EXCLUSIVE via Deadline: Eros STX’s Stephan James and J.K. Simmons sports drama National Champions is expanding its thespian team roster with Uzo Aduba, Alexander Ludwig, Andrew Bachelor, David Koechner, Tim Blake Nelson, and Timothy Olyphant.
Based on Adam Mervis’ play of the same name which he’s also adapting, National Champions explores the big business of college sports and tells the story of a star quarterback (James) ignites a player’s strike 72 hours before the biggest game of the year to fight for fair compensation, equality, and respect for the athletes who put their bodies and health on the line for their schools. Olyphant will play Elliott, a hipster professor at the college.
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Timothy Olyphant is negotiating to co-star in “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”, the film Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed and is prepping for production in Los Angeles for Sony Pictures. I am not sure whether Olyphant will play a fictional or real character, but he will join Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Burt Reynolds, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen in a Pulp Fiction-like tapestry that covers a group of characters in LA during the summer of 1969, up to the moment where Charles Manson’s followers murdered Sharon Tate and others in a shocking night of savagery.
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Here’s a hot project headed to the Cannes Film Festival next month: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace and Timothy Olyphant are set to star in ‘Driven,’ a turbo-charged story about the FBI sting operation to entrap maverick car designer John DeLorean. Embankment Films is launching international sales on the project and will partner with WME Global for U.S. rights.
Sudeikis stars as Jim Hoffman, a con artist-turned-informer for the FBI in the war on drugs. Olyphant plays his handler, determined to snare the world-famous but enigmatic DeLorean (Pace) — desperate for cash to finance his dream of designing the ultimate car of the future — in a drug deal that would become the most lurid celebrity scandal of the 1980s.
Pic is scheduled to shoot in September in Puerto Rico.
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Right after he ends his run as deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the FX series Justified, Timothy Olyphant will join Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley in the feature film about Edward Snowden that Oliver Stone is prepping in Munich. Ink isn’t dry on the deal, but he’s negotiating, and this is a strong next step for Olyphant after he told reporters at TCA last month that he needed a job after the completion of the sixth and final season of the drama based on the Elmore Leonard-created character. Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment are partnered on the U.S. release of the Snowden film.
Olyphant will play a CIA agent who befriended Snowden before the latter fled to Russia seeking asylum after making public more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War. Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman have chosen a subject that continues to be hot-button stuff; the documentary Citizenfour is up for an Oscar this weekend. Borman is producing the film with Eric Kopeloff.
Stone based his script on a number of sources that include the novel Time Of The Octopus by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. That is the basis for the story of an American whistleblower who heads to Russia and the back and forth between the leaker and his lawyer as he waits while that country considers his request for asylum. Stone and Borman also bought the screen rights to The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man, a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding that’s published by Guardian Faber.
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment and Relativity International, the newly formed international division of Relativity Media are pleased to announce a two picture deal in which Atlas Independent will produce and Relativity International will co-finance and sell internationally. The first film of the two will be the Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego helmed The Man on Carrion Road. Relativity International, led by President Camela Galano, will commence international sales at Cannes.
Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (Apollo 18) will direct The Man on Carrion Road based on rising screenwriter, Nils Lyew’s, script. Timothy Olyphant is currently attached to star. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent will produce. Atlas’ Andy Horwitz will executive produce. Atlas Independent is also currently in post-production on Lopez-Gallego’s feature, Open Grave.
“The Man on Carrion Road” is the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town’s new sheriff (played by Olyphant) must team up with the retired lawman he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher and his systematic brutalization of the town’s residents. A gritty and modern thriller, The Man on Carrion Road collides head on with the pathos and hard realities that inhabit life along the border; it’s a story that explores the ambitions, difficulties, and consequences that turn men into monsters and monsters into reality.
“The Man on Carrion Road” will start production at the end of August in Medellin, Columbia.
