Toronto: Elmore Leonard’s ‘Life Of Crime’ Near U.S. Deal With Lionsgate/Roadside
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are nearing a deal for a tag-team release of Life Of Crime, Daniel Schechter’s black comic adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s book The Switch. The deal will be for U.S. rights and it will be worth several million dollars. I will try to get more specific when it closes. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes. The picture’s World Premiere at Toronto doesn’t happen until Saturday night, when it plays as the closing-night film of the Toronto Film Festival. It has screened for buyers and press and industry.
The film features some of the characters from the Quentin Tarantino-directed Jackie Brown, which was based on the Leonard novel Rum Punch. This one takes place 15 years earlier when career criminals Ordell (Bey) and Louis (Hawkes) team up to kidnap the wife (Aniston) of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer (Robbins). The husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return and the ex-cons are forced to figure out a Plan B to get paid.
Lionsgate and Roadside have done several successful collaborations that include Margin Call and Arbitrage, and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. Those are among the most successful multi-platform releases, but I’m hearing this will likely be a theatrical release. There is certainly a strong cast here. Schechter told me recently that he wrote the script on spec and then was invited by the author (his idol) to hunt down the rights to The Switch because he and Michael Siegel couldn’t remember where they were. Two years later, Schechter collared those rights and got Leonard’s blessing to move forward. Schechter was eager to show the film to Leonard but the author died at 87 a week before Schechter got the film finished. Leonard would have been in attendance at Saturday’s premiere as well.
The film is co-production between Hyde Park Entertainment, Starstream Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Abbolita Entertainment, Ladove Family Trust and the Gotham Group. Pic is produced by Ellen Goldsmith–Vein, Lee Stollman, Liz Destro, Jordan Kessler, Ashok Amritraj, and Michael Siegel. The deal is being negotiated by WME Global and CAA, with Starstream Entertainment’s Kim Leadford.
Big thanks to our friend Maria for sending us scans of Isla in the September issue of Russian Women’s Health magazine. This is a reprint of last years UK edition, but we don’t have scans from that so the photoshoot pictures are new to the site – and are beautiful ones! Check out scans from Isla’s zillionth cover of the year in our Gallery ^_^ (And then hop on over to Maria’s awesome Brooklyn Decker fansite!)
I think many of you already follow us on our Twitter account @islafisherweb, but you may not now that we are also on Tumblr! Find us there at islafisherweb.tumblr.com. As well as posting our favourite Isla photos from our Gallery on there, we will also reblog our favourite gifs, fanart, photo sets etc. that other users post – and there are some great ones! Hop on over to our Twitter and Tumblr to join us for more Isla….
(We’re not on Facebook – it’s too complicated – sorry!)
Big thanks to Nathii for letting us post more of her fanart here on the site – this time a colourful collage of some of Isla’s magazine covers!
I’m very excited to share these fabulous HD screencaptures from Now You See Me with you today! Isla looks gorgeous in the film, and you know I always love the extra prettyness of HD. I really loved this film – it was thrilling and entertaining, and had a really awesome cast. I particularly loved Isla and Jesse Eisenberg’s chemistry and hope they get to make many more films together because they worked so well together! I would’ve liked to have seen more of their relationship throughout the film, as well as a bit more focus on the Four Horsemen rather than the FBI, but that is my only quibble with the film. I’d definitely recommend watching the movie if you haven’t already done so, it’s one of Isla’s best.
The Charities page has been updated with extensive information on Isla’s recent involvement with the Save The Children Breast Milk campaign. Find out more about the cause closest to Isla’s heart!
The Fisher Phrases section on the sidebar has also been updated with some new quotes – you will see a new one each time you refresh/change the page so get browsing the site
Jesse Eisenberg talks about Isla during the promotion for Now You See Me. These two need to do more movies together!!
Remember when I said Isla was on the cover of several of the current international editions of Cosmopolitan? Well it seems her Cosmo take-over is bigger than I thought! She has appeared on no less than 10 Cosmopolitan magazine covers in August/September this year – pretty impressive, I think! I have added all of these covers to our Gallery – click the thumbnails below to see them all. I really like the green tinted ones from Greece and Cyprus. We have a full set of scans from the Italian, Russian and original UK editions, but if anyone can provide us with scans from the other editions then drop me a line