Tim Robbins to direct Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz in “Man Under”

Looks like Chloe will get to work with Michelle Pfeiffer again! This time in an independent movie, Man Under.

Tim Robbins has come on to star and direct the indie “Man Under” with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz on board to star as well.

In the vein of “American Beauty” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” pic follows a Yonkers family whose lives are changed forever when a photo of them ends up in the Museum of Modern Art.

Ann Cherkis wrote the screenplay.

Alexandra Milchan via her EMJAG Productions, Scott Lambert from Film 360 and Aimee Peyronnet will produce.

UTA Independent Film Group is arranging the financing and representing the film for sale.

On the directing front, the UTA and 3 Arts repped Robbins most recently helmed an episode of HBO’s “Treme.” The WME and 3 Arts repped Moretz is currently filming the Universal pic “Kick-Ass 2.”

Pfeiffer, who is repped by CAA and Management 360 was last seen in the DreamWorks pic “People Like Us.”


‘Carrie’ remake: New teaser trailer debuts at New York Comic-Con

The Project: Carrie, the new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel, coming in 2013.

The Panel: Stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, director Kimberly Peirce, producer Kevin Misher. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s very own Dalton Ross.

Footage Screened: The NYCC crowd got an exclusive first look at Carrie‘s teaser trailer, which begins with a helicopter shot showing the school gym on fire, but then shows a trail of destruction leading throughout Carrie‘s small town…ending with a close-up on a blood-covered Moretz. The teaser features a cacophony of voices talking about Carrie — including the memorable line “She wasn’t some monster. She was just a girl.” — implying, perhaps, that the remake would adhere close to the structure of King’s original novel, which was written in a pseudo-epistolary style. (Brian De Palma’s original Carrie film in the late ’70s jettisoned that structure in favor of a more straightforward linear narrative.)

Snap Judgment: The teaser looked positively apocalyptic, and the image of a completely unhinged Moretz indicated that the remake will have plenty of propulsive energy. If nothing else, this looks worlds better than The Rage: Carrie 2.

The Big Revelations: Everyone on the panel made a point of praising the original Carrie film — Peirce is a friend of De Palma — but noted that part of the intention of making Carrie again was to faithfully reproduce certain elements of King’s novel left out of the original. That includes more destruction: hence the vision of the ruined town. However, the panel did hint at at least one major change in the story: Peirce implied that contemporary social media would play a key role in mean girl Sue Snell’s campaign of terror against Carrie.

Most Prepared Panelist: Moore, who responded to a question from an audience member about the portrayal of bullying in Carrie by asking, “Have any of you read Stephen King’s book On Writing?” She proceeded to regale the crowd with an in-depth explanation of King’s original inspiration for Carrie. (In an intriguing twist, the audience member in question turned out to be a teacher at the school attended by Moore’s child.)

Most Popular Panelist: Moretz, who is clearly well on her way to becoming a Comic-Con demi-goddess, at least to judge by the shout-outs she received her role as Hit-Girl in Kick-Ass.

Amount of Blood Used in the making of Carrie: 1000 gallons, according to an extremely rough on-the-spot estimate by Peirce.


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