Cannes: Protagonist takes sequel to hit Danish comedy ‘Klown’
Sequel to the hit Danish comedy to include cameos from Isla Fisher, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Protagonist Pictures has taken on worldwide sales rights outside Nordic territories to Klown Forever, the sequel to the 2010 smash hit Danish comedy Klown.
Protagonist has also taken over worldwide distribution of the first film and will be talking up both at next week’s Cannes Marche.
Based on a Danish TV series that ran from 2005 to 2008, the Klown films centre on the irreverent antics of two thirtysomething best friends and comedy partners Frank, played by Frank Hvam, and Casper, played by Casper Christensen.
Hvam and Christensen also wrote both features, while one of Denmark’s biggest film-makers Mikkel Norgard (The Keeper Of Lost Causes) returns to direct the sequel and Jesper Zartov produces.
In Klown Forever, Frank and Casper’s friendship is tested when Casper decides to move to Los Angeles and pursue a solo career there. Determined to win back his friend, Frank follows him to California for a holiday of spectacular misadventures.
Among the cameo apperances in the film are Isla Fisher, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and Danish heartthrob Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones).
Klown, which was acquired for US remake by Warner Bros, has a host of self-declared celebrity fans including Sacha Baron Cohen, who hired Hvam and Christensen to write his next film The Lesbian at Paramount.
The film was distributed by Nordisk in Scandinavia and grossed more than $10m in Denmark alone, recording more than 855,000 admissions; it was sold by TrustNordisk to Drafthouse in the US and Arrow in the UK among other territories.
Nordisk is releasing Klown Forever this September in Denmark and both Hvam and Christensen will be in Cannes to launch the film to Danish and international media.
Mark Ruffalo recently took to his instagram account to reveal the title of the Now You See Me sequel, which is Now You See Me: The Second Act. The synopsis is as follows:
One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public’s adulation with their mind-bending spectacles, the Four Horsemen resurface in Now You See Me: The Second Act only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.
John Chu directs the returning cast of Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, along with new additions Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan and Jay Chou. Still no official word on whether Isla will be returning, though!
The film is currently set for release on June 10th 2016.
Isla Fisher Joins Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis in ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’
Isla Fisher is joining Fox 2000’s spy comedy “Keeping Up With the Joneses,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
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Jon Hamm and Zach Galifianakis are already cast in the film, which follows a suburban couple who discover their picture-perfect new neighbors are actually undercover spies. Galifianakis and Fisher play the couple, while Hamm plays one of the spy neighbors.
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“Adventureland” helmer Greg Mottola is directing from a script by Mike LeSieur. Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing.
Fisher, who broke out opposite Vince Vaughn in “Wedding Crashers,” was last seen in “The Great Gatsby” and “Now You See Me.”
She is currently filming “Grimsby” opposite real life husband Sacha Baron Cohen and is represented by CAA and Mosaic.
The news was first reported by the Tracking Board.
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Back in May it was reported that Isla had joined the cast of Aussie film The Dressmaker. Inside Film now report that she has had to drop out of the film, and will be replaced by Sarah Snook:
The Dressmaker rolls
Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving star in The Dressmaker, a tale of love, revenge and haute couture now shooting at Docklands Studios.
The ensemble cast includes Caroline Goodall, Shane Bourne, Kerry Fox, Rebecca Gibney, Sacha Horler, Shane Jacobson, Alison Whyte, Genevieve Lemon and Sarah Snook.
There have been two changes in the cast since it was first anounced in Cannes. Elizabeth Debicki dropped out to play the lead in the Foxtel drama The Kettering Incident, replaced by Sacha Horler. And Isla Fisher dropped out and Sarah Snook took her role.
Isla Fisher Joins Husband Sacha Baron Cohen in Sony’s Spy Spoof ‘Grimsby’
Fresh off back-to-back box office hits “The Great Gatsby” and “Now You See Me,” Isla Fisher has signed on to join her husband Sacha Baron Cohen in Sony’s upcoming spy spoof “Grimsby,” TheWrap has learned.
The action-comedy finds Mark Strong (“Kick-Ass”) playing a British black ops spy who is forced to go on the run and team up with his idiotic English football hooligan brother (Baron Cohen).
Ian McShane and Rebel Wilson co-star alongside Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Oscar-nominated “Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe and English comedian Johnny Vegas.
Fisher will tackle a key supporting role, possibly as a femme fatale or other comely vixen.
Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) is directing from a script by Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston and Peter Baynham, with Baron Cohen and Johnston sharing story credit.
