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Michael Wearing, producer of iconic TV dramas, dies at 78

Michael Wearing, producer of iconic TV dramas, dies at 78
Wearing produced Boys from the Blackstuff, Pride and Prejudice, Edge of Darkness and many more.

Michael Wearing, producer of iconic television dramas including Boys from the Blackstuff and Edge of Darkness, has died aged 78 (reports Broadcast).

Wearing (right), who held a number of senior positions across drama at the BBC, died on Friday 5 May following a stroke. Wearing is survived by his three children, Sadie, Ella and Ben.

After studying anthropology at Newcastle University and a short career in the theatre, Wearing joined the BBC’s English regions drama department as a script editor in 1976.

Reporting to David Rose, who went on to become founder of Film 4, at the BBC’s Pebble Mill base in Birmingham, Wearing worked with writers including Alan Bleasdale and Ron Hutchinson on a number of Play for Today scripts.

He also worked on series including Stephen Davis’ Trouble With Gregory, which aired as part of BBC2’s Playhouse strand, Hutchinson’s six-part
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Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic

Hugh Jackman and Noomi Rapace to Star in Michael Mann’s Ferrari Biopic
Michael Mann’s Ferrari movie may make it to the finish line after all. Hugh Jackman is now in negotiations to star as Enzo Ferrari in the biopic, with Noomi Rapace playing his estranged wife Linda; Christian Bale was previously attached to the long-in-the-making film, but departed early last year due to a scheduling conflict.

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Troy Kennedy-Martin (“The Italian Job,” “Edge of Darkness”) wrote the screenplay, which takes place in 1957 and is based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari, the Man, the Cars, the Races.” Mann first began working on the project in the very early aughts, initially in collaboration with the late Sydney Pollack.

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Jackman most recently starred in “Logan,” of course, while
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Christian Bale out of 'Ferrari'

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The British actor has departed biopic Enzo Ferrari over health concerns, according to reports.

Bale, nominated last week for a best supporting actor Oscar for The Big Short, felt he would be unable to put on enough weight to play the Italian auto pioneer in time for a summer start in Italy.

Paramount holds North America and most of the world on Michael Mann’s upcoming biopic and is now searching for a replacement.

Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund are financing the project. Wild Bunch’s La-based Insiders handled select territories at Afm last November.

Enzo Ferrari takes place in 1957 as the motor racing pioneer endures a tumultuous year and fights for survival.

Troy Kennedy-Martin wrote the screenplay with revisions by David Rayfiel and Mann. The script is based on Brock Yates’ book Enzo Ferrari, The Man, The Cars, The Races.

CAA arranged financing for the film and brokered the distribution deals. Production
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Christian Bale Drops Out Of Ferrari Biopic

Christian Bale has dropped out of Michael Mann's upcoming Enzo Ferrari biopic which plans to begin filming in the Spring.

Bale has had to depart the project due to health concerns that surrounded the weight he would have to gain and the time in which to do it in order to play the part of the legendary car manufacturer.

Bale is famous for intense bouts of weight gain and loss for roles, something which has impacted his roles and his body over the years.

Mann is currently working on re-casting the part so the spring shoot can move forward. Troy Kennedy-Martin penned the script based on the book by Brock Yates.

Source: THR
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Christian Bale Exits Michael Mann's 'Enzo Ferrari'

With an $80 million price tag, Michael Mann's brewing biopic, "Enzo Ferrari," needs a big name to make that return on investment. He had one in Christian Bale, who signed on for the picture last year. However, with a summer start date looming, the actor has gotten cold feet about the project. Read More: Christian Bale Thought Teresa Palmer Was A Stripper While Shooting Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Deadline reports that Bale has exited the movie, citing health concerns over the weight gain he needed to achieve to play the role. The actor has slimmed down ("The Machinist," "The Fighter"), bulked up ("The Dark Knight" movies), and pudged out ("American Hustle") for roles over the years, but I'd imagine you can only do that so many times before your body starts to revolt. Based on Brock Yates’s book, “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars,
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Christian Bale Departs Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari Biopic

Throughout his career, Christian Bale has turned yo-yo dieting into an art form. Literally. While many actors may shy away from piling on the pounds, bulking up or starving themselves within an inch of death, for Bale that type of method acting only proved his dedication to the craft. It’s been a bit barmy watching him balloon and then suddenly – Pop! – back to his regular size, and it looks as if he hasn’t got the energy to chow down on anymore deep fried pizzas. The actor has left Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari biopic due to this very issue.

