DEADLINE – After scoring glowing reviews out of the South by Southwest film festival, Edgar Wright’s action heist pic Baby Driver starring Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort and Jon Bernthal is moving up to Wednesday, June 28. Pic was originally scheduled for release on Aug. 11. against New Line/Warner Bros.’ Annabelle 2, Weinstein Co.’s Wind River
The news was announced at Sony’s CinemaCon presentation today by president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer. Sony’s session started with the opening six-minute scene from Baby Driver, followed by Wright, Hamm and Elgort taking the stage to talk up exhibitors. “I designed Baby Driver to be seen large and loud,” said Wright winking to exhibs that his latest car movie driven by music, wasn’t intended for cell phones, but big screens. “We rehearsed to the music (in the film),” said Wright. Elgort plays the getaway driver Baby, and the music he listens to is from stolen ipods. Wright wrote the script around the music in the script. “There was no CGI or green screens, many people have a fantasy of being in a high-speed chase and the key thing is to make them all real,” said Wright, who strapped himself to the car to shoot the picture going backwards at 70mph.
“There’s not a lot of acting in the backseat where I’m sitting sweating and terrified,” said Hamm, “Everything was shot and it was real and it’s all up there.”
On its new date, Baby Driver will head into Independence Day traffic with the weekend holiday stretch occurring from Friday, June 30 to Tuesday, July 4. Baby Driver will follow in the wake of Paramount’s Transformers: The Last Knight on July 23 and act as older male counterprogramming to Illumination/Universal’s Despicable Me 3, but it will butt up against the New Line/Warner Bros.’ Will Ferrell-Amy Poehler movie The House. In addition, Weinstein Co. has Blumhouse’s Amityville: The Awakening finally opening while Focus Features will expand Sofia Coppola’s Beguiled.
Baby Driver is set to have its world premiere during the SXSW Film Festival. The festival will take place from March 10 – March 19.
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Director/Screenwriter: Edgar Wright
A talented, young getaway driver relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom. Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx (World Premiere)
VARIETY – Lionsgate is planning to wrap up the “Divergent Series” with a television movie and a spinoff series, Variety has learned.
Negotiations are in the early stages, but instead of having “The Divergent Series: Ascendant” open in theaters next year, the studio wants to wrap up the film series on the small screen, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. That would then segue into a standalone television series set in the same post-apocalyptic world.
The first two “Divergent” films were box office hits, but the most recent chapter, “Allegiant,” stumbled when it hit theaters last spring. The fourth and final film, “Ascendant,” was originally scheduled to debut in June 2017, when it would have squared off against “World War Z 2” and a reboot of “The Mummy.” The studio initially planned to start shooting this summer in Atlanta, before “Allegiant’s” box office performance caused them to rethink that strategy.
Lionsgate’s television group will handle production. The idea is to finalize the storylines involving the current cast and to introduce a new cast, who would then continue the series on either a traditional or streaming network.
The “Divergent” films focused on a futuristic society where people are broken up into social and personality-related factions. Veronica Roth authored the best-selling series that inspired the movies.
It’s not clear if stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Ansel Elgort, and others will return for the “Ascendant” television movie. Lee Toland Krieger (“Age of Adaline”) had been tapped to direct the film.
No deals appear to have been made, and sources say that the the studio has yet to pitch the project to networks.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros’ fantasy film Dungeons And Dragons, the movie based on the role-playing game that began in 1974 and has built a multi-generational cult following worldwide, is moving forward with word coming that YA favorite Ansel Elgort is in early negotiations to star in the project — a primo role for any actor.
Dungeons And Dragons, to be directed by Rob Letterman, has been a top priority film for Warner Bros. which is looking for new franchises to invigorate the studio. The property was, at one point, the center of litigation as who had the rights. That was resolved last August.
David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) scripted the fantasy story for the studio. Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis, Sweetpea Entertainment’s Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman, and Roy Lee are producing.
Dungeons And Dragons is a fantasy adventure centering on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure. It’s known that Vin Diesel has also expressed interest in being part of the film as he has been a fan of and played the game for more than 20 years. What role, if any, he may take is yet to be determined, but with as big of a social media presence that he has, it seems a no-brainer.
Elgort catapulted onto the big screen with the reboot of Carrie and then Divergent before hitting gold with The Fault In Our Stars. He has since been tapped for the entire Divergent series as well as such films as Baby Driver and Billionaire Boys Club.
Elgort is repped by CAA and Brookside Artist Management.
Allegiant is nominated for this year’s Teen Choice Awards. The awards will take place on Sunday, July 31, LIVE on FOX.
Voting is officially open via TeenChoice.com, the FOX NOW app and Twitter. Starting today through Thursday, June 2 at 12:00 PM PT, fans can vote once each day per category, per platform user ID, for their favorite TEEN CHOICE 2016 Wave One nominees. Vote via Twitter by tweeting a category hashtag (please see below) with the nominees name (either @nominee or if the nominee does not have a Twitter account use #nominee). You may only vote for one Teen Choice nominee per Tweet.
