Clive Owen Drops Out From “Oldboy” remake

Back in December,it was reported that Clive Owen was in talks to replace Colin Firth as the villain in the upcoming “Oldboy” remake, to be directed by Spike Lee and starting Josh Brolin.

Now comes word that Owen has dropped out. He’s just one of many who want nothing to do with this remake, including Firth, Rooney Mara and Christian Bale.At this point, Brolin is still on board to play the lead and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is in talks to play the female lead.

On top of that, production has been delayed.It turns out that Brolin has to participate in press junkets for “Men in Black 3,” which will push the start date for “Oldboy” till summer or beginning of fall.

Source: Worst Preview

Clive Owen third choice for ‘Oldboy’ remake villain

It’s never great to be the third choice to do something, but I’d imagine it’s a whole lot worse when the entire world knows that you are the third choice. In the past few months, the role of the villain in Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy has been offered to both Christian Bale and Colin Firth, both of whom ended up turning the part down. This means that whoever the studio approaches next will know that they not only aren’t the first choice, but they aren’t even the first name mentioned as part of a backup plan. Hence why today must be bittersweet for Clive Owen.

Twitch has learned that Owen is now the new name that has been offered the chance to play the antagonist in Oldboy. While Josh Brolin is attached to play the lead, the project has been having a hard time attracting stars, as Rooney Mara also turned down the chance to star in the movie. Should Owen take the part, it will be the second time that he has worked with Spike Lee, as they made Inside Man together back in 2006. The film is the remake of the 2003 Chan-wook Park movie about a man who is kidnapped and held as a prisoner for 15 years without given a reason. Upon his release, the man goes on the hunt to find the person responsible for his incarceration.

While I actually like the idea of Brolin facing off against Owen, this news is kind of sad. Five years ago studios would have been jumping all over Owen to play the part, but now he’s been relegated to third choice. Maybe this will be the role that brings him back to the A-list.

Source: Cinema Blend

Clive Owen’s privileged life

Opening today in cinemas across the UAE, Intruders is the latest in a long line of Spanish horror films to have sent chills up and down the spines of audiences for the past decade.

In the tradition of Alejandro Amenábar’s The Others and Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage, this fantasy horror concerns two parallel ghost stories: Mia (Ella Purnell) an 11-year-old girl living in London starts having nightmares about a hooded demon known as Hollowface. Meanwhile, in Spain, the same dream is being had by a young boy named Juan (Izán Corchero). In London, the parents (Clive Owen and Carice van Houten) seek out a psychologist, while in Spain, the mother (Pilar López de Ayala) calls on a priest (Daniel Brühl).

What connects the incidents in London and Spain and who the mysterious Hollowface is, are the big questions posed in the director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s latest psychological thriller.

Fresnadillo previously directed the Spanish thriller Intacto and the British horror 28 Weeks Later, so he has the pedigree of directing a story that traverses borders, as well as working in both languages.

Clive Owen attached to ‘Recall’

Moonstone pre-sells Latin American and South Korean territories for actioner

Clive Owen is attached to star in actioner “Recall” for Moonstone Entertainment.

Moonstone, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, sold the pic to Latin American and Korean territories, smaller European territories and the Middle East at AFM. Company is also in advanced negotiations for “Recall” in major European territories

Paul Schrader, who wrote “Raging Bull” and “Affliction,” penned the script about an NSA agent trying to piece together the events of a botched hostage rescue operation. As the agent begins to recall events and unearth the truth, he finds he can trust neither his fellow soldiers nor his own mind.

“Mercury Rising” and “Sea of Love” helmer Harold Becker will direct.

Moonstone inked the deals with the Swen Group in Latin America and Pure Features International in South Korea. Company founder Etchie Stroh will produce the pic, aiming for a mid-March start date in locations including Bulgaria and Washington D.C.

Moonstone has produced more than 30 pics, including the Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune,” Alan Rudolph’s “Afterglow” and 2005 actioner “The Promise.”

Source: Variety