•• Phase 4 Films has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to Sarah Siegel-Magness’ “Long Time Gone,” a drama starring Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew and Zach Gilford.
Virginia Madsen plays Augusta, a Connecticut resident who has a nervous breakdown after discovering her husband is having an affair. Her son tries to comfort her with the help of his older brother (Zach Gilford) and live-in girlfriend (Amanda Crew).
“We are thrilled to be working with Sarah on her directorial debut after her past success as a producer,” Phase 4 president and CEO Ben Meyerowitz said in a statement. “We cannot wait until audiences see the great performances by Virginia Madsen and the rest of the wonderful cast involved.” Phase 4 will release the film day-and-date in theaters and across all VOD and digital platforms Spring 2013.
•• AMC is giving a show of confidence to “Hell on Wheels”, its two-year-old western that kicked off with former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) helping to build the transcontinental railroad. The cable network ordered 10 more episodes of the drama. It’s unclear when they will air. The series that also stars Colm Meaney and Common averaged 2.4 million in it’s second season.
•• New movie project for Virginia Madsen has been confirmed! She has joined the cast in “The Wilderness Of James”, an indie film coming of age tale that was scripted by Michael James Johnson, who will make his directorial debut and who also wrote the script. Already announced cast are Isabelle Fuhrman, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Ross and Tabor Helton. The film takes place in Portland and is the coming of age story about a young boy dealing with absence of his father. Virginia Madsen will play the role of Abigail Charm. Super Crispy is producing the low-budget indie and shooting is scheduled to begin next month. Nicholas Frenkel and Glenn Howarton are exec producing.