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It’s time to catch up with some of the most interesting cinema-centric books of the last few months, and it’s a diverse list. There’s some Lego, some Nolan, some Star Wars (of course), and even some vintage Stan Brakhage. That’s range.
Off the Cliff: Making of Thelma & Louise by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)
The career of Ridley Scott is full of peaks and valleys. One of the peaks was the release of Thelma & Louise in 1991. The cultural impact of this story of two female outlaws cannot be overstated, and Becky Aikman’s account of the making of the film helps explain why. Thelma & Louise involved a unique cast of characters, including stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, as well as a young hunk named Brad Pitt. But the most memorable figures here are Scott, who knew his career needed a change but could not originally see »
- Christopher Schobert
The script is written by Richard Wenk, whose credits include “The Equalizer,” “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” and “The Expendables 2.” Sarkissian said “Ana” will be similar in tone to Luc Besson’s 1990 actioner “La Femme Nikita.”
“Ana” re-teams Campbell and Sarkissian following the Jackie Chan actioner “The Foreigner,” which opens Friday in North America with expectations of a $10 million debut weekend. “The Foreigner” is projected to earn $88 million in international markets by the end of the upcoming weekend.
Gong’s credits date back to Zhang Yimou’s directorial debut, “Red Sorghum,” which won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1988. Since then, she’s appeared »
- Dave McNary
For those who are unfamiliar with the name, Luc Besson is best known as a French filmmaker who has been involved in numerous projects as a director, a producer, and a screenwriter, which have resulted in him co-founding a movie studio called EuropaCorp in 1980. Besson is a member of a French cinema movement called Cinema du look that stressed style and spectacle, which in turn, explains the distinctive look of his movies. However, most movie-goers might be more familiar with him because of his works such as The Fifth Element and Lucy, which were successful in more than one
- Nat Berman
On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (Tuesday October 10th, 2017) Mark Ellis, Clarke Wolfe, John Rocha, Dennis Tzeng, Ashley Mova and Wendy Lee discuss the following: First full trailer and new poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Luc Besson sets next film Anna with Helen Mirren and Luke Evans Opening this week Sylvester Stallone announced as the director for Creed 2 Tom Holland and Will Smith teaming for animated comedy Spies in Disguise Bill and Ted 3 will be called Bill and Ted Face the Music, reveals Keanu Reeves Mail Bag Live Twitter Questions [caption id="attachment_529837" align="… »
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Luc Besson may have denied reports that he’s following Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with a sequel to Lucy, but the French filmmaker is sticking with the female mononyms for the title of his next project, the action thriller Anna.
Variety is reporting that Besson has cast Helen Mirren, Luke Evans and Cillian Murphy in the film, while newcomer Sasha Luss has been cast as the titular Anna. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but production will get underway in November with Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment set to distribute.
“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” stated Lionsgate Mpg chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “Luc is a visionary filmmaker with whom we are proud to extend our longstanding relationship.”
Anna will mark the first film »
- Gary Collinson
By Sheryl Oh
Anna is due to follow up Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and has already secured some acting heavyweights.
The article Luc Besson Has Found His Next Feature appeared first on Film School Rejects. »
- Sheryl Oh
Recently, Luc Besson had some choice words for the media who falsely reported about him being involved in the making of a sequel to his 2014 action film Lucy. Today, the filmmaker is moving forward from his public outburst by officially announcing his next film, Anna, which has Helen Mirren, Cillian Murphy, Luke Evans and Russian model Sasha Luss set to star. Besson is preparing to direct the film... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
The action-thriller will start shooting next month
- Max Evry
- Dan Zinski
Lionsgate has entered into a co-production and distribution deal for Luc Besson’s action film Anna which will be produced by his company EuropaCorp. The film, written and directed by Besson, starts production November and will be released under Lionsgate's Summit. Anna features Helen Mirren, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy and Besson's newest discovery Russian model Sasha Luss, as Anna. Marc Shmuger will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp. Besson directed the Scarlett… »
9 October 2017 8:27 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Anna, written and directed by Besson, will be produced by his EuropaCorp shingle and starts production in November. The film will be released under Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label. Lionsgate UK released Besson's last movie, the big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets, in the U.K. market.
"We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his »
- Etan Vlessing
Luc Besson has set his next film.