Have you ever read a book that made you laugh so hard you couldn’t breathe? That was my experience reading Jonathan Tropper’s darkly funny novel This is Where I Leave You. I read it on a summer vacation in which one by one each member of my family broke out into an all-consuming laughter that made another demand to read the book next. So, as you might imagine, my hopes are high for its movie adaptation.
Adapted by the author and helmed by Date Night director Shawn Levy, the story centers on a Jewish family that’s never been very observant of their faith’s traditions, but is forced to sit Shivah when their late father unexpectedly requests it on his deathbed. So, the far flung family reconvenes to mourn. And over the course of a week where they must stay in close quarters with each other, they are faced to confront sibling rivalry, regret, and resentment. Despite all odds, the results are hysterical.
The cast Levy’s been building is already incredible, boasting Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, and Rose Byrne. And it’s only getting better. Deadline reports Justified’s Timothy Olyphant and Parks and Recreation’s Ben Schwartz have signed on, playing an old friend of Fey’s character and the local rabbi respectively.
Schwartz is most recognizable for playing the always-outrageous Jean-Ralphio on the acclaimed sitcom, but will likely offer a more subdued comedy styling here. While a promising addition to this comedy ensemble, I’m most excited about Olyphant’s inclusion.
Best known for dramas like Justified and Deadwood, Olyphant has shown he has a sharp sense of humor with turns in the spy spoof Archer and the twistedly funny thriller A Perfect Getaway. In This is Where I Leave You he’ll tackle the tricky role of Horry, the high school sweetheart and old next-door neighbor of Fey’s character Wendy. Wendy and Horry once seemed destined for a happy ending until a horrible accident resulted in him getting a devastating brain injury. In the hands of a less thoughtful actor, this role could prove disastrous. But I’m confident Olyphant will not only offer a poignant yet funny performance, but also prove a great scene partner for Fey, as she continues to grow as an actress.
Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant is set to star opposite Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins, and Jennifer Carpenter in Bone Tomahawk. That film is described as a brutally violent horror-Western that will serve as the feature directorial debut of S. Craig Zahler. Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller are producing through their Caliber Media Co. banner. Production is slated for a spring 2013 start in New Mexico.
In Bone Tomahawk, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization. Olyphant will play John Brooder, an eloquent sharpshooter who moved to the frontier in order to satisfy the dark impulses that lie beneath his polished exterior.
In January, Olyphant reprises his role as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the fourth season of FX’s Justified, and his most recent feature starring roles were I Am Number Four and Live Free Or Die Hard, and he lent his voice to Rango.
Zahler previously wrote the Black List script The Brigands Of Rattleborge, and his second novel, Wraiths Of the Broken Land, will be published in May 2013 by Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Olyphant is repped by Colton Gramm at Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Zahler by Caliber Media and UTA.
Timothy Olyphant attends an evening of cocktails and shopping to benefit the Children’s Defense Fund hosted by Coach held at Bad Robot on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
The Johnny Depp-voiced movie “Rango” has won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Directed by Gore Verbinski, Depp’s director in the first three installments of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the movie is about a chameleon named Rango who lives a sheltered life in a terrarium until he finds himself in the Wild West.
Other voices in the movie are Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton and Bill Nighy. “Rango” was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and won many animation awards including Best Animation from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Best Animated Feature from the National Board of Review.
If you are wondering why a “Lexington Police Department” vehicle is blocking off traffic at the intersection of Lake and Mariposa, here’s your answer: The F/X TV show Justified is filming in Altadena on Monday.
The crime drama, which revolves around the life of a U.S. Marshall with a reputation for a quick trigger finger, is set in Kentucky, but many episodes have had scenes that were shot in Altadena, including one at Ace’s Smoke Shop in a past season.
Mariposa was closed to cars Monday morning between Lake and El Molino. The sidewalks are open to walkers, though film crews were asking people to pause during live shooting.
The photos show several of the cast regulars, including the lead actor Tim Olyphant, who plays Marshal Raylan Givens.
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