Based on the popular children’s book, A Monster Calls is about the 12-year-old Conor who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal illness and the bullying he faces at the hands of his classmates by escaping into a fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales which explore themes of courage, loss, and faith.
Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the teaser for A Monster Calls is narrated by Neeson, who plays the titular monster. It’s a brief look at the dark fantastical wonders to come in the film, which also stars Sigourney Weaver as Conor’s grandmother.
You’ll have to wait to get a full look at Neeson’s Tree Monster since the teaser keeps his full form a secret. We »
- Rachel West
Although Halloween just happened, it's already time to look ahead to next October's theatrical releases, such as Juan Antonio Bayona's (The Orphanage, the upcoming World War Z sequel) new dark fantasy, A Monster Calls. Featuring an impressive cast including Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, A Monster Calls is teased in its first trailer.
"A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith."
Directed by Bayona from a screenplay by Patrick Ness (based on his novel of the same name), A Monster Calls stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. Focus Features has slated A Monster Calls for an October 14th, »
- Derek Anderson
Read More: Felicity Jones Answers 'A Monster Calls,' Emily Browning Joins Tom Hardy in 'Legend' & More In his previous features "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible," Juan Antonio Bayona has proven his affinity for suspense through impressive visual work, and that success looks to strike again in his latest, "A Monster Calls." The film stars Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and newcomer Lewis MacDougall in the lead role of Conor, a 12-year-old boy who escapes the harsh realities of his life -- his mother is ill and he is bullied by his classmates -- by entering a fantastical world full of monsters and fairy tales. The movie is based on an award-winning children's novel by Patrick Ness, and the trailer suggests a film akin to the director's previous works thanks to its suspenseful building of tension and its relatable use of child actors. Check out the teaser trailer above, »
- Elle Leonsis
The film is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness. The film follows 12-year-old Conor’s (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Check out the A Monster Calls trailer below, followed by the detailed synopsis of the source novel. »
- Paul Heath
We're over a year away from the release of A Monster Calls but that's not stopping the studio from giving us a first glimpse at their upcoming fantasy.
Adapted by Patrick Ness from his best selling, award winning children's novel, the movie stars Lewis MacDougall as Connor, a young boy dealing with his mother's illness and school bullies by escaping into a world with a tree monster – among other creatures.
I've never read or seen any part of the book but this production is promising for a number of reasons including a supporting cast which includes Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson but mostly because of director J.A. Bayona who was responsible for The Orphanage a few years ago and most recently the excellent disaster movie The I [Continued ...] »
A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. The new film stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver. “A Monster Calls” hits theaters on October 14, 2016.
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- Rudie Obias
Focus Features has released the first trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona‘s adaptation of “A Monster Calls,” based on the acclaimed children’s novel by Patrick Ness. Newcomer Lewis MacDougall stars alongside Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson as the titular monster. “A Monster Calls” is a visually spectacular drama about 12-year-old Conor (MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother’s (Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith. Also Read: Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk Join 'Star Wars »
- Jeff Sneider
Unless your film involves dinosaurs, capes, or the force, it’s rare to a get a look at a feature that’s nearly year away, but today we have a treat. The first trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona‘s A Monster Calls has arrived.
With a cast featuring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson, and Sigourney Weaver, the story follows a 12-year-old boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.
Coming from the director of The Impossible and The Orphanage, the first teaser shows off some great visuals in the Pan’s Labyrinth-esque set-up, and has us quite looking forward to the release, even if it’s so far away. Check it out below, and in the meantime, perhaps pick up Patrick Ness‘ novel of the same name, »
- Leonard Pearce
Liam Neeson's growl can deliver serious gravitas, as we already know. But it will also be the voice of the central creature in the upcoming "A Monster Calls," the new film from Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Impossible," "The Orphanage") which is his biggest effort yet. Read More: First Look: Liam Neeson In Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Also starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, and Sigourney Weaver, the film is an adaptation of the book by Patrick Ness which chronicles a troubled 12 year-old who finds an escape in the world of fantasy. Here's the official synopsis: A visually spectacular drama from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Impossible”), based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel. 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though Liam Neeson has made a career for himself in recent years as both a revenge-fuelled action hero and a wise mentor-style figure in countless films, on occasion he gets to play something very different.
Today we see one of those roles as Neeson provides the voice of the titular star of "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible" director Juan Antonio Bayona's "A Monster Calls". Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, Lewis MacDougall plays a young boy who escapes his unhappy reality by slipping into a dark fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales.
- Garth Franklin
Both films are currently in post-production and due for release next year.
Almodóvar explained the decision in a statement released through his Madrid-based production outfit El Deseo: “When we started pre-production, I heard Martin Scorsese was going to shoot a film with the same title but I didn’t think much about that coincidence at the time, mainly because I was thinking more in terms of the Spanish version of the name that the film would keep for all the markets (same as Volver).
“In Spanish it has quite a different ring to it.”
