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20 items from 2016


‘Das Boot’ Sequel Greenlit as a $28-Million TV Miniseries

23 June 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The 1981 film “Das Boot” is getting a sequel in the form of an eight-hour miniseries. The German pay-tv platform Sky Deutschland and German production house Bavaria Film are developing a 25-million-euro ($28.3 million) television version based on the popular Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s books “Das Boot” and “Die Festung.”

The drama will be adapted by Tony Saint and Johannes W. Betz, who are treating the show as a sequel to the film and picking up from the last events that were seen in the movie.

The original film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and followed the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Read More: Go Inside The U-96 Submarine In This Fascinating ‘Das Boot’ Documentary Featurette – Watch

“Today, more than ever before, anti-war stories need to be told,” said Christian Franckenstein CEO of Bavaria Film in a statement. “The notions of war and terror are ubiquitous. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Das Boot’ Sequel Greenlit as a $28-Million TV Miniseries

23 June 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 1981 film “Das Boot” is getting a sequel in the form of an eight-hour miniseries. The German pay-tv platform Sky Deutschland and German production house Bavaria Film are developing a 25-million-euro ($28.3 million) television version based on the popular Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s books “Das Boot” and “Die Festung.”

The drama will be adapted by Tony Saint and Johannes W. Betz, who are treating the show as a sequel to the film and picking up from the last events that were seen in the movie.

The original film was directed by Wolfgang Petersen and followed the claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Read More: Go Inside The U-96 Submarine In This Fascinating ‘Das Boot’ Documentary Featurette – Watch

“Today, more than ever before, anti-war stories need to be told,” said Christian Franckenstein CEO of Bavaria Film in a statement. “The notions of war and terror are ubiquitous. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Das Boot’: Sky Deutschland & Bavaria Team On Big-Budget Event Series

23 June 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Sky Deutschland and Bavaria Film are teaming on a $28.5 million TV adaptation of the books Das Boot and Die Festung from Lothar-Günther Buchheim, which also provided the basis for Wolfgang Petersen’s classic 1980s U-boat drama. The eight-part TV series will serve as a sequel of sorts to the film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director. The film also launched the international career of actor Jurgen Prochnow. The TV series will follow on from… »

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‘Das Boot’: Sky Deutschland & Bavaria Team On Big-Budget Event Series

23 June 2016 7:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sky Deutschland and Bavaria Film are teaming on a $28.5 million TV adaptation of the books Das Boot and Die Festung from Lothar-Günther Buchheim, which also provided the basis for Wolfgang Petersen’s classic 1980s U-boat drama. The eight-part TV series will serve as a sequel of sorts to the film, which was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Director. The film also launched the international career of actor Jurgen Prochnow. The TV series will follow on from… »

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Bavaria, Sky team for $28m 'Das Boot' TV series

23 June 2016 5:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The $28.5m eight-part series will serve as a sequel to the 1981 hit film.

Bavaria Film and Sky Deutschland are developing an international high-end TV series based on the books Das Boot and Die Festungfrom Lothar-Günther Buchheim.

The $28.5m (€25m) Das Boot – The Series, which will have an international cast, is conceived as a sequel to Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 hit film (which also counted Bavaria as a producer).

It will pick up from events at the end of the film. The crew of the U 96 returns to La Rochelle in 1942 and is exposed to a severe air raid on the submarine harbour. A portion of the crew is killed.

The series focuses primarily on the German perspective of the brutal submarine warfare that takes place from 1942 onward. The point of view expands to also include the French Resistance and the Allied Forces on both land and sea.

The 8 x 60’ series is expected to begin airing internationally in 2018 across »

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Blu-ray Review – Enemy Mine (1985)

20 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Enemy Mine, 1985.

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Starring Dennis Quaid, Louis Gosset Jr., Richard Marcus, Carolyn McCormick and Brion James.

