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The Oscar-nominated actor will also produce the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s upcoming novel To Die in Vienna under his production company Nine Stories.
Freddie Makin, a civilian surveillance contractor in Vienna, has been watching a Chinese academic named Jiang Cheng for the past year. When Freddie interrupts a break-in at his apartment, the intruder escapes, only to return to try and kill him. Now Freddie has to figure out who is trying to kill him and why, all while hiding the past that he’s been running away from.
Josh McLaughlin is set to replace Jim Burke as President of Production at Focus Features, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. Rather than hire an executive from outside the company, Focus decided to promote from within.
While most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.
The Sundance Film Festival has reached its halfway point and the sales market has been brisk thanks to streaming giants like Amazon and Netflix, who as expected, have been as active as anyone in Park City.
A brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.
When a malicious cyber attack against U.S. Space Command forces the President-Elect and the outgoing President into the Situation Room hours before the Inauguration ceremony, the rival Presidents and their National Security teams work with and against each other to determine who is responsible for the attack and how to respond before it’s too late.
The 2016 time-traveling romance graphic novel Patience by Daniel Clowes has been acquired by Focus Features for a big-screen adaptation. Clowes will adapt his own work for the film, which was originally published by Fantagraphics this past March.
The hot spec Hummingbird from writer John McClain is hitting the market with production company Broken Road leading the way. The project already has Marcus Kryler and Frederick Akerstrom attached to direct and actor Shailene Woodley interested in starring.
Updated 09.02.16: Mark Townend’s high-concept sci-fi action thriller, pitched as Looper meets Safe House, continues to burn up the market ahead of the holiday weekend, with Screen Gems, Legendary Pictures, and AG Capital being the latest to take a closer look at what has become one of the summer’s hottest specs.
Set during the Civil War, a young girl from an all-female Confederate boarding school comes across an injured Union soldier. The school takes him in to help him recover, but he cons his way into their hearts and the women start to fight with him and each other for his attention.
Sofia Coppola will write, direct, and produce a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood Civil War romance. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning are attached to star in what will be Coppola’s first feature film since her 2013 fame-obsessed crime drama The Bling Ring.
Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout Sofia Boutella is circling Focus Features’ spy thriller The Coldest City. John Wick co-director David Leitch is helming from a script by Kurt Johnstad, who adapted the graphic novel of the same name.
James McAvoy will be joining the Charlize Theron-led drama, which centers on two spies during the Cold War, just days before the fall of the Berlin wall. Both of the operatives hunt for a list detailing the names of Cold War spies, on both sides, before it gets into enemy hands.