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Crowe movie starring Cooper, Stone delayed to ’15 Watts in talks to star in ‘Demolition’

LOS ANGELES, July 22, (RTRS): Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is in negotiations to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition,” which is slated to be the next film from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Black Label Media is financing and producing the movie with Mr. Mudd, whose Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich and Russ Smith will produce with Black Label’s Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Right of Way’s Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook will executive produce with Nathan Ross, who is Vallee’s producing partner and manager. Based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe, “Demolition” follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him.

Should a deal close, Watts would play a pot-smoking customer service representative for the company behind a vending machine that eats the protagonist’s money. Though she’s dating her own boss, she begins to fall for Gyllenhaal’s character as she learns of his pain and loss. Vallee has previously described “Demolition” as “a powerful and touching story, written with a strong and sincere desire to try to understand the human psyche, what makes us so unique, so special, what makes us love. This is a script of a rare quality, of a beautiful humanity.” Black Label boarded the project in October 2013, while Gyllenhaal’s involvement was first revealed back in June.

A dozen years after “The Ring” made Watts a movie star, the Australian actress is as in-demand as ever. Watts is currently filming the “Divergent” sequel “Insurgent” with Shailene Woodley, and she’s slated to reprise her role as Evelyn, leader of the Factionless, in both “Allegiant” movies. She’s also attached to play Matthew McConaughey’s wife in Gus Van Sant’s drama “Sea of Trees.” Watts has two Oscar nominations under her belt for “The Impossible” and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “21 Grams,” and she’ll soon be busy promoting a trio of awards season movies — she co-stars in Inarritu’s festival-bound showbiz comedy “Birdman”; plays a stripper alongside Bill Murray in “St. Vincent”; and stars opposite Ben Stiller in Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young.” Watts is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
 
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have pushed the release of the untitled Cameron Crowe movie to May 29, 2015. The film had been slated to hit theaters in December. Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams star alongside Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Bill Murray. “Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures.
 
Story follows a celebrated military contractor (Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs — the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii — where he reconnects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him. In play is a complex satellite system being launched by an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions (Murray). In addition to writing and directing the film, Crowe produced the picture with Scott Rudin and Cameron Crowe. The movie was executive produced by Ilona Herzberg, Eli Bush and Ben Waisbren.
 
There’s a “RocknRolla” reunion on the horizon, as Idris Elba is in talks to co-star in Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Elba is not circling the lead role of Arthur, but rather an older Knight named Bedivere, Arthur’s father’s right-hand man who takes it upon himself to train the young warrior for battle as he learns his true destiny. Joby Harold wrote the script and will produce with his Safehouse Pictures partner Tory Tunnell, as well as Akiva Goldsman and Lionel Wigram. Warner Bros will release Ritchie’s medieval movie on July 22, 2016. Elba next stars in the home invasion thriller “No Good Deed” and the Sean Penn action movie “The Gunman,” as well as Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” He’ll also voice Shere Khan in Disney’s “The Jungle Book.” Elba, who won a Golden Globe several years ago for “Luther,” is represented by WME, Headshell Management and the Artists Partnership.
 
Nearly a year after being released in the UK, the James Corden-starring film “One Chance” will finally hit American theaters at the end of August — a day after it premieres on the internet. In a first for the distributor, The Weinstein Company announced on Monday that it was partnering with Yahoo! Screen to post “One Chance” online before it hits theaters. The David Frankel-direted film features Corden as Paul Potts, in the true story of Paul Potts, “a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night” who became a YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for “Britain’s Got Talent.” He then went on to win the competition. “We’re so thrilled to be partnering with Yahoo on this first venture in bringing ‘One Chance’ to audiences online before it hits theaters. In today’s digital era, technology has developed and changed the landscape of how many people watch movies and TV. Our partnership with Yahoo has allowed us to adapt and expand our reach to limitless audiences,” said David Glasser, COO and President of The Weinstein Company.
 

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