Josh Hutcherson is taking on his first directing project with a short film called Ape!
The 23-year-old Hunger Games actor will also star in the piece about “a schizophrenic man battling lifelong demons,” Variety reports.
Josh’s film is one of five projects featured in his Indigenous Media film incubator project with Conde Nast Entertainment, which is designed to find the best unproduced screenplays featuring teen and young adult characters.
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Josh’s new movie, now called, Escobar: Paradise Lost will be hitting select theaters on June 26! Watch the trailer below, I can’t wait to go see this!
Josh Hutcherson will follow the blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise with a much smaller film, securing the lead in the James Franco-directed drama “The Long Home.”
Based on the novel by William Gay, “The Long Home” is set in the 1940s in rural Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) goes to work building a honkytonk for a charismatic and diabolical bootlegger, unaware that the man had murdered his father 10 years prior. He runs into further trouble when he falls for the young woman the bootlegger is grooming to be a prostitute.
Franco is also expected to star, and will produce alongside Rabbit Bandini’s Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis. Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve are exec producing.
Franco previously cast Hutcherson in another directorial effort, “In Dubious Battle,” based on the John Steinbeck novel. A release date for that film has yet to be announced.
Hutcherson can be seen next in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2,” which bows in November. He is repped by CAA, The Beddingfield Company and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
Josh Hutcherson has teamed up with director Ron Howard and Canon for the company’s new endeavor called “Project Imagination: The Trailer.” We caught up with Josh in New York City to hear all about how Josh and Ron are working together to create a short film, which will be based on user-submitted content to a special Canon contest. Josh also filled us in on what’s he’s up to in the run-up to November’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, and how he stays in constant contact with his costars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.
‘Paradise Lost’ has been added to the Gala Premieres strand of the Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) and will be presented by actors Benicio del Toro, Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac alongside director Andrea di Stefano.
The film will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).
New international trailer for ‘Paradise Lost’ has been released and can be watched below. The movie opens in US theaters November 26.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chad and Carey Hayes, the brothers who wrote New Line’s hit horror movie The Conjuring, have been tapped to pen the scripts for movies that follow 2008’s Journey to the Center of the Earth and 2012’s Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
Dwayne Johnson, who toplined Journey 2 (the first film starred Brendan Fraser in the lead role), playing a Navy code breaker, is attached to star in the new installments, which could be filmed back-to-back, schedule permitting. Josh Hutcherson is expected to return as well, although he is not formally attached.
Flynn Picture Company’s Beau Flynn will return to the franchise as producer. Charlotte Huggins will also serve as producer. Evan Turner will executive produce. New Line execs Sam Brown and Michael Disco are overseeing for the company.
Plot details are being kept off the grid at this stage. The hiring of the Hayes brothers takes the project in a different direction. Previously, Brian and Mark Gunn, who wrote Journey 2, were hired in 2012 to pen a script for a Journey 3.
Pathe has released an international poster and four production stills for Josh’s upcoming thriller, ‘Paradise Lost’. Check them out:
Last weekend, The “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” spoiler panel hit up the big 2014 Comic-Con event in San Diego and dropped the very first teaser trailer for the movie. Check it out!
Lionsgate have released a motion poster and a Capitol Couture poster featuring Peeta as part of the promotion for ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’. They state: ”Peeta stands tall and true in his Capitol Citizen Living Portrait, his matte leather Unconditional ensemble showcasing a stone-like texture and channeling the victor’s quiet strength.”
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