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Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 29, 2010 at 6:11AM

Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children) and Wonderful Films' William Horberg (The Kite Runner). Mandate is pushing toward a fall 2010 shoot and Lionsgate will sell foreign territories at Cannes.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children) and Wonderful Films' William Horberg (The Kite Runner). Mandate is pushing toward a fall 2010 shoot and Lionsgate will sell foreign territories at Cannes.

LaBeouf plays every man Charlie Countryman, who falls for a girl who is a gangster's moll. Charlie tries to win her and protect her without getting himself killed, too. LaBeouf is wise to take on a smart indie movie as an alternative to his studio roles in the Transformers and Indiana Jones franchises. Coming up is the Cannes debut of Oliver Stone's Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.

Ariola has won multiple awards for his commercials which include Coca-Cola, Levi’s, Nike, HP, and Sony's Playstation. Drake (Tully) is currently writing Todd Phillips' Project X.

Berger and Yerxa recently partnered with Mandate on The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston, one of the films in limbo at Disney/Miramax, currently scheduled for August release. They also produced Cold Mountain with Horberg.

This article is related to: Genres, Independents, In Production, Action, Romance


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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.