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Italian actor Franco Nero wants to reprise his role as the coffin-dragging gunfighter made famous in Sergio Corbucci's original 1966 spaghetti Western, Django. Django Lives! will be directed by Pandorum's Christian Alvart from a screenplay by legendary writer/director John Sayles (Lone Star, Battle Beyond the Stars). Myriad Pictures will handle international sales and present the project at Cannes next week, reports Screen Daily Django Lives! will catch up with the titular character in California in 1914, where he will encounter white supremacists. "Having Christian direct Sayles's powerful screenplay is a dream come true," said Nero. "Even Christian's third son is named Django. It was meant to be." Syrreal Entertainment's Sigi Kamml, Josef Brandmaier and Alvart will produce the film alongside Fast Draw Films' Carolyn Pfeiffer, Louis...
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Myriad will handle international sales and introduce the project to buyers in Cannes next week.
Django Lives! will star Nero as a drifter in California in 1914 who encounters White Supremacists.
“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this great project that will update us on one of the greatest archetype characters of movie history,” Alvart said.
“Having Christian direct Sayles’s powerful screenplay is a dream come true,” Nero, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western Django Unchained, said. “Even Christian’s third son is named Django. It was meant to be.”
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Netflix has commissioned sci-fi drama “Osmosis” as its second original French-language series, continuing its investment in European content.
Erik Barmack, vice president of International Originals at Netflix, said the show would be one of “at least six new European original series to be announced before the end of 2017,” promising additional French content to come.
Set in Paris in the near future, the eight-part drama sees a new dating app called “Osmosis” developed that can decode true love, digging deep into its users’ brain data to find a perfect match with 100% accuracy. But is there a price to pay when letting an algorithm decide whom you will love, using technology that can access the innermost recesses of your mind and your best-kept secrets?
“By giving us the opportunity to work on the production of ‘Osmosis,’ Netflix offers us the tremendous opportunity to explore a rare genre in France – grounded sci-fi, which focuses on this universal question: Does perfect »
- Robert Mitchell
Netflix has greenlit its second German original series, Dogs of Berlin, the company announced on Friday. The 10-episode series, created by Christian Alvart, will launch in 2018 to subscribers. Later this year, Netflix is airing German-language supernatural family series Dark. Dogs of Berlin tells the story of two contrasting Berlin police detectives who become a team against their will and are forced into a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld that confronts them… »
Netflix has commissioned its second German production with “Dogs of Berlin,” created by writer-director Christian Alvart. The 10-part show will see Alvart serve as showrunner as well as writing, directing and producing all episodes through his Berlin-based production company Syrreal Entertainment.
Described by Netflix as an edgy modern crime drama, “Dogs of Berlin” sees two contrasting police detectives forced to team-up against their will. Finding themselves caught up in a territorial battle with the Berlin underworld, which makes them confront their own corruption and weaknesses, the pair must decide which side of the law they are really on. Syrreal CEO Siegfried Kamml will also produce.
“To develop a 10-episode show that combines innovative storytelling with complex and unique characters is incredibly exciting for me as an author and director,” Alvart said of his biggest project to date. “I wanted to tell the story of these ‘Dogs’ for quite some time and am very much looking forward to »
- Robert Mitchell
The series follows a pair of German cops — one from East Berlin, the other an ethnic Turk — as they investigate drug cartels, the gambling mafia and neo-Nazi terror groups that rule Berlin's criminal underground.
“Dogs of Berlin tells a gripping, modern German story that dives into the Berlin underground,” said Erik Barmack, vp international originals at Netflix. "Christian Alvart is an excellent storyteller and has proven his talent for the staging »
- Scott Roxborough
No one will hear you scream on Saturday nights this February as Horror Channel launches a Sci-Fear Season with four ultimate science-fiction shockers, including the UK TV premiere of William Eubank’s The Signal starring Laurence Fishburne.
There are also network premieres for Christian Alvart’s Lovecraftian survival thriller Pandorum, starring Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, and John Bruno’s visually stunning chiller (and underrated classic) Virus, based on the comic book by Chuck Pfarrer, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sutherland. Plus there’s another showing of eXistenZ, David Cronenberg’s enigmatic body horror, starring Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Willem Dafoe and Ian Holm.
The Sci-Fear Season runs from Sat 4th Feb to 25th Feb at 9pm.
- Phil Wheat
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