It’s official: Peter Rabbit is hopping from books to the big screen.
Sony’s Columbia Pictures has officially announced that it’s adapting Beatrix Potter’s beloved children’s book as a live-action and CG film. As reported last month, Easy A director Will Gluck is helming Peter Rabbit, with James Corden set to star as the titular rabbit.
Rose Byrne is also on board to play the live-action role of Bea, and Daisy Ridley and Elizabeth Debicki have joined the voice cast in unspecified roles.
Rob Lieber (Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) wrote the script with revisions by Gluck. The Australian studio Animal Logic, best known for its work on The LEGO Movie, is handling the animation.
Columbia is working on the film with Frederick Warne & Co. of Penguin Random House UK, which first published The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth.
“I am delighted to be teaming up with Frederick Warne,” Gluck said in a statement. “Their expertise and stewardship is absolutely critical to making a film that honors the legacy of Beatrix Potter.”
Production is set to begin in January 2017, with Peter Rabbit hitting theaters in April 2018.
Rose Byrne and Damon Herriman are set to join the cast of Stan’s comedy series No Activity for its second season, which will premiere in late October.
Also joining the cast this season are Chum Ehelepola (Rake), Anthony Hayes (The Rover), Susie Youssef (Here Come the Habibs) and Kim Gyngell (Jack Irish). The actors join the returning cast which includes Patrick Brammall (Offspring), Darren Gilshenan (Here Come the Habibs), Dan Wyllie (Offspring), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.).
No Activity is an improvised comedy series from Jungle, the team behind Here Come the Habibs, A Moody Christmas and Review with Myles Barlow. The series is created by Trent O’Donnell and Patrick Brammall, written and directed by O’Donnell, and was developed together with Darren Gilshenan and David Field. Chloe Rickard is the producer, and Jason Burrows, Trent O’Donnell, Patrick Brammall, Nick Forward and Rob Gibson are executive producers.
All six episodes of the second season of No Activity will premiere at once on October 26 on Stan.
The garden is starting to bloom.
James Corden and Rose Byrne are in negotiations to star in Peter Rabbit, Sony’s live-action/CG hybrid adaptation of the children’s tale written by Beatrix Potter. Will Gluck is on board to direct what is being described as a modern interpretation centering on the rivalry between mischievous young hopper Peter Rabbit and Mr. McGregor, a senior trying to keep a rabbit-free garden.
Corden would voice Peter Rabbit, while Byrne would take one of the live-action roles. Gluck is producing with Zareh Nalbandian of Animal Logic Entertainment. Gluck also has been revising the latest draft of the script, which was written by Rob Lieber.
Byrne is the Australian actress who has been playing the role of Moira Mactaggert in the X-Men movies. Peter Rabbit reteams her with Gluck, for whom she starred in Sony’s 2014 remake of Annie. Corden is repped by CAA, United Agents and Sloane Offer; Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM Artists.
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Damages alumna Rose Byrne has been cast opposite Oprah Winfrey in HBO Films’ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Byrne will play Rebecca Skloot, a young journalist who, in her efforts to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks and her “immortal” cells, forms a close bond with Deborah, Henrietta’s charismatic, complicated daughter, played by Winfrey. Rebecca’s quest resulted in the NY Times best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Byrne’s most recent film credits include X-Men: Apocalypse and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. She previously starred opposite Glenn Close in FX’s Damages. She has also formed a Sydney-based production company called The Dollhouse Collective, whose mission statement is to focus on being champions of change, risk takers, friends and passionate storytellers. Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM.
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EXCLUSIVE: Larrikins, which is Aussie slang for “maverick” or “rebel,” is digging deep Down Under. DreamWorks Animation has culled together an all-Aussie cast of Hugh Jackman, Naomi Watts, Rose Byrne and Ben Mendelsohn to join previously announced fellow Aussie Margot Robbie as voice actors for its new film.
Tim Minchin and Chris Miller are directing the animal rock ‘n’ roll musical. Minchin, composer-lyricist of the five-time Tony-winning Matilda The Musical, is composing the music for Larrikins. The film is expected to shift over from Fox to Universal for release, given the NBCUni acquisition of DWA two months ago. It was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 16, 2018.
Rounding out the all-Australian cast are Jacki Weaver (Secret City, Silver Linings Playbook), Josh Lawson (House Of Lies, Free Birds), Damon Herriman (Flesh And Bone, The Lone Ranger) and Ewen Leslie (Janet King, The Mule).
The story follows a desert-dwelling marsupial known as a bilby who has lived under a rock his entire life before he is kicked out by his parents and told to get a life. He does so by going on a road trip with a band in the Australian Outback. The project was written by Harry Cripps and is being produced by Gregg Taylor, who transitioned from his head of development job at DreamWorks Animation to go all out on this film.
Source : Deadline
Rose Byrne (Neighbors) is in negotiations to star in the comedy Home Again for writer-director Hallie Meyers-Shyer. Nancy Meyers (It’s Complicated) is producing alongside Black Bicycle Entertainment’s Erika Olde, who is also financing. Based on a script by Meyers-Shyer, Home Again follows a recently separated mother of two whose new life in Los Angeles is overturned when she decides to take in three young, charismatic guys. Production is set to begin in August in Los Angeles with MadRiver Pictures introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes. CAA and WME are co-repping domestic rights.
