A Million Ways to Die in the West
Logline: A cowardly farmer’s girlfriend leaves him when he shies away from a fight, so the wife of an outlaw offers to help him win back his love.
Distributor: Universal Pictures (worldwide)
Production Company: Media Rights Capital, Bluegrass Films, Fuzzy Door Productions
Director: Seth MacFarlane
Producers: Seth MacFarlane, Scott Stuber, Jason Clark
Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Neil Patrick Harris
Screenwriters: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild
SSN Insight: Following the huge success of Ted, Macfarlane re-teams with writers, Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin for their comedic take on the Western. Ted had the highest weekend gross for an original R-rated comedy and the sequel looks to shoot either in late 2013 or early 2014.
How to Catch a Monster
Logline: A single mother gets caught up in a strange underworld, unaware that her son has uncovered a hidden road and city.
Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures, Sierra/Affinity
Production Company: Marc Platt Productions, Bold Films, Phantasma Films
Director: Ryan Gosling
Producers: Ryan Gosling, Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster, Jeff Stott, Gary Michael Walters, Christina Varotsis
Cast: Christina Hendricks, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, Matt Smith
Screenwriter: Ryan Gosling
SSN Insight: This is Ryan Gosling’s writing and directorial debut. The Oscar® nominated actor was once attached to direct The Lord’s Resistance Army, a story about child soldiers in Africa, which he had also scripted.
Logline: Joe Albany, a jazz pianist who played with greats like Charlie Parker and Miles Davis, struggles with heroin addiction.
Production Company: Epoch Films, Bona Fide Productions
Director: Jeff Preiss
Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg, Amy Albany, Carlo Martinelli, Chris Stinson
Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Peter Dinklage, Glenn Close, Taryn Manning, Flea
Screenwriter: Topper Lilien (adaptation), Amy Albany (adaptation, source material)
Details: Based on the memoir Low Down: Junk, Jazz, and Other Fairy Tales from Childhood written by A.J. Albany and published by Bloomsbury USA in March 2003.
SSN Insight: Mark Ruffalo was previously attached to star and executive produce.
Logline: After being laid off from her job at Hardees and discovering her husband is cheating on her, an overweight woman takes her alcoholic, foul-mouthed grandmother on a road trip.
Studio: New Line Cinema
Production Company: On The Day, Gary Sanchez Productions
Director: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
Producers: Melissa McCarthy, Will Ferrell, Kevin J. Messick, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Ben Falcone, Rob Cowan
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Mark Duplass, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Allison Janney, Dan Aykroyd
Screenwriter: Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone
SSN Insight: Beth McCarthy Miller, the director of Saturday Night Live for 11 years, was previously attached to direct.
A Friggin’ Christmas Miracle
Logline: A father forgets his son’s presents on Christmas Eve and has to drive through the night, with his own father, to find replacement gifts and save Christmas.
Distribution Sales: Hyde Park International (foreign)
Production Company: Sycamore Pictures
Director: Tristram Shapeero
Producers: Tom Rice, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Robin Williams, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Candice Bergen, Tim Heidecker, Clark Duke
Screenwriter: Phil Johnston
SSN Insight: The project was previously set up at Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Director duo, Joe and Anthony Russo, were previously attached to direct.
Ghosts of the Pacific
Logline: The true story of three Navy airmen who are stranded in the South Pacific Ocean after their plane crashes during World War II.
Production Company: The American Film Company
Director: Brian Peter Falk
Producers: Brian Peter Falk, Mark Moran
Cast: Garret Dillahunt, Tom Felton, Jake Abel
Screenwriter: Mark David Keegan
SSN Insight: The project marks the directorial debut for TV producer Brian Peter Falk. Falk is the president of The American Film Company, which recently produced their first film, The Conspirator.
Infinitely Polar Bear
Logline: A bipolar man struggles to keep his demons at bay when he must care for his two daughters while their mother is off starting a career.
Production Company: Paper Street Films, Park Pictures
Director: Maya Forbes
Producers: J.J. Abrams (executive producer), Bryan Burk (executive producer), Benji Kohn, Wallace Wolodarsky, Austin Stark, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee, Galt Niederhoffer
Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Zaldana
Screenwriter: Maya Forbes
SSN Insight: This is the directorial debut for TV and screenwriter Maya Forbes who was inspired by true events from her childhood.
A Walk Among the Tombstones
Logline: A private detective is hired by a drug dealer to find the serial killers responsible for his wife’s murder.
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Production Company: Double Feature Films, Jersey Films, Exclusive Media, Cross Creek Pictures
Director: Scott Frank
Producer: Tobin Armbrust (executive producer), Kerry Orent (executive producer), Tyler Thompson (executive producer),Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Scott Frank, Brian Oliver
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Ruth Wilson, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Sebastian Roché, David Harbour, Mark Consuelos, Astro, Boyd Holbrook, Lawrence Block (source material)
Screenwriter: Scott Frank
Details: Based on the novel A Walk Among the Tombstones written by Lawrence Block and published by Morrow in 1992.
SSN Insight: There were several other directors previously attached to the project, including Joe Carnahan, D.J. Caruso, and Phil Joanou, until writer Scott Frank signed on to direct.