Jeff Bridges and Taylor Kitsch have rounded out the ensemble cast for Black Label Media’s untitled firefighter film that currently stars Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and James Badge Dale.
Black Label will also continue its strong partnership with Lionsgate, which now has worldwide distribution rights, including North America, through its Summit Entertainment label. This news comes on the heels of the project’s strong international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.
Lionsgate seemed like the obvious home for the project given Black Label’s strong ties to the studio following the success of “Sicario” and the upcoming Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone musical “La La Land.”
“Tron: Legacy” helmer Joseph Kosinski will direct the film, which follows the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members. Kitsch and Bridges will play firefighters in the pic.
Ken Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Conde Nast Entertainment’s Jeremy Steckler and Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing the film. Black Label is financing.
Di Bonaventura also has “Deep Water Horizon” on the pipeline with Lionsgate.
Kitsch most recently appeared in HBO’s second season of “True Detective” opposite Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams. He is about to make his directorial debut with “Pieces,” which he will also star in. He’s also attached to topline “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” with Jessica Chastain.
He is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Bridges is coming off strong reviews following the premiere of his heist film “Hell or High Water” at Cannes. He is repped by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.
Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill have several other high-profile projects in production/pre-production, including writer/director Danny Strong’s “Rebel in the Rye,” starring Nicholas Ho
Taylor Kitsch will make his feature directorial debut and will star in Pieces, a drama that he also wrote. This puts Kitsch back together with Lone Survivor cohorts Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Randall Emmett and George Furla, and Peter Berg and his Film44. E/F/O will finance the film, and Emmett and Furla will produce with Berg and Kitsch. Kitsch will play the lead role in the story of about three best friends from Detroit who change the course of their lives by intercepting a drug run.
Berg and Kitsch have a relationship that goes back to the long-running Friday Night Lights series. Kitsch played the team’s troubled fullback Tim Riggins, and it’s good to see him on a winning track after a rough transition to feature leading man with John Carter and Battleship. Berg helped him put one in the win column on Lone Survivor, in which Kitsch played Navy SEAL Michael Murphy, a legend where I live on Long Island for his bravery and fitness fanaticism. He also starred in the Emmy-winning The Normal Heart and most recently in the second season of HBO’s True Detective. Tim Sullivan and Tony Callie will be co-producers on Pieces, which will shoot this summer in Texas.
Emmett/Furla is currently in post on the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence, and just wrapped the Elliott Lester-directed Arnold Schwarzenegger-Scoot McNairy starrer 478, with Darren Aronofsky producing, and the Steven C. Miller-directed Bruce Willis starrer Marauders. Next up is the Michael Polish-directed adaptation of David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow with Irwin Winkler producing.
We chatted with Taylor Kitsch about his New Year’s Eve Rock the Brazos benefit in Austin, what he loves most about Austin, and why he doesn’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions.
Taylor Kitsch is once again throwing a New Year’s Eve party in Austin to support his favorite charity, and it promises to be one of the best events of the season. “It’s very Austin-esque, in the best way,” Kitsch says. Rock the Brazos, held at Brazos Hall, will feature and support the African Children’s Choir, which the True Detective star has been passionate about since his first visit to Africa years ago.
Austin Way spoke with Kitsch about why this cause is so important to him, what’s coming up in the new year, and why Austin has been a true home to him since his Friday Night Lights days.
You’ve worked with the African Children’s Choir for years. Why is this group so important to you?
TAYLOR KITSCH: Unfortunately, there’s a stereotype toward these kinds of things, and how dire it is over there. [You think] you can’t really help. I’ve been a huge advocate of these guys ever since [my first visit] because you really do see that you can make a difference. I’ve been a huge advocate for them and what they stand for and how they run their organization. I love kids, and the energy these kids have is unlike anything else. They’re so open and so free when you meet them, even through these circumstances. There’s a four-minute video I did on YouTube of what the African Children Choir does… Obviously it’s really dire, but it goes back to how happy these kids were to be able to go to school, be able to eat every day, be able to have the transportation to get to school.
