Marton Csokas Joining Emilia Clarke in Thriller ‘Voice From the Stone’

MOVIES | By on November 3, 2014 @ 12:09 pm

Marton Csokas Joining Emilia Clarke in Thriller 'Voice From the Stone'

13 Films has signed on to co-finance and handle international sales on the supernatural thriller

“The Equalizer” actor Marton Csokas has joined Emilia Clarke in the supernatural thriller “Voice From the Stone.” 13 Films has also signed on to co-finance and handle international sales on the supernatural thriller, it was announced Monday.

Set in 1950s Tuscany, “Voice From the Stone” tells the haunting story of a nurse (Clarke) who helps a boy deal with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. As she works with the troubled child, she becomes ensnared by a malevolent force inside the family’s castle.

Also read: ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke to Lead Thriller ‘Voice From the Stone’

Eric D. Howell will direct from a script by Andrew Shaw, who adapted Silvio Raffo’s award-winning Italian novel “La Voce Della Pietra.”

The independently financed film will be produced by Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante, while Mark Wheaton will executive produce. Production is scheduled to start in November in Italy.

Also read: Marton Csokas Is More Than Just ‘Equalizer’ Bad Guy – His Big Year Working With Top Directors

13 Films will introduce the project to foreign buyers at the upcoming American Film Market next week. Producers will retain U.S. rights.

13 Films boards Voice From The Stone

The supernatural thriller stars Emilia Clarke from Game Of Thrones and the upcoming Terminator: Genisys.

LA-based 13 Films led by founder Tannaz Anisi (pictured) will co-finance and introduce AFM buyers to the story about a nurse hired to care for a boy who lives alone with his father in a haunted manor in Tuscany following the untimely death of his mother.

Marton Csokas also stars in Voice From The Stone, which is scheduled to begin production this month in Italy.

Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante are producing and retain US rights.

Eric D Howell makes his feature directorial debut and 13 Films president Anisi serves as executive producer.

“I was immediately drawn to the unique and haunting script of Voice From The Stone and am thrilled to be partnering with established producers Dean Zanuck and Stefani Gallini-Durante on the project,” said Anisi.

“The beautiful and talented Emilia Clarke is the perfect actress to bring life and freshness to the role of Verena.”

Andrew Shaw adapted the screenplay from the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo.

The 13 Films AFM slate includes rom-com Take Care, crime thriller Manhattan Nocturne with Adrien Brody andVery Good Girls starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Peter Sarsgaard and Demi Moore, which Tribeca Films released in the US earlier this year.

Shekhar Kapur To Direct ‘Tiger’s Curse’; Marton Csokas Joins ‘Voice In The Stone’ – AFM

Marton Csokas Voice From The Stone

 November 3, 2014 2:10pm

Elizabeth director Shekhar Kapur will helm Tiger’s Curse, an epic adventure adapted from the best-selling YA novel series by Colleen Houck. Adding more YA juice to the project is The Vampire Diaries and The Originals creator Julie Plec, who adapted the tale of a girl with a powerful connection to a beautiful white tiger that turns out to be a prince suffering from a 300-year curse. Ineffable Pictures’ Raphael Kryszek and Jesse Israel are producing along with Lotus Entertainment’s Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel. Kapur is also a producer. Lotus’ D.J. Gugenheim and Ara Keshishian are exec producing; Lotus will rep foreign sales at AFM, where it’s also selling Keanu Reeves pic Replicas, Halle Berry vehicle Kidnap, the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Abigail Breslin zombie tale Maggie, and more.

Marton Csokas (The Equalizer) has joined Game of ThronesEmilia Clarke in Voice From The Stone, which also is coming to AFM this week. International sales and finance company 13 Films is co-financing the supernatural thriller adapted by Andrew Shaw from the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo. Clarke stars as a nurse who tries to save a young boy who seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the walls of the stone manor he lives in with his father (Csokas). Eric D. Howell is directing the film, which is produced by Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante and is set to begin filming this month in Italy. Tannaz Anisi of 13 Films is exec producing, and 13 Films will introduce the movie to foreign buyers this week along with rom-com Take Care, Manhattan Nocturne and Very Good Girls.

Nicky Whelan joined by Barkhad Abdi and Ving Rhames in new movie Extortion

PUBLISHED: OCTOBER 28, 2014 22:52

  • The movie Extortion is preparing to begin production
  • Australian actress Nicky Whelan will appear in the film
  • Barkhad Abdi and Ving Rhames have now joined the cast

Following his impressive performance in the movie Captain Phillips, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination in 2014, Barkhad Abdi has signed on to a number of movie projects, becoming one of the most in demand actors around at the moment. Barkhad has already signed on to appear in theJudd Apatow movie Trainwreck, as well as the Gavin Hood film High in the Sky, while he will also play South African marathon runner Willie Mtolo in a new biopic.

