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Reese Witherspoon, Lionsgate Teaming on Fantasy Trilogy ‘The Outliers’
Lionsgate has acquired feature film rights to Kimberly McCreight’s upcoming trilogy “The Outliers” with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing.
Lionsgate touted the deal as marking another move into becoming a dominant player the young-adult genre following the successes of “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.”
Story centers on a young woman who’s best friend goes missing and turns up in a remote spot in the woods with a group called the Outliers, who claim to be able to harness “intuition” and turn it into a powerful psychological weapon. She joins the Outliers but soon finds herself running for her life.
HarperCollins acquired North American publishing rights to McCreight’s upcoming trilogy earlier this year. The first book in the series will be published in late 2015. McCreight’s debut novel “Reconstructing Amelia” appeared on the New York Times hardbound bestseller list the first week after publication.
Witherspoon and Papandrea are producing through their Pacific Standard shingle. Lieberman and Hoberman are producing through their Mandeville Films banner, under which they produced Summit Entertainment’s “Warm Bodies” along with Papandrea.
“Warm Bodies” took in $117 million worldwide last year.
Erik Feig and Meredith Milton will oversee the project for the studio. Laura Cray will oversee the project on behalf of Mandeville Films. Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.
McCreight is represented by Resolution and Marly Rusoff & Associates Inc.
Reese Witherspoon No Longer Attached to Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern’
Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern” may have hit a snag, as sources tell Variety that star Reese Witherspoon is no longer involved in the project.
The Warner Bros. comedy was supposed to star Witherspoon and Robert De Niro but insiders tell Variety Witherspoon recently passed on the project, adding that her schedule likely pushed her away from the film.
Sources indicate the studio may approach “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig as a replacement, but no offer has been made.
The news puts Meyers and the studio in a bit of a pickle, given that the movie was originally packaged as a Witherspoon-De Niro property before WB came on board. Witherspoon’s involvement is said to be a key reason the studio acquired “The Intern.”
The film was originally set up at Paramount with Michael Caine and Tina Fey circling the lead roles, but the studio put it in turnaround when a budget couldn’t be settled. Meyers then decided to pre-package before going out to other studios and was able to get negotiations for both stars started before last year’s American Film Market.
The CAA and LBI Entertainment-repped Witherspoon just wrapped the Fox Searchlight pic “Wild.”
Reese started filming her new movie Wild a couple of months ago, and I’ve now added photos from the set to our Gallery. Reese herself shared the first official still from the movie on her official website. This looks like a really interesting movie, and a completely different role for Reese! Judging by her tweets during the filming for the movie, it sounds like she’s pretty excited about it as well.
HQ set pics and the official still are in the Gallery…
Wild centers on a young woman, who, to absolve herself of the sins of her tragic life and seek a new start, hikes a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. It is based on the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, written by Cheryl Strayed.
Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Star in Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern’
Reese Witherspoon is in discussions to star in the Nancy Meyers-helmed The Intern. She’s serious enough that she is reportedly turning up at the American Film Market today (November 7th), where Lotus Entertainment is shopping the project to foreign buyers.
Robert De Niro is also circling.
Scott Rudin is producing the independently financed film, which was originally set up at Paramount (the studio is no longer involved). Worldview Entertainment has come aboard to finance the comedy.
Tina Fey was initially attached to star when the project was packaged by WME (Fey is repped by WME, which formerly handled Meyers). CAA, which reps Witherspoon, Meyers and De Niro, is now putting together the deal, which a source says is at a delicate stage.
Meyers wrote the screenplay, which centers on the owner of a successful fashion website (Witherspoon) who bonds with the elderly intern her company has hired (De Niro).
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Earlier this year it was previously reported that Reese was in line to co-star with Keanu Reeves in sci-fi romance Passengers, but it seems that Reese has left the project, as Rachel McAdams has recently confirmed her involvement in the film.
The Hollywood Reporter state that cast changes occured just before the American Film Market started in November:
In May, distributors rushed to buy sci-fi epic Passengers when Witherspoon became attached to star opposite Keanu Reeves. The Weinstein Co. struck a multiterritory deal with Exclusive Media. But then Witherspoon dropped out. On the eve of AFM, it was announced that Rachel McAdams is now the female lead.
It’s been a while since a proper update here, due to my busy few months, so it’s time to play catch-up! First up: some news on Reese’s upcoming drama movie Devil’s Knot. The first trailer for the movie was released in late November, and you can watch it below. We also have a new official poster for the film – previewed to the left, and in full-size in the Gallery.
As for a US release date, it is going to be in the 2nd quarter of 2014, according to the article posted below. That would be an April/May/June date, I guess. A Canadian poster – also in the Gallery – lists the films release date there as January 24th. IMDB list a few other international release dates here.
I’m looking forward to seeing more about this movie in the coming months!
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Gaby Hoffmann, ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Kevin Rankin Join Reese Witherspoon in ‘Wild’
Former child star Gaby Hoffmann and Breaking Bad’s Kevin Rankin have joined the cast of Fox Searchlight’s Reese Witherspoon starrer Wild, which began shooting this week.
Hoffmann is likely best-known for her roles in Now and Then and Sleepless in Seattle. Rankin most recently had a recurring role in the final episodes of Breaking Bad and prior to that had recurring roles in Justified and Friday Night Lights, where he played Jason Street’s wheelchair-bound friend Herc. He also recently had roles in White House Down and the upcoming Dallas Buyers Club, also helmed by Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee.
The Lone Ranger castmember W. Earl Brown and Michiel Huisman, who had parts in World War Z and HBO’s Treme, have also joined the cast, which The Hollywood Reporter previously revealed includes The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadowski, Lee Daniels’ The Butler’s Mo McRae and Cougar Town’s Brian Van Holt.
The film was adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book.
Witherspoon is producing the film through her Pacific Standard banner. The film is also being produced by River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad, who recently worked on Fox Searchlight’s Oscar hopeful 12 Years a Slave.
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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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