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Cannes Market 2012: Pattinson's 'Mission'; Brosnan & Wilson's 'Coup'; Colfer's 'Lightning'; Cooper's 'Out of the Furnace'; SXSW's 'Frankie Go Boom'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood May 3, 2012 at 1:02PM

Myriad projects across a range of budgets and genres will be announced and shopped at Cannes. But while some are completed, others are in earlier stages of development and may never see the light of day; having the right talent attached will help get them sold in territories around the world and get the coin necessary for the green light.
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Affleck and Bale for "Out of the Furnace"
Affleck and Bale for "Out of the Furnace"

Myriad projects across a range of budgets and genres will be announced and shopped at Cannes. But while some are completed, others are in earlier stages of development and may never see the light of day; having the right talent attached will help get them sold in territories around the world and get the coin necessary for the green light.

- Robert Pattinson is lined up to star in "Mission: Blacklist" for director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire. The military thriller is based on the novel "Mission: Black List #1" which chronicles the search for Saddam Hussein and the interrogator who spearheaded his capture, Eric Maddox. He wrote the novel with David Seay, and Erik Jendresen is adapting if for the screen. Preferred Content's Ross M. Dinerstein is producing with Jendresen and Kevin Waller. Embankment Films will be shopping the film at Cannes.

- John Erick Dowdle will direct "The Coup" for Crime Scene Pictures, and Pierce Brosnan and Owen Wilson are set to star. The pic is set to shoot in October, from a script written by Dowdle and his brother, Drew Dowdle. It tracks an American family who move to Southeast Asia and find themselves in the middle of a violent coup as rebels attack the city. Brosnan will play a mysterious and heroic government operative. CSP's Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are financing and producing with Drew Dowdle and Steve Alexander. Sierra/Affinity are handling int'l sales at Cannes. CSP also has a remake of "Suspiria" in the works with David Gordon Green signed on to direct, as well as "Everly," a Black-listed script from Tale Hannon with Kate Hudson and director Joe Lynch attached (it sold at Berlin).
 
- Lightning Entertainment has a few titles to shop at Cannes, including the completed "Struck by Lightning" from writer-star Chris Colfer and director Brian Dannelly (the film debuted at Tribeca). "Lightning" co-stars Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney, Christina Hendricks, Dermot Mulroney and Sarah Hylnd. The coming of age story follows a seventeen-year-old boy who is struck by lightning and determined to make something of himself and blaze a trail beyond his high school. The film is a co-production of Permut Presentations and Camellia Entertainment.

- Lightning will also shop "Black South-Easter," the feature debut from NYU grad Carey McKenzie. The project was developed through the Binger Institute and elected for the Berlinale Co-Pro market back in 2009. The thriller follows an ambitious policeman who uncovers a poaching scheme by a former comrade turned corrupt crime lord; as a man of integrity he must take a stand against him. Tony Kgoroge and Fana Mokoena will star (they've also both been cast in Justin Chadwick's "Long Walk to Freedom"), alongside Yu Nan, Deon Lotz, Thomas Gumede and Zolani Mahola. Rachel Young and Tandeka Matatu are producing.

Lightning also has "Servitude" from director Warren P. Sonoda; "One Last Look" from TV and commercial director Philip Roberts; and "Heaven's Door" from writer-director Craig Clyde.

- The Previously announced thriller, "Out of the Furnace," is adding Willem Dafoe to its cast of Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Woody Harrelson and Forest Whitaker. The film began shooting in April in Braddock, PA. Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart") wrote and is directing the pic.  While Relativity Media will release the film in the US, Red Granite is handing international rights and will be shopping the film at Cannes, where is will likely be one of the hottest titles. Here's further project details.

- "Frankie Go Boom" goes to Red Sea Media for international sales rights. The romantic comedy from writer-director Jordan Roberts, which debuted at SXSW, will be shopped at Cannes. The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd, Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan, Whitney Cummings and Chris North. Synopsis is below:

FRANKIE GO BOOM tells the story of Frank (CHARLIE HUNNAM) who has been tortured, embarrassed, and humiliated – usually on film – by his brother Bruce (CHRIS O'DOWD) his entire life.  Now that Bruce has finally kicked drugs and turned his life around, things should be different.  But when Frank's one-night stand with a distressed young woman (LIZZY CAPLAN) goes not quite as planned, Bruce's camera is ready, as always, to capture it...and share it with the world.   Once the mortifying not-quite sex tape ends up on the internet, Frank elicits the aid of Bruce's former prison cell mate Phil, who's now going by the more gender-appropriate name of PHYLLIS (RON PERLMAN).

This article is related to: Cannes, Festivals, IN THE WORKS, CASTING WATCH, Scott Cooper, Robert Pattinson, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, News, Festivals, Cannes Film Festival


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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.