The film focuses on a playwright (Ryder), whose mind begins to unravel as she starts on a new production. Franco (who is also producing), plays an actor performing in the play. The plot sounds quite a bit like Black Swan – only blessedly free of ballet and Natalie Portman.
Waterstone, formed by producer Jeff Kalligheri and Texas real estate developer and producer Steve Bowen, has two more projects in development, both with Franco producing (and one he’s apparently directing). According to Kalligheri, Waterstone will strike deals with an independent distributor, as well as offering minimum guarantees on films and will look for financial opportunities on the films they have in their pipeline. There is no word on whether or not Franco’s Waterstone
Jay Anania, who helmed Franco in the film Shadow and Lies (we had to look it up on IMDb too) and is a teacher who heads the directing program at the graduate film school at Nyu has written and will direct the drama in which;
a playwright (Ryder) finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality. Franco plays one of the performers in the playwright’s production.
Shooting begins May 6th in New York.
Waterstone Entertainment has been setup by producer Jeff Kalligheri and Texas real estate
The story centers on a troubled playwright (Winona Ryder) who is struggling with her latest production. She starts to have bizarre dreams and visions that she is being watched, and is uncertain if she's losing her mind, or if others are plotting against her. James Franco will portray one of the actors in her new play.
Jay Anania will direct from his own screenplay. Jay Anania is the head of the directing program at Nyu's graduate film school, and one of James Franco's teachers. The project will help launch the new company Waterstone Entertainment from Jeff Kalligheri and real estate maven Steve Bowen.
James Franco will produce The Stare along with Vince Jolivette. Production is scheduled to start on May 6 in New York.
Waterstone will generate projects it develops and has several other projects in the works, including two being produced by Franco (one he'll direct) and his Rabbit Bandini partner Vince Jolivette. According to Kalligheri,"Waterstone's core business will be to build a distribution business through a partnership it will strike with an independent distributor." Waterstone will put up minimum guarantees on films, and will also be looking for structured finance opportunities on films that are in the works. Kalligheri will be meeting with potential strategic partner distributors at Cannes, with Waterstone repped by Gersh's head of Packaging and Finance, Jay Cohen.
The Stare, "a drama
The Stare will center on a playwright (Ryder) who finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.
Franco will play one of the performers in the playwright’s production.
Directed by Jay Anania (William Vincent), The Stare will be the first project to be funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new production company formed by producers Jeff Kalligheri and Steve Bowen.
Production is expected to begin next month in New York.
Idris Elba (TV's "The Wire," "The Losers," "Rocknrolla") has signed on to play the forensic psychologist who in this story tracks a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before.
Morgan Freeman starred as Cross in two previous films, 1997's "Kiss the Girls" and 2001's "Along Came A Spider" at Paramount Pictures. This reboot is being privately financed but distribution is not yet locked.
David Twohy ("Pitch Black," "The Arrival") is set to direct from a script adapted by Kerry Williamson which Twohy will rewrite. Shooting kicks off next Spring. Patterson, Steve Bowen, Lloyd Levin and Leopoldo Goutm will produce.
Elba will next be seen on Showtime's "The C Word" and recently starred as a serial killer hunting, unstable cop in the British series "Luther".
Originally played by Morgan Freeman in the two previous films made about the character, in 1997's Kiss The Girls and 2001's Along Came A Spider, it is thought that David Twohy, who is directing, desired a younger lead than Freeman so that he could put the 'action' back into 'action hero'.
The novel that the film is based on follows Dr. Cross as he tracks a serial rapist whom he suspects of killing his pregnant wife years before. Twohy is re-working the original script by Kerry Williamson, and it will be produced by Lloyd Levin, Belle Avery,
Elba takes over from Morgan Freeman who previously starred as Dr. Alex Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came A Spider.
Synopsis: Cross centres on a serial rapist who may have murdered his pregnant wife years before.
David Twohy will direct from a screenplay penned by Kerry Williamson. Lloyd Levin, James Patterson, Leopoldo Goutm and Steve Bowen will produce, with shooting expected to commence in Spring 2011.
Cross will be privately financed.
Deadline reported this one.
The story finds the sleuthing Dr. Cross taking on a serial rapist who may have murdered Alex's pregnant wife years before. The tagline of the book reads, "Alex Cross faces the deadliest psychopath of them all...His wife's killer!"
The film is set to begin shooting in the spring of 2011, with Lloyd Levin, Leopoldo Goutm, and Steve Bowen producing. Possibly for Paramount.
Cross comes to theaters in 2011 and stars Idris Elba. The film is directed by David Twohy.
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