Synopsis:

The future. Humanity fight for distant star systems against an alien race called the Drac. When human pilot Davidge crash-lands on a hostile, barren alien world, he must forge an unlikely alliance with Jeriba, a Drac pilot who crashed nearby, in order to survive…

You may not have heard of Enemy Mine, despite the involvement of a fair few luminaries in various departments. That’s because it sank like a stone in the winter of 1985 at the box office, following a misjudged marketing campaign, production difficulties that saw Wolfgang Petersen replace original director Richard Loncraine and start again, even after millions had been spent on shooting, and no doubt the simple fact it was lacking some major tentpole stars in an age where movies were opened by the men (usually »

- Tony Black

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Win Enemy Mine on Blu-ray

13 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of Enemy Mine on 20th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. From director Wolfgang Petersen (Troy, The Never Ending Story) comes a tale of two enemies thrown together in a hostile world where to survive they must become allies. A soldier from Earth crash-lands on an […]

The post Win Enemy Mine on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Competitions

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Mfr Explores The Dceu's Road To Ruin: Column #2

13 May 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Concept Art for "Superman: Flyby"

Welcome back to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This entry will look at what into relaunching the Batman and Superman franchises, and more. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today. 

Last week, we left off in 1997. Batman And Robin came out and was a huge black eye for Warner Bros., effectively turning what was a once promising franchise into a punchline. It was the fourth installment of that series, and it killed Batman almost as definitively as the fourth Superman film had grounded the Man of Steel exactly 10 years earlier. 

But before we can look at how Warner Bros. planned to rebound its DC properties post-1997, we have to »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Entertainment Education 2016: The Best Showbiz Programs

27 April 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

From bustling New York to sleepy Pasadena, these schools earn high marks when it comes to training the film, TV and media icons of tomorrow.

American Film Institute

Los Angeles

AFI’s two-year conservatory program prioritizes structure and extensive production experience, which leads to a massive total of 120 completed

short narratives each year. The school also offers a workshop for aspiring female directors, which launches with a three-week course to equip participants with the knowledge to create a short film or web/streaming service series.

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena

Boasting an acclaimed list of alumni that includes filmmakers Zack Snyder and Michael Bay, the Southern California private college provides its undergraduate and graduate film students with top-of-the-line equipment, an immersive curriculum and industry-relevant relationships to guide their professional development.

Boston University

Dept. of Film & Television, College of Communication

Boston

On the heels of establishing a one-year Mfa program »

- Variety Staff

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Watch: Honest Trailer Highlights The Wall To Wall Boredom Of 'Superman Returns'

19 April 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before "Man Of Steel" relaunched the Superman franchise for Warner Bros., the studio had been spent decades working hard figuring out which approach was best in reviving the character. As detailed in our feature 4 Superman Movies That Never Took Flight, projects by Tim Burton, McG, Wolfgang Petersen and George Miller were all considered before the keys were given to Bryan Singer. The result was "Superman Returns," and there's a reason it's not fondly remembered. Read More: Bryan Singer Says 'Superman Returns' Was Made For "More Of A Female Audience," Sequel Would've Featured Darkseid   Screen Junkies dumps some kryptonite on the movie, which they rightfully call a blend of homage, sequel remake and reboot. Brandon Routh suits up in the spandex but is not particularly memorable in a movie that is fairly dull and dry. But at the very least, the Superman in this film seems to want to rescue people. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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A Batman V Superman Co-Writer Once Dismissed The Idea, But Was He Right?

31 March 2016 6:45 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

One of the reasons that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had one of the biggest opening weekends in history is because it’s a setup that fans have wanted to see for years. However, at the studio level, interest has not always been high. Back in 2005, the project was very nearly made, but eventually scrapped, in favor of Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins. At the time, writer David S. Goyer said that Batman vs Superman was a story to do when you run out of ideas. So what does it mean that he co-wrote Batman v Superman now? The answer may be complicated. A decade ago Wolfgang Petersen very nearly directed a Batman vs Superman movie based on a script by Se7en’s Andrew Kevin Walker but eventually, Warner Bros. decided they weren’t ready to combine these two major franchises into a single »

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‘Castle’ Creator, Exec Producer Team on ‘Take Two’ with Tandem

29 March 2016 9:17 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Tandem Prods. will produce witty crime procedural “Take Two” in partnership with Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W. Marlowe, best known for hit series “Castle.” Marlowe and Miller will exec produce under their MilMar Pictures banner, along with Tandem chief exec Rola Bauer. Studiocanal is handling worldwide distribution.

