Sanchez Forms Pursuit Productions with Dan Friedkin

Lauren Sanchez has launched a new production company.

The 44-year-old Emmy-winning news anchor/entertainment reporter has formed Pursuit Productions with Dan Friedkin.

Lauren Sanchez

The company will focus on telling compelling real life stories from around the world.

Pursuit Productions already has its first documentary feature in the works, Foundand closed a deal with Mark Monroe to pen the film.

The documentaryfollows the search for those pilots whose planes were lost in The Battle of Peleliu during World War II.  Also joining the search for the missing pilots in the film is former United States Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, whose memoir Lone Survivor was adapted into the 2013 Universal Studios film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg.

Friedkin and Sanchez, in conjunction with Imperative Entertainment, are also filming a pilot, On the Road, which follows the death-defying adventures of The Horsemen, the world’s only vintage P-51 aerobatic flight team.

Sanchez, who served as a guest-host on ABC’s The View this morning, is considered a frontrunner to join the daytime talk show  as a co-host.

Garcia Bernal to Star in The Ardor with Alice Braga

Gael Garcia Bernal to the rescue…

The 33-year-old Mexican actor will star opposite I Am Legend’s Alice Braga in The Ardor, a modern-day Western set in the Amazon.

Gael Garcia Bernal

Directed by Argentine helmer Pablo Fendrik, centers on a lone Amazon shaman (Garcia Bernal) who stumbles across a tobacco farmer and his stunning daughter (Braga) in the jungle. When a roving band of deforesters attack the farm, killing the farmer and taking his daughter hostage, Garcia Bernal’s character decides to exact revenge.

The feature, Fendrik’s follow-up to Blood Appears, a highlight of Cannes Critics Week in 2008, is described as a tale of survival and revenge set in in the Amazon jungle.

Garcia Bernal, the star of the just released The Loneliest Planet, has been getting rave reviews for his latest film No.

The Brazilian bombshell Braga, meantime, will next appear opposite Kristen Stewart in On The Road.

The Ardor begins shooting in the Amazon in March for a planned fall 2013 release.

 

AMC Networks Acquires Braga’s “On the Road”

It looks like Alice Braga’s latest film will be released in theaters this fall…

The 29-year-old Brazilian actress’ On the Road has been acquired by AMC Networks a week before it premieres in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Alice Braga

Buying all U.S. rights to Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s classic novel of the same name, AMC Networks announced that its distribution labels IFC Films and Sundance Selects will release the film later this fall in theaters.

Along with Braga—who rose to fame following her starring role opposite Will Smith in I Am Legend—the film stars Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, TRON: Legacy’s Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, Elisabeth Moss and Viggo Mortensen.

Alice Braga's On the Road Poster

Jose Rivera wrote the screenplay for the film, which brings to life the classic novel based on the spontaneous cross-country adventures of Kerouac and his friends during the middle of the 20th century.

On the Road is considered a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry and drug experiences. While many of the names and details of Kerouac’s experiences are changed for the novel, hundreds of references in On the Road have real-world counterparts.