- Abbas Kiarostami, whose Certified Copy (starring Cannes Best Actress winner Juliette Binoche and William Shimell, above left) opens March 11, is developing The End, a Japanese-language relationship drama through MK2 Productions. MK2's Nathanael Karmitz says the film, to star Aoi Miyazaki, is a "continuation of Certified Copy" that will look at modern love in Japan. The film will shoot on location this April.
MK2 is also teaming with writer-director Olivier Assayas Carlos, above right, starring Edgar Ramirez) for Apres mai (Something in the Air), a 70s coming of age story. While the film will be shot predominantly in French, Karmitz tells Variety: "This is not a French story..It's about the world in the '70s." It shoots this May in Italy, France and England. Trailers for Carlos and Certified Copy, both hits at Cannes, are below.
- Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton will appear as the title characters in Hansel & Gretel 3D, set to open March 2, 2012 via a co-financing deal in which Paramount will handle worldwide theatrical, domestic television and home distribution rights and MGM will get international television. Famke Janssen co-stars as the leader of a band of witches who almost killed the siblings fifteen years ago when they escaped their candy house. Since then Hansel and Gretel have grown into vengeful bounty hunters. Talk about adding steroids to a children's fairy tale.
- Australia is jubilant at the income that Baz Luhrmann's retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, set to star Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire (in the fourth iteration for the silver screen), will bring Down Under. Luhrmann plans to shoot at his favorite haunt, Sydney's Fox Studios (Australia and Moulin Rouge), bringing an estimated $120 million (and hundreds of jobs for cast and crew) into the Australian economy.
Kristina Kenneally, Premier of New South Wales, said: "This comes at a good time for the film industry…Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar -- put simply, this is a big win." Pre-production is gearing up for next month, and 17 weeks of filming will kick-off in August. THR notes that the NSW government looks forward to more production coming in: Walking With Dinosaurs 3D, Prometheus (Ridley Scott's Alien hybrid starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender) and some television productions.