BARKHAD ABDI HAS JOINED THE CAST It has now been confirmed that Barkhad Abdi is set to join the cast of the upcoming movie Extortion, which has also seen Ving Rhames added to the cast.Extortion will also feature the beautiful and talented Australian actress Nicky Whelan, as the cast of this project is really beginning to come together nicely. For those of you who would like to know more about the new movie Extortion, the film centres around a doctor and his family, who finally get the time to head off on a long-awaited vacation in the Bahamas. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worse and the doctor is forced to desperately try to save his wife and their five-year old son, before it is too late. Ving Rhames has also joined VING RHAMES HAS ALSO JOINED As well as having Nicky Whelan, Ving Rhames and Barkhad Abdi on board, it has also been confirmed that the cast of Extortion will also include Frank Grillo andJake McLaughlin, while the rest of the cast is still to be announced. Extortion will be directed by Phil Volken, based on the screenplay that he developed himself, with the hope of having the movie released sometime in 2015.

Ving Rhames, Barkhad Abdi On Board for Some ‘Extortion’

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act | October 22, 2014 at 2:53PM Ving Rhames

Ving Rhames, Barkhad Abdi, Jake McLaughlin, Frank Gillo, and Nicky Whelan are set to star in director Phil Volken’s drama “Extortion,” which he also penned the script for.

The story centers on a doctor who desperately tries to save his wife and 5-year-old son after their long-awaited vacation in the Bahamas takes an unexpected turn.

No word yet on what specific roles each actor will play.

Barkhard Abdi

Alina Shraybman is producer alongside Wendi Niad.

The Filmmuse Productions project us scheduled to begin shooting in Puerto Rico this month.

Ving Rhames will return with Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner in “Mission: Impossible 5,” as announced by director Christopher McQuarrie last week.

We last saw Rhames on the small screen alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the Lifetime Original, Movie “A Day Late and a Dollar Short,” which was based on The New York Times bestseller by Terry McMillan. He’s most recently signed up to reprise his role as former IMF computer hacker Luther Stickell in the next “Missiong: Impossible” movie.

Meanwhile, following his Oscar nominated role in “Captain Phillips,” Barkhad Abdi has continued to book roles, from playing famous South African marathon runner, Willie Mtolo, in an upcoming historical drama centered on his life, to joining the cast of Judd Apatow’s secretive “Trainwreck,” and, most recently, boarding Oscar winning director Gavin Hood’s “Eye in The Sky,” a thriller starring Colin Firth, which is set in the morally murky world of military drones.

AFM 2014: The Ghost Squad Looks to Save the Day

Posted on  by Steve Barton

The American Film Market chaos is already beginning as 13 Films has unveiled the first details and sales art for the family friendly flick Ghost Squad. Read on for the skinny, and brace yourself for lots more from AFM in the coming weeks.

Joel Souza directs the film, which stars Kevin Nealon (“Weeds,” Just Go With It, Blended), Jennifer Grant, Madison Iseman, Phillip Wampler, Preston Strother, Carly Peeters, Will Spencer, and Cade Sutton.

After being challenged by the town bullies, three socially inept best friends must spend an entire night in a creepy county mansion long rumored to be haunted.

EOne Acquires Liz Tuccillo’s SXSW Rom-Com ‘Take Care’

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Entertainment One Films has acquired North American rights to Liz Tuccillo’s Take Care, the romantic comedy that stars Leslie Bibb and Thomas Sadoski. A late 2014 release is in the works. Tuccillo, who co-wrote the bestseller He’s Just Not That Into You and wrote on HBO’s Sex And The City, served as writer and producer and made her directorial debut on the romantic comedy, which premiered at SXSW this year.

Bibb plays Frannie, who is immobilized after a car crash and she brushed off by everyone she can count on. Desperate, she persuades her ex-boyfriend (Sadoski) to take care of her much to the chagrin of his current girlfriend (Betty Gilpin). Marin Ireland, Nadia Dajani, Michael Stahl-David and Tracee Chimo co-star. Bibb and Grace Naughton also produced along with exec producers John Melfi, Sixteen19’s Jonathan Hoffman and Pete Conlin.

The deal was negotiated for eOne Films by Katharyn Howe. UTA Independent Film Group negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.

Actress Dakota Fanning and writer-director Naomi Foner of ‘Very Good Girls’ interview one another

Fanning, who’s been in the public eye for years, co-stars with Elizabeth Olsen and Boyd Holbrook, in a tale about two girls who make a pact to lose their virginity

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Sunday, July 20, 2014, 2:00 AM
(FSC: TT)KALLEUSDakota Fanning plays Lilly Berger in “Very Good Girls.”