But with both films scheduled for release in 2016, the director acknowledged that “so much Silence” could be confusing »
Paramount has released the first image of a gaunt and seemingly defeated Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming movie Silence and this is definitely not the tough and badass Neeson we’ve grown accustomed to in recent actioners like the Taken franchise, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones, and 2015’s Run All Night as well. Not only is his role considerably meatier (we’ll get to that later), but his physical transformation is more along the lines of malnourished hobo than neck-snapping badass. Neeson lost a considerable amount of weight for his role in Silence, where he plays a Jesuit priest. The actor spoke at the Los Cabos Film Festival on Saturday and explained he had to lose 20 pounds, along with co-stars Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield. Sure, his recent batch of movies were likely physically demanding in their own right with him karate-chopping and shooting dudes left and right, but »
- Nate Saienni
Following our post earlier today, the first trailer for the film has now landed. You can see it right here...
In its way, A Monster Calls is like a shadow version of Roald Dahl’s The Bfg or Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbour Totoro. It’s the story of a young boy whose mother is suffering from terminal cancer, and the storytelling monster who visits the boy in the nighttime. It was conceived by Siobhan Dowd and written as a novel by Patrick Ness - who is now a member of the Doctor Who family thanks to his upcoming series, Class.
Boasting a muscular slate of crossover prestige pics and high-profile suspense thrillers, Studiocanal made a big splash at the AFM, selling the world on Liam Neeson (pictured above) starrer “The Commuter” and closing most outstanding territories on its untitled James Marsh project.
A suspense thriller, “The Commuter,” which was nabbed by Lionsgate at the Afm, also pre-sold at the Santa-Monica based market to Japan (Gaga), China (Bona), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Korea (Medialog), Israel (New Guys), Spain (Tripictures), Canada (Vvs), Svensk (Nordics) and Poland (Kino Swiat), among other deals.
“Although the market elsewhere was weak, we found that we had the type of films which distributors are looking for: Either prestige movies with cast or quality entertainment movies with good production values and a clear marketing angle,” said Marsh, adding that »
- Elsa Keslassy
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The first official look at Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's Silence reveals him in an agonized pose. But the actor was completely relaxed and charming during a press conference at the Los Cabos International Film Festival this past Saturday morning, kicking off a publicity tour for the film. Why Mexico? Mexican producer Gaston Pavlovich, who was also on hand, is responsible for financing the film, a dream project of director Martin Scorsese for many years. Scorsese is still busy editing right now, but he sent along a 30-second video to express gratitude to Pavlovich: "It's been a wonderful experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." Asked why he wanted to make the film, Neeson joked that, as mentor to the director, he knew...
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Liam Neeson's pleading eyes may not say a thousand words, but they add another layer of texture to the Martin Scorsese's highly anticipated "Silence," based on Shūsaku Endō's 1966 novel about Portuguese Jesuits who face violence and persecution while on a mission to remote 17th century Japan. With the lush surrounds (filmed on location in Taiwan) and period detail, the filmmaker's passion project—which he's wanted to make for nearly two decades—appears more compelling by the day. Read More: "See Andrew Garfield in First Images from Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'" The film, which wrapped principal production in May, has since been in the able hands of Scorsese and longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker. Paramount is distributing the film domestically, while AI Films/Im Global will handle foreign markets. It's just one of several projects on Scorsese's busy schedule, which also includes executive producing HBO's upcoming »
- Matt Brennan
Production has now wrapped on the set of Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence, the auteur’s high-profile adaptation of the eponymous novel by Shûsaku Endô, and after giving us an image of Andrew Garfield’s Jesuit priest, Collider has unveiled the first official still of Liam Neeson as a bearded and gaunt mentor.
Set in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, Scorsese’s awards-friendly tale orbits around Garfield’s pilgrimage to find his wayward mentor, a gruelling experience he will share with Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver. Disillusioned and at his wits’ end, Neeson’s deeply religious lead is hoping to spread the salvation of Christianity, though his character finds himself conflicted with the role that god plays in his life, questioning his once-unyielding faith in the process.
- Michael Briers
Back in May, we got a first look at Andrew Garfield and Shinya Tsukamoto (pictured above) from Silence, the upcoming historical drama from Martin Scorsese, and now it's finally Liam Neeson's turn. Scorsese has been trying to get a film adaptation of the Shūsaku Endō book of the same name made for almost twenty years and, like Endō's novel, the movie... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The organizers of the Los Cabos Film Festival keep trying to come up with another way to describe the November event beyond “the Cannes of Latin America,” but the comparison fits so well, they just might have to give up.
The five-day festival at the tip of Baja California – just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles – has quickly become a relaxing place for Hollywood power players and their international colleagues to talk co-productions, acquistions and future partnerships after a hectic Afm.
TV is a major focus this year, with reps from Netflix, HBO, SundanceTV and others attending. Plus, Amazon Studios exec Scott Foundas served on one of the film juries. The TV execs have their eyes on finished series like Argentina’s “Chromo,” series in the works such as Canada’s “Merciful” as well as feature films for digital platforms.
With filmmakers also on the west coast for the AFI Festival last week, »
- Pat Saperstein
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