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Berlin Market: Charlize Theron Goes to 'Dark Places,' Plus Tom Hardy's 'Locke' and Participant's Spanish Language Films

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 7, 2013 at 1:56PM

News out of the Berlinale market includes "Dark Places" with Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy's "Locke" and Participant's agreement with Spanish production houses Canana, Fabula and Dynamo...
Charlize Theron

- Charlize Theron will star in and produce a film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller "Dark Places." It will be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner ("Sarah's Key"). The film centers on Libby Day (Theron), who as a very young girl survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. She is then asked to revisit the event 25 years later, when a group obsessed with infamous crimes approaches her about the case details. Exclusive Media is shopping "Dark Places" in Berlin. (Meanwhile, director David Fincher is circling another Gillian Flynn adaptation, "Gone Girl.")

- IM Global has unveiled the Tom Hardy thriller "Locke," which the company will finance. Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Dirty Pretty Things") will direct from his original screenplay, and the film will be shot in real time, following a man's 90-minute race to save his life after he receives an ominous phone call. Production will begin later this month in London.

- Participant Media has entered into a five-year agreement to develop and co-finance Spanish-language films with three premiere Latin American production companies: Mexico's Canana (the banner of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, which has produced "Sin Nombre" and "Miss Bala"), Chile's Fabula ("No") and Columbia's Dynamo ("Undertow"). Ten to twelve films are expected to be produced under the terms of the deal. (Check out our TOH! interviews with Luna here and Bernal here.)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.