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Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller

Film News Roundup: 30 West Buys ‘Beast’; ‘Stephen Rea, Colm Feore Join Chloe Grace Moretz Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Stephen Rea and Colm Feore join “The Widow,” 30 West buys rights to the thriller “Beast,” and AFI Fest announces a Robert Altman retrospective.

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Stephen Rea, Colm Feore, and Zawe Ashton have joined the previously announced cast of the thriller “The Widow,” opposite Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Maika Monroe.

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Neil Jordan, who won an Academy Award for best original screenplay for “The Crying Game,” will direct from a screenplay by Ray Wright. The project re-teams Jordan with Rea, who received a best actor Oscar nomination for “The Crying Game.”

The film begins principal photography this month. The story is set in New York and follows Moretz’s character as she strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow, played by Huppert, whose motives are gradually revealed to be sinister. Rea
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Stephen Rea, Colm Feore & Zawe Ashton Join ‘The Widow’ From Director Neil Jordan

Stephen Rea, Colm Feore & Zawe Ashton Join ‘The Widow’ From Director Neil Jordan
Oscar nominee Stephen Rea, Colm Feore and English actress Zawe Ashton are set for Neil Jordan’s upcoming thriller The Widow from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. The pic, which begins filming this month, also co-stars Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz and Maika Monroe. Written by Ray Wright, the film, set in New York, follows a young woman named Frances (Moretz) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an enigmatic widow named Greta (Huppert) whose motives are gradually…
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Maika Monroe cast in Neil Jordan thriller The Widow

Maika Monroe (It Follows) has signed on to join Isabelle Huppert (Elle) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Bad Neighbours 2) in the cast of The Widow, the new thriller from director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game).

Written by Ray Wright (The Crazies), The Widow sees Moretz as Frances, a young woman who returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems and that she’s downright dangerous.

Monroe – who is currently gearing up to shoot the thriller Stockholm for writer-director Matt Spicer – is set to portray Erica, Frances’ protective best friend who is living large on her father’s dime and helps her college pal acclimate to the city.
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Maika Monroe Set For Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’

Maika Monroe Set For Neil Jordan’s ‘The Widow’
Exclusive: Maika Monroe has joined Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert in The Widow, the Neil Jordan-directed thriller for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Ray Wright (The Crazies) wrote the script. Ske, Lawrence Bender, James Flynn and Karen Richards are producing. Moretz plays Frances, a young woman who returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems…
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Maika Monroe boards Ske’s 'The Widow'

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Maika Monroe boards Ske’s 'The Widow'
Neil Jordan preparing to direct New York-set thriller.

It Follows star Maika Monroe has joined Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz in Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s (Ske) The Widow.

Sierra/Affinity represents international sales, and CAA and Wme Global co-represent Us rights.

Neil Jordan will direct the New York-set thriller about a woman who befriends an older widow with cruel intentions. Monroe will play Moretz’s savvy best friend and roommate.

Ray Wright wrote the screenplay and his credits include The Crazies.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lawrence Bender, James Flynn, and Karen Richards serve as producers.

Ske’s produced Hell Or High Water with OddLot Entertainment, and its next theatrical release is Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and Jenna Fischer.

Ske produced Brad’s Status with Plan B, while Amazon Studios co-financed the dramedy and will distribute in North America. Sierra/Affinity handles international sales.
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Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz to Topline “The Widow”

Isabelle Huppert in “Elle

Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz are joining forces. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actresses have signed on to star in “The Widow,” a thriller about a young woman (Moretz) who is new to Manhattan and dealing with the absence of her late mother. She forms a friendship with an older widow (Huppert) who turns out to have sinister intentions.

Written by Ray Wright (“The Crazies”) and directed by Neil Jordan (“The Brave One,” “Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles”), “The Widow” is being launched at Cannes Film Market, which kicks off May 17. Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (“The Age of Adaline”) is among the project’s producers.

Huppert earned great acclaim — and many awards and nominations, including an Oscar nod — her for performance in 2016’s controversial rape-revenge thriller “Elle.” Her other recent credits include “Things to Come,” “Louder than Bombs,” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Huppert has a number of films set for release in 2017 including Anne Fontaine’s “Marvin,” the story of man who runs away from his hometown and family after being stigmatized for being gay. He ends up writing a hit stage play based on the experience.

Mortez recently appeared in “Brain on Fire,” “The 5th Wave,” and “The Clouds of Sils Maria.” Among her upcoming projects is “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” a coming-of-age Lgbtq film co-starring “American Honey” breakout Sasha Lane that’s written and directed by “Appropriate Behavior’s” Desiree Akhavan.

Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz to Topline “The Widow” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Cannes: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Thriller 'The Widow' (Exclusive)

Cannes: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Thriller 'The Widow' (Exclusive)
Recent Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz have signed on to star in The Widow, helmed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan.

Ray Wright wrote the script, which follows a young woman who is missing her deceased mother and is new to Manhattan. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older widow, but the widow’s intentions turn out to be sinister.

Lawrence Bender, James Flynn and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, an Sk Global company, are producing the buzzy project. Sierra/Affinity will represent foreign sales for the thriller and is launching the project at this year’s Cannes Film Market....
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Cannes: Snd boards Tommy Wirkola sci-fi

Cannes: Snd boards Tommy Wirkola sci-fi
Noomi Rapace to play seven sisters in What Happened to Monday?, co-starring Glenn Close.

Paris-based Snd has boarded Tommy Wirkola’s upcoming high-concept sci-fi action film What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close.

The previously announced project, which has been in development for some time, is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Production and fully financed by Snd, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales.

The partners announced on Wednesday (May 6) that the production is due to shoot in Bucharest late July.

“Working with Vendôme pictures and Raffaella productions to produce this project with us is a thrill. They have found and polished a gem of a story we are excited to bring to the screen. These producers have an amazing track record. We are thrilled to work with those two partners,” said Lionel Uzan, director of acquisitions and international sales at Snd.

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The Witches' Ballroom Goes to Dimension Films

Dimension Films announced today that they have preemptively purchased The Witches' Ballroom, a pitch by Ray Wright. Wright previously wrote The Crazies, and his last spec script, The Widow, was recently sold to Vendome.

The Witches' Ballroom will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps. The logline is currently being kept under wraps.

Here's what The Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein had to say about the project.

"I've been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now and we've been trying to find something to collaborate on. The Witches' Ballroom is going to terrify audiences in a way they've never seen before."

Screenwriter Ray Wright had this to say about his project finding a home at Dimension Films.

"It's exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror which is such a visceral thrill to write. Dimension is the perfect home for it.
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The Witches' Ballroom Set Up at Dimension Films

Evil witches remain as hot as the flaming pyres which once burned their bones, and another flick centering on these deliciously evil practitioners is on its way from Dimension Films. Read on for details.

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Dimension Films announced today that they have preemptively purchased The Witches' Ballroom, a pitch by Ray Wright. Wright previously wrote The Crazies, and his last spec script, The Widow, was recently sold to Vendome.

The Witches' Ballroom will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps. The logline is currently being kept under wraps.

"I've been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now, and we've been trying to find something to collaborate on. The Witches' Ballroom is going to terrify audiences in a way they've never seen before," said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

"It's exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror,
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Bob Weinstein Heading to ‘Witches’ Ballroom’

Bob Weinstein Heading to ‘Witches’ Ballroom’
The Weinstein Co.’s Dimension Films has preemptively purchased Ray Wright’s psychological horror pitch “The Witches’ Ballroom” and set up the project with “Night at the Museum” producer Shawn Levy.

Wright wrote “The Crazies” and sold “The Widow” to Vendome. Levy will produce via his 21 Laps banner with Dan Levine at 21 Laps.

The logline is being kept under wraps.

“I’ve been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now and we’ve been trying to find something to collaborate on,” said Dimension topper Bob Weinstein, co-chief of The Weinstein Co. “‘The Witches’ Ballroom’ is going to terrify audiences in a way they’ve never seen before.”

Matthew Signer and Keith Levine will oversee for Dimension. The deal was negotiated for Dimension by Adrian Lopez and Signer and on behalf of Wright by UTA and attorney Mark Temple.
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Dimension Picks Up 'Witches' Ballroom' From 'Crazies' Writer

Dimension Picks Up 'Witches' Ballroom' From 'Crazies' Writer
In a preemptive deal, Dimension has picked up The Witches’ Ballroom, a pitch by Ray Wright, with Shawn Levy and Dan Levine of 21 Laps to produce. The logline is being kept under wraps, but Wright co-wrote the 2010 remake of The Crazies as well as horror thriller Case 39 and Pulse, so expect something creepy. "It's exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror which is such a visceral thrill to write," said Wright in the announcement. Dimension's Matthew Singer and Keith Levine will oversee development. Wright, who also has The Widow set up at

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Shawn Levy to Produce ‘The Witches Ballroom’ for Dimension Films

