Alexander Payne’s acclaimed 2004 dramedy is getting turned into a Broadway musical. Rex Pickett, who wrote the novel on which the Oscar-winning screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor was based, is working with EFG-Renascence Productions to develop a musical based on the film.
For “Sideways, The Musical,” composer Anthony Adams will record six original songs for the project’s Broadway pitch.
The movie stars Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church as friends who embark on a week-long road trip through Santa Barbara wine country. They meet and romance two women, played by Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, along the way.
DC Universe has released a few posters for Swamp Thing, which provide a new look at the titular character. You can check out the posters below, which were released to celebrate Earth Day over the weekend. The series will star Andy Bean as Alec Holland, Will Patton as Avery Sutherland Crystal Reed as Abby Arcane, Maria Sten as Liz Tremayne, Jeryl Prescott as Madame Xanadu, Jennifer Beals as Sheriff Lucilia Cable, Virginia Madsen as Maria Sunderland, Henderson Wade as Matt Cable, Kevin Durand as Jason Woodtrue/Floronic Man and Leonardo Nam as Harlan Edwards. Committing to the lead role of the titular monster is The Flash‘s Derek Mears.
Swamp Thing centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane. When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
Swamp Thing made his comic book debut back in 1971 and has maintained his position as a staple of the DCU since then, including seminal runs written by Alan Moore, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Millar, and Scott Snyder. The character was previously adapted into a feature film from Wes Craven in 1982, which spawned a sequel seven years later, and a USA Network series that ran for three seasons in the early ’90s. Dick Durock took on the role in both the films and the series. An animated Swamp Thing series also debuted in the early ’90s but only aired five episodes.
The series will still debut on DC Universe on May 31.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired the US distribution rights to Burn Your Maps, an adventure drama starring Jacob Tremblay, Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga and Academy Award winner Virginia Madsen. The theatrical release is planned for Q2 this year. Warner Bros. Pictures will be handling international distribution.
A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany: he believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.
“Burn Your Maps is a funny, heartwarming, and deeply human portrait of a family navigating hardship,” said Rich Goldberg, co-President, Vertical Entertainment. “Anchored by touching performances from Jacob Tremblay and Vera Farmiga, we can’t wait for audiences to journey alongside them as they find meaning, purpose and happiness in the extraordinary setting of Mongolia.”
The film was directed by Jordan Roberts; with the screenplay by Jordan Roberts (writer of BIG HERO SIX and MARCH OF THE PENGUINS) based on the short story by Robyn Joy Leff. The film was produced by Cinelou Films, Big Wheel Entertainment and Defender Films in association with the Fyzz Facility Limited and Mad Riot Entertainment.
Producers were: Courtney Solomon, Mark Canton, Patrick Aiello and Julie Kirkham with the film being co-produced by Stephanie Caleb, Pavlina Hatoupis, David Hopwood, and Tracey Landon.
Executive producers were: Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Scott Karol, Arnaud Lannic, Mark Axelowitz, Babak Eftekhari and Lawrence Smith.
The deal was negotiated by Peter Jarowey and Josh Spector for Vertical and Ian Brereton on behalf of Cinelou Films. Tremblay is represented by UTA, Play Management, and Shelter PR. Farmiga is represented by CAA, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and, ID Public Relations. Madsen is represented by Untitled Entertainment.
A premiere date for Swamp Thing has been revealed by DC Universe. A few minutes ago at WonderCon, DC Universe finally announced an official premiere date for their upcoming original live-action series Swamp Thing…. and it’s only two months away! Look for Swamp Thing to premiere May 31, 2019 on DC Universe. Hopefully we will have a trailer soon.
The series stars Derek Mears at the title character with Jennifer Beals, Virginia Madsen, Ian Ziering, Will Patton, Andy Bean, Crystal Reed, Kevin Durand, Henderson Wade, Jeryl Prescott and Maria Sten.
“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.
The television series Swamp Thing filmed next to the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington on Thursday, March 28, 2018. Virginia Madsen stands prior to the filming of a scene for the television series “Swamp Thing” next to the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington, N.C., Thursday, March 28, 2019. The 13-episode series will air on the new DC Universe streaming site and is expected to be in production through May.