Friday, June 19, 2020

Oscar Isaac to Star in Ben Stiller Thriller LONDON At Lionsgate

Oscar Isaac to Star in Ben Stiller Thriller LONDON At Lionsgate

"Star Wars" star Oscar Isaac has signed on to star in and produce the upcoming thriller "London" for Lionsgate. The film will be directed by Ben Stiller from a script penned by "Forrest Gump" and "A Star is Born" scribe Eric Roth based on a short story by Jo Nesbo ("The Snowman").

The plot of the short story is unknown as details are being kept under wraps. Isaac obtained the rights to the story and will produce via his Mad Gene Media banner with his longtime manager Jason Spire. Stiller and his producing partner Nicky Weinstock will produce for Red Hour, while Nesbo will executive produce along with Niclas Salomonsson.

Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate, released the following statement about the project:
"This is an incredible team of filmmaking that has come together for this project. Eric is a master storyteller whose screenplays are canonized in film history; Ben’s work as a filmmaker, including his latest accomplishment, ‘Escape at Dannemora,’ is astounding; Oscar is a force in all that he does, both behind and in front of the camera. As Eric adapts Jo Nesbo’s evocative and memorable short story into an incredible film, we’re confident that Ben will bring all of the tension and emotion in directing London – and Oscar will not only give a riveting and dynamic performance, but as the producer leading the process to bring this team together, has an incredible energy and passion for the material. As fans, we are thrilled this tour de force of talent came together for such a compelling story, and as a studio, we are honored they chose Lionsgate".
Stiller won a DGA Award for directing the Showtime limited series "Escape at Dannemora". He is also working on the Apple TV+ series "Severance".

Isaac can next be seen in the sci-fi epic "Dune" and he was also filming Paul Schrader's "The Card Counter" before production was shut down.

Roth most recently wrote the script for "Dune" alongside Denis Villeneuve and Jon Spaihts, and also adapted David Grann's book "Killers of the Flower Moon" for Martin Scorsese.


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