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Marc Forster
« on: September 12, 2005, 01:16:26 PM »
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Forster has 'Kite' string for D'Works
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Marc Forster has signed on to direct "The Kite Runner," an adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel that William Horberg is producing for DreamWorks Pictures.

"Kite Runner" centers on a man who returns to his native Afghanistan, which is under Taliban rule, to right a long-standing wrong and rescue the son of a childhood friend. David Benioff wrote the screenplay.

The book, Hosseini's debut novel, was published by Riverhead Press in spring 2003 to glowing reviews and has remained on the New York Times paperback fiction best-seller list since September 2004. There are more than 2.5 million copies in print.

Horberg is producing with Rebecca Yeldham. Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald and Sam Mendes are exec producing. Mendes was attached to direct.
 
Mark Sourian is overseeing for the studio.

"Rebecca and I couldn't be more pleased than to have a world-class filmmaker like Marc Forster coming on board with the passion and vision to make an authentic version of this beautiful novel," Horberg said. "Marc's films are all about finding the truth and humanity of the characters and creating a world that is compelling and unforgettable, and he is perfectly suited for this project."

The filmmakers are in the process of scouting locations in Morocco, Turkey and India.

Forster and Benioff worked together on Regency Enterprises' upcoming "Stay."
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2005, 01:24:57 PM »
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Forster on Paramount's 36
Finding Neverland helmer Marc Forster has started negotiations to direct a remake of French cop drama.

Marc Forster is getting into the cop business. Daily Variety reports Paramount Pictures has picked up the remake rights to 36 Quai des Orfevres, a French drama that starred Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil, as a directing vehicle for the Finding Neverland helmer. Forster is currently in negotiations to join the project. Robert De Niro's Tribeca Productions will be producing the English-language remake with Dean Georgaris and his Penn Station shingle.
 
Georgaris will adapt that script from the French original, directed by Olivier Marchal. That story centered on two cops who were each running an undercover division at Paris' police headquarters. Both division heads are trying to solve a series of armored car robberies, and whoever captures the criminals first, will be promoted within the force.

De Niro and his partner Jane Rosenthal will produce 36 - which will be the English-language name - with Georgaris and his Penn Station partner Michael Aguilar. At Paramount, co-President of Production Brad Weston will be overseeing with Vice President Marc Evans.

Forster, repped by WMA, recently directed the thriller Stay, which will be released on October 21. He was also at the helm romantic comedy Stranger Than Fiction, co-starring Will Ferrell and Maggie Gyllenhaal, which is currently in post-production. Forster's other directing credits include Monster's Ball, which won a Best Actress Oscar for Halle Berry.
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2007, 12:38:19 PM »
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French twist for Clooney and De Niro
Source: Production Weekly

George Clooney is close to a deal to star opposite Robert De Niro in Marc Forster’s “36,” a remake the French cop saga “36 Quai des Orfevres”. Dean Georgaris (”The Manchurian Candidate”), is translating the script, set to film in New York later this year. The French film, starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil as detectives heading plain-clothes divisions at Paris police headquarters, centers on the quest to solve a series of armored car robberies with a promotion going to whomever catches the perpetrators.
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007, 01:05:15 AM »
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'Roses' bred for Mandate and Forster
Source: Hollywood Reporter

Mandate Pictures is reteaming with director Marc Forster for the drama "Land of Roses." Forster, who helmed "Stranger Than Fiction" for Mandate, will executive produce "Roses," which he is developing as a potential directing vehicle.

Inspired by the real-life experiences of Kurdish immigrant Ibrahim Parlak in post-Sept. 11 America, the story line follows a suburban mother who, with the support of her fellow outraged townspeople, attempts to exonerate a hardworking Middle Eastern father falsely imprisoned as a terrorist by Homeland Security. Albert Torres will pen the screenplay.

"When you have a good experience working with someone, you always look for the next project to collaborate on; 'Land of Roses' was that project for us," Mandate motion picture president Nathan Kahane said. "Albert writes with a distinctive voice, and to couple that talent with Marc's vision as a filmmaker is a rare opportunity we didn't want to miss."
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2007, 11:01:04 PM »
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Fox on 'Jury' duty
Marc Forster to direct remake
Source: Variety
 
In a preemptive deal, Fox 2000 has acquired rights to remake Granada-produced British miniseries ``The Jury,'' with Marc Forster directing and Beau Willimon writing the script.

The seven-figure deal includes rights and scripting fees.

The 2002 mini, scripted by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis, revolved around the trial of a young Sikh student charged with killing a classmate tormenter. The drama dug into the lives of the jurors as they moved toward a verdict.