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Baron Cohen and Nira Park will produce, while Johnston and Baynham will executive produce along with Adam McKay, Todd Schulman and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Louise Rosner and James Biddle and Ant Hines are also executive producers on the project, which will start production this summer.
Fisher next stars in the Blumhouse movie “Visions” and Dan Schechter’s Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime.” She’s represented by CAA, Mosaic, Shanahan Management and attorney Warren Dern.
CANNES: Liam Hemsworth Joins Kate Winslet on ‘The Dressmaker’
Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”), Isla Fisher (“The Great Gatsby”) and Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby”) are set to join Kate Winslet and Judy Davis (“Husbands & Wives”) in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s “The Dressmaker.”
Embankment is selling international territories and co-represents the U.S. with CAA.
Principal photography starts in Australia in October.
Winslet plays an avenging angel who returns home to the remote country town from which she fled as a child after being accused of murder, to make amends with her eccentric mother. Although ostracized, as an exponent of the most stunning 1950s haute couture inspired by Madame Vionnet and Balenciaga, she liberates and empowers the town’s women with her quick wit and beautiful clothing. She unexpectedly finds love and ultimately exacts sweet revenge on those who wronged her.
Moorhouse (“Proof,” “How to Make an American Quilt”), who directs her script adaptation of the eponymous novel by Rosalie Ham, said: “Kate Winslet is perfect for Tilly. She’s beautiful, intelligent, and deeply mysterious on screen. Judy Davis is amongst the great contemporary actresses and she will bring powerful wit and charm to the role of Molly. Liam Hemsworth is a laid back, genuine charmer who’s also tall, dark and movie-star handsome. He’ll create a character for the audience to fall in love with.”
Working with Moorhouse will be director of photography Don McAlpine (“Moulin Rouge!”), costume designer Tim Chappel (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”), production designer Roger Ford (“Chronicles of Narnia”) and editor Jill Bilcock (“Moulin Rouge!”).
“The Dressmaker” is produced by Sue Maslin (“Japanese Story”) through Film Art Media, and the film has been financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, Fulcrum Media Finance, White Hot Productions, Film Victoria, Soundfirm and developed with the assistance of Screen NSW.
The film is also financed by Ingenious Senior Film Fund, represented by Gavin Poolman and Michael Shyjka, and will be distributed by Universal Pictures in its home territory.
Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin, Jim Parsons Haunt Blumhouse Thriller ‘Visions’
Blumhouse continues to refine its micro-budget genre formula, and it looks like one evolving factor is the casts are getting better. Jason Blum’s division is negotiating with Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons to star in Visions, a Kevin Greutert-directed thriller that Blumhouse International is selling at AFM. In the Lucas Sussman-scripted film, a pregnant woman joins her husband at his vineyard home and begins to have unsettling visions that get increasingly more realistic and terrifying.
Fisher’s coming off Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Barkin is starring with Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in the Roberto Duran pic Hands Of Stone, and Big Bang Theory‘s Parsons wrapped Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. They are all repped by CAA. Barkin is additionally repped by Untitled after she signed there last week.
According to this Mexican article, Isla started shooting new movie The Switch on her birthday earlier this month. I have no idea how accurate this report is, but I have seen photos of Jennifer Aniston on the set so we know production has started, so I will be keeping a close eye out for any sign of Isla.
Isla Fisher in talks to pull ‘The Switch’
“Bachelorette” star Isla Fisher is in talks to join John Hawkes and Jennifer Aniston in writer-director Dan Schechter’s untitled adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel “The Switch.”
Crime drama, which will serve as a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” stars Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) as younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson’s respective characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, who also appear in Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch.”
Set 15 years before the events in “Jackie Brown,” story follows career criminals Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge.
Should a deal make, Fisher would play Melanie, the same character played by Bridget Fonda in “Jackie Brown.” As the kidnapping and subsequent blackmail unravels, the loyalty-free, manipulative Melanie begins to interfere in subtle and unpredictable ways.
Ty Burrell is attached to co-star as a witness to Aniston’s kidnapping, while Dennis Quaid has exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with his CBS series “Vegas.”
The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing with Michael Siegel and Leonard, while Jim Garavente will exec produce. Production is now tentatively skedded to start in February.
Fisher, who voices the female lead in DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians,” will next be seen in Summit’s magician heist pic “Now You See Me” and as Myrtle Wilson in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which Warner Bros. opens in 3D on May 10.
Fisher is repped by CAA, Mosaic, Shanahan Management and attorney Warren Dern.