Sadly, Tulip Fever has been pushed again. It will be released sometime later this year.
THE WRAP – The Weinstein Company film “Tulip Fever” has been punted down the release schedule yet again.
The Alicia Vikander drama will not open on Feb. 24 as planned but will be “moved to later in 2017,” a TWC spokesperson told TheWrap.
A specific release date wasn’t given. The film had already been moved once, away from a July 2016 opening where it was expected to enter this year’s awards conversation.
“Tulip Fever” was directed by Justin Chadwick, with a screenplay by Tom Stoppard adapting Deborah Moggach’s acclaimed novel. Alison Owen and Harvey Weinstein served as producers.
Set in 17th century Amsterdam, the film follows a married woman (Vikander) who begins a passionate affair with an artist (Dane DeHaan) hired to paint her portrait. The lovers gamble on the booming market for tulip bulbs as a way to raise money to run away together.
The film has a starry ensemble that includes Oscar winners Christoph Waltz and Judi Dench, as well as Jack O’Connell, Cara Delevingne, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Hollander, Holliday Grainger, David Harewood and Matthew Morrison. The studio cut a trailer for the project last year, which can be viewed below.
While TWC is enjoying some late-in-the-season success with their film “Lion” — which earned six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Nicole Kidman and Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel — distribution is a touchy subject at the moment.
The company was hit with a lawsuit last week from a subsidiary of fellow distributor FilmNation for allegedly violating the release terms on their co-production “The Founder.”
FilmNation claims that TWC agreed it would not release any other film within two weeks of the Ray Kroc biopic starring Michael Keaton. TWC indeed wound up rolling out another awards hopeful — Matthew McConaughey’s “Gold” — the weekend after “The Founder” opened in limited release. FilmNation is seeking the most valuable of two settlement options: the full cost of their final prints and advertising budget, or $15 million.
Legal woes aside, we do hope “Tulip Fever” blooms in theaters sometime this year. It’s a reunion of sorts between Weinstein and Stoppard, who swept the Oscars with 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love.”
The nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards were announced a few days ago. Jack’s short film “Home” has been nominated for British Short Film. The awards will take place on February 12, 2017. Hopefully we will see Jack there!
BRITISH SHORT FILM
CONSUMED Richard John Seymour
HOME Shpat Deda, Afolabi Kuti, Daniel Mulloy, Scott O’Donnell
MOUTH OF HELL Bart Gavigan, Samir Mehanovic, Ailie Smith, Michael Wilson
THE PARTY Farah Abushwesha, Emmet Fleming, Andrea Harkin, Conor MacNeill
STANDBY Jack Hannon, Charlotte Regan
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Andrew Haigh is set to direct the film about the late fashion icon, with principal photography to begin in January.
The hotly anticipated Alexander McQueen biopic has found its leading man.
Jack O’Connell (Unbroken, ’71) has been cast as the late fashion designer in the untitled film to be directed by Andrew Haigh (Weekend, 45 Years) with Pathe producing.
The script is written by Chris Urch, the award-winning playwright of The Rolling Stone and Land of Our Fathers, and based on the biography Blood Beneath the Skin by Andrew Wilson. The film will explore the creative process of McQueen — who passed away in 2010 — in the months leading up to one of his greatest shows in 2009, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand.
Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, Belle, Lady in the Van) is producing, with principal photography set to start in January for delivery at the end of 2017.
Pathe will distribute the film in the U.K., France and Switzerland and will handle sales throughout the rest of the world, introducing the film to buyers at this year’s AFM.
Haigh, who saw 45 Years pick up awards in Berlin in 2015 and earn an Oscar nomination for Charlotte Rampling this year, recently wrapped Lean on Pete and is teaming with See-Saw Films and the BBC on a new drama series.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The period drama starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander opposite Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz was slated to open July 15.
The long-gestating Weinstein Co. project Tulip Fever won’t be blooming in July as expected.
In the latest shuffle of its release schedule, the Weinstein Co. has pushed the period drama seven months, from a release date of July 15, 2016 to Feb. 24, 2017.
The project, starring Oscar winner Alicia Vikander opposite Dane DeHaan and Christoph Waltz, was shot back in 2014, and has been finished for more than a year and was just nine days away from release when the company announced the push.
