Marion Cotillard will star in Rust and Bone, director Jacques Audiard's follow-up to the 2009 Cannes favorite, A Prophet. With a budget of $22 million, this will be one of the biggest films to come from France this year.
-Gwyneth Paltrow joins Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, and Joely Richardson for Thanks for Sharing, the story of a group brought together by their desire to overcome sex addictions. Paltrow, who will plays a high-powered businesswoman, will be paired with Ruffalo’s character.
-Laika, the Portland, Oregon animation group behind Coraline, has set their sights on an ambitious adaptation of Wildwood, a young-adult fantasy novel written by lead singer Colin Meloy of indie-folk-rock band, The Decemberists. Laika’s CEO Travis Knight told Variety:
It's a story in the grand tradition of Tolkien, as big as Lord of the Rings, with a wonderful contemporary quality as well. Nothing of its kind has been attempted in our medium. You have these epic scenes alongside very nuanced character moments, which are the two hardest things to do in stop-motion. It's exciting to imagine how this might all come together.
-The minds behind The Guitar Player, a film about a homeless street performer given a second chance, are chasing a unique philanthropic approach to fundraising. Writer-director Michael Stein (Love Hollywood Style) has created an extensive campaign to finance the film, and intends to give half the film’s profits to homeless causes. The film will begin filming in early January in Los Angeles.
-Back on the East Coast, Michael Melamedoff’s The Exhibitionists is currently filming in New York. The fact/fiction hybrid aims to fuse high art, exploitation cinema, and satire. Set in contemporary New York, the film traces a wealthy filmmaker and friends arriving for a New Year’s Eve party that becomes very Eyes Wide Shut as friends expose each other’s taboos. The film will be available for festival screenings beginning in Spring 2012.
-New production company Atlas Independent will make its debut with Revenge for Jolly!, a dramatic dark comedy directed by Chadd Harbold, with a cast including writer-actor Brian Petsos, Oscar Isaac, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe and Kristin Wiig, among other talented comedians. The film focuses on Petsos' journey to avenge the death of his beloved canine, who was offed in suspicious circumstances. Atlas Independent's William Green said: “We saw Revenge for Jolly! as the perfect film to launch the Atlas Independent brand. Great cast, edgy script and a young talented director.”
-The Healer, written and directed by Giorgio Serafini, will tell the story of teenage twins, Nick and Michelle, played by Mildred Pierce’s James Le Gros and The Hunger Games’s Isabelle Fuhrman. As the twins leave on a camping trip with their father to heal emotional wounds, the journey takes a turn for the worse, as the film family finds themselves in a spooky, haunted forest.