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
This one is an exciting update for me. I really LOVE Gayle Forman’s novels “If I Stay” and “Where She Went” and been following the news about the film, so when I read about Chloe being involved I was super excited. Find out more below, and have any of you read the books? Do you think she’ll make a good Mia?
RJ Cutler, Chloe Moretz to ‘Stay’ for Summit
‘Nashville’ producer in talks to direct supernatural pic for Summit
After years of helming documentaries and TV shows, R.J. Cutler is closing in on his first narrative feature directing gig: Summit Entertainment’s “If I Stay.”
Cutler is in talks to direct the supernatural music pic with Chloe Moretz attached to star.
Denise DiNovi and Alison Greenspan of DiNovi Pictures will produce, with Lionsgate production prexy Erik Feig and senior veep Gillian Bohrer overseeing the project for the studio.
Based on Gayle Forman’s 2009 novel, “If I Stay” revolves around the relationship between a femme classical musician and her indie rock-star boyfriend.
Cutler, who helmed “The September Issue,” is shepherding the ABC drama “Nashville” as an exec producer for Lionsgate, where he has an overall TV deal. He recently debuted political doc “The World According to Dick Cheney” at the Sundance Film Festival.
Moretz’s upcoming pics include “Carrie,” “Kick-Ass 2″ and “Movie 43.”
Cutler is repped by CAA and Mosaic Media Group. Moretz is with WME.
Photos of Chloe at the “Movie 43″ premiere in Los Angeles, and an interview in which Chloe talks about working on the film and working with Elizabeth Banks.