CATEGORIES Movie NewsNever underestimate the power of television. Witness the case of Damon Lindelof, who just linked up with Disney to write and produce an original large-scale family science-fiction feature film with the working title of '1952.' Lindelof was a writer-producer for ABC's 'Lost,' and his success on that series opened up the right doors in Hollywood. He worked on 'Cowboys & Aliens,' rewrote Ridley Scott's sci-fi tale 'Prometheus' and is helping develop a script for a 'Star Trek' sequel. Though no details about the '1952' project have been revealed, one thing is known for sure: Lindelof went from 'Lost' to a seven-figure deal. Quite a find. [Deadline]
Casting news: Matthew Goode is in talks to star in 'Stoker,' the English-language debut of director Park Chan-wook ('Oldboy,' 'Thirst'). Nicole Kidman and Mia Waskiowska star as a mother and daughter who reunite with a mysterious uncle who is rumored to be a vampire. [/film] ... John Krasinski will star in Matt Damon's directorial debut, 'Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses,' about "a man who goes on the lam with his daughter on a three-state crime spree." Production will begin next year. [SlashFilm]
And, last but not least, 'Killer Elite,' an action thriller starring Jason Statham, Robert De Niro and Clive Owen, and the first film to be released by Open Road Films, the distribution label set up by movie exhibitors AMC and Regal Entertainment, will open Sept. 23. According to Deadline, "The fact-based thriller is about an ex-special ops agent (Statham) lured out of retirement to rescue his mentor (De Niro). To do it, he must lay waste to three assassins with a cunning leader (Owen)."