Multi-hyphenate Meyers has a long, successful career working in the femme-oriented comedy and dramedy genres. She most recently wrote, directed and produced The Intern starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro for Warner Bros. Credits also include It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep; The Holiday starring Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz; and Something’s Gotta Give starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton.
Byrne can next be seen in Universal’s Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising opposite Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Meyers-Shyer is represented by WME and Byrne, Meyers and Olde are represented by CAA.
Launched in 2014 by filmmaker Erika Olde, Black Bicycle Entertainment develops, finances and produces commercial and prestige feature films and has sought to establish itself as a talent-friendly home for filmmakers to pursue bold, character-driven material. The company is also financing and producing Claire and Jake Scott’s The Burning Woman with Scott Free Productions and written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace). Black Bicycle Entertainment is in pre-production on Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead starring Jessica Chastain and in currently in post-production on Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz for Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.
Source : Deadline
We already posted the rumor in January but now, it seems official! Rose will star in ‘The Meddler’ alongside Susan Sarandon and freshly minted Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, a movie written and directed by Lorene Scafaria! Deadline.com also give us some more information about the story and apparently, Rose will be playing Susan Sarandon’s daughter. Read more about the project below!
EXCLUSIVE: Lorene Scafaria wrote and will direct The Meddler, a film that will star Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and freshly minted Oscar winner J.K. Simmons. Pic is Scafaria’s directing follow-up to Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.
Pic tells the story of Marnie Minervini, a recent widow and eternal optimist who transplants to Hollywood to be closer to her daughter, only to embark on a sea change all her own. Armed with an iPhone and a full bank account, Marnie sets out to make new friends, find her purpose, and possibly maybe even think about dating. Joy Gorman-Wettels and Paul Green of Anonymous Content will produce. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin will executive produce with Sarandon. Production begins late March in Los Angeles, and the project was jointly packaged by CAA and UTA, which is arranging the financing and repping domestic distribution rights. Scafaria is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content, Sarandon by UTA, Byrne by CAA and RGM Artists and Simmons by Gersh.
There likely won’t ever be a sequel of The Interview. But Seth Rogen fans can rejoice now that there’s a Neighbors 2 in the works.
Universal is moving forward with a follow-up to its hugely successful comedy from last summer that will reunite all of the major principals including stars Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne as well as director Nicholas Stoller. Neighbors, which cost just $18 million to make, earned $268 million worldwide. The studio will give the sequel a wide release May 13, 2016 — a date the studio was holding for a different R-rated comedy that it had yet to name.
Penned by Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, the first Neighbors revolved around a couple (Rogen, Byrne) with a new baby who are forced to live next to a fraternity house and do whatever they can to take it down. Cohen and O’Brien are back for the sequel, which will have a female twist. This time a sorority moves in next door to the couple, who enlist their former nemeses from the fraternity to help battle the raucous sisters.
Universal is prepping the sequel for a summer shoot.
Source : The Hollywood Reporter
Huge news! Rose will finally be in the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse! She will be reprising her role as Moira MacTaggert and it seems she might be a key character! She is joining her former co-workers James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and new ones like Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan & Alexandra Shipp. X-Men: Apocalypse will reportedly be shooting around April to June and is coming to theaters on May 27, 2016.
Last week, Bryan Singer announced that 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse will reintroduce Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Storm to the mutant superteam franchise. Now, EW can exclusively reveal that Apocalypse will feature the return trip for another franchise player: Rose Byrne’s Moira MacTaggert, the CIA agent and Professor X love interest introduced in 2011’s First Class.
“She’s a significant character in the movie,” says Apocalypse writer Simon Kinberg, returning to the franchise after Days of Future Past. “We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” Apocalypse is set in the early ’80s, roughly 20 years after First Class, and Kinberg is mum about how she ties into the film. But expect to see further developments in her interaction with Professor Xavier. “It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one,” teases Kinberg.
Source : Entertainment Weekly
Apparently, Rose may have a new project which isn’t surprising since she only have one pending project right now, The Something. Only one website relay the information so maybe we should stay prudent for the moment. I really hope this rumor is true, it would be amazing to see Rose opposite Susan Sarandon.
Lorene Scafaria has signed on to direct THE MEDDLER, with Rose Byrne, Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons attached to star. The film’s plot is being kept under lock and key, as the project is still unannounced. The roles Byrne, Sarandon, and Simmons will play are also currently under wraps, but their inclusion in the film elevates the project’s status. I’m also hearing that the budget for the film will be raised significantly following the A-list attachments. With no information having been previously released, Scafaria’s attachment is a huge boost for the indie production’s future.
Scafaria burst onto the scene after writing the Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist adaptation. She also wrote and directed the apocalyptic romance Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, which stars Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley. Next up, she’s set to serve as an executive producer on Relanxious and will write Man And Wife and 40 Days of Dating. She also recently starred in 2014′s Coherence.
Source : Tracking Board