It’s been a while since the last all-round news update, so I thought I’d post a quick one concentrating strictly on news of projects in the works. First off, Abel Ferrara has begun shooting his Dominique Strauss-Kahn movie with Gerard Depardieu, and Kurt Walker‘s got a shot from the set.
Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s 1966 novel Silence is finally getting off the ground. The Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth has details. Also: Bae Doona, who appeared in Cloud Atlas, has joined Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne and Sean Bean in the cast of Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.
Michael Mann will direct Viola Davis and Chris Hemsworth in “a thriller about cyber crime,” reports Deadline‘s Mike Fleming, Jr., who also hears that Emma Stone is in talks to take the lead in Woody Allen’s followup to this summer’s Blue Jasmine. This next one would be shot in the south of France.
Plus: Naomi Watts will likely join Bill Murray, Melissa Anderson, and Chris O’Dowd in St. Vincent De Van Nuys. Ted Melfi will direct his own Black List screenplay. And! “IFC is taking domestic distribution rights off the table for Sils Maria, the Olivier Assayas-directed film that will star Mia Wasikowska and Juliette Binoche.”
“John Woo, who has primarily relocated from Hollywood to Asia, will next make the World War II drama Flying Tigers as a combination movie-television miniseries in China,” reports John Horn in the Los Angeles Times. “The production, based on the true story of an American who trained the Chinese to fly fighter planes against Japanese invaders, and produced by Woo’s longtime partner Terence Chang, will yield a two-part feature and a six-hour miniseries.”
“DirecTV’s ordered 10 episodes of Full Circle, a high concept half-hour series [Neil] LaBute created, is writing and will co-executive produce,” reports Alison Willmore at Indiewire. “The show is based on Arthur Schnitzler’s classic play La Ronde, which daisy-chained ten pairs of lovers up and down the social classes in ten scenes, starting and ending with the Whore.”