JASON CLARKE TO STAR OPPOSITE HELEN MIRREN IN THRILLER ‘WINCHESTER’
Jason Clarke is in negotiations to star opposite Helen Mirren in the CBS Films thriller “Winchester.”
09/13/16 JUSTIN KROLL (variety.com) – EXCLUSIVE: Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig are directing the film from their screenplay with Tom Vaughan. The movie is produced by Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin.
The film follows firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Mirren), who’s convinced that she’s haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. After the sudden deaths of her husband and child, she throws herself into the construction of an enormous mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price (Clarke) is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.
“Jason Clarke is an extremely talented actor and we look forward to seeing him face off against Dame Helen Mirren as well as any vengeful spirits that might be lurking about the ‘Winchester’ house,” Spierigs said.
The pic is being financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures, and Blacklab Entertainment, and has secured Screen Australia production investment, with assistance from Film Victoria’s Production Incentive Attraction Fund and production investment from Screen Queensland. Diamond Pictures is handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond, and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper, and Simon Oakes will also serve as executive producers.
Clarke had a busy 2015 with starring roles in the disaster drama “Everest” and the sci-fi actioner “Terminator Genisys,” and can be seen next in the World War II thriller “HHhH” as well as the drama “All I See Is You” opposite Blake Lively, which just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
He recently shot the period movie “Mudbound” with Carey Mulligan and is about to topline “Chappaquiddick” as Sen. Ted Kennedy.
He is repped by WME, Robert Stein Management, and attorney Carlos Goodman.
SPIERIG BROTHERS’ WINCHESTER STARRING HELEN MIRREN SET TO SHOOT EARLY 2017
09/5/16 (Screen Australia) – Winchester, the new supernatural thriller from Peter and Michael Spierig (Predestination), today announced production would commence in early 2017 following confirmation of investment from Film Victoria and Screen Australia.
Oscar®-winning actress Helen Mirren will play the role of Sarah Winchester, millionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune who designed and built the renowned Winchester Mystery House.
Winchester will shoot in Melbourne, Docklands Studios and surrounds in early 2017 and will see Victorian locations doubling for San Jose in the early 1900's, before shooting on location at the real Winchester Mystery House, widely thought to be one of the most haunted houses in the world.
Produced by Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan (Predestination) and Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin, Winchester has secured support through Film Victoria’s Production Incentive Attraction Fund, along with Screen Australia Production Investment, and assistance from Screen Queensland.
Australian/NZ distributor is StudioCanal. International sales by Diamond Pictures, Bullitt Entertainment and US Distribution confirmed via CBS Films.
Writer/directors Peter and Michael Spierig said, “There have been few haunted house stories that have captured our imaginations quite like the legend of the Winchester House. Sarah Winchester was an eccentric pioneer, an inventor, a woman plagued by her family’s legacy, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Helen Mirren bring this fascinating character to life.“
Producer Tim McGahan said “This is such a great story and we are delighted to have the full support of Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Screen Queensland to help bring it to the screen.”
Jenni Tosi, CEO Film Victoria said: “We’re delighted the Spierig brothers will be back in Melbourne with their next film Winchester, and will again be working with our talented cast and crews. We’re equally thrilled to welcome the peerless Dame Helen Mirren to Melbourne, and hope she'll also have time to experience our world-renowned culture and cuisine.”
“Screen Australia is thrilled to be co-funding Winchester, which gives the Spierig brothers a chance to work with A-List international talent including Helen Mirren,” said Graeme Mason, CEO of Screen Australia. “Films like Winchester telegraph to the international market the breadth of films that can be made in Australia, using not only our locations but our creative and producing talent.” Winchester tells the story of firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Helen Mirren) who after the sudden deaths of her husband and child, believed she was haunted by the souls killed at the hands of the Winchester repeating rifle. She threw herself into the 24-hour a day, seven days a week construction of an enormous 160-room mansion designed to keep the evil spirits at bay. But when skeptical San Francisco psychiatrist Eric Price is dispatched to the estate to evaluate her state of mind, he discovers that her obsession may not be so insane after all.
