EXCLUSIVE: Bruce Willis has been set to star in First Kill, a Steven C. Miller-directed action thriller that Emmett/Furla/Oasis will produce, finance and release through its U.S. deal with Lionsgate Premiere. It’s the 11th collaboration between EFO and Willis, and the producer/financier’s fourth film with Miller. Highland Film Group is handling international. The script was written by Nick Gordon with production slated to begin late August in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Willis will play a police chief who tries to solve a kidnapping, with a ticking clock. After a man and his son witness a thug shooting a bank thief while on a hunting trip, the bank robber takes the boy hostage, in order to recover the key to a locker that contains the loot from the bank heist. Randall Emmett and George Furla will produce. Trevor Matthews of Brookstreet Pictures, Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb will serve as executive producers. Tim Sullivan, Tony Callie, Ryan Black, and Nick Gordon will Co-Produce.

Emmett/Furla is about to start production next week on Gotti, with Kevin Connolly directing John Travolta as the late crime boss John Gotti. The company is also currently in post-production on the Martin Scorsese-directed Silence as well as the Arnold Schwarzenegger and Scoot McNairy starrer 478, from director Elliott Lester and producer Darren Aronofsky. Willis is repped by CAA.

By Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline.com

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Simon Pegg, Mike Myers, Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels, Kick-Ass) have joined Margot Robbie in the cast of Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal.

Terminal tells the story of two hit-men (Fletcher and Irons) as they embark on a borderline suicide mission for a mysterious employer and a high paycheck. Along the way, the unlikely pair come across a dynamic woman named Annie (Robbie) who may be more involved than they had originally suspected.

It is being produced by David Barron of BeaglePug (Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, The Legend Of Tarzan) Molly Hassell (Braven, The Trust) and HFG’s Arianne Fraser alongside Tom Ackerley, Josey McNamara, Sophia Kerr and Robbie under their LuckyChap Entertainment banner.
HFG arranged financing with Ingenious Media, RuYi Media and Miscellaneous Entertainment. Executive producers are John Jencks, D. Todd Shepherd, Joe Simpson, George Waud, Shelley Madison, Charles Auty, Simon Williams, Delphine Perrier and Henry Winterstern.

HFG is handling international sales and CAA represents the U.S. rights.

Pegg will next appear in Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond, while Irons will soon be seen in ITV’s Tutankhamun. Fletcher will next be seen in Eddie The Eagle for 20th Century Fox, and Myers is creating a new series for HBO.

Pegg is represented by Dawn Sedgwick Management and UTA, while Irons by Tavistock Wood and UTA. Fletcher is represented by WME and Independent Talent Group, and Myers by Untitled Entertainment.

The Highland Film Group slate includes Jon Avnet’s Three Christs starring Richard Gere; Scott Mann’s action-packed thriller Final Score; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Kevin Connolly’s Gotti starring John Travolta; Steven C. Miller’s Southern Fury with Nicolas Cage and Marauders starring Bruce Willis; the Brewer Brothers’ The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; and Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter starring Emma Roberts, which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival, where it was acquired by A24.

By Anita Busch, Deadline.com

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The film centers on a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ. Call it a holy trinity of sorts.

Richard Gere is set to star in Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, playing a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

Three Christs, a potentially hot-button film, marks Gere and Avnet’s second collaboration. The first was MGM’s controversial Red Corner in 1997, a film that led to Chinese star Bai Ling having her Chinese citizenship revoked.

Based on a biographical novel by Milton Rokeach titled Rokeach’s Christs of Ypsilanti: A Narrative Study of Three Lost Men, the film was adapted by Eric Nazarian and Avnet.

Highland Film Group is financing and will unveil the project to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes film market. CAA is repping domestic rights.

Avnet is producing alongside Brooklyn Films’ Aaron Stern and Highland’s Arianne Frasier and Delphine Perrier. Molly Hassell (Terminal) also is producing.

The doctor treated the trio of patients at the Ypsilanti State Hospital in Michigan, and what transpired is both comic and deeply moving.

Gere will next be seen in Oren Moverman’s star-studded family drama The Dinner alongside Steve Coogan, Chloe Sevigny, Rebecca Hall and Laura Linney.

Gere is repped by WME; Avnet is with CAA.

By Tatiana Siegel, Deadline.com

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Nicolas Cage will star in the thriller “Philly Fury,” with helmer Steven C. Miller set to begin shooting in May.
Randall Emmett and George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films are producing. “Philly Fury” will be released in the U.S. through Lionsgate Premiere via its distribution deal with Emmett/Furla.

Highland Film Group will handle international sales.
Jason Mosberg wrote the script about a Philadelphia businessman whose deadbeat brother is kidnapped for a large ransom — leading everyone to believe that the brother is involved in the kidnapping. Cage’s character, who’s also a mobster, is forced to take action on his own.

Cage announced on March 7 that he would direct and star in the independent thriller “Vengeance: A Love Story.” Cage will play a detective in that film with shooting to begin in April in Atlanta.

Cage starred as Capt. Charles Butler McVey in the World War II movie “USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage,” which was filmed last summer in Alabama. He starred in 2014’s faith-based drama “Left Behind.”

Emmett/Furla is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The film stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano and Ciarán Hinds.

Cage is repped by CAA and Link Entertainment. Miller is repped by UTA, Aperture Entertainment’s Adam Goldworm and attorney Wayne Alexander. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

By Dave McNary, Variety.com

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Braven

Highland Film Group has released the first look photo of Jason Momoa in the new survival thriller Braven, which recently wrapped principal photography. No release date has been set at this time, but Highland Film Group will be handling international sales at the Berlin International Film Festival. It isn’t known when the first trailer may be released for Braven quite yet, so stay tuned.
When Joe Braven (Jason Momoa), a humble logger residing along the U.S./Canada border, is confronted by a group of deadly drug runners in his secluded cabin in the mountains, he must do everything in his power to protect his family. Little do the elite drug runners know the unassuming man they’ve encountered has an impressive bite colliding two dynamic forces – one fighting for the lives of his family, the other for the love of the kill.

The supporting cast includes Garret Dillahunt, Stephen Lang, Zahn McClarnon, Brendan Fletcher, Jill Wagner, Sala Baker, Teach Grant, Fraser Aitcheson and James Harvey Ward. Lin Oeding is directing from a script by Thomas Pa’a Sibbett and Michael Nilon (Pay the Ghost). Jason Momoa is also producing with Michael Nilon, Molly Hassell and Brian Andrew Mendoza.

While Braven’s release is currently uncertain, fans will get their first look at Jason Momoa as the iconic Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which hits theaters March 25. The actor will also return as Aquaman in Justice League Part 1 (November 11, 2017), his stand alone Aquaman movie (July 27, 2018) and Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019). He also has two other movies in post-production, The Bad Batch and Going Under, neither of which have release dates set at this time.

Lin Oeding makes his feature directorial debut with Braven, after directing a number of short films and a recent episode of Chicago P.D.. Before turning to the director’s chair, he was an accomplished stuntman and stunt coordinator, recently working on hits like Straight Outta Compton, Ant-Man and The Equalizer.

By Brian Gallagher, Movieweb.com

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