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Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Join Keanu Reeves in Sci-Fi Love Story ‘Passengers’
Reese Witherspoon has entered into talks to star opposite Keanu Reeves in Passengers, a sci-fi love drama that Brian Kirk is directing for Wayfare Entertainment.
The script – Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the most recent draft – in which a starship transporting human cargo to a colony malfunctions, causing one passenger (Reeves) to prematurely thaw from a cryogenic slumber nearly a century before anyone else. Not wanting to be alone, he decides to wake up another passenger, a female.
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that talks are in the early stages, but should a deal close, Witherspoon would play the female lead.
Reeves is producing the movie with Stephen Hamel and Ben Browning. Michael Maher is exec producing. The project is expected to be presented to buyers at Cannes.
A shoot in Montreal is being planned.
Witherspoon, who was arrested last month in Atlanta for disorderly conduct after her CAA agent husband was pulled over for a DUI, is making the rounds promoting her indie drama Mud, in which she stars with Matthew McConaughey. She next appears in Devil’s Knot, a true-life drama about the West Memphis Three.
The Passengers deal would mark Witherspoon’s first project since the arrest.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson.
Looks like Cameron Diaz is about to finalise a deal for Sex Tape, a role Reese was previously rumoured to be attached to (previous articles here and here).
Cameron Diaz in Early Talks to Make ‘Sex Tape’ With Jason Segel
The trio behind Sony’s surprise hit “Bad Teacher” is chalking up a reunion, as Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reteam with director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel on the studio’s comedy “Sex Tape.”
Escape Artists is producing the movie, which concerns a married couple who take a night off from their kids and decide to spice up their love life by making a sex tape. When they wake up the next morning, the tape is missing, prompting them to figure out who took it and how to get it back.
Diaz had been rumored as a possible female lead more than a year ago, but negotiations are now underway and expected to lead to a deal.
Kate Angelo wrote the script on spec, and the film will be produced by Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch of Escape Artists.
Diaz will next be seen opposite Colin Firth in CBS Films’ remake of “Gambit” as well as Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor,” which also stars Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. She’ll soon begin filming Nick Cassavetes’ comedy “The Other Woman” with Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
“Bad Teacher” grossed $216 million worldwide on a modest production budget and spawned a CBS pilot that sees Ari Graynor taking over the title role.
Diaz is repped by CAA and manager Rick Yorn.
- The Wrap
Fox Finds ‘The Engagements’ with Reese Witherspoon
- March 20th 2013
Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to the novel “The Engagements” and is in negotiations with Reese Witherspoon to come on board to produce.
If the deal goes through, Witherspoon would produce through her Pacific Standard banner along with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea. Pacific Standard brought the book to Fox.
Film is based on J. Courtney Sullivan novel, to be published in June, the story tells a deeply romantic story that follows a diamond engagement ring from the 1930s to the present, connecting five very different relationships in surprising and unexpected ways.
It is unknown whether the adaptation will be developed as a starring vehicle for Witherspoon given how many projects she is already producing.
Since starting her production shingle, Witherspoon has been especially keen on producing popular book adaptations.
Witherspoon was quick to jump on as a producer of the New York Times Best-seller “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, which was such a hot property that David Fincher has attached himself to direct. She is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Reese Witherspoon & Ryan Reynolds Out, Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz In For ‘Big Eyes,’ Tim Burton To Direct
So, where do we start with “Big Eyes”? Well, let’s go with a brief history lesson. Developing for at least six years if not longer, the project comes from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (“Ed Wood,” “The People Vs. Larry Flynt,” “Man On The Moon”) and with two big lead roles, over the years Thomas Haden Church and Kate Hudson became attached, and in 2012 Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon were linked, with Tim Burton slated to produce the effort that would serve as the screenwriters’ directorial debut. But it looks Burton is going to take it all for himself with a pretty killer leading duo.
Deadline reports that Burton will direct the movie, that is now set up at The Weinstein Company, in what looks like a welcome 180 for the helmer, and something that’s much more of a small scale domestic drama. The film will tell the true story of married couple Walter and Margaret Keane, who became art world phenomenons in the 1950s and 1960s thanks to their paintings of large-eyed children. However, when they split up, a legal battle ensued, with Walter trying to take credit for paintings which were actually done by his wife. But when it came to a showdown in count, where they actually faced off canvas vs. canvas, Margaret emerged victorious while Walter tried to feign a pain in his arm.
There’s no word yet if this will indeed be next Burton — he’s got a few options — but this kind of casting doesn’t come along everyday, we presume this is on the front cooker for the filmmaker. It has been awhile since we’ve had something to truly be excited about from Burton, but this looks like something that could be genuinely challenging and take him far away from his usual wheelhouse of tropes and tricks. So, fingers crossed.
This is a bit gossipy, but maybe something more official will come of it?
