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.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Juliette Binoche and Mia Wasikowska are close to getting a new co-star in Sils Maria. Chloe Moretz is in negotiations to join the Olivier Assayas-directed film. The Carrie reboot actress would play the character of JoAnn in the film. The character is an actress who becomes the obsession of the actress played by Binoche after JoAnn takes on a role that made the older woman famous when she was young. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming exclusively reported yesterday, IFC picked up the domestic rights to Sils Maria on Monday. With the new Carrie this fall and a return to her Hit-Girl role in Kick-Ass 2 this summer, Moretz has also had a busy casting month. As Deadline broke in late March, Moretz is in talks, along with Anne Hathaway and Sam Rockwell, for the Lynn Shelton-directed comedy Laggies. As well, as I reported on April 1, the actress is set to join Charlize Theron in the mystery film Dark Places. Moretz is repped by WME and 3 Arts.
• Chloë Moretz just can’t stay away from the macabre. The Kick-Ass 2 star is currently in talks to join the adaptation of (former EW writer) Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. In the novel, Libby Day (who will be played by Charlize Theron) revisits the gruesome reality of her youth (at 7, she testified against her 15-year-old brother Ben for the murder of their mother) 25 years later. Alternating between flashbacks to the time when the murder and conviction took place and the present, Moretz would play the character of Diondra Wertzner — Ben’s girlfriend in the flashbacks. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) is set to direct. [Deadline]
Source: Entertainment Weekly
With studios churning out one horror reboot after another, it was easy to scoff at the proposed Carrie remake. But on paper, this reboot looks promising. Helmed by Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce, the Stephen King tale of a bullied girl wreaking violent vengeance with her telekinetic powers gets a newly gruesome and gritty appeal thanks to a cast that includes such heralded actresses as Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer.
So far, we’ve gotten a chilling first look, a promise of buckets upon buckets of blood, the White family’s home phone number, and the teaser that thrilled audiences at New York Comic Con. Now, in the wake of news that Carrie has been pushed from March to October, Sony Pictures has released a new image of Moretz from the film’s fiery finale. Check it out below, thanks to Screen Crush.
This is a great pic to promote the film. Sure, it’s from the third act, but a third act that is already iconic. Peirce needs to sell to audiences on what’s different about her Carrie. And from this image alone we get some idea. Yes, there’s the requisite blood, but this nearly full body shot also reveals the delicate details of Carrie’s prom dress that are caked in gore and forever soiled. It’s a visual reminder that this girl has been transformed.
Then look at that menacing stare. Since Moretz was cast, we suspected this Carrie would be a bit more terrifying than the delicate flower turned homicidal maniac that Sissy Spacek deftly portrayed back in 1976. This glimpse gives us solid hope that this remake will be distinctly disturbing, and totally worthwhile.
Carrie will storm theaters on October 18th.
A Rising Starlet
Heaven help teenage girls! As if the cattiness, boy-craziness, and angst formerly reserved for noted passed in class or whispered phone calls weren’t bad enough, now they’re blasted across Twitter and Facebook. It’s in this multi-platform existence that Chloë Grace Moretz, 16, emerges as a refreshing example of good old-fashioned youth. A prolific Instagrammer, Moretz fills her feed (more than 1,000 pictures and counting) with family photos-her entourage consists of her mom, with whom she lives in L.A., and four older brothers-inspirational quotes, music obsessions, and friends making goofy faces; in short, everything ever thumbtacked to the bulletin board in a minor’s bedroom. If not for the occasional behind-the-scenes shot from a Hollywood back lot, you’d almost mistake the actress (of nearly 10 years) for your average teenage girl. Almost.
Imagine Kirsten Dunst had an iPhone during her Interview With the Vampire days, or Leelee Sobieski circa Eyes Wide Shut. Perhaps their shared images-maybe a pretty flower, a sunset-would belie their penchant for serious and seriously mature characters. So goes it with Moretz, famous for playing the all-too-real vampire in Let Me In, the wise-beyond-her-years kid sister in (500) Days of Summer, and the gun-wielding Hit-Girl who shocked audiences with her ballsy delivery of a certain expletive (rhymes with runt) in Kick-Ass.
In June, she slips back into the cape and mask for Kick-Ass 2. This time around, “She’s really conflicting with her own emotions,” Moretz says of the role that lander her on the radars of Hollywood heavyweights (see Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, who cast her in Hugo and Dark Shadows, respectively).