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Olive Films Announce August Bluray Titles
Independent U.S. distributors Olive Films have announced that they will add a number of new titles to their catalog in August. Amongst them are: Keith Gordon’s The Singing Detective, Mickey Rose’s Student Bodies, Guy Ferland’s The Babysitter, and Roger Christian’s The Sender. The Singing Detective The Singing Detective boasts a line-up of top rank talent ...
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Made entirely with CG, Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn will premiere at Walker Stalker Fan Fest in July. Also in this round-up: release details for Wave 7 of Funko's Comic-Con 2015 exclusive figures and The Sender and Student Bodies Blu-rays.
Night of the Living Dead: Darkest Dawn: "Night Of The Living Dead: Darkest Dawn is a new fully CG take on the 1968 classic, “Night of the Living Dead.” This is the story of a group of survivors fighting to stay alive when a mysterious plague unleashes the undead on New York City. Barricaded in an abandoned apartment building, the characters from the original film face new terror and question each other’s compassion and sense of humanity as they fight to stay alive against the army of the walking dead...It was directed by Krisztian Majdik, Zebediah Y. Desoto, and written by David Schwartz, Zebediah Y. De Soto, Jib Polhemus, »
- Tamika Jones
The Important News James Wan is officially directing Aquaman. Han Solo may also feature in the Boba Fett Star Wars movie. More young actors are up for the role of Spider-Man. And more directors are up for the Spider-Man gig, too. The Rock will star in a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. He also had his best opening ever with San Andreas. Sister Act is also being remade. Part of Fantasia is also being remade, as a live-action feature. Tron 3 is not happening. Jason Statham may star in a Layer Cake sequel. And he may play Bullseye in the Daredevil series. Roger Christian's Black Angel short is being turned into a feature. Clint Eastwood will direct a movie about Captain...
- Christopher Campbell
Back in 1980 during its original theatrical run, The Empire Strikes Back was accompanied by a short film from Oscar-winning art director Roger Christian (Star Wars) entitled Black Angel, which was thought lost until it was discovered gathering dust in Universal’s archive in 2013.
“It’s my passion project, has been for 35-36 years,” Christian tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I guess ‘patience is a virtue’ is a true saying. I can make a huge epic film with that [budget]. I’m going down and dirty, I want the audience to smell the blood and the sweat and the tears. I’ll be doing fights in mud and rain.”
Black Angel is set for an eight-week shoot in Scotland, and will centre »
- Gary Collinson
Another Star Wars spin-off? Not so fast.
While Disney plans to push the sci-fi franchise down our throats for the rest of our lives, it seems like an Indiegogo campaign will bring back a short that was attached to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in the 1980s. Titled Black Angel, the project is looking to get funded and is referred to as Game of Thrones meets Valhalla Rising.
While not related to Star Wars in any way, the project was a short film that played before Empire Strikes Back when it came to Europe and Australia in 1980.
It is still looking to get funded, with the campaign starting today, but it already has two big name cast members. Lord of the Rings and Indiana Jones star John Rhys-Davies and Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer are set to play King Aeolus and High Priest Sirdar.
According to Variety, the film »
- Zach Dennis
Update 6/2/15: Black Angel director Roger Christian has revealed he's making a feature length version of the movie. They are raising some funds on IndieGoGo, but apparently it's just the last little bit of funding needed and the movie is otherwise ready to go. So if you are interested in seeing the feature gets made, head here for more information. When Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters in 1980 a very special short film played in front of it in select theaters around the world. This wasn't just a fleeting five minute cartoon or anything like that, either. Black Angel was a robust, lushly photographed 25-minute film commissioned by George Lucas himself with the express purpose of showing audiences something they normally wouldn't...
- Peter Hall
Hardcore "Star Wars" fans are well aware of the legend of "Black Angel," the short film that screened overseas before "The Empire Strikes Back" in 1980 and disappeared for more than three decades. Just last month, many of those fans were able to see the lost film for the first time when director Roger Christian, the original "Star Wars" art director, uploaded a restored version to YouTube. Read More: 10 Commandments for Promoting Your Film Campaign on Social Media Originally commissioned by George Lucas, "Black Angel," which some consider to be a crucial part of the "Star Wars" legacy, will be made into a feature film starring John Rhys-Davies ("The Lord of the Rings") and Rutger Hauer ("Blade Runner"). Production is slated for September 2015, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland. The film will be directed and written by Christian »
- Paula Bernstein
A long time ago – well, 35 years – in a place not quite so far away, an art director named Roger Christian, who had won an Oscar for his work on Star Wars, was asked by that film’s director, George Lucas, to make a short film to accompany The Empire Strikes Back. The result, Black Angel had a short life in cinemas and was presumed lost until recently, but now Christian is turning it into a full-length feature with genre stalwarts Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies, at the head of the cast.Despite the short lingering in limbo until it was discovered in Universal’s extensive archives in 2013, it has been something of a cult sensation, and is cited as an influence on other films including John Boorman’s Excalibur.Christian, who in the intervening years became a director on the likes of Nostradamus, Masterminds and (whisper it) Battlefield Earth, is »
It’s been an awful long time since Roger Christian’s fantasy short Black Angel debuted alongside Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back – 35 years, in fact – but now the filmmaker is turning to crowdfunding website Indiegogo to transform his dormant dream into a reality.
Interest in the so-called “lost” feature was piqued a fortnight ago when the 25-minute short reared its head on YouTube. A time capsule in every sense of the word, the recovered Black Angel soon went viral as fans and newcomers where once again whisked away to the rolling hills of Scotland. In 1980, the medieval film was shot on a budget of £25,000; now, Christian is hoping for a $15 million allowance to spin out his passion project into a fully-fledged feature.
