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Sony Buys Ethan Hawke Sci-Fi Film; Kino Go to ‘Another Country’; Entertainment One Get ‘Freaky Deaky’

Written by on May 24, 2012 

Wouldn’t you say some Ethan Hawke news is always a good way to start things off? (Well, unless we’re talking about a few of his recent career choices.) Variety reports that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions have snatched rights to Predestination, a sci-fi action piece that will see Hawke reunite with the Spierig brothers, with whom he collaborated on 2010’s Daybreakers. Just as that film zeroed in on the vampire subsect of the horror genre, this next effort will revolve around the oft-used, oft-misused conceit of time travel.

The siblings’ main source on Predestination happens to be “—All You Zombies—,” a late ’50s short story from author Robert A. Heinlein that they hold as “the mother of all time paradox tales.” In their screenplay, Michael and Peter Spierig focus on “the life of a temporal government agent” (I love the way that sounds) who, not unlike the character in Rian Johnson‘s Looper, goes on “an intricate series of time-travel journeys” that force him to stop killers from the future.

Although time travel is — and this bears repeating — oft-misused, I’ll keep an eye out for Predestination when it starts shooting at the beginning of next year; it’s what they like to call the power of Hawke. Wolfhound Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment are producing.

When it comes to films that have actually been completed and exhibited, Deadline reports that Hong Sang-soo‘s newest film, In Another Country, has found a home with Kino Lorber; they’ll be giving it a tour of the fall festival circuit and, later this year, put it in a limited release. The Cannes competition title  — which stars Isabelle Huppert as three different women who encounter the same people at a beach resort — has received some mixed notices since it premiered earlier in the week, but I doubt Sang-soo‘s considerable heft in the arthouse world will deter many from actually seeking it out.

Oh, and here’s another movie with a little bit of public exposure. Deadline also informs us that Entertainment One have picked up Freaky Deaky, an Elmore Leonard adaptation that stars Billy Burke, Crispin Glover, Michael Jai White, and Christian Slater. The Charlie Matthau-directed “homage to 1970s filmmaking” follows “a disgraced Detroit cop (Burke) [who] gets a shot at a comeback when a beautiful young actress needs help taking down a powerful movie producer (Glover).” You can see a few clips here, though the reaction from Tribeca has me thinking you don’t want to see any more.

Do any of these movies catch your attention? Which do you want to see the most?

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