Deadline reported the news, citing “health concerns” as the main contributing factor toward his departure. Coming straight off The Big Short, where he’s pretty much normal size, Bale would have had to hit the carbs with a shovel to reach his target weight to play the iconic Italian racing car driver.
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Christian Bale Pulls Out of Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ Movie Due to Health Concerns

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Christian Bale Pulls Out of Michael Mann’s ‘Ferrari’ Movie Due to Health Concerns
The rumors that circulated over Golden Globe weekend were true, as Christian Bale has pulled out of Michael Mann‘s biopic of iconic automaker Enzo Ferrari due to health concerns, TheWrap has learned. Production had been slated to start this spring in Italy, but the Oscar-nominated actor was reluctant to put on the weight that the role requires. Paramount is set to distribute “Enzo Ferrari,” with YooZoo Pictures releasing the film in China. YooZoo is co-financing the film with Vendian Entertainment. Also Read: 'The Big Short' AFI Review: Brad Pitt and Christian Bale Get Bullish in Financial-Crisis Comedy Troy Kennedy-Martin wrote the script,
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Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari Starring Christian Bale Coming To Theaters

Paramount will release Academy Award-nominated director Michael Mann’s (Heat, The Insider, Collateral) Enzo Ferrari, starring Academy Award-winner Christian Bale (Dark Knight Trilogy, The Fighter, American Hustle) as Ferrari.

It takes place in one pivotal year, 1957. It is the personal story of a passionate man and his sprawling world, at times hilarious and at the next moment devastating, as he faces a brutal challenge to his survival.

Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund have come on to finance the heavily-anticipated project, which will shoot next summer in Italy. Mann will produce along with Vendian and YooZoo Bliss. YooZoo Pictures also will distribute Enzo Ferrari in China. Vincent Maraval’s Insiders will commence international sales on selected territories at next month’s American Film Market.

Enzo Ferrari was written by Troy Kennedy-Martin (The Italian Job, Kelly’S Heroes, Edge Of Darkness), revised by David Rayfiel (The Firm, Sabrina) and Michael Mann
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Noomi Rapace Joins Michael Mann's 'Enzo Ferrari' Starring Christian Bale, Paramount Picks Up Film

"Blackhat" may have tanked, but it speaks to the respect Michael Mann has in the industry, not to mention the star power of Christian Bale, that the director's next movie has found a major studio distribution home. And today news has arrived for the project that is coming together to shoot next summer. THR reports that Noomi Rapace is in talks to join "Enzo Ferrari." Based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races” with a script by Troy Kennedy Martin (“The Italian Job”) and David Rayfield (“Out of Africa”), the film tells story of the founder of one of the most famous car company's in the world. A romance will feature as part of the story, and I'd presume that would be the one between Bale's Enzo Ferrari and Rapace's Laura Dominica, the carmaker's wife. Paramount Pictures has picked up the distribution rights to the movie,
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Michael Mann’s ‘Enzo Ferrari,’ ‘John Wick 2,’ and More Expand Casts

Michael Mann fans may rejoice. Following recent news that his long-developing Enzo Ferrari biopic would boast Christian Bale as its lead, Paramount has announced its role as the distributor. But that’s not all: along with an official title, Enzo Ferrari (adding a thrilling first name to the long-assumed title), the picture’s added Noomi Rapace as the wife of an utterly consumed genius who doesn’t know how to express or direct affection. This is a Mann picture, after all. [THR]

Said wife, Laura Dominica, was forced to deal with a husband marked by a “tyrannical and manipulative nature, his pushing drivers to the breaking point (and even death), his hatred of his lifelong marriage and his many affairs.” (Brock Yates’ source material, Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, which has been worked into a script by Troy Kennedy Martin, and David Rayfield, and Mann, was perhaps not a sugar-coating affair.
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Paramount swoops on 'Enzo Ferrari'

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The studio has licensed North America and most of the world on Michael Mann’s upcoming Christian Bale starrer excluding select territories that Los Angeles-based Insiders will introduce at the Afm next week.

