‘You’ Star Elizabeth Lail to Lead STXfilms’ Horror Movie ‘Countdown’

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“You” star Elizabeth Lail has been cast to star in STXfilm’s upcoming horror film “Countdown.”

The film centers around a young nurse who downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die — then it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and a mysterious figure haunting her, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out.

“Elizabeth Lail is an exciting young actress whose breakout performance in the wildly popular psychological thriller ‘You’ was a breath of fresh air,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “‘Countdown’ is a wholly original, scary and fun script and we’re thrilled to have found the perfect lead to bring this story to life for audiences around the world.”

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The film was written, and will be directed by Justin Dec.

Sean Anders, John Morris, (“Daddy’s Home” and “Instant Family”), John Rickard (“Rampage” and “Final Destination 5”) and Zack Schiller (“Escape Plan” franchise) will produced “Countdown,” with STXfilms’ Drew Simon and Catherine Hagedorn overseeing the production on behalf of the studio.

STXinternational is handling international distribution and distributing directly in the U.K. and Ireland.

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Coming off of the box office hit “The Upside,” starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, STXfilms will next release “Best of Enemies” starring Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell on April 5.

In addition to “You,” Lail guest-starred on “The Blacklist” and played Princess Anna from “Frozen” on “Once Upon a Time.” She is represented by ICM Partners and Authentic.

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Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton in Talks to Star in Comedy ‘King of the Jungle’ at STXfilms

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Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are in talks to star in new comedy “King of the Jungle,” which STXfilms is in final negotiations to acquire the U.S. distribution rights for.

Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“I Love You Philip Morris”) are directing the film from a script by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

Based on the true story first published in Condé Nast’s Wired magazine by Joshua Davis, the film is from Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig Films, MadRiver Pictures and Endurance Media, who are also co-financing, and Epic Entertainment. IMR International introduced “King of the Jungle” to foreign buyers at the American Film Market and will continue foreign sales at the European Film Market this week. STX has committed to a wide U.S. theatrical release.

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“King of the Jungle” is based on the Wired magazine article “John McAfee’s Last Stand,” telling the true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee (Keaton), creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune, left civilization, and moved to the jungle in Belize. There, he set-up a Colonel Kurtz-like compound of guns, sex and madness. In the film, Wired magazine investigator Ari Furman (Rogen) accepts what he thinks is a run-of-the-mill assignment to interview McAfee, but once he arrives in Belize, he finds himself pulled into McAfee’s escalating paranoia, slippery reality, and murder.

The film will be produced by Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment, Zaftig’s Charlie Gogolak, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, MadRiver’s Marc Butan, Endurance’s Steve Richards, and Epic’s Joshua Davis.

CAA Media Finance are brokering the deal with Carolyn Steinmetz and Jordan Lichtman at STX.

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Rogen is represented by UTA and Principal Entertainment LA. Keaton is represented by ICM Partners and Ziffren Brittenham.

IMR’s “The Report” recently sold in an eight-figure Sundance deal with Amazon. The slate also includes the recently announced “Black Flies” with Mel Gibson and Tye Sheridan, Guy Ritchie’s next film “Bush,” “Ruin” with Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenarts, and John Michael McDonough’s “The Forgiven” starring Ralph Fiennes.

The MadRiver production slate also includes James Gray’s “Ad Astra” starring Brad Pitt for Fox and New Regency.

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STXinternational Launching Constance Wu-Jennifer Lopez ‘Hustlers’ At EFM

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‘Get Out’ Star Allison Williams to Star in STX Survival-Thriller ‘Horizon Line’

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Allison Williams (“Get Out,” “Girls”) and Alexander Dreymon (“The Last Kingdom”) are set to star in “Horizon Line,” the upcoming survival-thriller for STXfilms and Nordic major SF Studios, which developed the project.

“Horizon Line” follows former lovers Sara and Jackson who find themselves reunited ahead of their friend’s tropical island wedding. As the only passengers on a single-engine Cessna plane making its way over the azure waters of the Indian Ocean, a spark soon rekindles between the two. However, when their pilot suddenly suffers a heart attack, the couple must fight for their lives to stay airborne and find their way back to land.

