Chad St. John

Gerard Butler

A few years back, Greg Silverman at Warners offered emerging screenwriter Chad St. John the job of writing a revenge movie that didn’t have any dialogue in it. St. John was up to the challenge, and he returned with an impressive screenplay that had less than a dozen lines of spoken words in just over 70 pages – most of which come right at the end. It’s been on the Black List since 2009, but even after going through a difficult menu of leading men (before landing on Gerard Butler), the film was set to actually happen soon. According to Deadline Hollywood, that’s no longer the case. Production has shut down, and the crew was told to go home. Apparently the independent production houses in charge – Envision Entertainment, Foresight Entertainment, and Emmet/Furla Films – could not meet the Warner Bros. imposed (via Dark Castle) drop-dead delivery date of March 31, 2013, as it would have meant only having 12 weeks of post-production. Without the domestic release, the foreign distribution was in question, and the film was unable to secure a bond. So that’s the ball game. It’s definitely an ambitious concept, so it’s even more of a shame that it got this close to rolling only to send the cameras back. With any hope, they’ll be able to regroup, work out a new schedule, and make this happen.

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Despite the fact that her latest television turn went bunny tail up with the cancellation of The Playboy Club, actress Amber Heard isn’t letting that slow her down, as she’s just signed on for next starring feature role. Heard will play the female lead in Albert Hughes‘ Motor City from a script by newcomer Chad St. John (newcomer or not, Motor City was one of two St. John scripts that landed on 2009’s Black List). The film will mark Hughes’ first solo effort, having directed no less than four features and one documentary with his brother Allen as The Hughes Brothers (including From Hell, The Book of Eli, and Menace II Society). The film is described as a revenge thriller, with Dominic Cooper playing the male lead, “a man released from prison who goes on a revenge mission, hunting down the people who framed him.” While this is not necessarily a very original idea, it will be somewhat refreshing to see an on-screen anti-hero that’s not Dwayne Johnson or Vin Diesel or similar. Cooper is a vastly talented actor (his dual work in The Devil’s Double is proof positive of that). And, pardon me while I succumb to my ladyhood here, but Heard and Cooper are likely to turn in some scorching chemistry. [Deadline Ferndale]

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Spy Hunter

Heat Vision is reporting today that Warner Brothers is (finally) ready to bring the video game Spy Hunter to the big screen. The film will be produced by Dan Lin and Roy Lee. This marks another video game adaptation that will happen sooner than you can see a Halo or Bioshock movie.

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Borys Kit over at Heat Vision is reporting today that the long-gestating Sgt. Rock movie is being given to a new creative team by producer Joel Silver.

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published: 11.19.2014
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