In the works:
At Variety, Gabriel Snyder reports that David Gordon Green (â™¥!) is set to direct comedy "The Pineapple Express," which will star Seth Rogen and James Franco (additional "Freaks and Geeks" connection: Judd Apatow is one of the producers):
"This project is an opportunity to plant an absurd buddy comedy in a rough-and-tumble action movie," Green said. "I’ve always been a sucker for the genre and hungry to fire up a comedy where characters don’t get lost in their own concept."
Empire reports that first-timer Jonathan Ogilvie will direct Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne in "The Tender Hook," "a 1920s film noir that follows a young womanâ€™s rise within a love and power struggle set in the world of boxing."
Scott Roxborough at the Hollywood Reporter notes that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American rights to "Vitus," Switzerland’s official selection for the foreign-language film Oscar and the winner of the AFI Fest audience award for best feature. In older news, Brian Brooks at indieWIRE writes that Magnolia Pictures has rescued Wisit Sasanatieng‘s 2001 Cannes feature "Tears of The Black Tiger" from the Miramax shelf: "Described as a ‘pad thai’ Western, the film is the story of a handsome bandit who is in love with a high society sweetheart whose father is trying to keep them apart."
Mack at Twitch has some of Tartan’s 2007 theatrical release line-up: "The Page Turner," "Triad Election," "Princess," "12:08 East of Bucharest" and "Taxidermia" are on the list. Steven Zeitchik reports that Morgan Spurlock‘s distribution label Morgan Spurlock Presents "has bought Independent Spirit nominee ‘Chalk’ and tsunami doc ‘The Third Wave’ with plans to release them theatrically next year. It also has picked up education-themed doc ‘Class Act’ for homevid."
"I’m in my fifth year of a 12-year project," the "Fast Food Nation" director said recently about the ambitious project he and his small crew have been calling "The 12-Year Movie" or "Boyhood." It’s a flick that could turn out to be unlike anything ever attempted before â€” and at a time when people are chronicling their own daily decay with YouTube montages, Linklater is aiming to depict the stages of life even more vividly.
Every year, Linklater has a quasi-family reunion with aging A-listers Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette and, along with a skeleton crew of behind-the-scenes loyalists, shoots scenes that will someday be pasted together to create an exploration into adolescence. Alongside young actor Ellar Salmon (who is briefly glimpsed in "Nation"), the group gets together annually to film Linklater’s script about a troubled young boy who will eventually grow into a college freshman.
+ Trailer: The Dead Girl (Moviefone)
+ Columbia plucks ‘Pineapple’ (Variety)
+ Hugo Weaving Has The Tender Hook (Empire)
+ Sony Classics picks up Swiss drama (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Magnolia Pictures Takes US Rights to "Tears of the Black Tiger" (indieWIRE)
+ Tartan 2007 theatrical schedule announced (Twitch)
+ Spurlock label acquires pics (Variety)
+ Got Plans For 2013? Check Out Richard Linklater’s ’12-Year Movie’ (MTV)