Tulip Fever is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel about an artist (DeHaan) who falls in love with a married woman (Vikander) after he’s commissioned by the husband (Waltz) to paint her portrait. Justin Chadwick directed from an adapted script by Tom Stoppard.
The film will open opposite Paramount’s God Particle and Open Road’s Sleepless on its new date.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Jack O’Connell will lead the cast of the Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank limited series.
Jack O’Connell is riding to Netflix.
The Unbroken star has been tapped to topline the streaming giant’s Western drama Godless, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Godless, from Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank, is set in 1884 and centers on Frank Griffin, a menacing outlaw who is terrorizing the West as he hunts down Roy Goode, his son-like partner-turned-mortal enemy. While Roy hides at Alice Fletcher’s ranch, Frank’s chase leads him to the quiet town of La Belle — that is mysteriously made up of entirely women.
O’Connell will star as Roy, the injured outlaw on the run from his former boss who was orphaned at a young age and was taken in by Griffin who ultimately breaks up a robbery and takes off with the loot, splitting from his father figure after he no longer can stomach his behavior.
For O’Connell, the role marks his first TV foray after his breakout film role as Olympic track star and World War II POW Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Before that, his TV credits included Skins and The Runaway. On the big screen, his feature follow-ups have included Money Monster and Tulip Fever. He is repped by CAA, Conway van Gelder Grant in the U.K. and Sloane Offer.
Billed as a limited series, Frank will pen the script, direct and executive produce alongside Soderbergh and Casey Silver.
Jack’s upcoming film “Money Monster” will debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The 69th Festival de Cannes will take place from 11 to 22 May 2016.
“Money Monster” (Jodie Foster, U.S.). George Clooney plays the host of a television financial-advice program taken hostage by an angry viewer (“Unbroken’s” Jack O’Connell), who holds him responsible for a bad stock tip. Julia Roberts also stars as the show’s tough-as-nails producer in a film that brings Foster back to Cannes 30 years after “Taxi Driver” unspooled in competition.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The film will be budgeted at $18 million with principal photography set to start in September.
Paulo Branco is stepping in as producer for Terry Gilliam’s beleaguered The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.
Branco will produce under his Paris-based Alfama Films label, with Spain’s Tornasol Films and Portugal’s Leopardo Filmes co-producing.
The budget is set at $18.25 million (€16 million), with principal photography starting in September in Spain and Portugal.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote has reached almost mythical status after years of failed attempts to complete it and even resulted in a documentary on its ill-fated journey to the screen in 2002’s Lost in La Mancha when Johnny Depp was the star.
Ewan McGregor and Robert Duvall were attached as stars in Gilliam’s second try, but it ultimately did not find financing. The latest cast is the legendary John Hurt and Unbroken star Jack O’Connell. Further delays were caused by Hurt’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer early last year. Hurt was given the all-clear by his doctors in Oct. 2015.
Alfama Films previously produced David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and Mathieu Amalric’s Cannes entry The Blue Room.
DEADLINE.COM – EXCLUSIVE: Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell are circling A Life In The Day, the Tony Gittelson script about the life of Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed the Beatles from 1961-1967, before he died of a drug overdose at 32. Justin Chadwick (Tulip Fever) is in talks to direct the project, which David Permut will produce through his Permut Presentations banner along with Dylan Sellers’ Rivers Edge Films.
Rivers Edge has a strategic partnership with Kevin Frakes’ Palmstar Media that has Palmstar funding Sellers’ overhead, production and development costs. The two companies are committed to jointly produce four to five films with budgets between $20 million-$40 million.
This is still a fluid situation with no deals set, but if it all comes together, Hoult would play the flamboyant and gay Epstein, with O’Connell the brilliant but troubled John Lennon. The intense relationship between the two men has been the subject of much debate and analysis over the years. As recently as this week, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono mused about the possibility that Epstein and Lennon had sex with each other. She was quoted in the Daily Beast as saying, “It was almost a love affair, but not quite. It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship.”
