Updates on “Careful What You Wish For”

September 13th 2012 • by Jess • No CommentsCareful What You Wish For, Rumoured Role

Almost a year ago it was reported Isabel had signed on to star in a new thriller movie entitled Careful What You Wish For, and a couple of months ago I found more details on it. We now have updates on the project, as it won financing from a studio during the current Toronto Film Festival. Below are some articles about it with all the details.

The plot synopsis is as follows:

The film focuses on Doug Martin, a self-conscious high school student who gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena (Lucas), the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door. After a serious crime rocks the vacation town in which they live, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect.

Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners are financing and producing Careful What You Wish For, a thriller to be directed by Elizabeth Allen (Ramona and Beezus, Aquamarine). Written by Chris Frisina, it will star Isabel Lucas (Transformers 2, Immortals). Plot centers on a high school student who gets a lot more than he bargained for when he’s drawn into an affair with the young wife of a wealthy businessman. It’s described as being along the lines of Basic Instinct and Body Heat. Lucas’ recent roles have included the upcoming Terrence Malick film Knight Of Cups, the remake of Red Dawn and The Loft. Casting for other major roles is underway and The film is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2013. Producers are Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Troika’s Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico. Exec producers are William Gallo and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes. Hyde Park International is handling worldwide rights at Toronto.

- Deadline

Toronto 2012: Hyde Park-Image Nation Join With Troika, Merced Media on ‘Careful What You Wish For’

Hyde Park-Image Nation, Troika Pictures and Merced Media Partners are joining forces to co-finance and produce the thriller Careful What You Wish For, which will star Isabel Lucas (Immortals) and which Elizabeth Allen (Aquamarine) will direct.

Pitched as a sexy thriller along the lines of Body Heat or Basic Instinct, Careful features Lucas as the femme fatale Lena, a young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman who rents the lake house next door to a very self-conscious high-school student. When the student starts an affair with Lena, he gets more than he bargained for.

Chris Frisina penned the script to Careful What You Wish For. Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj and Troika’s Robert Stein will produce together with Michael A. Helfant, Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico. Executive Producers are Merced Media Partners’ Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes along with William Gallo, Chris Frisina and Philip Cohen as co-executive producer. Hyde Park International is handling worldwide sales and has already pre-sold the title to multiple territories, including Germany (Square One), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Latin America (Swen), Eastern Europe (Grandview) and Portugal (Losomundo) .

Lucas, who also appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, has roles in Terrence Malick’s upcoming Knight of Cups, the new remake of action film Red Dawn and the thriller The Loft from Belgium director Erik van Looy. The producers say they plan to cast two other A-list names for the remaining leads in Careful. Production is set to start in the first quarter of 2013.

- hollywoodreporter.com

Trio on board for ‘Careful’

Hyde Park-Image Nation, Merced Media Partners and Troika Pictures will finance and produce thriller “Careful What You Wish For,” helmed by Elizabeth Allen (“Ramona and Beezus”), it was announced Sunday at the Toronto film festival.

Pic is written by Chris Frisina and stars Isabel Lucas (“Transformers 2″) as the lonely wife of a wealthy businessman who begins an affair with a high school student in a vacation town rocked by a serious crime.

Lensing is set to start the first quarter of 2013. Casting of additional A-list stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Careful” is produced by Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj, Troika’s Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, and Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico.

Executive producers are William Gallo, Chris Frisina and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Singh, Stuart Brown and Kevin Frakes.

Philip Cohen serves as co-executive producer.

“The lead character of Lena is a uniquely complex femme fatale — a compelling archetype that hasn’t been brought to the screen in some time and is due a revival,” commented Allen in a statement.

Lucas recently completed roles in Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” the new “Red Dawn” and “The Loft.”

Hyde Park International is representing worldwide rights for “Careful” in Toronto, and has already closed sales for Germany, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Turkey, Portugal, South Africa and Indonesia.

- Variety

‘Knight of Cups’ Star Isabel Lucas Will Lead ‘Basic Instinct’-Esque Sexual Thriller

After nabbing a coveted role in Terrence Malick‘s upcoming Knight Of Cups, things are looking up for Immortals star Isabel Lucas. In a recent press release, we learned that the Australian-born actress will be leading the upcoming thriller, Careful What You Wish For.

Directed by Elizabeth Allen (Aquamarine), and written by Chris Frisina, the project follows Doug Martin, a self-conscious high school student, who “gets more than he bargained for when he starts a torrid affair with Lena — the young, lonely wife of a wealthy businessman renting the lake house next door. When a serious crime rocks their sleepy vacation town, Doug is let in on a devastating secret and suddenly finds himself a suspect.” The film has been described as a “sexy thriller reminiscent of Basic Instinct and Body Heat.”

Aside for Cups, the newly established leading lady will also be seen in the upcoming Red Dawn remake, as well the thriller, The Loft. Although we haven’t gotten specifics on any other roles being secured, the release did indicate that “two other A-list stars will be cast in other roles.”

Here’s a little snippet of what Allen had to say about the project:

“I look forward to bringing the fascinating characters to life in this provocative and sexy coming of age thriller. The lead character of Lena is a uniquely complex femme fatale — a compelling archetype that hasn’t been brought to the screen in some time and is due a revival. I am thrilled to be collaborating with the talented Isabel Lucas on this project and am excited by the depth and mystery she will infuse into the film.”

Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj will be producing alongside Troika Pictures’ Robert Stein, Michael A. Helfant and Bradley Gallo, with Myriad Pictures’ Kirk D’Amico. The thriller will start production sometime early next year.

- thefilmstage.com

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