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“Maudie” Finds Funding at TIFF

Back in August we reported that Rachel was attached to star in the bio-picture “Maudie“, which tells the story of the late Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. The movie hit the International Financing Forum (IFF), presented by Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), during the Toronto International Film Festival in September to find funding.

The official OMDC news letter is reporting that “Maudie” is one of the 14 movies that found funding during the IFF. A total of $2.6 million was awarded to assist in the production and development financing of all 14 movies. The movie will be produced by Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane from Screen Door Inc. and will be directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot.

The press release didn’t confirm that Rachel is still attached to star, but I assume she is. The movie has been around since 2009, but it looks like it’s finally getting made with Rachel’s involvement. I came across another plot description of the movie:

Maudie is a coming of age story about a famous artist who learns to overcome her handicap and discover who she truly is through her art and an unlikely love interest.

The movie is expected to start principal photography next year. Be sure to read our previous post with more details about the plot in case you missed it.

More “About Time” Details

About Time” director Richard Curtis talked to the Daily Mail about the movie. The article reveals more details on the plot of the movie and Curtis also praised Rachel for her performance.

Richard Curtis said he wanted a ‘different’ kind of leading man to lure his leading lady in his latest romantic comedy. He told me that when he was writing Four Weddings And A Funeral, he saw visions of John Gordon Sinclair, rather than Hugh Grant (who wasn’t picked until Curtis had seen 71 other actors).

He said he was heading more in the ‘lankier and quirkier direction’ when he cast Domhnall Gleeson to star opposite Rachel McAdams in his new film About Time, which deals with a young man who is told by his father (Bill Nighy) that the men in the family can time-travel.

Gleeson’s character searches through the ages for a girlfriend and keeps bumping into Mary, played by Rachel, who works for a publisher.

Curtis said as he gets older, he’s more interested in his comedies being about ‘love, marriage and family’.

He was full of praise for Rachel, who every time she did a scene was able to ‘epitomise the emotions’ instantly.

The movie is expected to release March 22, 2013 in the UK and May 10, 2013 in the US.

“Passion” & “To The Wonder” find distributors!

We have some good news today. Both “Passion” and “To The Wonder” found distributors for the U.S. rights. “Passion“, directed by Brian de Palma, was picked up by Entertainment One and “To The Wonder” will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures. Both movies premiered at the Venice Film Festival and were also shown at the Toronto International Film Festival and are expected to be released early 2013.

You can find articles on the distribution deals below/inside with quotes from the producers and or spokeswomen of the compagnies. Let’s hope more promotional material will be released in the next weeks!

Canadian distributor Entertainment One has acquired the North American rights to Brian De Palma’s Passion from SBS Productions.

The Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace-starrer, based on the 2010 French thriller Love Crime, bowed in competition at Venice and screened in Toronto.

Passion portrays a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business.

Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace performances are captivating and De Palma delivers another great thriller that audiences have already embraced at Venice and Toronto,” David Reckziegel, president of eOne Films North America, said Friday.

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners along with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Sejin Croninger, and Reckziegel for Entertainment One.

ICM Partners also represents De Palma.

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“A Most Wanted Man” Principal photography begins!

Ink Film Factory released an official press release for “A Most Wanted Man” earlier today. They announced that principal photography began yesterday in Hamburg (Germany). It was earlier announced in the casting call that filming was set to start last week but we assume pre-production work – like rehearsing and fittings – began last week.

Rachel will portray the German lawyer Annabel Richter. She revealed in her Vs. Magazine interview that she was prepping for a role with a German accent and we think it’s safe to say she is talking about her role in “A Most Wanted Man“:

“I’m about to play a girl who is German and even just learning the dialect and flavor of German sound informs this new kind of person in me. Sometimes the further from what you imagined yourself the better, because then you find you’re probably closer to the people than you think.”

The official press release can be found below/inside. We are hoping we will get a glimpse from the movie already with on set pictures.

The producers are proud to announce the start of production on Anton Corbijn’s film of John le Carré’s “A Most Wanted Man”. We have a thrilling script, an enviable cast and a brilliant director. The beautiful city of Hamburg has welcomed the circus to town and we are very excited to be shooting.

We look forward to bringing you regular updates from the set of the film in our blog. In the meantime, here is the official press release.

