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Phoenix and Ruffalo Make Reservation

Published August 16, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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We are always thrilled to see either Joaquin Phoenix or Mark Ruffalo pop up in a new project. So imagine our excitement when we heard that the two actors would co-star in the adaptation of a novel by John Burnham Schwartz.

Ruffalo, Phoenix for Definitely, Maybe

According to Variety, Focus Features has picked up Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix to star in the adaptation of Reservation Road directed by Terry George.

Phoenix and Ruffalo will play fathers on opposite sides of a hit-and-run: The Ruffalo character kills Phoenix's son and flees. As the grieving father seeks revenge, the tragedy wears on both men in unexpected ways. Schwartz wrote the screenplay, and George polished it.

The film is expected to require a budget less than $20 million with Focus taking half the costs. Random House will kick in the other half.

"We hadn't expected to have a film ready this quickly, but Nick Wechsler put the entire 'Reservation Road' package together and brought it to Focus and then us, because it was published by Random House's Knopf in 1998," Gethers said. "It fit the spirit of what makes this arrangement so exciting ... We think this will be a very literate and intelligent movie, and that Vintage is going to sell quite a few books if it does well."

Phoenix recently wrapped We Own the Night, while Ruffalo has a whopping three films coming our way including the delayed All the King's Men, Zodiac and Margaret.

Stay tuned for updates.

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