Christopher Woodrow’s Vendian Entertainment and YooZoo Bliss Film Fund have come on to finance the project, set to shoot next summer in Italy.

Wild Bunch off-shoot Insiders will commence pre-sales at the Afm. Mann will produce with Vendian and YooZoo Bliss, which will distribute in China.

Enzo Ferrari takes place in 1957 as the motor racing pioneer endures a tumultuous year and fights for survival.

Troy Kennedy-Martin wrote the screenplay with revisions by David Rayfiel and Mann. The script is based on Brock Yates’ book Enzo Ferrari, The Man, The Cars, The Races.

CAA represents Mann and arranged financing for the film and brokered the distribution deals. Production partners include Vittorio Cecchi Gori and Gabrielle Israeliovici.
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Noomi Rapace May Join Michael Mann's Ferrari Film

The engine is well and truly rumbling for Michael Mann’s Enzo Ferrari passion project. He has Christian Bale locked in to star, Paramount agreeing to distribute the film and now a likely female lead, as Noomi Rapace is in talks to join the cast.Mann has been working to help get this made for nearly 15 years, and at one point was setting it up for the late Sydney Pollack. Now, he’s firmly in the director’s chair for the story of the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and was partly responsible for kick-starting Formula 1 racing. Mann has taken two existing scripts, one by The Italian Job’s Troy Kennedy Martin and another from Out Of Africa’s David Rayfield and bolted them together. Everything is based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, The Races.Bale will be Ferrari, the charismatic,
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Christian Bale tops Enzo Ferrari movie; Michael Mann directs

Christian Bale to headline Enzo Ferrari movie Enzo Ferrari movie in the works with Christian Bale playing the legendary car magnate.

Christian Bale is to play the legendary Enzo Ferrari in a new biopic based on the Italian car magnate. The film will be directed by Michael Mann (Public Enemies, Collateral), and will be adapted from Brock Yates’ 1991 book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races.”

There isn’t an official title for the film as yet, but two scripts are said to have been merged together, both adapted from the book; one by Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and another by David Rayfield (Out of Africa).

Enzo Ferrari movie will be directed by Michael Mann

Deadline, who broke the news say that the film takes place in 1957, a year where passion, failure, success and death and life all collided. They add that Mann and his team
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Christian Bale In The Driver's Seat For Michael Mann's Ferrari

Christian Bale In The Driver's Seat For Michael Mann's Ferrari
While he’s still waiting for a studio to pick up the title, Michael Mann has scored a huge advantage in that regard, as Christian Bale is on board to star as Italian car mogul Enzo Ferrarri in his film about the man. While previous reports showed his interest, Deadline’s story confirms that Mann has been working to help get this made for nearly 15 years, and at one point was setting it up for the late Sydney Pollack. Now, he’s firmly in the director’s chair for the story of the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and was partly responsible for kick-starting Formula 1 racing. Mann has taken two existing scripts, one by The Italian Job’s Troy Kennedy Martin and another from Out Of Africa’s David Rayfield and bolted them together. Everything is based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars,
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Bale, Mann Team For Ferrari Biopic

Christian Bale has signed on to play Italian car magnate Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann's long-awaited biopic which currently doesn't have a title or studio.

Based on Brock Yates' 1991 book "Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races," Ferrari himself redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing.

Mann has reportedly merged two scripts, one by Troy Kennedy Martin ("The Italian Job") and another by David Rayfield ("Out of Africa"). He has been tinkering with the project for close to fifteen years and at one time sought the help of the late, great Sydney Pollack.

