4 light fire under Fox's 'Ember'


Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Harry Treadaway will star opposite Bill Murray and Toby Jones in 20th Century Fox's fantasy "City of Ember," from Walden Media/Playtone and producers Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks.

In Gil Kenan's film, Robbins will play an inventor holding a secret to the magical lit city whose power generator is failing. Landau will play the boss of Robbins' character's teen son (Treadaway) who works at the city's mysterious Pipeworks as the son seeks to save the city with a fellow teen. Jean-Baptiste will play a tough greenhouse worker.

Walden head of production Alex Schwartz and creative executive Bonnie Solomon are overseeing the film, which is set for an October 2008 theatrical release through Fox. Fox Walden, a joint venture of the studio and production company, will handle marketing.

Shooting is under way in Belfast, Ireland. Summit Entertainment is handling international sales.

Robbins, an Oscar winner for "Mystic River," will appear in Lionsgate Films' upcoming "The Return." Landau, an Oscar winner for "Ed Wood," has appeared in "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and in guest appearances on HBO's "Entourage" and the upcoming indie "Harrison Montgomery." Jean-Baptiste, an Oscar-nominee for "Secrets and Lies," stars on CBS' "Without a Trace." Treadaway starred with his twin brother Luke Treadaway in "Brothers of the Head" and now appears on Showtime's "Meadowlands."

Walden executive vp business and legal affairs Jim Meenaghan negotiated the deals for the company.

Robbins is repped by CAA. Landau is repped by TalentWorks. Jean-Baptiste is repped by Untitled Entertainment. Treadaway is repped by PFD.