Lin Oeding, whose action design and stunt credits include Ant-Man, The Equalizer, Straight Outta Compton and Inception, is set to helm Office Uprising. The genre pic is due to begin production in Alabama at the end of November. The Exchange is handling international sales.
Office Uprising stars Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe).
Written by Ian Shorr (Splinter) and Peter Gamble Robinson, it’s the story of an underachiever working at a major weapons manufacturing firm who finds that his co-workers have been “weaponized” by a new energy drink designed for the military. He must then set off to rescue his one true love from an office building full of psychotic coworkers armed with tomorrow’s deadliest tech.
Producers are Giulia Prenna, Jim Steele and. Sean Lydiard. Thwaites is an exec producer, and Dan Spilo is co-EP.
Oeding’s recent helming credits include two episodes of Syfy’s Blood Drive and NBC’s Chicago P.D., as well as upcoming features Braven starring Jason Momoa.
‘Here Comes the Night’ helmers Peter Kline and Pete Shanel will direct the project, which Paradigm is selling at TIFF.
Jeffrey Tambor, Emma Roberts and Jane Levy will star in indie Four Seasons, a unique story told in four chapters, corresponding to each season.
The project, which Paradigm is selling at the Toronto International Film Festival, is a New York-based story chronicling the dissolution of the Music family, following a divorce. Walter (Tambor), a successful public radio host, is separating from his alcoholic wife, and at the same time dealing with his troubled daughter (Roberts). His son, Stephen, tries to start a new life in Los Angeles with his girlfriend Ashley (Levy) but is pulled back into the family discord.
Peter Kline and Pete Shanel (Here Comes the Night) will direct based on their own script. Christian Taylor of Taylor Lane Productions is producing the project.
Tambor stars in Amazon’s hit series Transparent and won a Golden Globe for his work on the show. His upcoming films include The Accountant with Ben Affleck and voice work in the animated Trolls. He is repped by Gersh and Burstein Company.
Roberts was most recently seen in the thriller Nerve, which came out this summer. She stars on the hit FX series Scream Queens, which will return for its second season this year. Her upcoming films include Billionaire Boys Club, with Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton and Kevin Spacey. She is repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment.
Levy starred in the hit horror-thriller Don’t Breathe, which is currently in theaters. Her upcoming projects include Paramount’s Monster Trucks with Lucas Till and Rob Lowe. She is repped by Gersh and Sloane, Offer.
“Don’t Breathe” became the latest in a string of hit horror movies over the weekend, while the indie romance “Southside With You” bested the boxing drama “Hands of Stone.”
Between back-to-school activities and vacations, mid-to-late August can be a time for studios to offload dreck. (See: “Ben-Hur.” Or don’t.) But “Don’t Breathe,” released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, received reviews from top critics that were 94 percent positive, according to Rotten Tomatoes,expanding the movie’s appeal beyond the core horror crowd. “Don’t Breathe,” from the Uruguayan writer-director Fede Alvarez, took in about $26.1 million at North American cinemas.
With a social-media-focused sales effort that started in March, “we really treated this film as an experience that you needed to see on the big screen,” Josh Greenstein, Sony’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution, said by phone on Sunday. Mr. Greenstein noted that Sony has now turned three low-budget summer films into moneymakers, with “The Shallows,” a horror movie, and the animated “Sausage Party” as the other two.
(Sony’s big-budget “Ghostbusters,” on the other hand, not so much.)
“Don’t Breathe,” which cost about $9.8 million to make, pushed “Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros.) into second place, ending that supervillain film’s three-week run at No. 1. “Suicide Squad” took in about $12.1 million over the weekend, for a new domestic total of $282.9 million, according to comScore, which compiles box office data. Worldwide, “Suicide Squad” has now taken in $636 million, according to Warner.[…]
(Source The New York Times)
Filled with 88 minutes of heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat thrills, Fede Alvarez‘s “Don’t Breathe” puts a unique spin on the horror genre, placing three young burglars at the mercy of a blind war veteran.
The horror pic had a special screening at the Silent Movie Theatre on Sunday, bringing out stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto, and the blind man himself, Stephen Lang.
“I never conceived of him as a horror figure or villain,” Lang said. “I saw him as a guy who was close to the brink of despair and was fighting for his own form of survival. So when that world gets invaded I think he takes a stand.”
Lang said he found a connection with his character, who has been brutalized mentally and spiritually. “I wanted a chance to defend the character and be an advocate for the character and in so doing you can add depth to what might be perceived as a heinous villain,” he said.
With the flood of haunted house-themed, run-of-the-mill horror films, Alvarez wanted to create a movie that didn’t fit mainstream standards.
“It’s very scary when you work in the real world, when you’re not in the fantasy world with ghosts. Here, there’s an antagonist that has a real reason for doing what he does,” Alvarez said. “Villains are just evil. With this guy, in the first half of the movie you understand why he wants to get them.”
The film, set to bow in theaters on Aug. 26, premiered at South by Southwest.
‘Twin Peaks’ revival reveals star-studded cast
The revival of the cult classic television show Twin Peaks revealed its packed cast list Monday.
Including returning actors such as Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, the Showtime series boasts a whopping 217 cast members, from Michael Cera, Jim Belushi, Amanda Seyfried and Naomi Watts to fellow ’90s nostalgia star David Duchovny of the recently revived X-Files.
Other cast members include Monica Bellucci, Ashley Judd, Jane Levy, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Matthew Lillard, Trent Reznor, Sky Ferreira and Eddie Vedder.
Helmed by series creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, the series takes place 25 years after the original 1990 show, in which the residents of a quiet northwestern town were stunned when homecoming queen Laura Palmer was murdered.
The principal photography for Twin Peaks has just wrapped, according to a Showtime press release. Directed entirely by Lynch, the series will premiere in 2017 on-air, on demand and over the Internet.
(Source USA Today)