Chadwick, coming off the Weinstein Company period drama Tulip Fever — which also stars O’Connell — has a number of projects he’s choosing from with A Life In The Day believed to be near the top of the list for what would be his next project. Hoult is currently in pre-production on Sand Castle opposite Henry Cavill and Luke Evans. O’Connell has George Clooney-starrer Money Monster in post.
Chadwick is repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK and UTA in the U.S. Hoult is repped by 42 in the UK and UTA in the U.S. O’Connell is repped by Conway Van Gelder Grant in the UK and CAA in the U.S. Tony Gittelson is repped by ICM Partners and Donaldson & Callif.
BBC.COM – Actor Jack O’Connell is to play a troubled snooker professional in a new play staged in the sport’s spiritual home, Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.
The Crucible hosts snooker’s annual world championships as well as being one of the UK’s leading theatres.
The worlds of snooker and theatre will meet with the world premiere of The Nap, written by Richard Bean, who is best known for One Man, Two Guvnors.
O’Connell has made his name in films including Unbroken, ’71 and Starred Up.
Those performances helped him win the rising star prize at the Bafta film awards earlier this year.
In The Nap, he will take the role of Sheffield-born snooker player Dylan Spokes who, according to The Crucible, has to contend with “his ex-con Dad, local gangster Waxy Chuff and the snooker corruption squad”.
The play is described as a “comedy thriller” and will be staged next March, just before the snooker world championships, which take place every April.
The Nap will be directed by actor and The Crucible associate director Richard Wilson. Next week, Wilson will reprise his role as Victor Meldrew in TV sitcom One Foot in the Grave at a one-off fundraising event for the theatre.
The venue’s new season also includes new musical Flowers for Mrs Harris, based on the 1958 novel of the same name by Paul Gallico; revivals of A Raisin in the Sun and Waiting for Godot; and the regional premiere of Contractions by Mike Bartlett, who wrote BBC One’s recent drama Doctor Foster.
Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans said: “This is, without doubt, our boldest season to date. We’re announcing seven original productions: three new plays, a new British musical, a regional premiere and two major revivals of 20th Century classics.”
DerbyTelegraph.co.uk – DERBY-BORN Hollywood star Jack O’Connell is to receive an honorary degree from his home university.
Jack, who will become an Honorary Master of the Arts, is one of six people to be selected by the University of Derby for the honours which will be presented next January.
The ardent Derby County fan said: “I feel a sincere level of gratitude for this honour I am presented with by the University of Derby. It’s an achievement, and one I feel I can be proud of. Up the Rams.”
Starting his acting life in productions at St Benedict Catholic Academy, Jack, 24, made his film debut in 2006 in This Is England – three years after he took the part of James Cook in Skins.
Jack’s film credits include Eden Lake, Private Peaceful and 300: Rise of an Empire. His breakthrough came when he gave critically acclaimed performances in the independent films Starred Up and ’71. Jack received consecutive nominations for the ‘Best Actor’ award at the British Independent Film Awards.
It was 2014 which saw him make the transition to Hollywood, taking his first leading role in the major studio picture, Unbroken.
The film directed by Angelina Jolie saw Jack portray Louis Zamperini, the Olympian athlete and Second World War veteran.
Jack received the New Hollywood Award at the Hollywood Film Awards. He was presented with the accolade at the ceremony in Los Angeles by Angelina Jolie, who famously introduced him with the East Midlands phrase, “ay up me duck”.
Jack also received the prestigious BAFTA Rising Star Award in 2015. Next year, he will be seen in Money Monster, a film directed by Jodie Foster, starring alongside George Clooney and Julia Roberts, and Tulip Fever with Alicia Vikander. He is due to start filming new project HHHH this year.
The other honorary degree recipients are: Rt Hon Sir John Mummery, a former Lord Justice of Appeal (Honorary Doctor of the University); Professor Ashwani Gupta, University of Maryland (Honorary Doctor of the University); Richard Gerver, former superhead and speaker (Honorary Doctor of Education); Donna Kellogg MBE, former Olympian and badminton coach (Honorary Master of the Arts) and Eileen Fry, former researcher and director of the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby (Honorary Doctor of the University).
Each year notable people, with a strong connection to the university or to the city, are chosen to receive an honorary degree at the annual awards ceremonies, which is when the university’s students graduate after completing their courses.