Everyone’s doing it. C’mon, we thought you were cool! So where’s your faith-based film distribution label, hmmm? According to Steven Zeitchik at Variety, the Weinstein Company has become the latest distribution company to leap into the Christian market â€” they’re be releasing films theatrically and straight to DVD:
First two theatrical projects to go into development on the label are adaptation of books "The Penny," by radio and TV host Joyce Meyer and Deborah Bedford, and "The Christmas Candle," by Max Lucado, a preacher whose books include "Cure for the Common Life."
Elsewhere in development:
Spike Lee will direct "L.A. Riots," a drama set during the 1992 riots â€” John Ridley will write the script (via Michael Fleming at Variety). Lee has said that "This isn’t about some cavalcade of stars, but rather a truthful and realistic examination of what happened, what the ramifications were and where we are now, in hopes that something like this doesn’t happen again." But we wanted another cavalcade of stars!
Hayden Christensen has signed on to play professional poker player Phil Hellmuth in biopic "The Madison Kid" (via Empire). No director yet, but it’s supposed to start shooting in May, which would make it a mere three or so years too late to effectively cash in on the poker craze.
Joe Carnahan (of "Narc") is in talks to direct a remake of Otto Preminger‘s 1965 thriller "Bunny Lake is Missing." Reese Witherspoon is being looked at to star in the Carol Lynley role (via Michael Fleming at Variety).
"Open Water" director Chris Kentis and his producer and wife Laura Lau will take on "Indianapolis," an adaptation of Douglas Stanton’s book "In Harm’s Way" (via, once again, Michael Fleming at Variety).
Story concerns WWII’s U.S.S. Indianapolis, sunk by a Japanese sub following a secret mission to deliver materials for the atomic bomb that would be dropped on Hiroshima. The men floated for five days in the Philippine Sea; only 317 of an estimated 900 who abandoned ship were pulled from the shark-infested waters.
Finally, Lars Von Trier, grand creator of cinematic chastity vows, has apparently buried visual puzzles of sorts in his newest film, "The Boss of it All" (via Pia Lundberg at Variety, which we suppose you could just go read yourself. But hey, we have links!). He calls them "Lookeys": "The first Danish moviegoer to find all the Lookeys in the pic will be rewarded with $5,360 and the opportunity to be an extra in von Trier’s next film, English-language horror pic ‘Anti-Christ.’" And how did we miss that one? Von Trier returning to horror â€” what is this strange sensation we’re feeling? Are we actually looking forward to one of his films?
We lied about that "finally": One more â€” Viz has picked up Katsuhito Ishii‘s strange and wonderful "The Taste of Tea," which will open in New York on February 9th (via Grady Hendrix at Kaiju Shakedown).
+ Trailer: Family Law (Apple)
+ Trailer: Secret Life of Words (Apple)
+ Weinsteins put faith in film (Variety)
+ Lee is Universal’s inside man on ‘Riots’ (Variety)
+ Hayden Christensen Is The Madison Kid (Empire)
+ ‘Bunny Lake’ remake on fast track (Variety)
+ Alan Rickman Joins Sweeney Todd (Coming Soon)
+ Warners floats ‘Indianapolis’ (Variety)
+ Von Trier unveils ‘Lookey’ (Variety)
+ THE TASTE OF TEA COMING TO AMERICA (Kaiju Shakedown)