Deals for films of all stripes continue fast and furious at the Cannes Film Fest, including a new romantic comedy with Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel and a black comedy with Christopher Walken and Mickey Rourke in the follow-up from 'In Bruges' director Martin McDonagh.
First up, Gabriele Muccino's 'Playing the Field,' starring Butler as a washed-up, retired soccer pro who looks up his ex-wife (Biel), finds himself coaching a boys soccer team and becomes the object of every swooning soccer mom's affections. (Get in line, ladies.) The cast also includes Uma Thurman, Judy Greer, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Look for it in spring 2012.
Read on for more deals brokered amidst the glitz and glamour of Cannes.
In other deal news, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Christopher Walken are joining Colin Farrell in the black comedy 'Seven Psychopaths,' the new film from 'In Bruges' director Martin McDonagh.
Farrell will star as a screenwriter who needs for inspiration for his script, 'Seven Psychopaths,' and gets more drama than he needed when he's drawn into the dog kidnapping schemes of his friends (Rockwell and Walken). Things turn ugly when a the dog of a ruthless gangster (Rourke) goes missing. As long as no dogs are hurt, we're in.
'Bailout,' a Michael Winterbottom–directed comedy that will star Jack Black, now has financing. Author Jess Walter has adapted his own novel, 'The Financial Lives of the Poets,' about hard-luck Matt Prior (Black), a man who loses his job, and is on the verge of losing his wife and home. He sees a chance to turn things around when two strangers at a supermarket offer him an unusual business opportunity. Shooting will begin in August.
Matthew McConaughey will star in 'The Dallas Buyers Club' as a Texas electrician named Ron Woodroof who contracts AIDS in 1986 and is told he has only six months to live. He manages to live another six years thanks to the drugs he illegally smuggles into the U.S. By sharing his stash with other patients, he draws the wrath of the FDA. Hilary Swank will co-star in this "average guy takes on the system" film and Jean-Marc Vallee ('The Young Victoria') will direct.