment on The Help (2011), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), with the latter being the most influential in her interest toward the new action thriller.
A24 and DIRECTV have acquired U.S. rights to the western drama, Woman Walks Ahead. The film made a strong showing for its world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival hailing from Our Kind Of Traitor helmer Susanna White.
Jessica Chastain (upcoming Painkiller Jane) leads the film from a script by Stephen Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) which takes its cues from true events. Catherine Weldon (Chastain) is a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s, who travelled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull. After some initial tension, the two strike up an improbable but deeply committed friendship, joining forces to take on the U.S. government in a pivotal battle for Native American land rights. The movie features great classical storytelling but also a completely revisionist portrait of the American West, unfolding a unique and compelling story through the eyes of an unflappable, singularly determined female protagonist and a three dimensional and deeply heroic Native American leader. The filmmakers collaborated closely with the Native American community throughout production to ensure the individuals and culture portrayed in the film were authentic and accurate.
Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp round out the cast wiyy Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Erika Olde, Richard Solomon, and Andrea Calderwood producing. The film, currently staging a national theatrical 2018 rollout in all major markets, is a Bedford Falls and Black Bicycle Entertainment production, in association with IM Global, Potboiler Productions and LipSync.
About the acquisition, A24 said, “We are incredibly excited to be bringing the Woman Walks Ahead out into the world. Susanna has crafted a rousing, deeply human film that is at once a fascinating piece of history and a remarkably relevant and gripping look at human rights and the courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in. We are so happy to be working with our amazing partners at DIRECTV to give this extraordinary film the platform and profile it deserves.”
Filmmaker Susanna White said, “I am so thrilled to have A24 release Woman Walks Ahead. They are such a creative and imaginative company and a great fit for the movie.”
CAA handled the negotiation on behalf of the filmmakers, with IM Global repping international rights on the film.
The acquisition of Woman Walks Ahead marks another exciting step in A24’s partnership with DIRECTV, which hit a new peak at the recently completed Toronto International Film Festival. The companies jointly acquired acclaimed and high-profile world premieres such as The Children Act, starring Emma Thompson and Stanley Tucci and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes On A Scandal, Iris), as well as festival favorite 1%, a gripping Australian biker gang thriller from up-and-coming filmmaker Stephen McCallum. They also closed a deal at Toronto for the electrifying thriller Hot Summer Nights, starring one the year’s biggest breakout stars, Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird).
Just a few months shy of a year since the attachment of actress Jessica Chastain, the upcoming comic book adaptation of Painkiller Jane has reportedly finalized a director in Christine Boylan. The project hails from Lotus Entertainment with Chastain producing along with Lotus’s Lenny Beckerman, Solipsist Films’ Stephen L’Heureux and 375 Pictures’ Kelly Carmichael.
The film is inspired by the gritty, edgy and sensational work of Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada from their 1996 Paperfilms publication with the title character, Jane Vasko, a tough NYC cop recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. The operation is a bust, landing her near-death and comatose until she awakens one morning with extraordinary abilities that give her an indestructible advantage as she seeks vengenace against those who nearly ended her life.
Other iterations of the comic followed including Syfy’s live-action TV movie in 2005 and series run in 2007.
Painkiller Jane, Boylan’s feature debut at the helm, will mark another foray into action for Chastain who carried her share of the fight scenery in Cedric Nicolas-Troyan’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Boylan’s resumè enlists prolific writing and producing credits include hit series like Once Upon A Time and Castle, as well as upcoming Netflix series, The Punisher. (Deadline)
THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR Comes Home In The U.S. On DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Ultra HD And Digital HD This August
The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.