“We are delighted to be reunited with Luc and his EuropaCorp team on another exciting, action-packed film featuring an A-list cast,” said Lionsgate Mpg chairman Patrick Wachsberger and president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “Luc is a visionary filmmaker with whom we are proud to extend our longstanding relationship.”
Besson directed the Scarlett Johansson-starrer “Lucy” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.” He also co-wrote and produced the hit action franchise “Taken.” Marc Shmuger will produce the upcoming project on behalf of EuropaCorp.
- Justin Kroll
A few days ago it was reported that Luc Besson’s production company EuropaCorp is rejigging its strategy as a result of record losses over the past financial year, with EuropaCorp CEO Marc Shmuger also revealing that Besson is developing a sequel to the Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy, and has already turned in a script.
Well, Besson has now taken to Instagram to deny that he’s working on Lucy 2, as well as slamming the media for spreading #FakeNews.
“No I do not prepare Lucy 2,” said Besson. “Neither yesterday nor tomorrow. Yet this fake news has been around the world thanks to you [journalists]. You will say to me: ‘it is not very serious’. It is true, you are right… but it is false and normally this word should not be part of your vocabulary, because if we can no longer you believe, how do we hold a democracy? »
- Gary Collinson
Where did this film come from?! I finally caught up with a sci-fi feature called The Osiris Child, originally titled Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child in full. This film is way, way, way better than it should be, and left me totally blown away. It's not perfect by any means, but it is extremely impressive storytelling, with some cool ideas I have never seen before in any film. I can't speak for others who don't like it, but I can say this is exactly the kind of sci-fi I love. It's remarkably ambitious storytelling on a galactic scale, created on a minimal budget, utilizing some sleek filmmaking tricks that actually make this successful. The world building (or rather, universe building) in this rivals Luc Besson's Valerian, and in all honesty, upon first viewing I actually like this more than Valerian. I really, really enjoyed it - but »
- Alex Billington
- Mansoor Mithaiwala
On Monday, we reported that filmmaker Luc Besson is prepping a sequel to Lucy, his 2014 sci-fi action film starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman who's evolved far beyond our own human logic. Fans of the film were genuinely excited about the news, that was until yesterday when Besson took to his personal Instagram account to refute reports of a Lucy sequel being in the works. You can see... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Warriors’ Gate, from director Matthias Hoene (Cockneys vs Zombies) and producer Luc Besson, is a thrilling martial arts fantasy adventure about a videogamer transported into an epic fighting world – the film is available on DVD and Digital 2nd October.
Familiar TV face Uriah Shelton (Girl Meets World) makes an admirable big screen lead as the teen forced to confront dangerous warriors he’d previously only fought in his video games; and legendary WWE star-turned-blockbuster actor Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Kickboxer: Vengeance) adds to his roster of memorable big screen parts, here as the fearsome face-painted villain Arun who Jack must defeat to save the princess….
While working as a store assistant, teen gamer Jack Bronson stumbles across a curious antique casket, which turns out to be a time portal – and out of which comes Princess Su Lin, on the run from sword wielding warriors. Jack becomes friends with »
- Phil Wheat
On the October 3, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by Ben Pearson and Hoai-Tran Bui to talk about the latest news including Vince McMahon biopic casting rumors, Thandie Newton’s Han Solo character, how Shaft may be a turning point for Netflix distribution models, the longevity of Stranger Things and Luc Besson’s […]
- Peter Sciretta
However, with the sci-fi epic failing to set the box office alight, and Besson’s EuropaCorp posting record losses of $135 million over the last financial year, it would seem highly unlikely those sequels will ever see the light of day.
Nevertheless, it seems Besson is keen to return to another of his (less expensive) films, with Variety report that EuropaCorp is actively developing a sequel to the Scarlett Johansson-headlined action thriller Lucy, and that Besson has already finished the screenplay.
The same article reveals that EuropaCorp is completely overhauling its strategy in an effort to turn around its fortunes and get back into the black, with the company now planning to produce one English-language film and two French movies per year, »
- Gary Collinson
Director Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets failed to become the next great sci-fi film franchise (and nobody really should’ve expected that to happen), but his film studio EuropaCorp isn’t going to just pack up and quit. Instead, Variety is reporting that the studio is planing to “scale back its…
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- Sam Barsanti
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