Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster are set to star in What They Had, a drama from writer-director Elizabeth Chomko.
Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga are also part of the film’s ensemble cast.
Unified’s Keith Kjarval (Inland Empire), Bill Holderman (A Walk In The Woods), Bona Fide Productions’ Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine) and June Pictures’ Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan (Thoroughbred) are producing the indie, which is set to begin production March 22 in Chicago.
The story is centers on a woman (Swank) who must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother, played by Danner, wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.
Chomko is an actress and playwright making her screen directorial debut with What They Had. Her script for the film was a recipient Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
“Elizabeth is an exceptionally talented new voice and we are excited to be partnering with her on her extraordinarily moving directorial debut,” said Unified’s Kjarval. “Hers is a very personal story about a subject that affects millions of people around the world.”
Unified Film Fund II is financing the venture. The fund is allowing Unified to produce three films a year with budgets up to $10 million. Ride, directed by Jeremy Unger and starring Bella Thorne and Jessie T Usher, is the first film from the fund.
WME Global is repping What They Had’s worldwide rights.
Swank, repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman, last starred as a pianist dealing with ALS in 2014’s You’re Not You. She will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky.
Shannon, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work in last year’s Nocturnal Animals, recently wrapped the all-star war drama Horse Soldiers. He is repped by CAA, Wetzel Entertainment and Morris Yorn.
Posted on March 03, 2017 | by Mary | in News | Comments are off for this post
The One Percent, MRC’s drama series from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, is on the move. The project, which originally was picked up by Starz in summer 2014 with a 10-episode straight-to-series order, is now in turnaround after several production start delays led to the pay cable network pulling out as U.S. broadcaster.
MRC, which previously worked with Iñárritu on the Oscar-nominated feature Babel, remains fully committed to the series, which will star Greg Kinnear and Hilary Swank. Swank had been attached from the get-go, Kinnear was recently cast as the male lead, replacing Ed Helms who was originally set to play the role. MRC will look for a new distributor.
Iñárritu, who won back-to-back directing Oscars fro Birdman and The Revenant, is known for filming his movies in sequence. The unconventional method of shooting is not easy or cheap to pull off, and, coupled with weather issues, led to budget and filming schedule overages on The Revenant. The movie went on to become a box office hit and win three Oscars for Iñárritu, star Leonardo DiCaprio and cinematographer Emmanuel ‘Chivo’ Lubezki.
Iñárritu is applying the same style to The One Percent, which he also plans to film in sequence at a specific location, a farm in the Midwest. Trying to sync up the two has led to a series of delays and Starz’ exit. In 2013, the pay cable network also pulled out of its commitment to air Sky Atlantic’s drama series Fortitude when the production schedule changed and it no longer could be delivered at the agreed upon date.Read More
Posted on March 01, 2017 | by Mary | in Movies · News | Comments are off for this post
Watch as adventure goes bananas in the first official trailer for Spark: A Space Tail, which is set to hit theaters nationwide April 14. Join Spark and friends in the new action-packed animated comedy starring Jace Norman, Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart and Hilary Swank. In addition to the first trailer, we also have the first poster which features Spark and the rest of his crew.
This story centers on Spark (Jace Norman), a wisecracking teen living on an abandoned planet with his friends Chunk and Vix. Thirteen years ago the power-hungry General Zhong seized control of their planet Beta, wiping out Spark’s family and sending him into hiding. But now they’ve learned of Zhong’s plan to wipe out the entire universe using the deadly space Kraken, and no one but Spark can stop him. An action-packed space odyssey filled with humor and heart, Spark is an epic adventure about becoming the hero you were born to become.
Jessica Biel voices Vix while Rob deLeeuw voices Chunk, Susan Sarandon voices Bananny, Patrick Stewart voices The Captain, Hilary Swank voices The Queen, Athena Karkanis voices Koko, A.C. Peterson voices Zhong and writer-director Aaron Woodley voices Floyd. The filmmaker has taken the helm on live-action dramas such as The Entitled, Rhinoceros Eyes and Tennessee, while also directing episodes of the animated show Glenn Martin, DDS and the Canadian anthology series Curious and Unusual Deaths.