In “Very Good Girls,” opening Friday, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play Brooklyn teens eager to lose their virginity before college. Their mutual infatuation with a local guy (Boyd Holbrook) creates bad decisions all around.

In real life, Fanning, 20, seems to always do things right — ever since co-starring, as a kid, opposite Sean Penn in “I Am Sam” (2001), Denzel Washington in “Man on Fire” (2004) and Tom Cruise in “War of the Worlds” (2005).

“Very Good Girls” was written and directed by Oscar-nominated writer Naomi Foner (who’s also Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom). She and Fanning interviewed each other in this Daily News exclusive.

Naomi Foner: So, our movie is about friendship and truth and a lot about female sexuality.

Dakota Fanning: Yeah. Obviously there’s a guy, but really it’s about the girls’ friendship, and about what girls go through.

(FSC:GK)JESSICA MIGLIODakota Fanning and Boyd Holbrook in “Very Good Girls”

When I read the script, I was [at] a similar time in my life. I was graduating from high school and leaving for college and going through those changes, so it really resonated with me.

NF: Your sister Elle is 16 and also an accomplished actress. Has doing the same thing made you two better friends?

DF: Elle and I really don’t talk about acting very much. I don’t know if that will change as we get older. In terms of understanding what she’s doing with her life, we both have an understanding [of filmmaking] that not many people have. But I don’t think it’s made us closer. Our closeness has come from just being sisters.

NF: Was this the first movie you made without a parent on the set? I think you turned 18 just before we made this movie.

Director Naomi Foner and Dakota Fanning on the set of  “Very Good Girls”JESSICA MIGLIODirector Naomi Foner and Dakota Fanning on the set of “Very Good Girls”

DF: It was! I was living in New York City and was on my own, and it was a very different experience because my mom had always been there with me — I felt like I was really growing up! It actually was a weird kind of “art imitating life” moment.

NF: You said to me once that since you were 8, your technique and the things you do as an actress have been pretty much the same. I think you’re becoming more thrilling as an actress.

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Watch an Exclusive Clip From Very Good Girls Featuring Dakota Fanning

By Brittany Joyce

July 3, 2014  |  2:00pm Watch an Exclusive Clip From <i>Very Good Girls</i> Featuring Dakota Fanning

It seems that Dakota Fanning is all grown up.

While the Uptown Girls child star has generated enough anticipation for Very Good Girls on her own, the new film also comes as the directorial debut of screenwriter (not to mention Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s mom) Naomi Foner, and boasts a soundtrack by Jenny Lewis.

The film explores classic coming-of-age dilemmas through the eyes and escapades of two best friends, and features a pretty impressive cast. In addition to Fanning, Very Good Girls features Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss and more. You can see the whole gang in this exclusive clip featuring a tense family dinner and a determined Fanning and Olsen.

Very Good Girls is available via VOD now and will be released in theaters on July 25. You can take a look at the clip above.

Movie Review: Very Good Girls


elizabeth olsen and dakota fanning star in this summertime love triangle.

by: liza darwin

Summertime movies tend to fall into a couple of key categories. There’s the major blockbuster, which can double as an action-packed flick like X-Men or a shiny Disney tale like Maleficent. There’s the rom-com (or, in the case of recent hit The Fault in Our Stars, heavy on the romance, but definitely lacking in the comedy factor…). Then, there’s the indie gem. This summer that’s Obvious Child or Palo Alto, films that usually come with an unexpected plotline and under-the-radar actors.

But here’s the thing about Very Good Girls. It’s a mishmash of all three of these categories, shaken up and presented in one heartfelt, twenty-something package. We’ve been waiting for this movie ever since it premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this year (and have had the trailer on loop since it dropped). And for good reason, because at first glance it seems that Naomi Foner’s drama really does have it all. We’re talking about a major cast (besides stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen, there’s Demi Moore, Peter Sarsgaard and Ellen Barkin), a romantic plot backbone, and, with a soundtrack by Jenny Lewis, enough indie cred for any Brooklyn block.

Here’s the gist: Fanning and Olsen star as two highschool best friends determined to lose their virginity before heading to college in the fall. The only issue: obviously they  want the same guy (a bleach-blonde Boyd Holbrook). Obviously he only wants one of them, and obviously this means drama. The plotline isn’t exactly original and some lines are pretty cringeworthy, but the film has enough subplots (including an affair with a much older co-worker), New York scenery, and awesome soundtrack to make it an easy summer go-to.

Plus, just the fact that two of our girl crushes star opposite each other–playing entirely different types, we might add–is just the excuse you need to grab your BFF and watch it together. Even better, you don’t have to go to a theater to do so, because the movie just premiered on On Demand. So cancel your plans tonight, grab the snacks, and watch Very Good Girls here.

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