While Oscar always has their eyes on anything produced by the Weinstein Company, other studios are showing up with an impressive slate of films for the 2013 awards season. Relativity Media, who haven’t had their fair share of award-worthy projects has announced their upcoming films for the rest of the year.
Last year, the company managed an Oscar nomination in Costume Design for the posthumous work of Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror (2012). They also had the indie hit Haywire (2012) with Gina Carano which many, including our own Joseph Braverman, really loved. But for every good film, there’s a bad one in their midst. So far in 2013, the company handled the abysmal Movie 43, Lasse Hallstrom’s Safe Haven, and the comedy 21 & Over. The rest of the year looks rather promising for the studio. Not looking so much like an awards player, in August they’ll release the thriller Paranoia with Liam Hemsowrth and Oscar-nominee Gary Oldman.
Our wonderful Anna Young showcased Luc Besson’s Malavita in one of our awards profiles this week. The film, that stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones has its doubters out there, but there’s always an “out-of-nowhere” contender that swoops in and builds buzz for itself. Perhaps a career Oscar win for three-time nominee Pfeiffer is in our future. The film is scheduled for September 20.
Carrying leftover hopes from 2012, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, and Casey Affleck has some great talent attached. The film tells the story of two brothers living in a mill town who both take different paths after a cruel twist of fate lands one of them in prison and the other in a life of crime. Composed by Alberto Iglesias and having an original song produced by Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, the film has garnered much excitement from the Oscar prognosticating community. Maybe this will be their prize-winning pony this year? The film opens October 4.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut with Scarlett Johansson, now titled Don Jon will be opening October 18. After its bow at the Sundance Film Festival, many loved it while others were left either cold or uneven. If anything, it may open the foor for the already very popular Gordon-Levitt.
Finally, the studio will have an Animated Feature in contention to go against Pixar and Disney later this year. Free Birds, which features the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler, tells the story of two rival turkeys that discover a time machine and travel back to the first Thanksgiving to prevent turkeys from becoming the traditional holiday meal. The film opens November 1.
The full press release is down below with information, talent, and links to their Facebook pages. Relativity Media looks to be somewhat in the awards conversation this year with many under-the-radar movie studios.
PARANOIARelease: August 16, 2013Director: Robert LuketicWriters: Jason Dean Hall from a previous draft by Barry Levy, based on the novel by Joseph Finder.Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, Lucas Till, Amber Heard, Embeth Davidtz, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss and Josh Holloway.Producer: Alexandra Milchan, Scott Lambert, William D. Johnson and Deepak Nayar –credits not finalExecutive Producer: Stuart Ford, Sam Englebardt, Allen Liu, Douglas Urbanski, Christophe Riandee, Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley –credits not finalIn this high-stakes thriller, Adam Cassidy (Liam Hemsworth) is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job at Wyatt Corporation. But after one costly mistake, Adam’s ruthless CEO, Nicholas Wyatt (Gary Oldman), forces him to spy on corporate rival, Jock Goddard (Harrison Ford), Wyatt’s old mentor. Adam soon finds himself occupying the corner office and living the life of his dreams. However, behind the scenes, he is simply a pawn in Wyatt’s corporate game and realizes he must ultimately find a way out from under his boss who will stop at nothing, even murder, to win a multi-billion dollar advantage.MALAVITA (Currently Titled)Release: September 20, 2013Director: Luc Besson
Writers: Luc Besson (Adapted from the book Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista)
Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo
Producers: Virginie-Silla Besson, Ryan Kavanaugh – credits not finalExecutive Producer: Martin Scorsese, Tucker Tooley – credits not finalIn this darkly comedic action film from Luc Besson (Taken, Transporter), Malavita is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way.OUT OF THE FURNACERelease: October 4, 2013Director: Scott CooperWriter: Story by Scott Cooper and Brad Inglesby; Screenplay by Scott Cooper- credits not finalCast: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Zoe SaldanaProducers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan, Ryan Kavanaugh- credits not finalExecutive Producer: Ron Burkle, Jason Beckman, Jason Colodne– credits not finalFrom the critically-acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart comes a gripping and gritty dramatic thriller about fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell (Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Affleck) live in the economically-depressed Rust Belt, and have always dreamed of escaping and finding better lives. But when a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his brother is lured into one of the most violent and ruthless crime rings in the Northeast – a mistake that will almost cost him everything. Once released, Russell must choose between his own freedom, or risk it all to seek justice for his brother.DON JONRelease: October 18, 2013Director: Joseph Gordon-LevittWriter: Joseph Gordon-LevittCast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, Glenne HeadlyProducer: Ram BergmanExecutive Producer: Nicolas ChartierFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/DonJonMovieJon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy in this unexpected comedy written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt.FREE BIRDSRelease: November 1, 2013Director: Jimmy Hayward
Writers: Screenplay by David I. Stern and John Strauss with a rewrite from Craig MazinCast: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler, George Takei, Colm Meaney, Dan Fogler, Keith DavidProducers: Scott Mosier, Craig Mazin, John Strauss, David I. SternExecutive Producers:In this irreverent, hilarious, adventurous buddy comedy, directed by Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who!), two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the holiday menu for good.