Grab Bag: HIGH WIRE gets a director; GOON eyed for TIFF; COWBOYS & ALIENS trailer premiering during “American Idol”

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 13th, 2011

Apparently simply being someone’s assistant can help your chances of getting a film made.

24 Frames is reporting that Nick Saunders is set to produce a new thriller entitled HIGH WIRE, with stunt director Simon Crane aboard to helm the project.  Penned by James Solomon, we don’t know much about the film, other than that it is produced by Saunders, former assistant to actor Orlando Bloom.

Crane will next direct the Jason Statham film, ECHELON, but this will be shooting directly following that project.  It will definitely be interesting to see what type of film a person like Saunders will be able to back.  Crane is an intriguing directorial talent, and Solomon has proven to be quite a hot commodity after scribing THE CONSPIRATOR.

In other news, director Michael Dowse recently spoke to MovieWeb, and revealed that his upcoming film, GOON, is looking to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  The film stars Jay Baruchel, Seann William Scott and Alison Pill, and follows a bouncer-turned-hockey star, in what he’s described as “RAGING BULL on ice.” Hockey movie premiering in Canada? Sounds perfect to me.

Finally, for those looking forward to COWBOYS & ALIENS, the film will be debuting a brand new trailer on the Thursday episode of American Idol. This is definitely interesting news, and will make watching that show, hopefully, a lot less painful.

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