Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield — the young stars of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo — are attached to “The White Circus,” a dark fairy tale exec produced by Terry Gilliam.
“Circus” is the first full-length directorial effort from Canadians Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, who earned recognition in Hollywood with their Oscar-nominated animated short “Madame Tutli-Putli.”
Another of their shorts, “Higglety Pigglety Pop,” was produced by Spike Jonze and starred the voice talent of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker.
“Circus” is an adventure-romance that takes place on a snowy New Year’s Eve, when a young pilot crashes his plane into a war-torn town on his first mission. There, he falls in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, befriends a talking circus bear and incites the townsfolk to liberate themselves from a despot.
Pic also stars Andrea Riseborough and Christian Friedel (“The White Ribbon”).
“Chris and Maciek are the worthy heirs of Gilliam, Jim Henson and Tim Burton, yet their work boasts an ever bigger crossover appeal while being smart and innovative,” said Gregoire Melin at Kinology, which is producing and repping the pic in international markets.
“Circus” is also produced by Melissa Malkin and Dave Valleau of Canada’s Silo Corp., Stefan Arndt at Germany’s X-Filme Creative Pool and Andjelija Vlaisavljevic at Serbia’s Work in Progress.
“The White Circus” is due to start shooting in Germany and Serbia in February 2014.
Last night Chloe attended the 2013 Billboard Music Awards to present Ed Sheeran for his performance of “Lego House.” We have a few pictures in our gallery now.
There are few projects that have gone through as many different directions and incarnations then the attempt to bring Michael Sloan’s popular ’80s crime show The Equalizer, starring the late Edward Woodward, to the big screen, but it’s finally coming together as a Training Day reunion between Denzel Washington and director Antoine Fuqua, to be distributed by Sony Pictures.
Deadline has added a new piece to the puzzle and it might be a surprising one as they’re reporting that Chloë Moretz, the bad-ass Hit Girl from Kick-Ass and the upcoming remake of Carrie, has scored the co-lead in the film opposite Denzel, playing a young prostitute named Teri, a role written for a slightly older actress. Comparisons are already being made of the relationship between Washington’s Robert McCall and Moretz’s character to that of Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver. Moretz had a “chemistry read” with Washington that impressed the Oscar-winning actor.
At the same time, the creator of the original show, Michael Sloan, has signed a deal to write a new novel about the mysterious former covert operative Robert McCall for Thomas Dunne Books to be published sometime in early 2014.
The Equalizer is currently scheduled for release on April 11, 2014.