Marlowe is the creator of ABC Television series “Castle,” serving as its executive producer and showrunner for the first seven seasons. Miller served as a writer and executive producer on the show for seven seasons.

Marlowe’s film credits include the action blockbuster “Air Force One,” starring Harrison Ford and directed by Wolfgang Petersen; the Arnold Schwarzenegger millennial thriller “End of Days”; and the sci-fi thriller “Hollow Man,” directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Kevin Bacon and Elisabeth Shue.

Miller’s credits include Sundance favorite “Dysenchanted,” and she has developed feature and television projects with DreamWorks, Disney and ABC, including “Whit & Wisdom, »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Superman Films That Were Never Made

20 March 2016 6:38 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at Superman movies that were planned but never shot…

When the Christopher Reeve fronted Superman films came to a juddering halt in 1987 it would be almost twenty years before Clark Kent made another appearance on the big screen.

To be fair, between Superman IV: The Quest For Peace and 2006’s under appreciated Superman Returns, Superman was rarely off the small screen, featuring in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman from 1993 to 1997 and in Smallville from 2001-2010 (proving that Gotham wasn’t the first attempt to show the origins of a DC superhero on TV). However, its near ubiquity on television didn’t stop several attempts to return it to the big screen.

Producer Jon Peters (who had produced Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman film) spent the mid nineties attempting to bring Superman back. Originally titled Superman Reborn, Kevin Smith (such a comic book fan »

- Neil Calloway

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Enemy Mine

13 March 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Wolfgang Petersen’s 1985 science fiction film was initially given a cool reception by critics and crowds alike but found a perennial home on cable thereby cementing its place in the minds of a generation raised on HBO. Echoing Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune’s grudging relationship in 1968’s Hell in the Pacific, Dennis Quaid and Lou Gossett respectively play an earthling and an alien forced into a friendship on a very unfriendly planet. 

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- TFH Team

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The Batman Films That Were Never Made

13 March 2016 4:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway looks at Batman movies that were planned but never shot…

If you are over 30, by the end of this month you will have seen five actors play Batman on the big screen. That might seem like a lot, but it’s entirely possible that there could have been even more Batman movies down the years.

It appears like there has never been a time when a Batman film was not in some stage of development hell. After the 60s TV series spawned a film, the next attempt to get Batman on the big screen was Batman in Outer Space in the late 70s, probably designed to cash in on the success of Star Wars (similarly, the producers of James Bond made Moonraker instead of For Your Eyes Only in 1979 to ride on the coat tails of Han and Luke).

Before Tim Burton revived the series in 1989, various writers, »

- Neil Calloway

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Amazon Prime Boards First German Movie ‘Bullyparade’

10 March 2016 8:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — Amazon has acquired Warner Bros.’ upcoming comedy feature “Bullyparade — Der Film” from German multihyphenate funnyman Michael Bully Herbig.

Based on Herbig’s cult TV comedy show that ran on German TV broadcaster ProSieben from 2001 to 2002, the pic will premiere on the premium Amazon Prime subscription VOD service six months after its theatrical run, Amazon said Thursday.

Following his hit TV show, Herbig went on to make German cinematic history with such megahits as 2001’s comedy-western “Der Schuh des Manitu” and 2004’s “(T)Raumschiff Surprise — Periode 1” — two of the highest-earning German films of all time.