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Shawn Levy to Produce ‘The Witches Ballroom’ for Dimension Films
Dimension Films has preemptively purchased Ray Wright’s pitch “The Witches’ Ballroom,” the company announced Wednesday. Wright previously wrote “The Crazies” and his last spec script, “The Widow,” was recently bought by Vendome. “The Witches’ Ballroom” will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps. The logline is currently being kept under wraps. Also read: Dimension, RADiUS Pick Up Salma Hayek Thriller ‘Everly’ “I’ve been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now and we’ve been trying to find something to collaborate on. ‘The Witches’ Ballroom’ is going to terrify audiences in
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Dimension Films Books The Witches' Ballroom

Dimension Films announced today that they have preemptively purchased The Witches' Ballroom , a pitch by Ray Wright. Wright previously wrote Breck Eisner's 2010 version of The Crazies , and his last spec script, The Widow , was recently sold to Vendome. The Witches' Ballroom will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Levine at 21 Laps. The logline is currently being kept under wraps. "I've been a huge fan of Ray Wright for a very long time now and we've been trying to find something to collaborate on. 'The Witches' Ballroom' is going to terrify audiences in a way they've never seen before," said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. "It's exciting when an original idea takes off, particularly psychological horror which is such a visceral...
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David Slade Returns To Thrillers With ‘The Widow’

Even though his last project might have been a horror to some (that would be the third film in the Twilight saga) director David Slade will be returning to thrillers on the big screen. It was revealed that Slade, who directed films such as Hard Candy and 30 Days Of Night, is attached to direct psychological thriller The Widow. The story, which is penned by Ray Wright, follows a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their friendship was not a coincidence. Vendome Pictures will be financing the project, with their CEO Philippe Rousselet producing.

Rousselet said that the company are thrilled to be working with him.

“We are thrilled to be working on this piece with David. He is such a dynamic filmmaker, and we are excited about his vision to make this movie a throwback to some of the most iconic thrillers in cinematic history
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David Slade Will Direct The Widow

Though he’s known for films like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Hard Candy, director David Slade has been spending his time in the world of television lately. He directed the pilot for Awake, he’s helmed three episodes of the Mads Mikkelsen starring Hannibal and has also taken a stab at an episode of Breaking Bad. Now, the director is returning to the big screen as THR reports that he’s on board to step behind the camera for The Widow, a psychological thriller from Vendom Pictures, who produced and financed Source Code.

Penned by Ray Wright (The Crazies, Case 39), the film follows “a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.” No casting has been announced just yet but the search for a lead actress is underway and Slade is hoping to start shooting later this year.

Though
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David Slade To Direct “The Widow”

David Slade To Direct “The Widow”
David Slade, the man behind Hard Candy, 30 Days Of Night, Twilight Saga: Eclipse and the Hannibal pilot, will be taking on The Widow.

The film, produced by Vendome Pictures, is written by Ray Wright. The script is described as a “…psychological thriller centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.” Based on that synopsis, I can’t say I’m too enthused, but Slade’s Hannibal pilot was brilliant, and I’m sure I’ll check this out.
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Director David Slade is Getting Back into Thrillers with 'The Widow'

After directing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (arguably the best film in the franchise, which isn't saying much), 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy director David Slade stepped back into more comfortable territory on TV by directing the pilot for "Awake," three episodes of "Hannibal" with Mads Mikkelsen (worth checking out) and an episode of "Breaking Bad." Now the director is coming to big screen thriller territory as THR reports Slade is on board to direct a psychological thriller called The Widow for a company called Vendome Pictures, which financed and produced the Duncan Jones' film Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal. Ray Wright, who scripted The Crazies and Case 39, is behind the script which follows a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence. And that's all the information we have. There's likely some sort of darker, twisted element to
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David Slade Takes on The Widow

Acquired by Vendome Pictures earlier this year, The Widow has found a director in David Slade. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy helmer will take on the Ray Wright (The Crazies) screenplay.

The Widow is said to be an elevated psychological thriller that follows a young woman who befriends a lonely widow only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence. Vendome's CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the project along with Steve Golin and Alix Madigan of Anonymous Content

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David Slade Falls For "The Widow"

David Slade ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," "30 Days of Night") is set to direct the psychological thriller "The Widow" for Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content.

Ray Wright penned the story which centers on a young woman who befriends a lonely widow, only to discover that their encounter was not a coincidence.

Philippe Rousselet, Steve Golin and Alix Madigan will produce, with shooting to commence later this year. Slade most recently helmed the pilot episode of NBC's "Hannibal".

Source: THR
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