Principal photography commenced yesterday in Hamburg on a major film adaptation of John le Carré’s worldwide bestselling 2008 novel A MOST WANTED MAN. Anton Corbijn (The American, Control) directs a cast led by Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes, Midnight In Paris), Willem Dafoe (Shadow of the Vampire, Platoon) and Robin Wright (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Moneyball).
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IFC in Talks to Acquire “Passion”

Passion” is on it’s way to find a distributor according to THR. The movie will have it’s US premiere this saturday (September 29) as part of the New York Film Festival line-up. It’s not likely that Rachel will attend the screening because she is currently filming “A Most Wanted Man” in Hamburg (Germany).

IFC Films is in negotiations to acquire domestic distribution rights for the Brian De Palma-directed thriller Passion.

The film, a remake of Alain Corneau’s 2010 French noir Love Crime, features Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams at the center of of a steamy tale that chronicles professional and romantic jealousies at a Berlin ad agency.

Passion, which De Palma adapted from Corneau and Nathalie Carter’s French-language screenplay, made its debut to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month on the heels of its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film, which has already lined up distribution deals in France, Germany and the Netherlands, will next screen at the New York Film Festival.

IFC enjoyed a busy Toronto festival, scooping up domestic rights to a number of films including the black-and-white comedy Frances Ha and Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

Saïd Ben Saïd produced Passion, and Alfred Hürmer and Valérie Boyer exec produced.

ICM Partners, which reps De Palma, is negotiating the deal on behald of the filmmakers.

Rachel in early talks for “Cold City”?

The Tracking Board is reporting that Rachel is in early talks to join the adaption of the graphic novel “Cold City” (originally titled “The Coldest City“). Director Daniel Espinosa is also in talks for the project.

Rachel McAdams has entered early talks to star in the upcoming Oni comic book adaptation COLD CITY.

The project, which is also in talks with director Daniel Espinosa (Easy Money, Safe House), centers on a young female MI6 agent who is sent undercover into Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow officer over a rumored list of double agents. McAdams would play the lead, with casting lists currently being prepped for the other leading roles.

Oni Comics’ production arm Closed on Mondays will produce the film. Their work includes “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” and a dozen or so in development projects including Universal’s “Resurrection” and recent “Young & Hungry” lister Paul J. Salamoff’s upcoming “The Last Breath”.

McAdams and Espinosa are both repped by UTA and Magnolia Entertainment.

It was previously reported that Rachel is also attached to star in “Maudie“. Filming for “A Most Wanted Man” kicked off yesterday in Hamburg (Germany). You can find the official plot description of “Cold City” after the jump.

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“A Most Wanted Man” Casting Call

Acting Auditions published the official press release for the casting call for “A Most Wanted Man“. Rachel is set to star in the movie. According to the release the movie will start shooting September 19 in Hamburg, Germany. Thanks to Nick for the heads up! We included the most important information in this post, including the principal past (so far), but be sure to head over to this website for in-depth information about the audition calls.

John le Carré official facebook group recently released the first photos of le Carré doing pre-production work with Corbijn and the producers.

The major thriller espionage feature film “A Most Wanted Man – Marionette” is set to begin shooting on September 19th in Hamburg, Germany. The production is casting local actors and numerous extras to work on the film, which is based on the novel “A Most Wanted Man” by British author John le Carré. The novel is loosely based on the true War on Terror story of Murat Kurnaz. Especially needed by the extras casting director is a large group of male Turks and Arabs. However, many different types and ages, any ethnicity, will be needed throughout filming which will run from September 19th through November 23, 2012. Casting for the film’s lead and supporting roles have taken place in London and Berlin.
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“A Most Wanted Man” Finds Co-financer

Great news, the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that “A Most Wanted Man” found another financer and production company. The article also confirm that Rachel, Hoffman, Dafoe and Wright are all cast in the movie.

It was reported earlier that the filming for the movie is expected to start in September in Germany.

Based on John le Carre’s bestselling book, the modern-day spy thriller stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams.

TORONTO — New financing and production venture Demarest Films has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce Anton Corbijn’s espionage saga A Most Wanted Man, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Robin Wright.

A Most Wanted Man is based on John le Carre’s acclaimed novel of the same name. Screenwriter Andrew Bovell adapted for the big screen.

The spy thriller is set in present-day Hamburg, Germany, where a mysterious half-Chechen, half-Russian man, brutally scarred from torture, surfaces in the city’s Islamic community, on the run and desperate for help. He seeks to recover his late Russian father’s fortune and soon connects with a conflicted British private banker and a young female lawyer fiercely determined to protect the rights of persecuted émigrés.
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