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McKellar to the rescue of film

Toronto actor-writer-director Don McKellar is set to direct The Grand Seduction.

Last week it was announced that Ken Scott was dropping out as director of the movie, the $13-million remake of La Grande seduction, the 2003 Quebec comedy hit, and Grand Seduction producer Roger Frappier made no secret of his bitter disappointment following Scott’s sudden decision.

Scott has left Frappier’s project to write and direct the Hollywood remake of Starbuck, the 2010 Quebec blockbuster that he co-wrote and directed. DreamWorks is set to shoot the English adaptation of Starbuck later this year.

“In situations of emergency, we have to find exceptional answers,” Frappier said.

“And for me, Don McKellar is an exceptional filmmaker. As producers, we are extremely happy that he will be free to direct The Grand Seduction.”

Last week, Frappier said that Scott’s departure was “an opportunity to make a better movie.”

McKellar co-wrote the acclaimed 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould with Montreal filmmaker François Girard, and also wrote The Red Violin for Girard.

McKellar wrote and directed the end-of-the-world laugher Last Night, and wrote, directed and starred in the film Childstar. He wrote the book for the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, which won him a Tony Award, and he also penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jose Saramago’s award-winning novel Blindness.

He co-starred in that film. In addition, he directed and executive produced the CBC series Michael: Tuesday & Thursday.

“This film was an easy sell for me,” McKellar said. “With the pedigree of the project and the rocksolid script, it didn’t take much of a seduction to get me on board.

“Besides, I love Newfoundland and I’ve always wanted to shoot a feature out there. I’m looking forward to a very exciting and productive summer.”

The film will shoot on location this summer in Newfoundland with Frappier producing in collaboration with Newfoundland producer Barbara Doran from Morag Loves Company and French producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam from Stone Angels Production.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Front Page, Industry News

McKellar to the rescue of film

Toronto actor-writer-director Don McKellar is set to direct The Grand Seduction.

Last week it was announced that Ken Scott was dropping out as director of the movie, the $13-million remake of La Grande seduction, the 2003 Quebec comedy hit, and Grand Seduction producer Roger Frappier made no secret of his bitter disappointment following Scott’s sudden decision.

Scott has left Frappier’s project to write and direct the Hollywood remake of Starbuck, the 2010 Quebec blockbuster that he co-wrote and directed. DreamWorks is set to shoot the English adaptation of Starbuck later this year.

“In situations of emergency, we have to find exceptional answers,” Frappier said.

“And for me, Don McKellar is an exceptional filmmaker. As producers, we are extremely happy that he will be free to direct The Grand Seduction.”

Last week, Frappier said that Scott’s departure was “an opportunity to make a better movie.”

McKellar co-wrote the acclaimed 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould with Montreal filmmaker François Girard, and also wrote The Red Violin for Girard.

McKellar wrote and directed the end-of-the-world laugher Last Night, and wrote, directed and starred in the film Childstar. He wrote the book for the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, which won him a Tony Award, and he also penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jose Saramago’s award-winning novel Blindness.

He co-starred in that film. In addition, he directed and executive produced the CBC series Michael: Tuesday & Thursday.

“This film was an easy sell for me,” McKellar said. “With the pedigree of the project and the rocksolid script, it didn’t take much of a seduction to get me on board.

“Besides, I love Newfoundland and I’ve always wanted to shoot a feature out there. I’m looking forward to a very exciting and productive summer.”

The film will shoot on location this summer in Newfoundland with Frappier producing in collaboration with Newfoundland producer Barbara Doran from Morag Loves Company and French producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam from Stone Angels Production.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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Front Page, Industry News

McKellar to the rescue of film

Toronto actor-writer-director Don McKellar is set to direct The Grand Seduction.

Last week it was announced that Ken Scott was dropping out as director of the movie, the $13-million remake of La Grande seduction, the 2003 Quebec comedy hit, and Grand Seduction producer Roger Frappier made no secret of his bitter disappointment following Scott’s sudden decision.

Scott has left Frappier’s project to write and direct the Hollywood remake of Starbuck, the 2010 Quebec blockbuster that he co-wrote and directed. DreamWorks is set to shoot the English adaptation of Starbuck later this year.

“In situations of emergency, we have to find exceptional answers,” Frappier said.

“And for me, Don McKellar is an exceptional filmmaker. As producers, we are extremely happy that he will be free to direct The Grand Seduction.”

Last week, Frappier said that Scott’s departure was “an opportunity to make a better movie.”

McKellar co-wrote the acclaimed 32 Short Films about Glenn Gould with Montreal filmmaker François Girard, and also wrote The Red Violin for Girard.

McKellar wrote and directed the end-of-the-world laugher Last Night, and wrote, directed and starred in the film Childstar. He wrote the book for the musical The Drowsy Chaperone, which won him a Tony Award, and he also penned the screenplay for the film adaptation of Jose Saramago’s award-winning novel Blindness.

He co-starred in that film. In addition, he directed and executive produced the CBC series Michael: Tuesday & Thursday.

“This film was an easy sell for me,” McKellar said. “With the pedigree of the project and the rocksolid script, it didn’t take much of a seduction to get me on board.

“Besides, I love Newfoundland and I’ve always wanted to shoot a feature out there. I’m looking forward to a very exciting and productive summer.”

The film will shoot on location this summer in Newfoundland with Frappier producing in collaboration with Newfoundland producer Barbara Doran from Morag Loves Company and French producer Pierre-Ange Le Pogam from Stone Angels Production.

Source: Montreal Gazette

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