How does the African Children’s Choir use the money you raise?
TK: For everything—food, paying the teachers. At a lot of the public schools, the teachers don’t get paid, so you’re going to get the best teachers as well. Their university is paid for, and they help their families as well through meds and education. It’s all about the one kid who has the opportunity to make a difference, to go to school, to get a job, and elevate this family to a potential where they can co-exist and try and get healthy, and give themselves the chance to move forward.
This is your third New Year’s Eve party, but at a new location. What can partygoers expect this year?
TK: I never really had a solid New Year’s; it was always a lot of hype where you pay $200 and you just go to a club or a bar. I pitched this party [to the African Children’s Choir] and said, “Let’s take a swing at this.” It’s not formal—I just want good energy there, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have it the two times we’ve done the party. If anything, we’re going to have a great time, we’ll wake up with a hangover, true, but at least we will have started the year by making a difference, and your money went to something great rather than just a bar. I guarantee you’ll be inspired, and Rob [Thomas] is just fantastic. We’ve got Sting’s guitarist coming with him, and it’s just a really great show. Obviously, the kids will come out and do their thing. When you have these 8- and 9-year-olds that come from nothing, it’s just great energy.
How did Rob get involved?
TK: We’re very close friends. I met him in New York on the set of Savages. He and his wife Mari are really amazing people. I’m pumped for them to get here.
Your career has exploded since Friday Night Lights; you could make a home anywhere. Why is Austin so special to you?
TK: It’s the people, the vibe. Austin allows me to prepare the way I want to prepare. It really reminds me a lot of where I grew up. There are no ulterior motives when you meet people, and that’s a huge thing. You can have a quote-unquote regular existence. I’m building a home on Lake Austin right now, and hopefully I’m here for good. It goes back to just centering yourself before you go and dive into whatever job’s in front of you.
And that next job for you is Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan?
TK: Yes, Xavier and I have been trying to collaborate for a while. I met him for the first time in Toronto years ago. He had won at Cannes and there was—and still is—a large amount of buzz around him. He’s a talent. He sent me this and said, “I know it’s not the craziest, biggest role, but I can’t imagine anyone else doing it.” I’m excited. What I’ve loved so far is just collaborating with him. I usually come in with a strong opinion of who these guys are… hopefully we won’t want to kill each other by the end of it [laughs].
Are you a New Year’s resolution guy? Do you have any for 2016?
TK: I’m going to lose 50 pounds, I’m going to speak four languages, and I’m going to play the guitar [laughs]. Actually, I’m not a big [resolutions] guy. Hopefully, you’re living your life the way you want to, and you don’t need the kickoff of a new year. Whatever works, though. I think you just set yourself up for failure. There has to be a stronger motivation than a calendar year for you to see something through.
Taylor Kitsch is joining Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates in the cast of Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, EW has confirmed.
The project will be Dolan’s first English-language feature film, one that Adele (whom Dolan directed in her smash “Hello” music video) is also reportedly in talks to make a cameo.
Donovan centers on a young actor who recalls the correspondence he shared as a teenager with an American TV star who died 10 years earlier. According to The Wrap, which was first to report Kitsch’s casting, the True Detective actor’s role is being kept under wraps but is described as “unique.”
Harington is set to play the title role in the drama, while Chastain is said to be playing the editor of a gossip magazine. Production is set to begin in the spring.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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In an interview with The Daily Beast regarding True Detective, actor Taylor Kitsch spoke about Gambit, a role he originated in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and which Channing Tatum will take over in an upcoming solo film in 2016. When asked if he had been given a chance to reprise the role before Tatum was cast, Kitsch had this to say.
“Um…no, I didn’t have a go. Ever since we finished the movie, it’s never really been an option. But no, I wish [Channing] nothing but the best. It was a fun character to play, and I learned a lot working with Hugh [Jackman] and had an amazing time in Australia. I’m sure they’re doing their own thing with it, and I’m sure Channing will be great.”