June 30, 2013

The release date chess game of the Oscar-bait autumn films continues. After some exuberant test screenings, Fox Searchlight is moving the Steve McQueen-directed Twelve Years A Slave to a limited platform release that will begin October 18. The original plan for the film backed by New Regency and River Road was to start the limited platform release in late December. They felt it could thrive in the fall, instead of waiting for winter.

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June 19, 2013

The first official pictures of Twelve Years a Slave have been released! Unfortunately none featuring Brad but they sure do give a good impression of this period movie. Check the link.

May 5, 2013

An an eight time Oscar nominee — winning for “The Lion King” in 1995 — recent years have seen Hans Zimmer mostly in blockbuster mode. For Christopher Nolan, he’s tuned up “Inception,” “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the forthcoming “Man Of Steel,” and he’s given Captain Jack Sparrow some bounce in three of the four “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies. This year alone he’s already delivered music for the hit mini-series “The Bible,” with work on “Rush” and “The Lone Ranger” around the corner. But a slavery drama? We didn’t see this coming.

Indeed, Zimmer will be scoring Steve McQueen’s “Twelve Years A Slave,” adding another intriguing ingredient to what is already a very anticipated film. The talent is as great as it is extensive: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Garret Dillahunt, Ruth Negga, Taran Killam, Adepero Oduye, Alfre Woodard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Michael K. Williams and Brad Pitt all feature in the true story of Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free black man who is tricked back into slavery, faces grueling life under several owners and has to go to court to reclaim his status.

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March 30, 2013

This week Fox Searchlight has picked up two films that could be huge winter releases for the label. Yesterday we caught word of the finalization of a deal for Searchlight to distribute Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, with a release possibly happening in late 2013.

Now the company has announced plans to distribute Steve McQueen‘s Shame follow-up Twelve Years a Slave. The film is set for a December 27 release.

McQueen’s latest is drawn from the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northup, who detailed his kidnapping and enslavement and the fate he suffered while being sold from one owner to another. The picture features Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, with performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard, Garret Dillahunt, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Scott McNairy, Sarah Paulson, Michael K. Williams, Chris Chalk, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis and Brad Pitt.

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June 7, 2012

Today one of our Twitter followers, @CrystalSorrow, spotted signs for “12 Years” filming outside St. Joseph Plantation, located at 3535 Highway 18 in Vacherie, LA.

Right now, it appears the signs indicate they are prepping to shoot Twelve Years A Slave at the plantation later this month.

@CrystalSorrow @olv Something titled 12 years is being filmed at St Joseph Plantation in Vacherie, La… Its likely construction.

According to Louisiana Entertainment Twelve Years A Slave, starring Brad Pitt, will begin a seven week shoot around New Orleans on June 25.

The movie is based on Solomon Northup’s memoir chronicling his experiences as a free black man who was kidnapped in New York in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Northup, while Pitt will co-star in the film, along with Michael Fassbender.

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May 12, 2012

Brad Pitt is coming back to New Orleans, and he’s bringing his Steve McQueen-directed adaptation of the Solomon Northup memoir “Twelve Years a Slave” with him. Filming is set to begin in late June.
Brad PittActor Brad Pitt signs autographs at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Local homeowner Pitt will return to New Orleans this summer to star in and co-produce an adaptation of ’12 Years a Slave.’

Based on Northup’s experiences as a free black man who was kidnapped in New York in 1841 and sold into slavery in Louisiana, the project had been rumored for several weeks as considering Louisiana as a shooting site. That was confirmed today (May 4) with its inclusion on the latest state-issued listing of film and TV projects shooting, or preparing to shoot, in-state. (See the full list below, along with contact information for prospective crew members.)

It is scheduled to shoot in New Orleans for 7 weeks, beginning June 27.

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