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Jon Hamm To Star In Supernatural Thriller ‘Off Season’

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Jon Hamm is set to star in the supernatural thriller Off Season, the first feature from BAFTA nominated writer/director Jonathan van Tulleken based on his BAFTA-nominated short of the same name. Currently in pre-production, the film is set to begin principal photography in Canada in early 2018.

Off Season is about a man who goes in search of his elderly father who has mysteriously disappeared. Set in the harsh, frozen Canadian tundra, the son’s feverish search exposes shocking family secrets long buried.

The project is being produced by Nira Park (Baby DriverShaun of the Dead) through her Big Talk Pictures and J. Miles Dale (The Shape of WaterMama) under his Demilo Productions banner.

Protagonist is handling international sales with US sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist and both have introduced the film to buyers at AFM.

“I saw a bunch of screenings for the short when it was playing. I absolutely jumped out of my skin when I saw it. It takes a lot for BAFTA to nominate a short film like this, so it was quite clear that there was something special about this,” said Big Talk Productions Head of Film Rachel Prior who brought in the script and will be an executive producer. “I was working in the office below Nira Park, and immediately went to her office and slammed it on her desk and said we have to make this, and I stayed while she watched it. She very excitedly agreed.”

“So, Nira, knowing that I could withstand this kind of punishing weather — we had done Scott Pilgrim vs. The World together — asked me to watch Off Season. It reminded me of when we watched the short of Mama. The theater of the mind and really scary and thoughtful and it stays with you. And that’s the kind of movie I wanted to make,” said Dale. “What was interesting is that you are incredibly isolated in a vast space in a completely hostile wilderness. The smart genre movies go to another level and that’s what this movie did.”

Dale said that van Tulleken also spent his summer in the same setting in Canada and his family has a cabin in the area, making it all the more authentic. The landscape adds to the eeriness. “The film is also going to offer incredible scope that will be breathtaking as a big screen experience,” added Dale. “The vast hostile environs truly become a character that turns nasty in this picture.”

“I’ve been thinking obsessively about taking this material to the big screen for several years. It’s a story and world that I feel like I have lived and breathed,” van Tulleken said in a statement. “I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to do this with such a highly esteemed team around me. Nira Park and Miles Dale are two of the most gifted and respected producers working in film, and on top of that, to have Jon Hamm in the lead role is the kind of good fortune few first time filmmakers are afforded. I cannot wait to see him bring his immense talent to the role of Tenn.”

Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop said that the company is a huge fan of the Jonathan van Tulleken short and said they “leapt at the chance to work with this super experienced team on the feature adaptation.”

Emmy Award winner and two-time Golden Globe winner Hamm is best known for his role as Don Draper on AMC’s multi-winning and critically acclaimed series Mad Men. He most recently starred in the Sundance Film Festival Official Selection Marjorie Prime and Tri-Star Pictures’ box office hit from Edgar Wright, Baby Driver.

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Uncharted Movie Nearing Production, Has A Completed Screenplay

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In a recent interview with The Playlist, Uncharted director Shawn Levy gave an update on the flick – which has sat in development hell for the better part of a decade now – saying that the project is nearing production.

“As of right now, the closest to the starting line is Uncharted in that it’s a massive title,” Levy said, in reference to his two gestating features, Uncharted and Starman, “We now have a very good script and we have our star in Tom Holland. That is now subject to schedule and additional casting. But I would say, as of right now, that seems to be the most near the horizon. And it’s a movie I’m very excited about.”

The Uncharted movie, based on the mega-selling PlayStation video game franchise, has gone through a slew of directors, and at one point had Mark Wahlberg signed on to play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake. However, as of May this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland has been attached to play a younger version of the beloved gaming icon.

It’s currently unknown who has penned the script for this iteration of the film, after the screenplay by Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was dropped by Sony Pictures a few months before Holland’s casting.

No release date has been set for Uncharted. Fan-favourite pick for Nathan Drake, Firefly’s Nathan Fillion, recently starred in an unofficial short film based on the video games.

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Anthony Mackie Joining Amy Adams and Julianne Moore In The Woman in the Window Adaptation

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window, Variety reports.

Originally written by author A.J. Finn, Joe Wright (The Darkest Hour) will direct Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Brian Tyree Henry in the feature. The Woman in the Window will follow an agoraphobe (Adams) who witnesses a horrifying crime through her solitary window to the outside world.

The film rights were scooped up in a frenzy earlier in the year, following the novel’s buzzy debut. It released at the top of the charts, and remains the best-selling adult fiction novel of 2018. The Woman in the Window has sold over a million copies in the United States alone.

Anthony Mackie can next be seen in Netflix’s remake of French thriller Point Blank, which is shooting now.

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Fresh Look At John Wick 3 Shows Off Returning Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

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Lionsgate, via Twitter, have shown off a brand new still from John Wick 3: Parabellum.

The image, which features Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King and Ian McShane’s Winston stood in the midst of a cityscape, was captioned “Old friends. New enemies. Chapter 3”.

Also set to return will be the titular retired assassin himself, Keanu Reeves as John Wick – on the run after the events of the John Wick: Chapter 2. Set to join the franchise, which is rumoured to be gearing up to spin-out into a shared universe, is Halle Berry’s Sofia – described as “a woman on a mission”. The title for the film refers to the famous Latin phrase “Si vis pacem, para bellum“, which roughly translates to “If you want peace, prepare for war”.

John Wick 3: Parabellum is due for release in May next year, and is rumoured to be the conclusion to its lead character’s story. It will be directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick), and will also star Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family).

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