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Ed Zwick To Direct Manga Adaptation 'Soul ReViver,' Fatih Akin Drops Hrant Dink Project And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2014 6:22 PM
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Ed Zwick Soul ReViver
Hollywood's track record with mangas is decidedly mixed (actually it's not very good), but as they say, if at first you don't succeed.... And so here comes "Soul ReViver," which has Ed Zwick now attached to direct the adaptation of the work by Tohru Fujisawa and Manabu Akishige.

Russell Crowe Will Feel Feelings In 'Fathers And Daughters' For 'Seven Pounds' Helmer Gabriele Muccino

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 3:42 PM
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If there is one man who knows how to unclog the tap of emotions with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer it's Gabriele Muccino. The filmmaker paired with Will Smith for a pair of heart-tuggers, "The Pursuit Of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds," and last year delivered the Gerard Butler soccer dramedy "Playing For Keeps," that we've all politely ejected from our minds. His next gig finds him back in the saddle with a high-profile actor, for another movie that will have you reaching for the Kleenex.

'Pursuit of Happyness' Director Gabriele Muccino Says Next Film Will Be Sci-Fi or Thriller, Keanu Reeves Eyed For Lead

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 4, 2012 12:38 PM
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Plucked from Italian cinema waters by Will Smith to direct 2008's father-son drama, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” director Gabriele Muccino seemed to revel in the Capra-esque themes of that film. Since then, Muccino has honed in on a heightened level of melodrama, one that proved more critically divisive in his follow-up with Smith, “Seven Pounds,” but recently the director proclaimed a change of pace -- both in genre and leading man -- for a future studio effort.

Tom Cruise Picks 'Thor 2' Director Brian Kirk To Take On Rodeo Drama 'Paper Wings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2011 4:05 AM
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Hollywood is littered with scripts or projects mostly known for not being made or spending years in development. "A Confederacy of Dunces," "Pinkville," "Shantaram" -- these are just a few projects that have knocked around for years in fits and starts without getting made. And while there is fresh movement on the long-gestating "Paper Wings," this is one that is still a long way off.

TWC Picks Up 'The Iron Lady' While FilmDistrict Nabs 'Playing The Field' And 'Arabian Nights'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 14, 2011 5:24 AM
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The Weinstein Company may have another Oscar darling on their hands. A year after grabbing $400 million worldwide and scads of major awards for “The King’s Speech,” The Brothers W paid $7 million for the domestic rights (via Deadline) to another film about British aristocracy, nabbing “The Iron Lady” starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Producers only showed five minutes of the film before the bidding started between the Weinsteins, Summit and Relativity, though all someone had to say was “Streep as Thatcher” to ensure this would be a major purchase and, as planned by TWC, a high profile late ‘11 release. Expect it to be a big dog in the awards race.

Uma Thurman & Jessica Biel Are 'Playing The Field' With Gerard Butler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 2:31 AM
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It looks like two actresses have come aboard to add some flavor to a sports-world comedy that will find Gerard Butler weaving through relationships both on and off the pitch.

Gabriele Muccino Eyes Supernatural Romance 'Adaline'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • February 22, 2011 6:49 AM
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Last we heard, Lakeshore Entertainment's "Adaline" was in big trouble after rom-com star extraordinaire Katherine Heigl bailed on playing the lead role in the project. Apparently, director Andy Tennant ("Hitch") has also backed out, and Variety reports that producers are wooing Gabriele Muccino, whose credits include the weepies "The Pursuit of Happyness" and "Seven Pounds."

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