THR is reporting that the filming for “Kurk” has been postponed. No new start date has been announced.
The Russian shoot of Colin Firth submarine disaster movie Kursk, produced by Luc Besson, has been postponed as the country’s defense ministry is still reviewing the permit request.
The shoot was scheduled to start in Russia next month and run for about a month. A new start date hasn’t been set.
“We haven’t yet received a permit from the defense ministry,” Andrei Sigle, a producer on the Russian side, told local radio station Radio Baltika. “They probably have other things to take care of.”
According to Sigle, taking the shoot to another country, such as Norway, which observers immediately suggested, is currently out of the question. He said the producers still hope to get the green light from Russia’s military.
The movie is based on a 2000 incident involving a K-141 Kursk submarine. A torpedo exploded inside the Russian submarine during a naval exercise in the Barents Sea, and the submarine’s entire crew of 118 died.
Produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp, the movie is to be directed by Thomas Vinterburg and will also star Matthias Schoenaerts.
Incidentally, Russia’s defense ministry originally promised cooperation with the crew. But later it reportedly grew concerned about granting access to classified information and locations. It didn’t comment on the delay of the shoot.
Deadline confirms Matthias is set to star in “Kursk“. Matthias mentioned this project last month to the Belgium press, but it seems it got the greenlight by EuropaCorp.
EuropaCorp has set Matthias Schoenaerts to star in Kursk, the fact-based survival drama that Thomas Vinterberg will direct this fall from Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat’s adaptation of the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. The film centers on a true story of the Kursk, a nuclear-powered Russian submarine that sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survive the crash and desperately wait for help to arrive while their oxygen runs out minute-by-minute.
It seems like yesterday that Schoenaerts broke out here as the brawny tragic protagonist of Bullhead, and he has risen quickly. Schoenaerts and Vinterberg just worked together in Far From The Madding Crowd, and Schoenaerts most recently starred with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl. CAA and UBBA rep the actor.
This becomes another greenlighted movie for EuropaCorp to be distributed through its new pipeline RED. EuropaCorp founder Luc Besson has the company’s biggest picture in production right now in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic that stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne and an eclectic supporting cast that includes Rihanna, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer and Herbie Hancock.
Matthias talked to the Belgium newspaper The Morning (De Morgen) and he confirmed he will reteam with Bullhead director Michael R. Roskam on “The Faithful” this year but he also mentioned he will reteam with “Far From The Madding Crowd” director Thomas Vinterberg:
I will also collaborate again with Thomas Vinterberg, with whom I worked on Far From The Madding Crowd. Vinterberg will film “Kursk” in the fall, the story of a sunken Russian submarine, and I will play the captain. I am really looking forward to it.
Earlier this year Deadline reported that director Thomas Vinterberg signed on to direct “Kursk“. They reported the following story:
EuropaCorp has set Thomas Vinterberg to helm Kursk, the Robert Rodat-scripted adaptation of the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. Casting will begin shortly for a projected fall production start in Europe. The film is based on the true story of the nuclear-powered Russian submarine, the Kursk, which sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survived the crash and desperately waited for help to arrive, as their oxygen ran out minute-by-minute.
Variety is reporting the screenplay is written by Robert Rodat and based on Robert Moore’s book ‘A Time to Die’.
THR is reporting that HBO plans on redeveloping “Lewis And Clark“. It’s still unclear if Matthias, or any of the cast, will return to the project.
HBO is all but abandoning the six-part miniseries starring Casey Affleck and Matthias Schoenaerts. “We have decided to redevelop Lewis and Clark with Michelle Ashford writing,” HBO said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, confirming that it is going back to the drawing board with the high-profile historical drama.
Ashford, who is currently serving as the showrunner on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, penned the original script with Ed Norton and John Curran (The Painted Veil). Once her rewrite comes in, the cabler will have to greenlight the project a second time. In the event that the new version does move forward, HBO will then evaluate whether or not previously shot footage is usable (sources say several episodes were filmed) and if roles will be recast.
Deadline is reporting that Matthias is in talks to join his “A Bigger Splash” co-star Dakota Johnson in the upcoming movie “The Sound Of Metal“.
Deals are making for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson to star with The Danish Girl‘s Matthias Schoenaerts in The Sound Of Metal, a drama that will mark the directorial debut of Darius Marder, who is best known for his collaborations with filmmaker Derek Cianfrance including co-writing The Place Beyond The Pines. Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing.
Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts plays the drummer. Everything changes when he begins to lose his hearing and has to come to grips with a future that will be filled with silence.
The film is in the process of being set for financing, but the plan is to shoot in August.
Today is a special day, because Matthias is celebrating his 38th birthday. We, on behave of the Matthias Schoenaerts Network and all his fans around the world, want to wish him a happy birthday. We hope he has a wonderful day celebrating with his family and friends. This year has been such an exciting year for Matthias’ career, and we are looking forward to what’s next.
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