Acquired: Roadside Attractions has picked up the based-on-a-true-story thriller "Lonely Hearts," which stars Jared Leto and a dreadfully miscast Salma Hayek as Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck, the "Lonely Hearts Killers." John Travolta and James Gandolfini play the cops who chase them down; the film will be released on April 13th. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.] Our thoughts on the film from Tribeca last year are here.
Set in the 1950’s, "Punch" follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.
Abel Ferrara will be shooting a noir adaptation of the Giuseppe Farrandino’s Naples-set novel "Pericle il nero (Pericles the Black Man)" â€” the language in which the film will be shot has yet to be decided, but it will include both Italian and U.S. actors. Ferrara just wrapped "Go Go Tales," the cast of which supposedly includes both Sylvia Miles and Pras (sweet). [Via Variety.]
Also in Italy: Director Marco Bellocchio, best known here for "Fists in the Pocket" and, more recently, "Good Morning, Night," will helm a film about Mussolini’s illegitimate son. The child was born before Mussolini came into power, and was hidden away with his mother in asylums where they both eventually died. [Via Variety.]
Amy Berg, director of the Oscar-nominated doc "Deliver Us From Evil," will make her narrative debut with "This Is Not America," a biopic about Yupi’k Native American girl who’s taken from her family in the 1960s as part of a government-run "Americanization" campaign. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.]
Todd Graff, the writer-director of theater-kid comedy-drama "Camp," will be directing "Will," a film about "a high school outcast and a popular girl who form an unlikely bond through their shared love of music." [Via the Hollywood Reporter.] Is that teen spirit we smell? Or just Sundance?
Michel Gondry, Leos Carax (of "Lovers on the Bridge") and Bong Joon-ho (of "The Host") are in talks to take part in one of those multi-director triptychs suddenly coming back into vogue. "Tokyo" will consists of three separate stories set in three separate parts of the city. [Via the Hollywood Reporter.]
And, in a piece we missed last week, the Weinstein Company has first-look rights to a proposed English language "The Lives of Others." [Via Variety.] We presume this would still be set in Germany, and would just feature actors speaking with Teutonic accents to indicate they would be speaking German if they could?
+ Trailer: Paprika (Apple)
+ Trailer: Black Sheep (Apple)
+ Trailer: Year of the Dog (Yahoo!)
+ Trailer: Everything’s Gone Green (EverythingsGoneGreen.com)
+ Roadside, Goldwyn will play ‘Hearts’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Snyder, WB in clinch for ‘Punch’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Ferrara takes on Italian noir (Variety)
+ Bellocchio readies Mussolini movie (Variety)
+ Berg, Levy come to ‘America’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Graff finds way to ‘Will’ for Walden (Hollywood Reporter)
+ 3 lined up for ‘Tokyo’ tales (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Weinsteins keep sight of Mirage (Variety)