Emerging filmmaker Shane Carruth has assembled an impressive cast for his latest movie project, The Modern Ocean.
Anne Hathaway, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Radcliffe, Chloe Grace Moretz, Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Jeff Goldblum and Beasts of No Nation breakout Abraham Attah will star in the ensemble adventure drama, based on Carruth’s 200-page script, which is described as being filled with pictures and diagrams.
The storyline revolves around vengeance and the fierce competition for valuable shipping routes and priceless materials that converge in a spectacular battle on the rolling decks of behemoth cargo ships.
“This epic tale, fraught with danger and intrigue, takes us from the ancient trading houses of Algeria to the darkest depths of the ocean floor,” said FilmNation in describing the project, which it will introduce to foreign buyers converging this week in Santa Monica for the American Film Market.
Modern Ocean is sure to draw keen interest for its cast alone.
Carruth is a software engineer turned indie filmmaker. He made his debut with the low-budget sci-fi movie Primer, which won won the Grand Jury Prize and the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. His follow-up was the 2013 movie Upstream Color.
Carruth also will act in the upcoming movie and is producing via his banner erbp, along with Blackbird’s Lawrence Inglee (The Day After Tomorrow) and Tadmor’s Eyal Rimmon (American Ultra).
The producers are promising a movie that will be “enormously inventive, but grounded in arcane reality” and “will draw audiences into a secretive world filled with mysterious technologies and bitter rivalries.”
Character details for the actors’ roles were not revealed.
There is nothing to get the Judy Garland fan community more fired up than the news of a biopic of their favorite rainbow diva. Well the flames have been fanned as it appears that Anne Hathaway is about to dance down the yellow brick road. Finally after several years of speculation, Harvey Weinstein himself has confirmed on The Howard Stern Show that filming will commence this summer with Anne in the lead. Though the movie is still officially listed as In Development on IMDB, he has said unequivocally he bought the source material and wants to see it filmed. We can take comfort that Hathaway has proven herself a staunch defender of the gay community, particularly her views on gay marriage and adoption. And now she will embark on playing the greatest icon the LGBT community has ever had.
Garland fans are split down the middle about whole issue of a biopic about Judy Garland. I must confess a note of personal trepidation myself. Some are thrilled at the prospect of Garland’s life as a major motion picture. There are a great many Garland enthusiasts who would rather not see any kind of film. Others have their own ideas about who should play “the world’s greatest entertainer”. Despite the fact that Miss Hathaway has been attached to the project since day one with no other candidates in the running for the coveted role of the one and only, “Miss Show Business”. In fact Weinstein confirmed this firm casting in the most recent interview saying “she sang beautifully for me and there is no need for her to audition and the part is her”. In his words “there is no testing” where Hathaway is concerned. Continue reading