SF Studios’ own Fredrik Wikström Nicastro (“Borg/McEnroe,” “Easy Money”) will produce, with award-winning director Mikael Marcimain (“Call Girl,” “The Laser Man”) set to direct. The original screenplay was written by Josh Campbell & Matt Stuecken, who penned “10 Cloverfield Lane.”

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“I am so excited to produce the first English language film of one of Sweden’s most talented directors, based on Josh and Matt’s unique script with Allison Williams and Alexander Dreymon starring.  This is going to be an entertaining thrill ride that we are looking forward to making with our friends at STX,” Nicastro said in a statement.

Principal photography will commence in Mauritius on Feb. 11, 2019 before moving to Dublin and then Pinewood in London. STXinternational is handling international distribution. The company will launch sales at the upcoming European Film Market.

“When I first read Horizon Line I was immediately struck by the high concept, constant tension and brilliant characters that just jumped from the page.  You are rooting for this couple at every step of the way – it’s a complete crowd pleaser and audiences in the U.S. and around the world will love them and the film,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “It also makes me especially happy to be partnering with Fredrik and our friends at SF Studios.”

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Horizon Line is one of the first features in SF Studio’s strategy to produce English-language films for the international market.  Upcoming SF Studios productions include a U.S. remake of “A Man Called Ove” starring Tom Hanks, based on the international bestseller and the Oscar-nominated box-office hit, and “I am Victor,” based on an upcoming novel by Jo Nesbø adapted by the Bond scribes Purvis and Wade with Baltasar Kormakur set to direct.

Executive producers of Horizon Line are Jaume Collett-Sera (“The Shallows,” “Non-Stop”), Juan Sola (“The Commuter”) and Peter Garde (“A Royal Affair,” “Antichrist”).

Swedish film and TV director Mikael Marcimain’s credits include “Call Girl,” “Gentlemen” and “The Laser Man.”

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Allison Williams is best known for her critically acclaimed performance in Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning 2017 horror film “Get Out” and her role as Marnie Michaels on the HBO comedy-drama series “Girls.”

Alexander Dreymon’s credits include the Netflix/BBC series “The Last Kingdom”, FX’s Emmy Award-winning series “American Horror Story: Coven.” Dreymon also appeared in the WW II movie Resistance.

Mikael Marcimain is repped by Agentfirman Planthaber/Kildén/Mandic. Williams is repped by CAA. Dreymon is repped by The Gersh Agency.

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Kevin Hart will produce and may star in two comedy films in a partnership with STXfilms via his HartBeat Productions, STXfilms announced Wednesday.

Hart’s “The Upside” at STX, co-produced with Lantern Entertainment, hit number one at the box office in early January and has grossed $46.6 million domestically since its release. The film, a remake of the 2011 French box office hit “The Intouchables,” showed a more dramatic side for Hart.

Hart and HartBeat’s president of production John Cheng will produce both films. Carli Haney will oversee for HartBeat and Drew Simon will oversee for STXfilms.

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“It’s crystal clear audiences love Kevin and they want to see him in a variety of roles,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. “This partnership allows STXfilms to take the successful collaboration we started with THE UPSIDE and extend it to new projects that further build on our mission to work with the best in the business to grow our profitable business model.”

Hart, who pulled out of hosting the Oscars in the wake of a scandal over his past homophobic tweets, has kept especially busy this January. He’ll next star in “Fatherhood” at Sony, a dramatic adaptation of a memoir called “Two Kisses for Maddy” directed by Paul Weitz. And he’ll also partner with Lionsgate and Hasbro on a movie about the board game “Monopoly,” reuniting with his longtime collaborator Tim Story.

Up next on STXfilms’ slate include the Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell starring “The Best of Enemies,” the animated “Uglydolls” and the Diane Keaton-led “Poms.”

Hart is represented by UTA, 3 Arts, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin and Dunham.

Variety was first to report.

