Me Him Her
Logline: Three people living in Los Angeles explore sex, love and friendship.
Distributor: Protagonist Pictures (foreign)
Production Company: Big Beach Productions
Director: Max Landis
Executive Producer: Darren Demetre
Producers: Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub
Cast: Dustin Milligan, Luke Bracey, Emily Meade
Screenwriter: Max Landis
SSN Insight: Writer Max Landis will be making his directorial debut. Big Beach Productions has found success in backing first time filmmakers, including Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ The Kings of Summer, and the directorial debuts for actors Philip Seymour Hoffman and Liev Schreiber.
Logline: After Mickey’s crazy stepson is killed in a construction “accident,” Mickey tries to hide the truth, but a columnist starts digging into the case.
Production Companies: Park Pictures Features, Cooper’s Town Productions, Shoestring Pictures
Director: John Slattery
Producers Sam Bisbee, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, John Slattery, Lance Acord, Galt Niederhoffer, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro, Caleb Landry Jones, Domenick Lombardozzi
Screenwriter: John Slattery (adaptation), Alex Metcalf (adaptation)
Details: Based on the book God’s Pocket, written by Pete Dexter and published by Random House in 1983.
SSN Insight: The picture marks the directorial debut of Mad Men star John Slattery and is the first project for his company Shoestring Pictures.
Logline: After finishing law school, Veronica Mars goes back to Neptune to attend her 10-year high school reunion.
Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Company: Silver Pictures
Director: Rob Thomas
Producers: Rob Thomas, Joel Silver, Danielle Stokdyk, Dan Etheridge
Cast: Kristen Bell, Enrico Colantoni, Francis Capra, Percy Daggs III, Jason Dohring, Max Greenfield, Chris Lowell, Christine Lakin, Eddie Jemison, Tina Majorino, Krysten Ritter, Ryan Hanson, Andrea Estella, Jerry O’Connell, Gaby Hoffman
Screenwriters: Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero
Details: Based on the WB/UPN television series Veronica Mars that aired from 2004-2007 and starred Kristen Bell.
SSN Insight: Creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell set up a Kickstarter campaign and achieved their goal of raising $2 million in less than 11 hours. Andrea Estella replaced Leighton Meester who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Logline: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.
Studio/Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Production Company: Marvel Studios
Directors: Joe Russo & Anthony Russo
Producer: Kevin Feige
Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Maximiliano Hernandez, Georges St. Pierre
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
SSN Insight: Though the Russo brothers appeared to be an unconventional choice to direct, Marvel’s Kevin Feige was impressed with their enthusiasm to make a “‘70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie.”
Logline: Storyline is under wraps.
Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
Production Company: Legendary Entertainment, Toho Company
Director: Gareth Edwards
Executive Producers: Yoshimitsu Banno, Alex Garcia, Kenji Okuhira, Patty Whitcher
Producers: Mary Parent, Jon Jashni, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, Richard T Jones, Akira Takarada
Screenwriter: Frank Darabont (current draft), Max Borenstein (previous draft), David Callaham (original draft),
Details: Based on the fictional monster Godzilla, which first appeared in the film Gojira (Japan/1954) produced and distributed by Toho Company.
SSN Insight: Gareth Edwards has one feature film under his belt, the 2010 Monsters, which he directed, wrote, and did the visual effects for as well.
The November Man
Logline: A former-CIA agent comes back for one last mission but finds himself battling a past protégé.
Distributor: The Solution Entertainment Group
Production Companies: Irish DreamTime, DAS Films
Director: Roger Donaldson
Producers: Beau St. Clair, Pierce Brosnan, Sriram Das, Kevan Van Thompson (co-producer)
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Luke Bracey
Screenwriters: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek
Details: Based on the novel There Are No Spies, written by Bill Granger published by Warner Books in November 1986.
SSN Insight: Pierce Bronson’s company, Irish Dreamtime, has a multi-film financing and distribution deal with The Solution Entertainment Group.
Logline: Two scientists experiment to create a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain as a radical anti-technology organization fights to stop them.