CBS FILMS LANDS HAUNTED GUN HEIRESS THRILLER ‘WINCHESTER’ WITH HELEN MIRREN
08/8/16 MIKE FLEMING JR (deadline.com) – EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Winchester, a fascinating atmospheric thriller with basis in fact that has Helen Mirren playing an heiress to a gun-making fortune who builds a massive mansion to atone for guilt over the weapons. Bullitt Entertainment and Diamond Pictures made the deal for a film that will be directed by Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Predestination) from the script they wrote with Tom Vaughan. Imagination Design Works’ Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab Entertainment’s Tim McGahan producing.
“We were immediately obsessed with the Spierig brothers’ intelligent and twisted take on a great American legend and could not be more excited to be working with the Spierig brothers and Dame Helen Mirren to bring this film to audiences,” said Scott Shooman, EVP Acquisitions and Co-Productions at CBS Films.
Added the Spierigs: “We were impressed by CBS Films’ experience with the genre and their passion for and understanding of the material and know that they are the perfect U.S. Distribution partner for this film.”
The film is financed by Bullitt Entertainment, Diamond Pictures and Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond Pictures handling international sales. Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust are executive producing. Andy Trapani, Toni Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes also will serve as executive producers. Production will begin in March on location in San Jose and in Australia. CBS Films’ latest release, the acclaimed action thriller Hell or High Water, opens Friday in limited release.
Benedict Carver, Daniel Diamond and WME brokered the deal with CBS Films.
HELEN MIRREN TAKES AIM AT PLAYING FIREARM HEIRESS IN HOT CANNES PACKAGE 'WINCHESTER'
05/14/2016 MIKE FEMIMG JR (deadline.com) - EXCLUSIVE: Helen Mirren is finalizing a deal to play Sarah Winchester, the conflicted multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune in Winchester.
The supernatural thriller will be helmed early next year by Daybreakers helmers Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig, based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Winchester’s husband and child died suddenly, and she became convinced she had been cursed by the legal legacy of the “gun that won the West.” A medium sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive 38-year 24/7 construction of a 24,000-square foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. The Spierigs wrote the most recent draft of the script after Tom Vaughan wrote the first draft. The film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, and territories will be sold here in the Cannes market. It was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns the rights to the house and is squarely involved, meaning the film will be the first to shoot on the premises of the actual home that Time Magazine called one of the “Most Haunted Places in the World.”
Landing the Oscar-winning Mirren, who most recently starred in the hit Eye in the Sky as well as Trumbo and Woman in Gold, brings gravitas to the eccentric title character. IDW’s Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab’s Tim McGahan are producing, with Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust the exec producers. Andy Trapani, Tony Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes are also exec producers. Shooting will begin later this year in San Jose and Australia.
Diamond and Bullitt are co-financing the pic with Australia’s Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond selling international territories and WME Global and CAA will broker the U.S. rights deal.
Mirren is repped by CAA; the Spierigs are repped by WME; IDW is repped by Michael Black Management and Mark Temple Law and Blacklab by Marshalls+ Dent Lawyers. Sheppard Mullin repped Diamond and Bullitt.
MICHAEL & PETER SPIERIG TO HELM SUPERNATURAL THRILLER 'WINCHESTER' - CANNES
05/10/2016 MIKE FEMIMG JR (deadline.com) - EXCLUSIVE: Daybreakers helmers Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig have been set to direct Winchester, a supernatural thriller based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. The Spierigs, who also helmed Predestination, have written the script and the film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, just in time for the Cannes market.
Pic tells the strange and dramatic tale of Sarah Winchester, who was heir to the Winchester firearms fortune. Her husband and child died suddenly, and Sarah came to believe she had been cursed by the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the west” and all of those who ended up on the wrong end of the gun barrel. She consulted a medium, who sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive construction process that took 38 years and resulted in a 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. Pic was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns rights to the house and gave this film its only endorsement, which allows the film to shoot on the premises of the actual home.
Diamond and Bullitt are co-financing the pic with Australia’s Blacklab Entertainment, with Diamond selling international territories and WME brokering the U.S. rights deal.
IDW’s Brett Tomberlin and Blacklab’s Tim McGahan are producing, with Bullitt’s Benedict Carver, Diamond’s Daniel Diamond and Tobin Armbrust the exec producers. Andy Trapani, Tony Lianos, Brian Gilbert, Marc Shipper and Simon Oakes are also exec producers. Shooting will begin later this year in San Jose and Australia.
The filmmakers are repped by WME; IDW is repped by Michael Black Management and Mark Temple Law and Blacklab by Marshalls+ Dent Lawyers. Sheppard Mullin repped Diamond and Bullitt.