The film is produced by Youngki Lee, Harry Linden, Wookyung Jung, Tracy Grant and Jun Zheng. Open Road Films has set an April 14, 2017 release date for Spark: A Space Tail, which faces what could be the biggest blockbuster this spring, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious. It hasn’t been confirmed how many theaters both movies will be released in quite yet, but The Fate of the Furious is expected to easily take the top spot this weekend. Its predecessor, Furious 7, took in $147.1 million during its opening weekend in 2015.
Posted on February 25, 2017 | by Mary | in Career · News | Comments are off for this post
A downtown developer says a star-studded cast is preparing to film a TV series in Northeast Ohio and that Stark County will be a “major player” in the production.
Steve Coon, who refurbished the Historic Onesto Hotel and Event Center and is finishing the neighboring Bliss Lofts, said Hilary Swank and Ed Harris are among the actors involved and that filming will be in the Cleveland, Akron and Canton regions, with downtown Canton having a significant role.
“They’re going to be here and it’s going to be a big deal,” he said.
The production team has selected locations and will begin filming “right away,” he said.
Coon, who owns high-end housing facilities across the state of Ohio, declined comment on how he knows about the filming and his relationship to the situation.
Swank and Harris are slated to appear in a TV series called “The One Percent,” according to articles from several national entertainment websites. The show was picked up by the Starz network for 10 episodes and will feature Swank as the wife of actor Ed Helms, who is struggling to save the family farm.
Posted on November 02, 2016 | by Mary | in Movies · News | Comments are off for this post
Open Road Films has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Spark,” an upcoming animated release that features the voices of Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Biel.
The film is inspired the 16th-century Chinese novel, “Journey to the West,” and follows a teenage monkey who leads a space expedition to save the planet from a cruel dictator. Patrick Stewart of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” fame, and Jace Norman from Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger,” round out the voice cast. Aaron Woodley (“The Entitled”) directs and wrote the screenplay with Doug Hadders and Adam Rotstein. Open Road Films plans to release the film on April 14, 2017. The studio previously had an animation success with “The Nut Job” films. Its other films include the Best Picture-winning “Spotlight,” “Nightcrawler,” and “Chef.”
“Spark” is a co-production with ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co., Ltd, Shanghai Hoongman Technology Co., Ltd. and Gulfstream Pictures.
Hilary Swank has called off her engagement to former professional tennis player Ruben Torres.
Reps for the actress exclusively confirm to PEOPLE the engagement is off.
Swank, 41, was spotted without her ring as she watched the 2016 French Open on Saturday. The actress also deleted her engagement announcement from Instagram and Twitter.
Swank and Rubens dated for nearly a year before getting engaged in March. At the time, a source told PEOPLE that Torres popped the question while the two were on a romantic hike together while attending the BNP Paribas Tennis Open in Palm Springs.
Swank was previously married to actor Chad Lowe for 10 years, before their 2007 divorce.
Hilary Swank and Susan Sarandon have taken voice roles in the 3D animated comedy “Spark,” joining Jessica Biel and Jace Norman.
“Spark” is directed by Aaron Woodley for ToonBox Entertainment, Redrover Co. and Gulfstream Pictures, which teamed on “The Nut Job.”
It’s the first time Swank has been cast for her voice in an animated feature. She’ll voice a noble queen, and Sarandon will voice a nanny robot.
The story follows a teenage monkey, Spark; a battle-ready fox; and a tech-savvy warthog as they embark on a mission to take back their planet from a power-mad general. The film is currently in production with plans for a 2016 release.
The film is produced by ToonBox and Redrover, in association with Gulfstream Pictures, which is handling U.S. sales. Executive producers are Hong Kim, Jay HJ Ahn and Daniel Woo and Gulfstream Pictures’ Mike Karz and Bill Bindley.