Distributor: Warner Bros. DMG (China)
Production Companies: Alcon Entertainment, Straight Up Films, Inc., Syncopy Films, DMG
Director: Wally Pfister
Executive Producers: Aaron Ryder, Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
Producers: Broderick Johnson, Andrew Kosove, Annie Marter, Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen, David Valdes, Regency Boies (co-producer)
Cast: Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy, Clifton Collins Jr., Cole Hauser. Josh Stewart
Screenwriters: Noah Oppenheim (current draft), Jordan Goldberg (previous draft), Alex Paraskevas (previous draft), Jack Paglen (original draft)
SSN Insight: Wally Pfister, the Academy Award winning cinematographer and long-time Christopher Nolan collaborator, makes his directorial debut. DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company, is partnering with Alcon Entertainment to finance, produce, and distribute a series of films beginning with Transcendence.
Our Robot Overlords
Logline: Set in a robot-occupied, futuristic Britain in which a gang of teenagers struggle to survive in the search for their father.
Distributor: Embankment Films (foreign sales)
Production Company: Tempo Productions
Director: Jon Wright
Executive Producer: Mark Huffam
Producer: Piers Tempest
Cast: Ben Kingsley, Gillian Anderson, Callan McAuliffe, Ella Hunt, James Tarpey, Milo Parker
Screenwriter: Caroline Thompson
SSN Insight: With a budget of over $20 million, this is the biggest project for British director Jon Wright. His previous films were the low budget horror films Grabbers (2012) and Tormented (2009) starring Alex Pettyfer.
The Raid 2: Berandal
Logline: An Indonesian SWAT member that survived a brutal raid takes on another criminal.
Studio/Distributor: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (domestic, Latin America, Spain), Celluloid Dreams (foreign)
Production Company: XYZ Films, PT. Merantau Films
Director: Gareth Evams
Executive Producers: Rangga Maya Barack-Evans, Nate Bolotin, Todd Brown
Producer: Gareth Evans
Cast: Iko Uwais
Screenwriter: Gareth Evans
Details: Sequel to The Raid: Redemption (Indonesia/2012) directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais.
SSN Insight: The sequel in the second installment in a planned trilogy. Screen Gems is producing a Hollywood remake of the original.
Logline: The bond between two brothers is tested when they become involved in an ill-fated heist.
Distributor: Voltage Pictures (foreign)
Production Companies: Glacier Films, Nasser Entertainment Group
Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Executive Producers: Adrien Brody, Joseph Nasser, Jack Nasser, Jojo Ryder
Producers: Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov, Valdimir Poliakov, Tove Christenses
Cast: Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Akon
Details: Remake of The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959), directed by Charles Guggenheim and John Stix, and starring Steve McQueen.
SSN Insight: This is the first project from Glacier Films which plans to produce 11 feature films over the next three years. This is also the English language directorial debut for Russian director Sarik Andreasyan.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Logline: A group of friends, once again, jump into the hot tub time machine, but this time it is to travel into the future.
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM
Production Company: Panay Films
Director: Steve Pink
Producer: Andrew Panay
Cast: Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, Clark Duke, Adam Scott, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Kellee Stewart, Bianca Haase
Screenwriter: Josh Heald
Details: The sequel to the film Hot Tub Time Machine (USA/2010), directed by Steve Pink and starring John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson and Rob Corddry.
SSN Insight: Rob Corddry was previously mentioned to write the screenplay for the sequel. The original film grossed around $50 million domestically, but ended up doing very well on home video.
Logline: An undercover cop and a former criminal attempt to infiltrate a gang, armed with a weapon of mass destruction, in the ghetto known as “Brick Mansions.”
Distributor: Relativity Media
Production Company: EuropaCorp
Director: Camille Delamarre
Executive Producer: Matt Alvarez
Producers: Luc Besson, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Christophe Lambert
Cast: Paul Walker, David Belle, Catalina Denis, RZA
Screenwriter: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Details: The remake of District B13 (France/2004) directed by Pierre Morel and written by Luc Besson.
SSN Insight: A protégé of Luc Besson, Camille Delamarre has edited several of his movies, but this marks her feature directorial debut.
The Million Dollar Arm
Logline: The true story of a sports agent who seeks out pitching prospects in India.
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Production Company: Roth Films, Mayhem Pictures
Director: Craig Gillespie
Executive Producers: Palak Patel, Joe Roth, Kevin Halloran
Producers: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray
Cast: Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Allyn Rachel, Bill Paxton
Details: Based on the true story of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel.
SSN Insight: Mitch Glazer wrote the screenplay when the project was previously set up at Columbia Pictures.