The follow-up movie for Chris Pine after his breakout performance as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek will be a horror movie he shot before Trek called Carriers. We have details and the new trailer below, plus some news on Pine’s next film, which is having some budget trouble, and reviews for Chris’ new play.
Chris Pine in "Carriers"
Carriers is a horror film Chris Pine shot in 2006 and has been sitting in the can over at Paramount Vantage (which has not been absorbed back into Paramount Pictures). Paramount will finally release the film on September 4th. Here is the official synopsis:
A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to a secluded Utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease. Carriers follow their getaway through a surreal and dangerous world where laws and rules no longer apply.
Their plans take a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road, starting a chain of events that will seal the fate of each of them in an inexorable and horrifying voyage of hell through a western landscape populated by only the hideous dead or the twisted living. Their desperate retreat south turns into a deadly battle against infected children, homicidal doctors, crazed survivalists, rabid dogs, and finally, each other. The virus is the least of their problems as horrible choices must be made in the face of lost humanity.
And here is the newly released trailer:
And the official poster.
More photos for "Carriers" at Bloody-Disgusting.com.
Pine’s Unstoppable being stopped?
As reported in our first ‘PineWatch’ a month ago, Chris had chosen the Tony Scott directed action-thriller "Unstopable" as his post Star Trek project. However now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox is considering putting the project on hold due to problems with agreeing on a budget. Apparently the deals for Chris Pine, co-star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott have not been closed yet. The lackluster performance of the latest Washington-Scott colaboration The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 is probably not helping, but there is also a general belt tightening going on in Hollywood, which may not match the director’s vision. From the THR report.
Washington is an A-lister who earns as much as $20 million per picture at a time when studios say they want to rein in star salaries.
Hollywood execs are pointing to such star-driven projects as "Land of the Lost" and the Washington-Scott actioner "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," which have faltered at the boxoffice, while concept-driven pics including "Up," "Star Trek" and "The Hangover" have flourished. (Ironically, "Trek" star Pine was one of the actors who broke out in a concept movie; "Unstoppable" was to be a coming-out party of sorts.)
Known for their high production values, Scott’s movies tend to travel in a higher-budget range. But Fox is known for managing costs by examining budgets critically.
So it looks like Chris may need to shop for another Star Trek follow-up.
Pine gets rave reviews for "Farragut"
Chris Pine is appearing all July in "Farragut North" at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Directed by Tony-Award winning Doug Hughes (Doubt), the cast also includes: Mia Barron, Dan Bittner, Justine Huen, Chris Noth, Olivia Thirlby and Isiah Whitlcok, Jr. In the play Pine portrays Stephan Bellamy a press sectretary for a presidential candidate.
The politically charged play opened June 24th and is getting generally good reviews, with Pine getting particularly high marks from the critics, here are some excerpts
Pine, who scored in the Geffen staging of Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig” back in 2007, amply possesses the requisite charisma, boyish charm and calculating intelligence of a political wunderkind. He plays Stephen Bellamy, only 25 and already a seasoned pro of 10 years’ standing. Communications director for unseen, come-from-behind candidate “Morris,” this master of cell-phone spin is on top of his world, the brass ring of White House entree tantalizingly within reach.
The riveting interest is always Pine’s seductive double-talk, the way he maniacally stirs up trouble whenever he feels the heat from his incessantly moaning phone. There’s a reason his Stephen is so adroit at his job — a genially handsome exterior conceals a ruthlessly Machiavellian interior. He’s upfront about his moral shortcomings, but somehow that only adds to his lethal charm. Molly, who’s no old-fashioned purist, can’t help wishing that this sad, self-made dreamboat was made of better stuff. Pine coaxes us into falling into the same sinister trap.
– LA Times
It’s Pines’ play to run with, and run he does, charming his way into and out of trouble until he finally runs clear out of friends, excuses and scruples.
– Hollywood Reporter
Pine in "Farragut North"
There are performances every day Tuesday through Sundays, with additional matinees on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $45 to $74 and are on sale now at geffentplayhouse.com. The final performance is on Sunday July 26.
UPDATE: Pine talking about Farragut North