Pic will be produced by Forster, his Apparatus partner Brad Simpson, Management 360's Guymon Casady and Quentin Curtis. Exec producer is Rob Green of Granada, which owned the underlying rights.

Forster enlisted Willimon to write the script after reading his highly touted play, ``Farragut North.''

``The Jury'' is the latest Brit mini to finds its way to a major studio for screen treatment. Steven Soderbergh's ``Traffic'' was based on one, and Universal has ``State of Play,'' the drama based on the Paul Abbott-scripted mini. Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn will star for director Kevin Macdonald.

Forster, whose latest film, ``The Kite Runner,'' opens Nov. 2, is preparing to next direct the 22nd installment of the James Bond franchise with Daniel Craig.
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2007, 12:22:44 AM »
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The 2002 mini, scripted by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis, revolved around the trial of a young Sikh student charged with killing a classmate tormenter. The drama dug into the lives of the jurors as they moved toward a verdict.

There are three strands to The Jury, involving the trial itself, the aforementioned lives of the jurors, and a subplot involving the family of the murder victim.  Despite some flaws, especially in the ending, it was an engaging, well-written miniseries that managed to pack a lot of character and plot into six episodes.  The American version will probably change the Sikh boy into a Muslim boy.

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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2008, 04:17:48 PM »
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Marc Forster in talks for 'Die Bad'
'Solace' director in negotiations with Universal
Source: Variety

Universal is in negotiations to remake the Korean film "Die Bad," developing the drama as a potential directing vehicle for "Quantum of Solace" helmer Marc Forster.

Brad Ingelsby will write the script.

The film will be produced by Forster and his Apparatus partner Brad Simpson, Vertigo's Roy Lee and Doug Davison and Rick Schwartz of Overnight Productions.

Written and directed by Seung-wan Ryoo, the 2000 original consisted of four short films that told the story of the rise and fall of a gangster. The components are being combined for the English-language remake that will be set in New York.

"It's an epic story of friendship, and how a single incident can change one's life," said Ingelsby.

Last March, Ingelsby lived with his parents in the suburbs outside Philadelphia, selling employee medical insurance plans for his father. An AFI grad, Ingelsby wrote scripts at night, got one to an agent and manager. The script, "The Low Dweller," sold for $650,000 against $1.1 million, as Relativity Media outbid four studios. Leonardo DiCaprio attached himself as star and Ridley Scott attached as director, with both producing.

Counting "Die Bad," Ingelsby is now writing projects for the biggest names in Hollywood. He's scripting the Paramount Vantage drama "Buried," with Todd Field attached to direct a fact-based drama about a sociopath who kidnaps a millionaire and buries him alive to collect a ransom.

Ingelsby is also adapting the DC Comics title "Sleeper" for Warner Bros., with Tom Cruise circling and Sam Raimi and Josh Donen producing, about an undercover operative who gains special powers after coming in contact with an alien artifact.
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #7 on: November 05, 2008, 11:25:15 PM »
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2008, 12:06:46 AM »
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Forster joins in Paramount's 'War'
Film based on Brooks novel 'World'
Source: Variety
 
Paramount has set "Quantum of Solace" director Marc Forster to helm "World War Z," based on the Max Brooks bestselling novel about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies.

"Changeling" scribe J. Michael Straczynski is writing the screenplay, and Brad Pitt's Plan B is producing.

Brooks -- the son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft -- wrote a detailed tale in which a researcher for the U.N. Postwar Commission interviews survivors from countries all over the world, 10 years after the crisis, to gather a first-person post-mortem on a war that obliterated every country on the map.

Forster is unlikely to return for another James Bond installment.

As for "WWZ," "The genre always fascinated me, and when they pitched it to me, it reminded me of the paranoid conspiracy films of the '70s like 'All the President's Men,' " Forster told Daily Variety.

Par bought the book for Plan B in 2006, and it is one of several high-profile projects for the company headed by Pitt, who next stars for the studio in the David Fincher-directed "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

Plan B is also prepping an adaptation of the novel "Eat, Pray, Love," with Ryan Murphy directing and Julia Roberts expected to star; the Fincher-directed projects "The Killer" and "Black Hole"; and a film about drug addiction based on two nonfiction tales: "Beautiful Boy" and "Tweak."
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2009, 01:29:56 AM »
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EXCLUSIVE: Marc Forster Shoots Down Kurt Cobain Biopic Rumors
Source: MTV

Marc Forster is looking ahead to “World War Z” and other possible projects following his first James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.” A biopic about Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, though, is not one of those projects, contrary to speculation.

“That’s not correct,” Forster told MTV News regarding claims that he would step on to direct a Kurt Cobain movie at Universal. The film is reportedly being scripted by “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” screenwriter and former Forster collaborator on “The Kite Runner” David Benioff.

