VARIETY – The Weinstein Co. is in talks to acquire U.S. rights to Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, “The Water Diviner,” following a May 15 promotional presentation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Crowe screened 12 minutes of footage at the event at the Majestic Hotel. WME Global is selling the U.S. rights to the film at Cannes; David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment has been selling international territories.
Producers are Andrew Mason and Troy Lum for Hopscotch Features, and Keith Rodger for Crowe’s own Fear of God Films. RatPac Entertainment made one of its first moves into independent film by coming onboard with production funding; RatPac founders James Packer and Brett Ratner are exec producers.
Crowe portrays an Australian farmer who — four years after Turkey’s Battle of Gallipoli during World War I — travels to Istanbul to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action. Olga Kurylenko plays the Turkish woman who owns the hotel in which he stays.
Crowe began working on the project in 2011 and made three trips to Turkey to scout locations and meet with Kurylenko to persuade her to take the part.
“The Water Diviner” has a Dec. 26 Australia release date, with other regions scheduled near the same window. The film had a 53-day shoot in Australia, Turkey and Laos.
Our gallery has been updated with some lovely new photos of Olga looking radiant at the presentation of The Water Diviner at Cannes.
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I’ve uploaded a new still of Olga as Kirova from the upcoming Vampire Academy, which is due for release in February next year.
Congratulations to Olga on yet another exciting role!
THE WRAP – “Oblivion” star will appear in “The Water Diviner”
Olga Kurylenko, who turned heads in “Oblivion” and “Quantum of Solace,” will star in Russell Crowe’s directorial debut “The Water Diviner.”
Crowe co-stars in the World War I epic, that follows an Australian father who travels to Turkey to find his three sons who went missing in action during the battle of Gallipoli. Kurylenko plays the owner of the hotel where Crowe’s character stays.
Principal photography begins this December in Australia.
The “Saving Mr Banks” team of Andrew Mason and Troy Lum will produce the film for Hopscotch Features, and Keith Rodger (“Robin Hood”) will produce on behalf of Crowe’s own shingle Fear of God Films. Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastassios wrote the screenplay.
Kurylenko recently finished filming “Vampire Academy” and the spy thriller “November Man” opposite Pierce Brosnan. Her next project is “Momentum” opposite Vincent Cassel and Shea Whigham.
Crowe, who recently appeared in “Man of Steel,” will next be featured in Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Akiva Goldsman’s “Winter’s Tale.”
Crowe is represented by WME and Kurylenko is represented by Tavistock Wood and CAA.
VARIETY – Olga Kurylenko and Vincent Cassel are set to square off in Stephen Campanelli’s action thriller “Momentum.”
Morgan Freeman and Shea Whigham co-star.
Colette Aguilar, sales president at Moonrise Pictures, “Momentum’s” sales agent, made the key cast announcement at the Toronto Festival.
Campanelli has been best known as Clint Eastwood’s camera operator since “The Bridges of Madison County.”
Anton Ernst, the producer of South Africa’s Oscar submission in 2012, “Little One,” will produce via his banners Thaba Media and Azari Media.
From a screenplay by helmer-scribe Adam Marcus (“Let It Snow”) and writing partner Debra Sullivan, “Momentum” has Kurylenko as a thief on the run from not only the law but also Cassel’s assassin gang.
Moonrise has launched pre-sales, licensing Andre Boissier’s Revolutionary Releasing rights to CIS, Eastern Europe and Turkey, key territories now for any actioner. Gulf Film has closed the Middle East. Grosvenor Park is co-financing “Momentum,” Ernst said.