Trailers: One for Jim Jarmusch’s "Broken Flowers," with Bill Murray doing his sad clown thing (bliss!) to great effect, here (out August 5). An international trailer for "Somersault," Cate Shortland‘s moody indie that was a great success in her homeland of Australia, is up here (Magnolia Pictures is handling the US release, which is planned for this year but with no solid date yet). And another international trailer, for Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial semi-debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," is here.
Others: Via the Hollywood News, David Gordon Green will direct Emile Hirsch (who’s been on fire, role-wise, of late) in an adaptation of Brad Land’s frat hazing memoir "Goat." From ComingSoon â€” Todd Phillips, the director behind such less-than-varied fare as "Old School," "Frat House" (a doc!) and "Road Trip," goes indie for Focus Features, set to direct an adaptation of Carolyn Parkhurst’s novel "The Dogs of Babel."
Via Empire, Danny Boyle casts HK action superstar Michelle Yeoh, his "28 Days Later" star Cillian Murphy, and Chris "The Human Torch" Evans in his sci-fi feature "Sunshine." The script is being written by Alex Garland, of "28" and "The Beach." By way of the Hollywood Reporter, George Tillman, who directed the likable "Soul Food" and the Cuban Gooding Jr. vehicle of doom "Men of Honor," will helm "Frontin’," a cautionary tale about struggling in Hollywood, for Fox Searchlight.
And the New York Times has all the details on the deal for the adaptation rights for "Halo." Microsoft apparently put everyone off by sending copies of the script around to studios by way of an impoverished actor in a space soldier costume. They apparently also wanted "$10 million upfront fee for rights, approval over the cast and director, and 60 first-class plane tickets for Microsoft representatives and their guests to the movie’s premiere," and:
Aside from the $10 million upfront fee, Microsoft was asking for 15 percent of the studio’s first-dollar box-office gross receipts. The budget could be no less than $75 million, not including the fees for the actors and director. If the studio did not make the movie, it would forfeit the $10 million fee.
Microsoft also wanted creative control, with the script and characters unchanged. The studio would have to pay to fly a Microsoft representative to watch all cuts of the movie, and the studio would forgo merchandising rights.
Most of the studios dropped out of the script pursuit immediately, and apparently a deal was reached with Universal and Fox splitting domestic and foreign rights to the production, with Microsoft caving on many of its demands.
+ Trailer: Broken Flowers (MSN)
+ Trailer: Somersault (Red Carpet Films)
+ Trailer: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (French site)
+ Emile Hirsch in ‘Goat’ (Hollywood News)
+ Todd Phillips Trains The Dogs of Babel (ComingSoon)
+ Trio Of Actors Walking On Sunshine (Empire)
+ Freirich, Neal are ‘Frontin” for Searchlight (HR)
+ Hollywood Hardball (NY Times)