Though Forster brushed off his involvement with the Cobain biopic, which incidentally will not star James McAvoy, as “a rumor,” he expressed high hopes for the picture to be done well.

“It’s a cool concept,” the director said.

Courtney Love is tagged to executive produce the story of her late husband, looking at Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Gosling to reenact their marriage according to a story last year in The Mirror.

This apparently leaves the director’s chair wide open. I personally wouldn’t mind seeing a music obsessive like Cameron Crowe show some interest. Someone could always check with “Walk the Line” director James Mangold, too, if he’s not too busy with his new Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz romance.
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2009, 12:20:45 AM »
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Forster, Horberg team on 'Disconnect'
'Quantum' pair reunite on tech thriller
Source: Variety

"Quantum of Solace" helmer Marc Forster and producer William Horberg are reteaming on the tech thriller "Disconnect" for Nala Films.

Penned by Andrew Stern, script explores the mystery of how people live in today's wired world, where the technology meant to bring them together only forces them further apart.

Nala's Darlene Caamano Loquet and Emilio Diez Barroso optioned the script and will finance and produce the film. Brad Simpson and Forster are also producing via their Apparatus shingle alongside Wonderful Films' Horberg.

Nala, whose recent credits include "Dan in Real Life" and "In the Valley of Elah," is in post-production on the supernatural thriller "Shelter," starring Julianne Moore and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

Forster, who is not expected to return for another James Bond installment, is developing "World War Z" for Paramount Pictures. His credits include "Stranger Than Fiction" and "Finding Neverland."
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« Reply #11 on: January 15, 2010, 01:50:26 AM »
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Marc Forster lured by Ludlum
Director attached to writer's 'Manuscript' for Par
Source: Variety

Marc Forster is attached to direct "The Chancellor Manuscript" for Paramount. The studio -- which paid a rich $4 million for the Robert Ludlum political thriller in 2005 -- has tapped Peter O'Brien to adapt.

Story centers on Peter Chancellor, who turns in a novel about D.C. power brokers who are blackmailed into altering U.S. policies. When some operatives get hold of the manuscript, they think he has uncovered their actual scheme and try to hunt the author down.

Project, which is being developed as a Leonardo DiCaprio star-ring vehicle, has seen earlier drafts penned by Michael Seitzman and Alessandro Camon.

In recent years, the late Ludlum's thrillers have proven irresistible to studios and big-name talent. Universal, the studio behind Ludlum's "Bourne" franchise, is developing "The Sigma Protocol." And Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington and helmer David Cronenberg are attached to an adaptation of "The Matarese Circle" at MGM.

Douglas Wick is producing "Chancellor Manuscript" alongside DiCaprio. Forster's partner Brad Simpson is also involved in some producing capacity as is Captivate Entertainment, which reps the Ludlum estate.

Forster, whose credits include "The Kite Runner," most recently directed the James Bond pic "Quantum of Solace."

O'Brien's credits include the female-driven thriller "Unlocked," which garnered buzz and made the 2008 Black list. Producers Georgina Townsley and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are teaming to put that project together. O'Brien is also writing the game story for the Microsoft game "Halo: Reach."
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Re: Marc Forster
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2012, 03:38:21 PM »
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Universal And Marc Forster Team On ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’
BY MIKE FLEMING | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has acquired the action film Cowboy Ninja Viking and has Marc Forster ready to make the graphic novel adaptation his next film. The graphic novel and a Disney-developed script by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were acquired by Universal after the script came in and was deemed too edgy for Disney’s family film mandate. The intention is to being production later this year, after Forster completes the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z for Paramount and Skydance. The hope is to spawn a franchise.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. The title character comes from a secret government program to turn schizophrenics into assassins. The protagonist comes through the program with the skill sets of a cowboy, ninja and a viking. While most of the patients involved in the program are sent back to insane asylum after the program went awry in Iraq, he escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.

The film will be produced by Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff through MG360, the joint venture between Mark Gordon Productions and Management 360. The scribes are repped by WME, and Forster by CAA and Management 360.

Forster’s zombie apocalypse World War Z will be released by Paramount December 21, 2012.
This is the second time that Universal has gotten a Disney-developed fast tracked project that was based on a graphic novel. Universal is about to start production on Oblivion, the Joseph Kosinski-directed post apocalyptic thriller that stars Tom Cruise. Like Cowboy Ninja Viking, Disney let it go and was reimbursed its development costs. In the case of the latter film, the producers got a short window to shop the project and if they weren’t successful, Disney would have redeveloped it.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2012, 04:27:35 PM »
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I hope this doesn't sound over-dramatic, but everything about this makes me want to choke myself to death.
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