DEADLINE.COM – Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon are set to star in 99 Homes, a timely drama that will be directed by Ramin Bahrani and will start production November 18 in New Orleans. Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment and Image Nation Abu Dhabi will produce and fully finance. Bahrani, who helmed At Any Price and Chop Shop, wrote the script with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi‐Khoie. The roles seem a strong fit for the empathy of The Amazing Spider-Man’s Garfield and the tough guy qualities of Boardwalk Empire’s Shannon. Amritraj, Kevin Turen, Bahrani, and Garfield are producing, and Manu Gargi and Justin Nappi are the exec producers. Offshore rights will be shopped at AFM, which kicks off today. CAA is repping U.S. rights.
Set against the backdrop of the economic crisis, the drama revolves around an unemployed contractor who gets evicted from his family home with his mother and his nine‐year old son. Desperate to get his home back, he strikes a deal to work for the powerful, greedy, charming, gun‐toting real estate broker (Shannon) who evicted him. While it puts a roof over his daughter’s head, becoming the broker’s apprentice puts the contractor in a moral bind: is having a home worth losing your values and soul? Bahrani’s latest film, At Any Price, most recently played at Venice.
Garfield will next be seen in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which Sony releases in May, and Shannon will soon reunite with Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichols in Midnight Special for Warner Brothers.
99 Homes becomes the latest film in the partnership between Hyde Park and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. They are teamed on the Daniel Schechter-directed Elmore Leonard thriller adaptation Life Of Crime, which closed the Toronto Film Festival, as well as Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance with Sony; and The Fall Guy starring Dwayne Johnson. They just wrapped Careful What You Wish For, the thriller that marks the starring debut of Nick Jonas.
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The writing gang of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner is once again caught in the spider’s web.
The trio, who share screenwriting credit on Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — now in postproduction and swinging toward a May 2, 2014, release date — are reuniting for the third installment.
In June, Sony staked out the dates for the third and fourth Amazing Spider-Man films, setting June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, as release dates, respectively.
Andrew Garfield is expected to reprise his role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Marc Webb directed the first and second installments and the hope is that he will return.
Elektro and The Rhino are the villains of Spider-Man 2, although perennial bad guys Norman and Harry Osborne appear in the movie as well. Fans are hoping that one of the future movies at least deals with the classic “Death of Gwen Stacy” storyline — sorry, Emma Stone — but Sony was mum on the plot details.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are back as producers for the continuing adventures of the hero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
Kurtzman and Orci also received executive producer credit on Spider-Man 2. While Kurtzman, Orci and Pinkner share screenwriting credit, James Vanderbilt is billed under the story by credit.
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Andrew Garfield (“The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Michael Shannon (“Man of Steel”) are headed to New Orleans this fall to shoot the financial drama “99 Homes.” What’s more, they’re looking for a young New Orleans co-star.
A casting call was announced this week, seeking “an 8- to 12-year-old Caucasian boy for a leading role” in the film. The casting call will be held Friday (Sept. 27) from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 5150 Mounes St. in Harahan.
Interested actors should bring a recent photo, which will not be returned.
“99 Homes” is the latest film from writer-director Ramin Bahrani (“At Any Price”). In it, Garfield will play a father who loses his home to foreclosure. To raise the money to buy it back, he takes a job with the real estate broker who took it in the first place, helping to evict other homeowners — along with other, shadier pursuits.
Eventually, he must choose between settling his debts or settling his conscience.
Principal photography is expected to start in the New Orleans area in November, with a planned 2014 release. Bahrani is producing, with Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi and Juliet Berman.
“99 Homes” marks Garfield’s first trip to Louisiana for a film role. Shannon has been here before for such films as “Bug,” “Jonah Hex” and “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” all of which were shot in New Orleans, as well as the Shreveport-shot crime thriller “The Iceman.”