LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 7, 2012 - Jack O'Connell and Alice Englert are in final negotiations to star in the supernatural love story "Beautiful Creatures," based on the New York Times best selling novel of the same name - the first of a hugely popular series written by authors Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl - it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The film will be released by Warner Bros via Alcon's output deal. Alcon, which has film rights to all three books in the series published by Little Brown Books, including "Beautiful Darkness," and "Beautiful Chaos," is looking at "Creatures" to kick off a possible franchise at WB. Erwin Stoff ("Water for Elephants," "I Am Legend") will produce along with Kosove and Johnson ("The Blind Side," "The Book of Eli,") and Molly Smith ("Something Borrowed," "P.S. I Love You.") Richard LaGravenese will direct from his adaptation.
A hauntingly intense coming of age story set in the South, "Beautiful Creatures" is about two star-crossed teenage lovers, Ethan, a local boy, and a mysterious new girl, Lena, who uncover dark secrets about their families, their history and their town. O'Connell is best known for roles in the UK films "This is England," and "Harry Brown" starring Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.
Newcomer, Englert, recently wrapped filming on "Singularity" starring Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell.
It was announced last week that two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, most recently nominated for her leading role in "The Help," is in negotiations to play Amma, a seer who looks after Ethan and his father after Ethan's mother's death. Filming will begin in April in and around New Orleans.
Alcon recently produced the hit "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson. Englert is repped by CAA . O'Connell is repped by John Grant at Conway, Van Gelder, Grant Ltd.
Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEO's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson founded the Company in 1997 with financial backing from Frederick W. Smith, the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx. Alcon, which is named after a mythological archer and ally of Hercules, has financed, and/or co-financed/produced over 19 films, including "My Dog Skip," "Dude, Where's My Car?", "Insomnia," "Racing Stripes," the Academy Award nominated Best Picture "The Blind Side," which earned Sandra Bullock a Best Actress Oscar; "The Book of Eli," starring Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman; "Insomnia," starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank and directed by Chris Nolan; "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," and "P.S. I Love You," starring Hilary Swank, among many others. The Company recently released the box-office success "Dolphin Tale," a 3-D family film starring Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Kris Kristofferson, released via Alcon's output deal with Warner Bros.