‘Live,’ featuring Hollywood star Aaron Eckhart, began filming Tuesday morning. It’s the most recent of several movies that have chosen Birmingham in the last several months. Leaders from Create Birmingham say this one features a much bigger budget and more action than any of the others.
“We’re going to have car crashes and explosions and hovering helicopters, gun fights,” Create Birmingham president Buddy Palmer said. “So they’ll be cars rocketing out of alleyways downtown. It’s going to be fun.”
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“Gotham’s” Ben McKenzie will star opposite Aaron Eckhart in the Solution Entertainment Group film “Live,” sources tell Variety.
“Marauders” helmer Steve C. Miller will direct the movie with Jeremy Drysdale penning the script. Courtney Eaton has also joined the cast.
The pic takes place over the course of two hours and follows a disgraced cop who is put in charge of finding the police commissioner’s kidnapped daughter, Penny, who’s trapped somewhere in the city and running out of time. With a deranged killer on his heels, Penny’s only hope is teaming up with an ambitious young online reporter who films the wild chase live.
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The project, which has been on the back burner for several years, is now looking to begin shooting in May in Alabama.
Aaron Eckhart and Courtney Eaton will star in Live!, a thriller from The Solution Entertainment Group.
Steven C. Miller, who helmed the upcoming Escape Plan 2: Hades, is sitting in the director’s chair for the project, which aims to tell its tale in real time.
The script, by Jeremy Drysdale, tells of a disgraced cop (Eckhart) who is racing against time to find the police commissioner’s kidnapped daughter after killing her abductor. With the young woman having only 80 minutes to live and a crazed killer after him, the cop has to team up with an online reporter (Eaton) who wants to broadcast the chase live.
Myles Nestel, Craig Chapman, and Skip Williamson are producing the thriller Martin Sprock, Chris Tuffin and Renee tab are also producing. Adam Goldworm is among the executive producers.
The project has percolated for several years but financing and scheduling, as well as a change in directors, kept it on the back burner for a while. But with Miller on board, and Eckhart open, Live! is now looking to begin shooting in May in Alabama.
Eckhart, who appeared with Tom Hanks in Sully and starred in the Blumhouse horror thriller Incarnate, is part of the ensemble cast of The Romanoffs, an epic Amazon Studios series from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. He is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.
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LIVE is now casting police officers, restaurant patrons and more in Birmingham, Alabama.
Casting directors are now casting actors, models and talent to work on scenes filming in April and May in Birmingham, Alabama.
The feature film is directed by Steven C Miller and produced by Myles Nestel, Craig Chapman and Scott LaStaiti. The film stars Aaron Eckhart. The film revolves a disgraced cop, who finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim.
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In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Amazon quickly put a halt to an untitled Weinstein Co. project from David O. Russell. Another Weinstein project, “The Romanoffs,” continued without the now-embattled production company.
Now “The Romanoffs” creator Matthew Weiner faces a sexual harassment allegation. In an article for The Information, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon said Weiner, who created the critically acclaimed AMC series, told her one night while working on a script that “he said she owed it to him to let him see her naked.”
A spokesperson for Weiner said, “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.” Amazon did not return a request for comment.
Gordon’s accusation stands alone, but in the current environment that sees new accusers daily — and the falls from grace that often follow, including that of former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, who greenlit “The Romanoffs” — it’s reasonable to examine the program’s current position at the company.
Weiner, of course. changed TV history with “Mad Men” and “The Romanoffs” is intended as a crown jewel of Amazon’s TV lineup. Also: Its eight episodes have been in production (in New York and Toronto) since late August.
Stopping production would seem very unlikely. Not only would Amazon lose millions on the episodes already in the can, it would also put an entire cast and crew out of work.
Like “Mad Men,” this new show is Weiner’s vision, and he is directing every episode of the anthology series. “The Romanoffs” is a contemporary series about people who are believed to be the descendants of the Romanoff family that ruled Russia until Communism.
Stars who have signed on for “The Romanoffs” include Christina Hendricks, Diane Lane, Amanda Peet, Paul Reiser, Corey Stoll, John Slattery, Andrew Rannells, Janet Montgomery, Aaron Eckhart, and Isabelle Huppert. Semi Chellas is the writer and executive producer along with Weiner.
Amazon Studios is now the sole producer on “The Romanoffs.” Presuming that Amazon leaves the series as is, the allegation could pressure the streaming service to give extra-close assessment of its performance, even before it airs. As Amazon has already made clear, it’s determined to press “restart” on its programming operations in the wake of Price’s departure.
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner has filled out the creative team for his return to series television, Amazon’s “The Romanoffs.”
Produced by The Wenstein Company, “The Romanoffs” has added executive producer and writer Semi Chellas (“Mad Men”); co-executive producers Kriss Turner Towner (“The Bernie Mac Show”), Blake McCormick (“Mad Men”), and Kathy Ciric (“Z: The Beginning of Everything”); and consulting producers and writers Andre Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”) and Maria Jacquemetton (“Mad Men”).
In addition, the series has added director of photography Chris Manley (“Mad Men”); costume designers Janie Bryant (“Mad Men”) and Wendy Chuck (“Spotlight”); production designers Henry Dunn (“Mad Men”) and Christopher Brown (“Mad Men;); Hair and make-up heads Theraesa Rivers (“Mad Men”) and Lana Horochowski (“Mad Men”); and casting directors Carrie Audino (“Mad Men”), Laura Schiff (“Mad Men”), and Kendra Clark (“Mad Men”).
“The Romanoffs” will consist of eight hour-long episodes, each of which will tell a standalone story with no recurring plot elements or actors. Each episode will tell the stories of people in contemporary times who believe they are descendants of the imperial family that ruled Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917.
Weiner will direct all eight episodes. The cast includes Aaron Eckhart, “Mad Men” alums Christina Hendricks and John Slattery, Isabelle Huppert, Jack Huston, Amanda Peet, and Marthe Keller. Harvey Weinstein also serve as executive producer.