Isla Fisher has joined the all-star cast of the New Line comedy Tag.
The actress now joins Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, Annabelle Wallis and Rashida Jones for the film, which is set to begin shooting in Atlanta later this month.
Tag is based on a true story featured in The Wall Street Journal about a group of friends who have been playing a no-holds-barred version of the children’s game Tag for the last 30 years. Mark Steilen and Rob McKittrick penned the script.
Fisher will play Helms’ wife, who is the brains behind this latest and most important tag game in the men’s lives.
Jeff Tomsic is directing the pic, which is being produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins.
Tag is slated for a June 29, 2018 release.
Fisher last starred with Hamm in Fox’s Keeping Up with the Joneses and was part of the high-wattage cast of Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals. She is repped by UTA and Sloane Offer.
EXCLUSIVE: Blumhouse continues to refine its micro-budget genre formula, and it looks like one evolving factor is the casts are getting better. Jason Blum’s division is negotiating with Isla Fisher, Ellen Barkin and Jim Parsons to star in Visions, a Kevin Greutert-directed thriller that Blumhouse International is selling at AFM. In the Lucas Sussman-scripted film, a pregnant woman joins her husband at his vineyard home and begins to have unsettling visions that get increasingly more realistic and terrifying.
Fisher’s coming off Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, Barkin is starring with Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez in the Roberto Duran pic Hands Of Stone, and Big Bang Theory‘s Parsons wrapped Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. They are all repped by CAA. Barkin is additionally repped by Untitled after she signed there last week.
The mini-studio confirmed a second movie is being planned after the international box office grosses for the summer sleeper hit surpassed its domestic take.
Lionsgate is working on a sequel to the Summit Entertainment hit movie Now You See Me.
As the magician heist film continues to outperform more pricey tentpoles at the international box office, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told analysts Friday that production on the sequel is penciled in for 2014.
Feltheimer predicted Louis Leterrier’s caper-thriller will reach the $275 million mark in worldwide box office grosses.
Now You See Me has so far pulled in $115.6 million since its Memorial Day weekend debut, and $119.3 million at the international box office to date.
Internationally, the sleeper hit has yet to open in China, Australia and Japan.
The mid-price comedy thriller sees Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Woody Harrelson play gifted magicians drawn into a bank robbery.
Lionsgate is projecting that the international take for the Summit film will exceed $150 million.
The mini-studio isn’t indicating yet whether a screenwriter has been attached to the Now You See Me sequel.
Lionsgate also touted foreign pre-sales for Now You See Me, which could prove highly profitable given the original film cost $75 million to produce.
“This is a perfect example of how we’re benefiting from the unique international infrastructure of output deals, joint ventures and self-distribution we’ve set in place to maximize value and minimize risk,” Feltheimer told analysts during a morning call on Friday after the release of Lionsgate’s latest financial results late Thursday.
In Russia, for example, where Lionsgate licensed Now You See Me to West Company as part of an existing output deal, the Summit pic has brought in $20 million in box office so far.
In Latin America, by contrast, Lionsgate distributed Now You See Me through its IDC joint venture, a partnership between Summit and NuVision founder Pedro Rodriguez.
“The film will gross nearly $25 million at the box office and will generate a profit more than three times greater than had we sold it for a minimum guarantee,” Feltheimer said.
Isla Fisher leads a glamorous Hollywood life. She lives in a multimillion-dollar home, which she shares with her husband, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, and their two daughters, Olive and Elula. When I meet her, she has just returned from acharity trip to Brazil, where she visited breast milk banks as part of a campaign to reduce infant mortality in the developing world.
That must have made for quite a contrast with her normal life? ‘Yes it did but seeing people put themselves out for one another was really inspiring,’ she says. ‘Pumping milk after breastfeeding is extremely tiring but these women have their own babies and were finding time to pump milk and schlep it to a milk bank to give to strangers’ babies. It was very moving.
‘I saw babies in intensive care, which wasn’t easy – no one likes seeing tiny babies being so sick. We met one baby who was two months premature and was being kept alive by the donated breast milk.’
But the actress is not keen on talking about her own children. ‘Motherhood is my favourite topic personally but I don’t like to discuss it professionally because it draws unwarranted attention to my children, who didn’t choose to be in the public eye,’ she says. She is similarly reticent about life with Cohen (pictured left). ‘I don’t talk about my husband but I will say it’s always nice to surround yourself with people who have a similar sense of humour to you – it makes life better. If you can’t laugh, what have you got?’ Continue reading Isla Fisher: Why I’m Promoting Breastfeeding in the Developing World
“Bachelorette” star Isla Fisher is in talks to join John Hawkes and Jennifer Aniston in writer-director Dan Schechter’s untitled adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s 1978 novel “The Switch.”
Crime drama, which will serve as a prequel to Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown,” stars Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def) as younger versions of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson’s respective characters Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, who also appear in Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch.”
Set 15 years before the events in “Jackie Brown,” story follows career criminals Ordell and Louis as they team up to kidnap Mickey Dawson (Aniston), the wife of a corrupt Detroit real estate developer. When the husband refuses to pay the ransom for his wife’s return, the ex-cons are forced to reconceive their plan, and the angry housewife uses the duo to get her revenge.
Should a deal make, Fisher would play Melanie, the same character played by Bridget Fonda in “Jackie Brown.” As the kidnapping and subsequent blackmail unravels, the loyalty-free, manipulative Melanie begins to interfere in subtle and unpredictable ways.
Ty Burrell is attached to co-star as a witness to Aniston’s kidnapping, while Dennis Quaid has exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with his CBS series “Vegas.”
The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman are producing with Michael Siegel and Leonard, while Jim Garavente will exec produce. Production is now tentatively skedded to start in February.
Fisher, who voices the female lead in DreamWorks Animation’s “Rise of the Guardians,” will next be seen in Summit’s magician heist pic “Now You See Me” and as Myrtle Wilson in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” which Warner Bros. opens in 3D on May 10.
Fisher is repped by CAA, Mosaic, Shanahan Management and attorney Warren Dern.