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‘My Spy’: Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman Join Dave Bautista-Led Movie At STX

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Dave Bautista Action-Comedy ‘My Spy’ Adds Ken Jeong, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Chloe Coleman to Cast

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STXfilms announced on Wednesday that the studio’s upcoming action-comedy “My Spy,” starring Dave Bautista, has added “Crazy Rich Asians”-actor Ken Jeong to the cast along with Parisa Fitz-Henley (“Luke Cage”) and Chloe Coleman (“Big Little Lies”).

“My Spy” follows a hardened CIA operative (Bautista) who finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

The film, currently in production in Toronto, is being directed by Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) from a script penned by Jon and Erich Hoeber (“Red”).

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“MY SPY is the perfect vehicle to highlight Dave’s undeniable humor and charm, while continuing to stay true to his action roots,” said STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “His father/daughter-like chemistry with Chloe Coleman is a true pleasure to watch, and we could not have asked for a stronger roster of funny and talented co-stars to round out the cast of this wildly entertaining film.”

STXfilms is a division of Robert Simonds owned STX Entertainment.

The studio is making it a point to get into the big-screen action genre. In addition to “My Spy,” STX has what it hopes will be a new franchise in “Muscle,” with Vin Diesel, as well as gritty cop action flick “17 Bridges” with Black Panther himself Chadwick Boseman.

STXfilms also has two Jason Statham projects: an untitled coproduction with Tencent Pictures and “Killer’s Game.”

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And then there’s “Steel Soldiers,” the Robert Zemeckis produced sci-fi action feature co-produced with Alibaba Pictures.

Good Fear’s Chris Bender and Jake Weiner are producing “My Spy” alongside MWM Studios — the production company behind the National Geographic series “Genius” and the Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” — as well as Bautista, Segal and Jonathan Meisner.

Gigi Pritzker serves as a producer, Rachel Shane and Adrian Alperovich serve as executive producers, and Stacy Calabrese a co-producer, all on behalf of MWM Studios. Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber and Michael Flynn also serve as executive producers.

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STXfilms’ SVP of production Drew Simon and director of development Kate Vorhoff will oversee the production for the studio.

Jeong, who most recently appeared in the historic box office summer hit “Crazy Rich Asians,” is represented by Brett Carducci/Aligned Entertainment and ICM. Fitz-Henley stars in NBC’s “Midnight Texas” and is repped by Management 360, APA & Peikoff Mahan. Coleman is repped by Abrams Artists Agency & lawyer Ryan LeVine.

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Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston’s ‘The Upside’ Gets Long-Awaited First Trailer (Video)

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Coming off the success of his new movie “Night School,” which became the No. 1 comedy at the box office since last year’s “Girls Trip,” Kevin Hart is ready to show his more dramatic side.

STXFilms, on Wednesday, released the first trailer for dramedy “The Upside,” in which Hart plays an unemployed, down-on-his-luck man with a criminal record who goes to work as a caretaker for a wealthy paraplegic (Bryan Cranston).

The trailer for “The Upside” teases a tender and deep relationship between the unlikely pair, which is sure to pull at audiences’ heartstrings. Hart will offer some levity and comedy as well.

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STXFilms Chairman Adam Fogelson said in announcing the studio had acquired the film, that: “This is a hilariously funny and emotionally affecting film. It evokes elements of films like ‘Trading Places’ and ‘Scent of a Woman.’”

The film also stars Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies and Aja Naomi King.

“The Upside” is a remake of the adored 2011 French film “The Intouchables,” starring François Cluzet and Omar Sy. That version grossed $416 million overseas and surprised some award watchers when it failed to make the shortlist for foreign-language Oscar recognition. “The Upside,” which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, did stoke some awards talk of its own before being stained by The Weinstein Co. name.

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The film was among the prized unreleased films The Weinstein Co. still owned when the company filed for bankruptcy in March, following a multitude of sexual misconduct accusations against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. “The Upside” was turned over to Lantern Entertainment when the company bought TWC out of bankruptcy in May.

Lantern partnered with STX Entertainment to distribute the film, which is set to hit theaters on Jan. 11 — not in time for recognition in the 91st Oscars airing next February.

“The Upside” is an Escape Artists production. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black and Steve Tisch.

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