Callbacks: Soderbergh’s Secret Movie; Thirlby Battles Aliens

“Snakes on a Plane” director David R. Ellis will film “Shark Night 3D” this summer

In today’s Callbacks — your daily roundup of casting news from Deal Central — Steven Soderbergh’s secret Australian movie is revealed, Olivia Thirlby lands her first lead role in a studio movie and David R. Ellis unleashes sharks … in 3D!

the Hollywood Reporter.

Story follows a group of Americans traveling abroad when aliens invade the city. Indie darling Thirlby ("The Wackness") will play a trust fund kid who teams up with others to fend off the invaders.

Gorak and Josh Zetumer (Black List scripts "Villain" and "Man of Cloth") are currently revising the script for the action/sci-fi movie. The film starts shooting this summer at Bekmambetov’s production facilities in Moscow.

I dug Gorak’s "Right at Your Door" but I may have been under the influence of Rory Cochrane when I watched it.

Thirlby is about to shoot the lesbian werewolf movie "Jack and Diane" that her "Juno" co-star Ellen Page was once attached to.

• Director David R. Ellis is about go where only "Jaws 3D" has gone before, and you know what that means …

Deadline reports that the man who brought you "Snakes on a Plane" and "The Final Destination" will direct "Shark Night 3D," a $28 million thriller that will shoot this summer in Louisiana.

Much to James Cameron‘s delight, Ellis will shoot the film in 3D, as he did with the last entry in the "Final Destination" series. He’s also no stranger to working with water, having served as 2nd unit director on "The Perfect Storm" and the shark movie "Deep Blue Sea."

Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes wrote the script, as if this project really needed one of those pesky things. Incentive Filmed Entertainment is financing the project and "Hostel" producers Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs will produce with Lynette Howell. The film is likely to garner considerable attention at the Cannes market in May.
Ellis isn’t the only filmmaker looking to cash in on this whole 3D thing. Russell Mulcahy ("Highlander") has been working on an Australian film called "Bait" about a group of people trapped in a submerged supermarket who are attacked by tiger sharks (quick, hide the Goldfish!).

Also reported on Deal Central today:

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Williams is circling one of the lead roles in Noah Baumbach’s "The Emperor’s Children" 

Justin Timberlake and director Will Gluck are making "Friends With Benefits" along with everyone else in Hollywood

Anton Yelchin will star in DreamWorks’ remake of the 1985 cult classic "Fright Night"

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