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Disney Picks Up Fairy-Tale Comedy ‘Happily Ever After’ for Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Disney is taking a comedic look at the fairy-tale genre.
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The studio has picked up Happily Ever After, a pitch from Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, that has Reese Witherspoon attached to star.
Witherspoon is also on board to produce with her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea. John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment is also producing.
The idea is to catch up with a prince and princess about 10 years after they have ridden off into the sunset for their “happily ever after.” The couple discovers that even in fairy-tale land, you have to work to keep your relationship and your life together.
The studio’s Kristin Burr and Erin Westerman will oversee the project.
The Happily deal was two years in the making
The idea for it was generated by at Smart Entertainment’s head of production, Zac Unterman. Jacobs and Unterman approached Khan with the idea; they knew the writer from working on American Dad for many years. The three developed together into a great pitch, which they then took to Witherspoon. After some more honing, they then took it to Burr and Westerman who sparked to it and set the project up.
Unterman will act as an exec producer.
Happily brings Witherspoon back into the fold of the studio that made her 2002 hit romantic comedy, Sweet Home Alabama. The actress is in pre-production on Wild, Fox Searchlight’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir. (Witherspoon is starring and producing via Pacific Standard the Jean-Marc Vallee drama.)
Khan worked on American Dad! as a writer and executive story editor before going on to create Apartment 23, the ABC comedy that starred Krysten Ritter. She is also writing and executive producing an animated untitled Russell Brand project for FOX.
Smart was a producer on Beverly Hills Chihuahua for Disney and is involved with the sequel to Ted, Seth McFarlane’s hit comedy, and Blumhouse’s new thriller, The Boy Next Door, starring Jennifer Lopez.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson. Khan is repped by WME.
Reese attended the Toronto Film Festival last night for the world premiere of her new movie Devil’s Knot. She was joined by her director Atom Egoyan, and co-star Colin Firth, Stephen Moyer and Mirielle Enos. Reese wowed on the red carpet wearing a Jason Wu print dress with a low v-neck, a Jason Wu ‘Karlie’ clutch, and green Jimmy Choo ‘Anouk’ heels. She looks fabulous! Over 90 HQ photos from the red carpet and after-party are up in our Gallery for your viewing pleasure.
Reese’s make-up artist Mai Quynh talked In Style through the products she used to give Reese such a fresh face for the night here. Toronto Life also have a few additional pics from the event. Finally, further down this post are a few reviews of the film – as you can read, they are mixed. I particularly liked the one from Variety about Reese’s performance.
• Toronto Film Festival – “Devil’s Knot” Premiere x88
• Toronto Film Festival – SodaStream Presents The Worldview Party At Live At The Hive x4
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Reese will be at the Toronto Film Festival to premiere Devil’s Knot!
TIFF 2013: Sandra Bullock, Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet among stars coming to Toronto
The glitterati will be out in full force for the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Dozens of high-profile filmmakers and actors will attend the festival, and there are superstars in the mix — Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender among them.
From Jennifer Aniston to Kevin Zegers, the A-to-Z of movie stars expected to visit Toronto includes Maria Bello, Annette Bening, Josh Brolin, Pierce Brosnan, Nicolas Cage, Glenn Close, Alice Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Idris Elba, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Jennifer Garner, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Jessica Lange, Jude Law, Matthew McConaughey, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Clive Owen, Daniel Radcliffe, Keanu Reeves, Alan Rickman, Tim Robbins, Isabella Rosselini, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and many more.
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Reese’s new movie Devil’s Knot will be premiereing at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, and Reese is scheduled to attend to promote the movie there!
Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiled the first round of titles set to premiere in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival®.
“This first round of films offers a taste of the powerhouse lineup at this year’s Festival,” said Handling. “These are the works that will have everyone talking because they capture the mood of the times. They will captivate, excite and entertain the global film community and audiences alike.”
“An unparalleled calibre of international talent will illuminate the city for 11 spectacular days, to descend on the hottest red carpets representing productions from across the globe including South Africa, France, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Germany, USA, and the United Kingdom,” said Bailey.
The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2013.
Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan, USA World Premiere
A haunting true mystery about the infamous killing of three children in a small Arkansas town. The police charge and convict three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, for committing the murders during an alleged satanic ritual, but a mother and investigator suspect that the truth may be even worse. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan and Stephen Moyer.
Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Wild’
Reese Witherspoon is set to star in “Wild” for Fox Searchlight, which has acquired worldwide rights to scribe Nick Hornby’s (“An Education”, “High Fidelity”) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller.
Pic will be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Fox Searchlight’s Claudia Lewis and David Greenbaum will oversee the project.
Strayed’s book recounts how she hiked 1,000 miles alone on the Pacific Crest Trail following years of destructive behavior in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage and her mother’s death.
The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place.
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring ‘Wild’ to the screen,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on ‘Wild.’”
Casting Director Seeks Talent for Reese Witherspoon Feature
The upcoming Reese Witherspoon feature “Three Little Words” has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned.
Witherspoon is set to play the lead in the upcoming film based on the memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. The book chronicled Rhodes-Courter’s traumatic childhood in foster care and her turbulent relationship with her biological mother.
James Mangold, who worked with Witherspoon on “Walk The Line,” is set to direct.
With the production planning a September start, Los Angeles-based Sheila Jaffe Casting will be tasked with filling out the cast.
Universal Wins Auction For ‘Don’t Mess With Texas;’ Spec Teams Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara
After a spirited bidding battle, Universal has just closed a deal for Don’t Mess With Texas, a comedy spec by John Quaintance & David Feeney that will make for an onscreen pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Modern Family‘s Sophia Vergara. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard banner along with Dana Fox. Vergara will be co-producer. Fox is the scripter of such features as What Happens In Vegas, and also the exec producer of the Ben And Kate, the just-canceled Fox series where Quaintance & Feeney were writers. Don’t Mess With Texas is on a fast track, with plans to begin production March, 2014.
Pic is a female driven comedy about a cop and a prisoner on the run in Texas, with crooked cops in hot pursuit. Witherspoon is coming off the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, and she will star alongside Keanu Reeves in Passengers, the sci-fi film that was bought by The Weinstein Company at Cannes. She will next be seen starring in the Atom Egoyan-directed drama Devil’s Knot about the West Memphis 3 case, and she’ll next star for Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360. Besides the hit ABC series Modern Family, Vergara most recently starred in The Three Stooges, with Machete Kills upcoming. She’s repped by CAA, Latin World Entertainment and Untitled. Fox is repped by WME, Quaintance by CAA and Art/Work, and Feeney by UTA.
Mud will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on August 6th. It will follow in the UK on September 2nd.
The US special features are as follows (but may change):
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio commentary with Writer/Director Jeff Nichols
“A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud” featurette
“The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud” featurette
“Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas” featurette
“The Snake Pit: The Slithering Costars of Mud” featurette
Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain among the front-runners to play Hillary Clinton in Rodham
Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon are among actresses being considered to portray the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Rodham – about the younger years of the former First Lady and senator – is due out some time around the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton might be a canditate. It will focus on 1974, when she was a Washington lawyer.
Among those in the running to play the 26-year-old Clinton are Amanda Seyfried, who starred in Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson, most recently seen playing Janet Leigh in Hitchcock.
Rodham director James Ponstoldt said: “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”
“Regardless of people’s political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that.”
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The Hollywood Reporter have a new still from The Devil’s Knot, showing Reese and Alessandro Nivola (I think?) in a worried embrace.
There is also a new Facebook page for the film, which teases that they are expecting to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September!
Cannes: Reese Witherspoon Stars in ‘Devil’s Knot’
With the Cannes Film Festival nearing the finishing stretch, the independent film business is turning its attention to the fall festival circuit. One title that’s likely to make an appearance is Atom Egoyan’s much-anticipated Devil’s Knot, loosely based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 nonfiction book about the infamous West Memphis Three case.
From Worldview Entertainment, the crime thriller stars Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993. Alessandro Nivola plays Terry Hobbs, her husband and Steve’s stepfather. Colin Firth also stars.
The notorious case sparked national headlines when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. After new forensic evidence was put forth and the case became a cause celebre, the three were released after serving 18 years.
CAA is selling North American rights to Devil’s Knot, while The Weinstein Co. is handling international sales. Producers are Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, Clark Peterson and Worldview CEO Christopher Woodrow. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan are executive producing.
View The Hollywood Reporter’s exclusive image from the film above.
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