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Stone is an upcoming film directed by John Curran starring Milla Jovovich, Edward Norton and Robert De Niro.

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Plot

The films plot will concern a convicted arsonist (Norton), who tries to manipulate his way out of prison by making his wife (Jovovich), have an affair with a parole officer (De Niro), before eventually playing dangerous psychological games with him.

Cast

Edward Norton and Robert De Niro pair up for the second time to star in the indie psychological film Stone.[1] This will be their second appearance in a “cat and mouse” type plot, the first was in 2001’s underrated heist thriller The Score.[2]

  • Milla Jovovich: Lucetta, the wife of a convicted arsonist (Norton) who is up for parole.[3]
  • Edward Norton: An arsonist taken prisoner, who convinces his wife to seduce his correctional officer (De Niro), in order to up his parole, in an attempt to get out of prison.[4]
  • Robert De Niro:Jack. The parole officer who gets seduced by a prisoner’s (Norton) wife, Lucetta.[5]

The casting crew was hoping for people who looked like they know how to go to church to fill in as extras.[6] Many local Ypsilanti residents also appear as extras for the film.[7]

Crew

  • John Curran: A film director, best known for his film, The Painted Veil.[8]

Production

The film is directed by John Curran[11], and the script was written by a Winston-Salem screenwriter and playwright, Angus MacLachlan.[12] Originally written as a play in 2000, MacLachlan turned the play into a screenplay in 2005, with the film aiming to be released in 2010.[13] Filming began on 18 May, 2009 in Michigan. The play version of ‘Stone’ has been performed only once, as a staged reading in 2003 at a forum in Los Angeles.[14] Production of the film will be overseen by Mimran Shur Pictures, with the aid of Holly Wiersma.[15] "Stone" marks the debut film of Mimran Shur Pictures, a company formed earlier this year by private investor David Mimran and longtime music biz executive and former Geffen Records prexy Jordan Schur.[16] Stone Productions, the movie's production company [17], also aided in the production of the film.

Filming was interrupted on June the 5th when a drunk woman got past security on the set and accosted De Niro, who she claimed to be a fan of. She was subsequently arrested and admitted to a local hospital. It is unknown whether or not she will face charges.[18][19]

Executive Producers

Location

In 2008, the State of Michigan enacted a 42-percent tax rebate to attract movie makers [24], which drew filmmakers into southern Michigan. The crew was originally interested in filming in North Carolina, however with North Carolina's current 15 percent tax rebate the producers chose to shoot the film in Michigan instead.[25] The original screenplay was intended to be set in a location outside of Michigan, but in the case of “Stone”, rewriting the script to be set elsewhere wasn't a problem in terms of the story.[26] MacLachlan quotes in the Winston-Salem Journal, “It's not about a city, it's more about the people in it. Plus, we needed a big prison and there's a huge prison in Jackson, Mich. We stayed in Ann Arbor and filmed in Ypsilanti, Jackson and Dexter."[27] Stated in an article found in The Ann Arbor News, the State of Michigan is being reimbursed about $70,000 for use of the prison, which closed in 2007, and for time spent by state employees helping the crew.[28] Washtenaw County was utilized for the majority of the filming.[29]

  • Scenes set inside the prison will be filmed at the Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Blackman Township.[30]
  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti hosted filming for two days. The interior funeral scenes and a few outside scenes were filmed at the church, with locals filling in as extras.[31]

References

  1. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "De Niro, Norton to star in Stone". Variety. Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003282.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  2. ^ thecinemapost. "Milla Jovovich cast in ‘stone’ with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton". Zimbio. zimbio. http://www.zimbio.com/Milla+Jovovich/articles/238/Milla+Jovovich+cast+Stone+Robert+De+Niro+Edward. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  3. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "De Niro, Norton to star in 'Stone'". Variety. Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003282.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  4. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "De Niro, Norton to star in 'Stone'". Variety. Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003282.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  5. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  6. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  7. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  8. ^ thecinemapost. "Milla Jovovich cast in ‘stone’ with Robert De Niro and Edward Norton". Zimbio. zimbio. http://www.zimbio.com/Milla+Jovovich/articles/238/Milla+Jovovich+cast+Stone+Robert+De+Niro+Edward. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  9. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  10. ^ Peter Sciretta. "Stone promo trailer featuring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton, and Mila Jovovich". Film. Film. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/09/16/stone-promo-trailer-featuring-edward-norton-robert-de-niro-and-mila-jovovich/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  11. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  12. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  13. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  14. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  15. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  16. ^ Tatiana Siegel. "De Niro, Norton to star in 'Stone'". Variety. Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118003282.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  17. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  18. ^ "De Niro accosted by drunk fan on movie set". Thaindian News. http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/de-niro-accosted-by-drunk-fan-on-movie-set_100201865.html. Retrieved 2009-08-04.  
  19. ^ "Robert De Niro - De Niro accosted by drunk fan". ContactMusic.com. http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/de-niro-accosted-by-drunk-fan_1105707. Retrieved 2009-08-04.  
  20. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  21. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  22. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  23. ^ "Robert De Niro and Edward Norton to star in 'Stone'". shockya.com. http://www.shockya.com/news/2009/05/08/de-niro-and-norton-star-in-stone/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  24. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  25. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  26. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  27. ^ Tim Clodfelter. "Top actors film MacLachlan screenplay". Winston-Salem Journal. Winston-Salem Journal. http://www2.journalnow.com/content/2009/jun/29/top-actors-film-maclachlan-screenplay/entertainment/. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  28. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  29. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
  30. ^ "Robert De Niro, Edward Norton filming new movie "Stone" at Southern Michigan Correctional Facility in Jackson". mlive.com. http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2009/05/robert_de_niro_edward_norton_f.html. Retrieved 2009-08-04.  
  31. ^ "De Niro flick films in Ypsilanti". Ann Arbor News. Ann Arbor News. http://docs.newsbank.com/s/InfoWeb/aggdocs/NewsBank/128BFE5862586778/0EDEAE5BA34AF434?p_multi=AARB\. Retrieved 2009-11-18.  
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