Choice Movie: Action/Adventure (#ChoiceActionMovie)
“In the Heart of the Sea”
“Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”
“The Divergent Series: Allegiant”
“The Jungle Book”
THR.com – James Cox will direct the project, which Good Universe is selling at AFM.
Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton, two of the brightest rising stars as far as young actors go, are attached to star in Billionaire Boys Club.
Wonderland helmer James Cox will direct the film, which is a remake of the 1987 film of the same name. The TV movie was based on a true story about a group of wealthy young men whose schemes and manipulative ways eventually lead to murder.
Elgort would play the leader of the group, Joe Hunt.
Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing. Good Universe is selling the project at the upcoming American Film Market in November.
Cox directed the 2003 film Wonderland starring Kate Bosworth and Carrie Fisher and the 2013 film Straight A’s with Ryan Phillippe. He’s repped by CAA.
Elgort had his breakout role in cancer drama Fault in Our Stars opposite Shailene Woodley. Along with starring in the Divergent YA franchise, he’s booked a slew of projects, including November Criminals with Chloe Moretz, Edgar Wright’s Baby Drive with Lily James and CIA drama Code Name Veil. He’s repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Morris Yorn.
Egerton also had a big breakout when he starred in Fox’s hit Kingsman: The Secret Service with Colin Firth. He’ll next be seen in Legend with Tom Hardy. He’ll play Great Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics in the upcoming Eddie the Eagle. Plus, he’ll also reprise his role for the Kingsman sequel, and has booked Lionsgate’s Robin Hood: Origins. He’s repped by CAA and United Agents in the UK.
THR.com – ‘Kill the Messenger’ helmer Michael Cuesta will direct the drama.
Fault in Our Stars and Divergent actor Ansel Elgort is attached to star in Code Name Veil, the Black Label Media drama set in 1980s Beirut.
In the film, which is inspired by real events, Elgort would play a rookie CIA agent who investigates the attacks against the U.S. Embassy and Marine barracks during the bombings in Beirut in 1983. When his station chief is taken hostage, the young and inexperienced agent finds himself turning to desperate measures to save his mentor.
Kill the Messenger helmer Michael Cuesta is directing the hot-button film from a 2008 Black List script by Matt Billingsly.
Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill and Molly Smith are producing while Jon Schumacher and Ellen H. Schwartz will executive produce. CAA is repping domestic rights.
Elgort has been in high demand since his breakout role in The Fault in Our Stars, the hit adaptation of John Green’s YA book. The 2014 film, in which he starred opposite Shailene Woodley, earned a massive $307 million worldwide.
Elgort, who is also an electronic dance music producer, stars in Summit’s Divergent YA franchise (also with Woodley), and will next be seen in the franchise’s Allegiant: Part 1, which opens in March. His other upcoming films include November Criminals with Chloe Grace Moretz, and he’s attached to Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver with Lily James. He’s repped by CAA, Brookside Artist Management and Kevin Yorn.
The first wave of nominees for The Teen Choice Awards have been announced and Insurgent and Ansel have been nominated. Voting for the awards will begin tomorrow, Wednesday at 12PM PST! Teen Choice 2015 will air Sunday, August 16 at 8/7c LIVE on FOX.
Movies Choice Movie: Action/Adventure
Kingsman: The Secret Service
The Maze Runner
Choice Movie Actor: Action/Adventure
Ansel Elgort – Insurgent
Dylan O’Brien- The Maze Runner
Paul Walker – Furious 7
Taylor Lautner- Tracers
Theo James – Insurgent
Vin Diesel – Furious 7
“Fault in Our Stars” actor Ansel Elgort is set to star in the TriStar and MRC pic “Baby Driver” directed by Edgar Wright.
Plot follows a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After being coerced into working for a crime boss, he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
Wright will write and direct “Baby Driver,” with Working Title principals Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan producing along with Nira Park through her Big Talk Productions. David Beaubaire and Nicole Brown overseeing for TriStar.
“Baby Driver” will see a 50/50 financing split between MRC and TriStar, with TriStar handling worldwide distribution.
Variety was the first to report TriStar and Working Title were teaming on the pic and also that Elgort was in early discussions to star. Elgort has since worked out his schedule with the next film in the “Divergent” series, “Allegiant,” which allowed him to close the deal for “Baby Driver.”
Working Title has worked with Wright on several films, including his comedy “The World’s End,” and Hollywood has been buzzing about what his next project will be since he exited “Ant-Man” last summer. Rothman has had a long-standing relationship with Wright and fought hard to land the pic.
Elgort is repped by CAA and can be seen next in “November Criminals” opposite Chloe Moretz.
Ansel will be on Live with Kelly and Michael and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, March 3rd! Be sure to tune in!