- Michael Briers
All copies of the cult 25-minute film went missing after airing in cinemas in 1980, until a Universal Studios archivist found a negative in 2011.
Roger Christian, who wrote and directed the original 25-minute fantasy short, will return to helm the project, while John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) and Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) will star.
Christian is encouraging fans to be a part of the film by crowdfunding the project, which has a fundraising target of £66,000. Contributing will allow individuals the opportunity of perks such as an invite to the premiere, an opportunity to be part of the film or an all-expenses-paid mentorship with the audio department.
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- Christopher Campbell
As Star Wars prepares to mount a big-screen comeback, so does Black Angel, the “lost” short that debuted in front of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. A Black Angel feature film is now in the works, with Roger Christian back to write and direct and Rutger Hauer and John Rhys-Davies set to star. […]
- Angie Han
The short film Black Angel screened with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, but then the original negatives were lost so it was never included on any VHS or DVD release. However, not only were those negatives found and put on iTunes, but now Black Angel is also getting the feature treatment. According to THR, Roger Christian is returning to write and direct Black Angel: The Feature Film. Here’s what he had to say about the long wait to turn his short into a feature: “It’s my passion project, has been for 35-36 years. I guess ‘patience is a virtue’ is a true saying.” [caption id="attachment_466823" align="alignright" width="320"] Image via Black Angel Indiegogo Campaign[/caption] George Lucas commissioned the 25-minute short about a warrior who must face an evil force called the Black Angel in order to save a young maiden. I can’t say the film is a particularly riveting piece of cinema, »
- Perri Nemiroff
A short film shown before screenings of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, is to be adapted into a new feature film starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and John Rhys-Davis (Lord of the Rings).
Black Angel: The Feature Film has partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch a 45-day campaign aimed at raising $100,000 (£66,000) which goes live from today http://igg.me/at/blackangel.
Production is slated for September 2015, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland.
Carnaby International will handle worldwide sales and distribution on the film, which is a co-production between Belgium, Hungary, Canada and UK.
Rewards in the crowdfunding »
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A 45-day campaign has begun on crowdfunding platform Indiegogo in the hopes of getting together some supplemental financing for "Black Angel: The Feature Film". Roger Christian, who penned and directed the original short, will return in those capacities here.
A Belgium, Hungary, Canada and U.K. co-production, the film aims to be shot in an "earthy and authentic style combining high adventure with high drama". Production is slated for September in Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland.
The story follows a knight who undertakes a classic hero’s journey to fight the Black Angel, the Demon Kings commander in the lands of Serandal. Guided by a sorcerer and the daughter of a rival king, they take on an epic adventure. »
- Garth Franklin
A feature-length version is to be produced of “Black Angel,” a short film that George Lucas commissioned to accompany screenings of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” in 1980. Among the cast of the new pic are John Rhys-Davies, who played the dwarf Gimli in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, and Dutch thesp Rutger Hauer, who starred in “Blade Runner,” “Batman Begins” and “Sin City.”
“Black Angel: The Feature Film” has partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to launch a 45-day campaign, which goes live from today. The film will be shot in “an earthy and authentic style combining high adventure with high drama hot on the heels of fantasy icons ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hunger Games,’” according to promotional material accompanying the campaign. Production is slated for September, with filming locations to include Hungary, Belgium, Morocco and Scotland. Carnaby Intl. will handle worldwide sales.
The film will »
- Leo Barraclough
Thirty-five years after it screened alongside Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, fantasy short Black Angel is getting the feature-length treatment. Roger Christian (Nostradamus, Battlefield Earth), who won an Oscar for his set decoration work on the first Star Wars (where he, among other achievements, helped design the first-ever lightsaber), is returning to write and direct the adaptation of his first-ever effort as a director. “It’s my passion project, has been for 35-36 years,” Christian tells The Hollywood Reporter. “I guess ‘patience is a virtue’ is a true saying.” Originally commissioned
- Alex Ritman
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"Accompanied by an exclusive introduction from the director Roger Christian, the incredible fantasy short returns," reads the YouTube description.
"He read my story and commissioned it on the spot. So with a grant of £25,000 I headed to Scotland »
Back in 1980, during the original theatrical release of "The Empire Strikes Back," several hundred UK cinemas screened a short film in front of theatrical showings of that movie.
The 25 minute short was a fantasy tale directed by Roger Christian and entitled "Black Angel". Thought lost for decades, there came word in 2011 that a copy of the film had been found and would be getting a painstaking frame-by-frame restoration followed by a digital release online sometime in the future.
That future is now with the entire short film going up online on Youtube today and including an introduction from Christian himself. Christian also says further news regarding the film will arrive on June 2nd and will be announced on the film’s social media channels.
- Garth Franklin
A week from tomorrow marks the 35th anniversary of not only “Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back,” but also of the much-discussed and long-lost short film “Black Angel,” which screened in front of the blockbuster back in 1980. After spending some time on iTunes, the short has finally arrived in full for free on YouTube until the end of the month. Two years ago, director Roger Christian revealed that an original negative of his influential short (John Boorman is said to have screened the short for the cast & crew of “Excalibur”) had been located, which allowed for a full restoration. After playing festivals in 2013, the restored film hit iTunes sometime last year and Christian has seen fit to post his film along with an introduction online. Beautiful, haunting, and with a running time just shy of half an hour, the short follows a newly-returned warrior who seeks revenge and justice »
- Cain Rodriguez
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