Aussie director Roger Donaldson ('The Bank Job,' 'The Recruit' and 'The World's Fastest Indian') will direct 'Cities,' a financial thriller that will interweave stories set in New York, London and Mumbai that stars Clive Owen and 'Slumdog Millionaire's Anil Kapoor. According to Variety, the film is a cautionary tale about greed and ambition set against the Dow Jones all-time stock market high. Production will begin in October in London, Mumbai and New York.
Ex-'CSI' star William Petersen, 'Scream 4' star Adam Brody and Rob Corddry are in negotiations to star with Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in Mandate Pictures' 'Seeking a Friend at the End of the World.' The film, directed by first-timer Lorene Scafaria (who also wrote the script), is set in a near future where an unstoppable asteroid is on its way to destroy all life on earth. In that "end-time" period, a man (Carell) whose wife leaves him amidst the ensuing panic seeks out his high school sweetheart, who wants to be with him when the end comes. Knightley plays a neighbor who travels with him on his romantic road trip. The film will start production at the end of the month. [Variety]
Variety has reported that The Weinstein Company is moving ahead on a remake of Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai,' and has tapped Scott Mann (cult fave 'The Tournament') to direct it. The price tag: $60 million, pretty good for a sophomore director. The film will be transposed to modern Thailand and will center on paramilitary contractors hired to protect a village. The folks over at The Playlist don't think this is such a good idea. Read what they have to say and then let us know what you think.