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Feb 7, 2013

Movie / TV News: AGENT 47, George R.R. Martin, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, GAME OF THRONES, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, JUPITER ASCENDING, IN A DARK PLACE, DARK PLACES

Paul Walker Agent 47

Agent 47, George R.R. Martin, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Games of Thrones, American Horror Story, Jupiter Ascending, In A Dark Place, and Dark Places have all made recent film news. You will find a table of contents below so that you can quickly navigate to the movie you want to read about quickly.

* A Hitman reboot is coming.
* George R.R. Martin gets HBO development deal.
* Guardians Of The Galaxy finds its leader.
* Games of Thrones: Season 3, Episode 1 plot synopsis.
* An alumni returns to American Horror Story.
* Sean Bean joins Jupiter Ascending.
* Jane Levy joins In A Dark Place.
* Charlize Theron joins Dark Places.

Agent 47

Fox International Productions is rebooting Hitman, the live action film adaptation of the hit Square Enix video game. They’ve set…Paul Walker to star in Agent 47, an action film that was written by A Good Day To Die Hard‘s Skip Woods and Michael Finch and will be directed by Aleksander Bach…The new film, with Walker playing the lethal protagonist, will shoot in Berlin and Singapore this summer…Agent 47 will be produced by Chuck Gordon, Alex Young, and Adrian Askarieh. Daniel Alter will be exec producer. 20th Century Fox will distribute in the US and worldwide.

George R.R. Martin

George R.R. Martin, on whose fantasy book series HBO‘s hit drama Game Of Thrones is based, has signed a two-year overall deal with the pay cable network. Under the pact, Martin will continue as co-executive producer on Game Of Thrones, whose Season 3 premieres March 31. Additionally, he will develop and produce new series projects for the network. Attached to Martin’s upcoming HBO development is his long-time representative, manager Vince Gerardis. In addition to co-executive producing Game Of Thrones, Martin has written multiple episodes of the fantasy series.

Guardians Of The Galaxy

Marvel Studios has found its lead for its next big superhero franchise, the James Gunn-directed Guardians Of The Galaxy…the role will go to Chris Pratt…The role is Star-Lord, the Guardians leader who is the offspring of a human mother and an alien father…Star-Lord (real name Peter Quill) leads a group of alien superheros who team to protect the solar system from an evil alien race. The good guys are from the future, and another dimension.

Game of Thrones

Episode #21: Jon is brought before Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall, while the Night’s Watch survivors retreat south. In King’s Landing, Tyrion asks for his reward, Littlefinger offers Sansa a way out, and Cersei hosts a dinner for the royal family. Arya runs into the Brotherhood Without Banners. Dany sails into Slaver’s Bay. (Written by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss; directed by Daniel Minahan)

American Horror Story

Taissa Farmiga is officially coming back for the third season of American Horror Story.

Farmiga, 18, joins several of the FX horror show’s previously announced cast members including Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Lily Rabe and Jessica Lange, who won an Emmy for her Season 1 performance.

Jupiter Ascending

Sean Bean has been set by Warner Bros for a starring role in Jupiter Ascending, which Lana and Andy Wachowski will direct as their next film. Bean will play Stinger, a Han Solo-type character written older than co-star Channing Tatum. He joins Eddie Redmayne, Tatum and Mila Kunis.

In A Dark Place

Jane Levy has signed up to play the lead in In A Dark Place. The film is a psychological thriller focused around a young American governess, played by Levy, who goes to London to take care of a doll. The family treats the doll like it was their son and expects the governess to take care of it as such. Gold Circle is financing the film with Bharat Nalluri to direct from a screenplay by Stacey Menear.

Dark Places

Los Angeles, CA (February, 2013) – Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron (SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMEN, PROMETHEUS, MONSTER) will star in and produce the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Dark Places to be written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (SARAH’S KEY), it was announced today by Exclusive Media’s Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

Exclusive Media’s Guy East and Nigel Sinclair will produce and fully finance the film alongside Theron’s production company Denver and Delilah Productions with partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix; Stephane Marsil’s Hugo Productions and Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes. Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner of Exclusive Media will executive produce with Peter Safran, and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman will also produce in some capacity.

Stephane Marsil has developed and produced all of Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s films starting with 2001’s PRETTY THINGS which garnered star Marion Cotillard a César nomination. When Gilles brought Gillian’s book to Stephane, he immediately optioned it and engaged Gilles to develop his first English language American film.

Charlize Theron will play Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event.

Tobin Armbrust, President Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, will oversee the production for Exclusive Media.

Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International, will introduce DARK PLACES to overseas buyers at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.

“We are delighted to be teaming up with Charlize, Mandalay Vision, Stephane, and Gilles to bring this riveting thriller based on Gillian’s best-selling book to a worldwide movie audience. Devoted fans of her book will be delighted to learn that the screen adaptation is coming from such a stellar team of creative filmmakers,” said Nigel Sinclair and Guy East.

“I have been working with Gilles for more than ten years now and am very proud of the films we’ve produced, and especially the recent worldwide success of SARAH’S KEY. Having developed Dark Places for the past few years as Gilles’ first American film, it is truly gratifying to be working with such fantastic partners in Denver & Delilah, Exclusive Media, and Mandalay Vision,” said producer Stephane Marsil of Hugo Productions.

Mandalay’s Matthew Rhodes & Cathy Schulman said “We knew after our first meeting with Stephane and Gilles that DARK PLACES would shape up to be a truly special project. Exclusive is a terrific partner, and we’re thrilled they’ve come on board to support Gilles and our stellar creative team in bringing this gripping story to the big screen.”

Charlize Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in MONSTER in 2003. She received further Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in NORTH COUNTRY in 2005, and a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in YOUNG ADULT in 2011. Theron was last seen in the summer box office hits SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and PROMETHEUS. She will be seen next in George Miller’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD opposite Tom Hardy.

Dark Places was published in 2009 and was listed on the New York Times Best Seller List for more than 25 weeks. The book was also shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and won the Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Dark Genre Novel of the Year. Gillian Flynn is one of today’s leading suspense writers with her current novel, Gone Girl, spending eight weeks at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction best-seller list of The New York Times. Gone Girl has sold more than two million copies in print and digital formats.

Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s first feature was PRETTY THINGS which garnered star Marion Cotillard a César nomination. He wrote and directed SARAH’S KEY, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, which became the high est-grossing foreign-language release of 2011.

Chris Lytton, COO Film Group, negotiated the production deal on behalf of Exclusive Media with Mandalay Vision President, Matthew Rhodes and Mandalay’s counsel David Boyle . The project was brought into the mini studio by Alex Brunner, Exclusive Media’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer.

Charlize Theron is repped by WME. Gilles Paquet-Brenner is repped by WME, Independent Talent Group and Tom Drumm from Think Tank Management.

Source: Deadline (1, 2, 3, 4), SpoilerTV (1, 2)