Saban Films announced on Thursday that it has picked up U.S.
rights to Steven C. Miller’s “Line of Duty,” starring Aaron Eckhart.
of Duty” follows a disgraced cop (Eckhart) who finds himself in a race against
time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed.
action thriller was directed by Miller (“Escape Plan 2: Hades,” “First Kill”)
from a script penned by Jeremy Drysdale (“Grand Theft Parsons”). In addition to
Eckhart, the film stars Giancarlo Esposito, Courtney Eaton (“Mad Max: Fury
Road”), Dina Meyer (“Starship Troopers,” “Saw”) and Ben McKenzie (“Gotham”).
“This fast-paced thriller is action-packed and bound to
captivate audiences and keep them on their toes,” Saban Films President Bill
Bromiley said in a statement. “It’s a testament to Steven’s skills as a
filmmaker and the cast, led by Aaron, give stunning performances.”
Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with Myles Nestel and Lisa
Wilson (who also executive produced the film) on behalf of The Solution. The
Solution represents worldwide rights, with Wilson selling the remaining
international rights at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
film was produced by The Solution Entertainment Group’s Myles Nestel, Craig
Chapman, Skip Williamson, Scott LaStaiti, Martin Sprock, Tiffany Stone, Renee
Tab and Christopher Tuffin.
“We are excited to continue our long-standing relationship with Saban as our US distributor on the title,” Nestel said in a statement. “Steven knocked the film out of the park and Aaron gives a tour-de-force performance as Frank Penny.”
Vikings starKatheryn Winnick has joined Aaron Eckhart on VMI Worldwide’s conspiracy thriller Wander, which marks April Mullen’s follow-up to female gaze romance Below Her Mouth.
Production is set to kick off in New Mexico in July. Eckhart plays Arthur Bretnik, a mentally unstable private investigator convinced there is a link between a suspicious death case and the cover-up that caused the death of his daughter.
Midway will be in theaters November 8, 2019 and stars Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Luke Evans, Aaron Eckhart, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano, Luke Kleintank, Jun Kunimura, Darren Criss, Keean Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, with Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid and Woody Harrelson.
Aaron Eckhart (London Has Fallen, Sully) is set to topline WanderW, a conspiracy thriller which Below Her Mouth helmer April Mullen is directing from a script by Tim Doiron. Shooting is slated to begin this June in New Mexico. Mullen and Doiron are producing the pic alongside Andre Relis of VMI Worldwide and Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions.
The story centers around Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the small town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter.
VMI Worldwide, which has worldwide rights for the film, will present the
project to buyers in Cannes.
Eckhart, who will next be seen in Roland Emmerich’s historical actioner, Midway, and the Steven C. Miller-directed thriller, Live!, is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman.
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Amazon Prime Video’s new project, The Romanoffs, from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, is unconventional to say the least.
The limited series includes eight episodes with eight completely different stories. But each episode includes at least one character who believes him or herself is a descendant of the Russian royal family.
Eckhart shows up in the first episode, “The Violet Hour,” in which audiences are transported to modern day Paris, where a wealthy older (and quite racist) woman, Anushka (Marthe Keller), lives in an enormous, magnificent apartment. The Dark Knight actor plays Anushka’s American nephew Greg, who both loves her and wants to inherit her fortune.
TV Insider spoke with Eckhart ahead of the premiere about what attracted him to the role and what is was like working with a TV powerhouse like Weiner.
How would you describe this series? It’s not exactly what’s advertised.
Aaron Eckhart: It’s different from what I expected in that it’s unconventional and all these stories that are interconnected but [at the same time] not connected at all. They’re all shot around the world with different people on different timelines, and [the Romanoff family], really isn’t even mentioned.
Matthew obviously has these beautiful stories in his head. I read the script on the side of a road near a lake in Montana in the rain — out in the middle of nature. I thought it was bold and interesting and I said, ‘Wow, I want to be a part of that.’
Aaron Eckhart has worked with a number of standout writer-directors — Steven Soderbergh, Jason Reitman and Christopher Nolan, to name a few — over his 25-year film career. So when the opportunity to work with Matthew Weiner on his new star-studded Amazon anthology series, The Romanoffs, came up, Eckhart jumped at the opportunity.
Appearing in the premiere episode, “The Violet Hour,” which is now streaming, Eckhart plays Greg, the lone nephew and caretaker to a bigoted, wealthy aunt played by Marthe Keller. Over the course of the episode, which is set in Paris and is acted mostly in French, the family’s connection to the Romanovs is revealed as an unexpected person changes the course of Greg’s future.
“It was beautifully written,” Eckhart tells ET of the script. “I thought that Matthew was putting relationships together that were unconventional.”