Several actresses are circling the female leads and filming aims to begin next summer.

Source: Deadline
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Christian Bale And Michael Mann Reteam For 'Ferrari'

Okay, so "Blackhat" did dismal box office, and even diehard fans of director Michael Mann struggled to make a case for the movie (though a handful will). The filmmaker is stepping away from the world hackers and into the driver's seat for his long brewing "Ferrari," and he's got a big name to lead the movie. Christian Bale is reteaming with his "Public Enemies" director for the project. Based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races” with a script by Troy Kennedy Martin (“The Italian Job”) and David Rayfield (“Out of Africa”), the film tells story of the founder of one of the most famous car company's in the world. The '50s-set story will also have a romantic angle as part of the plot, and a female lead is being sought. Read More: Michael Mann To Direct Enzo Ferrari Biopic This won't shoot
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New Projects: Chris Pratt gearing up for bootlegging drama ‘The Real McCoy’

You might’ve used the expression “The Real McCoy” and not actually known where it came from. Colloquially it refers to something being authentic, or the real deal. In fact, if someone were to name their movie after it, you might presume it was just a romantic comedy.

Well, now super-mega-star Chris Pratt is set to star in a movie about where that expression originated. The Real McCoy is a bootlegging drama about the life of Bill McCoy, a famous rum-runner during Prohibition who, as an American sea captain, shipped and sold illegal liquor across the coast until his capture in 1923. According to urban legend, McCoy touted that his liquor was never “cut”, or watered down, thus the expression “The Real McCoy”. But McCoy is also credited with having essentially created the six pack in order to better carry and ship bottles of rum and whiskey.

Pratt is to play
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Michael Mann's long-gestating Enzo Ferrari biopic in final development

Michael Mann's long-gestating Enzo Ferrari biopic in final development
Michael Mann's long-gestating Enzo Ferrari biopic is in the final development stage.

Ferrari, which Mann has been attached to since 2011, is due to begin shooting next year.

The filmmaker has merged two scripts - The Italian Job by Troy Kennedy Martin and Out of Africa by David Rayfield - for the film, Variety reports.

Both scripts are based on Brock Yates's 1991 book Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races.

Mann is developing the biopic with Los Angeles-based production company Cecchi Gori Media.

He recently directed Blackhat, which starred Chris Hemsworth. Watch Michael Mann discuss the film with Digital Spy below:
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Mann Set To Helm "Ferrari" Film Next Year

Michael Mann and Cecchi Gori Media are reportedly in final development stages on the long-gestating biopic about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari.

Mann is set to direct the project which is currently targeting a 2016 film shoot and will be based on Brock Yates' 1991 book "Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races".

Ferrari redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing. Mann has reportedly merged two scripts, one by Troy Kennedy Martin ("The Italian Job") and another by David Rayfield ("Out of Africa").

Niels Juul ("Silence") will executive produce the film which has no links with the recently announced rival biopic project which will star Robert De Niro. In fact this new one was originally going to happen in 2004 with Sydney Pollack directing and Al Pacino starring, but has taken a very long time to get off the ground.

Source: Variety
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Michael Mann and Robert De Niro Are Competing in a Race of the Enzo Ferrari Biopics

Michael Mann is about to go head to head with his Heat star Robert De Niro. The director and the actor are working on separate biopics about Enzo Ferrari, the champion Italian racer who founded the luxury sports car company named after him. According to Variety, Mann’s version has been in the works for a while with the Rome-based Cecchi Gori Media (De Niro’s A Bronx Tale) and now he’s in final talks to direct the movie. It’s unclear if this will be his follow-up to Blackhat, but shooting wouldn’t begin until next year. Not that I expect he’d slip something else in before that. Currently titled Ferrari, according to IMDb, the script for this one is a Mann-ordered mash-up of efforts penned separately by Troy Kennedy-Martin (The Italian Job) and the late David Rayfiel (The Firm), both individually adapted from the 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the
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