Executive Producers Roger Birnbaum Gary Barber Ezra Swerdlow
Produced by Gavin Polone
Written by David Koepp & John Kamps
Directed by David Koepp
Cast: Ricky Gervais, Téa Leoni, Greg Kinnear, Billy Campbell, Kristen Wiig, Dana Ivey
Synopsis: In the comedy “Ghost Town,” Bertram Pincus (Ricky Gervais) is a man whose people skills leave much to be desired. When Pincus dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Greg Kinnear), who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Téa Leoni).
Release: September 19, 2008
Audiohollywood prediction: Koepp is best known as a writer of big Hollywood blockbusters like “War of the Worlds” and “Spider-Man” so it will be interesting to see if his skills can transfer over to directing. The movie’s premise looks like it would be good for likes of Gervais, Leoni and Kinnear.
Executive Producers Steven Spielberg, Edward L. McDonnell
Produced by Alex Kurtzman Roberto, Orci Patrick Crowley
Story by Dan McDermott
Screenplay by John Glenn & Travis Adam Wright
and Hillary Seitz and Dan McDermott
Directed by D.J. Caruso
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Michael Chiklis, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton
Synopsis: “Eagle Eye” is a race-against-time thriller starring Shia LaBeouf, Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Billy Bob Thornton. Jerry Shaw (LaBeouf) and Rachel Holloman (Monaghan) are two strangers thrown together by a mysterious phone call from a woman they have never met. Threatening their lives and family, she pushes Jerry and Rachel into a series of increasingly dangerous situations – using the technology of everyday life to track and control their every move. As the situation escalates, these two ordinary people become the country’s most wanted fugitives, who must work together to discover what is really happening – and more importantly, why.
Release: September 26, 2008
Audiohollywood prediction: LaBeouf is a hot commodity right now and he’ll need to make sure he stays out of the tabloids if he wants this movie to avoid any backlash. Caruso directed LaBeouf in the sleeper hit, “Disturbia” so there’s a chance these two can create the same magic again.
Produced by Mireille Soria Mark Swift
Directed by Eric Darnell Tom McGrath
Cast: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bernie Mac, Sherri Shepherd, Alec Baldwin and Will.i.am
Synopsis: In the highly-anticipated sequel to “Madagascar,” Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane — sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all — the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place…but is it better than their Central Park home?
Release: November 7, 2008
Audiohollywood prediction: Looks like a crowd pleaser.
Executive Producers Tim Bevan Eric Fellner Jeff Skoll Patricia Whitcher
Produced by Gary Foster Russ Krasnoff
Based on the Book by Steve Lopez
Screenplay by Susannah Grant
Directed by Joe Wright
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander, LisaGay Hamilton
Synopsis: In “The Soloist,” an emotionally soaring drama about the redemptive power of music, journalist Steve Lopez (Oscar® nominee Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy, playing his violin on the streets of L.A. As Lopez endeavors to help the homeless man find his way back, a unique friendship is formed, one that transforms both their lives. “The Soloist” is directed by Joe Wright (Golden Globe winner for Best Drama and Oscar® nominee for Best Picture “Atonement”).
Release: November 21, 2008
Audiohollywood prediction: This one seems to have “Oscar” written all over it. Remember what happened the last time Foxx played a talented musician? However, some critics panned “Atonement” even though it went on to earn several Oscar nominations. The real draw may be to see Downey and Foxx flex their acting chops together on the same movie.
“THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON”
Produced by Kathleen Kennedy Frank Marshall Ceán Chaffin
Screen Story by Eric Roth and Robin Swicord
Screenplay by Eric Roth
Directed by David Fincher
Cast: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Tilda Swinton
Synopsis: “I was born under unusual circumstances.” And so begins “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, “Benjamin Button,” is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
Release: December 25, 2008
Audiohollywood prediction: The trailer is intriguing and the last time Pitt and Fincher worked together things went alright. The unusual storyline may not appeal to the holiday crowd.