Herbig’s “Bullyparade” co-stars Rick Kavanian and Christian Tramitz will also return for the big-screen treatment. Herbig will direct from a script he co-wrote with Kavanian, Tramitz and Alfons Biedermann. His herbX film is co-producing with Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, with principal photography set to begin this month.

“We’re thrilled that it’s starting again, »

- Ed Meza

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Berlinale ’16: Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus receives lifetime achievement award

18 February 2016 6:38 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Michael Ballhaus, Berlin 2016. Image The Hollywood News/ Heathside Media

Here at Berlinale, a host of Martin Scorsese films have been showing at various venue across the city. The likes of Gangs Of New York, The Departed, The Age Of Innocence, and Goodfellas have screened to German and international film fans for a very specific reason. One thing ties all of these films together, and it isn’t just Martin Scorsese. Michael Ballhaus, the Berlin-bord cinematographer shot all of them, and this year at the 66th International Berlin Film Festival, he receives the honorary Golden Bear to make his fifty-plus year career behind the camera.

Ballhaus actually had his first meeting with Scorsese here in the city. Speaking to the news agency dpa, about his receiving of the special Golden Bear at Berlinale,  Ballhaus said; “I’m especially happy about this award.”

“I’ve seen many wonderful films here. 1980 was my »

- Paul Heath

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Berlin: Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus Talks About Working with Martin Scorsese

14 February 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus has had a major impact on German and U.S cinema, working with such acclaimed filmmakers as Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Volker Schloendorff, Francis Ford Coppola, Wolfgang Petersen and Robert Redford. After helping to define the look of New German Cinema, Ballhaus moved Stateside, where he began his longtime collaboration with Scorsese, which included such films as “The Color of Money,” “Goodfellas,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Departed.” In 2014, Ballhaus released his autobiography, “Bilder im Kopf,” in which he discusses the gradual loss of his vision due to glaucoma. The 66th Berlinale is honoring Ballhaus with an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, he is the subject of the festival’s Homage.

How did your long collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder prepare you for your career in the U.S.?

It helped a lot because he was not an easy director. He was very »

- Ed Meza

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No Fear: The Year’S Best Movies

9 January 2016 12:46 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

This is definitely the time of year when film critic types (I’m sure you know who I mean) spend an inordinate amount of time leading up to awards season—and it all leads up to awards season, don’t it?—compiling lists and trying to convince anyone who will listen that it was a shitty year at the movies for anyone who liked something other than what they saw and liked. And ‘tis the season, or at least ‘thas (?) been in the recent past, for that most beloved of academic parlor games, bemoaning the death of cinema, which, if the sackcloth-and-ashes-clad among us are to be believed, is an increasingly detached and irrelevant art form in the process of being smothered under the wet, steaming blanket of American blockbuster-it is. And it’s going all malnourished from the siphoning off of all the talent back to TV, which, as everyone knows, »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: Picks 200-101

4 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s become a great breaking in the new year traditional here at Ioncinema.com. We begin our countdown to the our most anticipated foreign films (anything outside the U.S.) with our own Nicholas Bell curating the best bets for 2016. Here are the titles and filmmakers that didn’t make our final Top 100 cut, but are nonetheless “radar” worthy.

101. El Rey del Once – Daniel Burman

102. The Dancer – Stephanie Di Giusto

103. Le CancrePaul Vecchiali

104. While the Women are Sleeping – Wayne Wang

105. TomorrowMartha Pinson

106. Spring Again – Gael Morel

107. CrowhurstSimon Rumley

108. Le Garcon – Philippe Lioret *

109. Marie and the Misfits – Sebastien Betbeder

110. Le Caravage – Alain Chevalier

111. Night Song – Raphael Nadjari

112. Réparer les vivants – Katell Quillevere *

113. Project LazarusMateo Gil

114. Afterimages – Andrzej Wajda

115. Don’t Knock Twice – Caradog James

116. DetourChristopher Smith

117. The Bride of Rip Van Winkle – Shunji Iwai

118. Three on the Road – Johnnie To

119. Le Vin et le Vent »

- Eric Lavallee

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