November is in like 'Lions' for UA


MGM will bow United Artists' first production, "Lions for Lambs," nationwide Nov. 9. Helmed by Robert Redford, the multilayered drama starring Meryl Streep, UA co-head Tom Cruise and Redford will bow opposite the Warner Bros. Pictures comedy "Fred Claus."

Principal photography on the film began Jan. 29. Based on an original screenplay from Matthew Michael Carnahan, "Lions" is being produced by Carnahan, Redford, Tracy Falco and Andrew Hauptman.

"Robert Redford has a remarkable ability to tell moving stories and capture the essence of the human experience," United Artists CEO Paula Wagner said. "We are very proud to have him at the helm of our inaugural production."

Derek Luke, Michael Pena, Andrew Garfield and Peter Berg co-star in the film following three plot lines, all converging on the themes surrounding the U.S.' war on terrorism.

United Artists was relaunched in November as a partnership among Cruise, Wagner and MGM after Cruise/Wagner Prods. ended its deal at Paramount Pictures.

"Lions" is the first film to enter production for the studio. The label recently optioned the nonfiction book "The Birthday Party," based on former Assistant U.S. Attorney Stanley Alpert's account of his 1998 kidnapping.