Vergara, Witherspoon: Comic dream
Sofia Vergara could be teaming with Reese Witherspoon on an upcoming project. The two funny gals were spotted “laughing and joking” together over tea at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills yesterday, and sources exclusively tell us the meeting was about working on a movie together. “They are both great comedic actresses, and a joint project could be fantastic,” a source told us of the potential union. A spy added, “Sofia and Reese couldn’t be more different, but they got on famously, they were laughing the whole time. They were heard talking movies and brainstorming ideas.” Witherspoon has taken time off from working as she gave birth to son Tennessee James in September. Vergara has been flexing her comedic chops on “Modern Family,” and also in ads for Pepsi.
- NY Post
The Hollywood Reporter has a new article about three of Hollywood’s current most popular authors and the stars who are bringing their books to the big screen. Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl – which Reese bought the film rights too – is one of the authors, and poses alongside Reese for a photoshoot for the publication.
See the photo in our Gallery and read the blurb that came with it below. Read THR’s interview with Gillian Flynn at their website (there is no mention of Reese in it).
Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and ‘The Host’ Cast: Authors With Their Stars
Three of The Hollywood Reporter’s most powerful authors pose with the talent who will bring their characters to life.
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl drew the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who read the novel before it was even published on a recommendation from screenwriter Leslie Dixon. Witherspoon says she was impressed with the way Flynn was able to effectively tell the story from both male and female perspectives while also employing a nonlinear structure. “It’s just an incredible feat that Gillian was able to accomplish,” she says. “You really can’t anticipate where it’s going, but it’s one of those books you can’t stop reading.” The adaptation rights went to Fox in a summer auction for a reported $1.5 million; Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Dixon are producing.
Earlier this year it was reported that Reese would be starring in ‘One Hit Wonder’, a musical comedy to be directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Vulture.com are now reporting that Murphy is still working on the script, so there could still be life in it:
Back in February, Ryan Murphy went out to dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz, and they all decided that it would be fun to make a movie-musical. Lo, One Hit Wonders — about a handful of washed-up nineties musicians who form a pop supergroup — was born. At last night’s God’s Love We Deliver event, Ryan Murphy told us he’s still working on the script, but there is one plot point on which he is decided: M.C. Gwyneth Paltrow and D.J. Jazzy Cameron Diaz (of the infamous Chelsea Handler video) will not be making an appearance. “No rapping. No,” he said firmly. And then once more to be clear: “No. It’s much more about pop music.” Sorry, M.C. Gwyneth!
The Hollywood Reporter: Reese Witherspoon is heading back into romantic comedy territory with The Beard.
Chernin Entertainment has dipped into its discretionary fund to pick up the project, a spec script by Becca Greene.
Witherspoon will star in the project and produce with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping of Cherinin Entertainment and Mason Novick.
While it might be tempting to see a story about Witherspoon growing facial hair, the “beard” in the title refers to a member of the opposite sex — usually a woman — who acts as a date for a gay person, giving the illusion the person isn’t gay. Story details were not revealed.
Witherspoon is shooting Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s take on the West Memphis Three murder case that also stars Colin Firth. She also has the indie drama Mud, with Matthew McConaughey, in the can. Her most recently romantic comedy was the action-filled This Means War with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine; the movie grossed $156 million worldwide.
Green was a staff writer on Good Vibes, an MTV series of animated shorts created by David Gordon Green and starring the voices of Adam Brody and Josh Gad. This is her first feature script.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson. Greene is repped by CAA and managers Novick and Michelle Knudsen.
In a whopping summer auction that reached seven figures, 20th Century Fox acquired Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that was just published by Crown and is atop The New York Times Bestseller List for the second week in a row. The book will be produced by Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, along with Leslie Dixon. Flynn will write the screenplay. Other studios including Universal were in on the action and I think the Fifty Shades Of Grey action has elevated interest in bestsellers geared to female readers.
A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary and all roads point to her husband as the killer. Flynn, who has three novels on the bestseller lists all at once, has two other movie projects in the works. Dark Places has Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing. Fox’s New York office, headed by Drew Reed, was all over this book. Reed and Chris Goldberg teamed with Peter Kang to bring it in. It was sold by Smiley Group’s Shari Smiley, the former longtime CAA agent who teamed with Stephanie Rostan of Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency. Smiley also sold the screen rights to the Cheryl Strayed book Wild, which currently sits atop the Non Fiction bestseller list. Pacific Standard bought it, with The Kids Are All Right’s Lisa Cholodenko adapting to direct.
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The previously announced ‘An Evening With Reese Witherspoon Hosted By The Gene Siskel Film Center’ took place in Chicago last night, and Reese accepted her award looking chic in a little navy blue dress. Election director Alexander Payne presented the award to her, and Reese told reporters before that he “was a big champion for me early on, and said, ‘That’s the girl I want in my movie,’ so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him. And we’ve subsequently become very close friends.”
Reese gave an interview to the Chicago Sun Times for the event, and you can read that below. Over 50 photos from this event – most of which are HQ – have been added to our Gallery for you!
Congratulations to Reese on this wonderful honour!
• An Evening With Reese Witherspoon Hosted By The Gene Siskel Film Center x57
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