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Lionsgate Buys Liam Neeson’s ‘The Commuter,’ Ewan McGregor’s ‘Our Kind of Traitor’

6 November 2015 9:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is buying U.S. rights for a pair of suspense films from StudioCanal — Liam Neeson’s upcoming “The Commuter,” and the completed “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts.

The deals were closed Friday at the American Film Market.

The Commuter,” which will be shot in New York in the spring, centers on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home. The movie is being produced by The Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman with StudioCanal.

No director is attached to “The Commuter,” which has a script written by Hossein Amini, Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi.

“Our Kind of Traitor,” which was filmed last year by Susanna White,  is based on the John le Carre novel of the same name. The story centers on a couple who are on vacation in Morocco and run afoul of a Russian oligarch, »

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McMafia: BBC One Greenlights Crime Thriller

22 October 2015 5:11 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

BBC One has given the green light to McMafia, a drama series inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 bestselling book of the same name. Per BBC One, "McMafia is hard hitting look at global crime and its far reaching influence." McMafia is created and written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (Snow White And The Huntsman) and James Watkins (The Woman in Black), and is produced by Cuba Pictures for BBC One.

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Crime thriller McMafia from the writer of Drive is coming to BBC One

21 October 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

BBC One have announced crime thriller McMafia, based on Misha Glenny's book of the same name.

From Drive writer Hossein Amini and Woman in Black director James Watkins, the series covers organised crime from the perspective of one family.

The hard-hitting look at global crime follows one Russian family living in exile in London.

"I have always been a fan of mob sagas, but Misha Glenny's McMafia is the first book I've read that captures the complexity and global reach of organised crime in the 21st century," said Amini.

"The lines between gangsters, bankers, politicians and spies have been blurred, and the whole world has become a battlefield in this global gang war. I am thrilled to be working with such terrific writers on a series that I hope will be epic, authentic and also intimate in the best traditions of the genre."

Watkins added: "The annual turnover of transnational »

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BBC Commissions Organizes Crime Tale ‘McMafia’

21 October 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — U.K. broadcaster BBC has commissioned drama series “McMafia,” which focuses on the international world of organized crime. The story, which is centered around a Russian family living in exile in London, is inspired by Misha Glenny’s 2008 book “McMafia.”

The series was created and is written by screenwriter and film director Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “The Wings of the Dove,” “Snow White and the Huntsman”) and James Watkins (“The Woman in Black,” “Eden Lake,” “Bastille Day”), and is produced by Nick Marston’s Cuba Pictures. The writing team led by Amini and Watkins includes David Farr, Peter Harness and Laurence Coriat.

Glenny said: “I am a huge fan of ‘The Godfather,’ ‘The Sopranos’ and, more recently, ‘Narcos.’ Hoss and James’s brilliant reworking of ‘McMafia’ takes this tradition onto a global canvas by revealing the immense possibilities open to an ambitious Russian crime family in an interconnected world.”

Amini said: “The lines between gangsters, »

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BBC's McMafia drama to focus on global organised crime

20 October 2015 10:30 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Producers of globe-hopping series created by Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini from Misha Glenny’s book hope it will have international appeal

BBC1 will look to rival The Godfather and The Sopranos with a globe-hopping drama set in the world of organised crime inspired by the best-selling book McMafia.

Made by the producers of Film4’s acclaimed Boy A and BBC1’s recent Sunday night drama, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, McMafia will tell the story of the near £1bn “global gang war” through the eyes of a Russian family living in exile in London.

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BBC Greenlights Event TV Series ‘McMafia’ From Hossein Amini & James Watkins

20 October 2015 4:06 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: BBC One has given a green light to McMafia, an epic drama event series set in the international world of organized crime, from writer-director Hossein Amini (Drive) and director James Watkins (The Woman In Black). Inspired by the 2008 bestseller by Misha Glenny, McMafia promises to be a hard-hitting look at global crime and its far-reaching influence. Amini and Watkins have chosen to center in on one Russian family living in exile in London as the starting… »

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Film Review: ‘Shanghai’

29 September 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps the best that can be said for Mikael Hafstrom’s “Shanghai” is that in spite the five years it sat on the shelf before puttering into U.S. theaters this weekend, it’s far from the type of hide-the-children disaster that its release strategy would seem to suggest. The bad news: It’s nonetheless not that hard to imagine why the Weinstein Co. was in no particular hurry to get it out. Despite boasting a lush period setting and plenty of recognizable stars from five different major territories, this derivative, ploddingly plotted WWII-set thriller goes through all the motions of an old-school wartime spy pic with plenty of technical competence but zero panache, the filmic equivalent of a bar band working through one last Skynyrd cover just before last call. Released in most Asian markets back in 2010, the film seems highly unlikely to add much to its tally in belated Stateside release. »

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John Cusack and Gong Li’s ‘Shanghai’ Pushed Back to October

20 August 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Co. has moved the U.S. release of period thriller “Shanghai” back six weeks to Oct. 2 — more than five years after it played in China.

Last month, “Shanghai,” starring John Cusack and Gong Li, had been set to open on Aug. 21; on Thursday, TWC announced the October launch and said the film will open in limited release.

The film, TWC’s first Asian production, was set to be shot in Shanghai in 2008, but Chinese authorities revoked the permits for political reasons. The production then relocated to Bangkok, Thailand, and the U.K., and the finished film premiered in Beijing in June 2010.

Shanghai” is directed by Mikael Hafstrom from Hossein Amini’s script and stars Cusack as a U.S. intelligence officer trying to find out who killed his friend, portrayed by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, in the months before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He’s then drawn into a web of mystery, »

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Mister Fincher and Monsieur Dreyer

27 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"The enjoyment of a work of art, the acceptance of an irresistible illusion, constituting, to my sense, our highest experience of "luxury," the luxury is not greatest, by my consequent measure, when the work asks for as little attention as possible. It is greatest, it is delightfully, divinely great, when we feel the surface, like the thick ice of the skater's pond, bear without cracking the strongest pressure we throw on it. The sound of the crack one may recognise, but never surely to call it a luxury." —Henry James, from The Preface to The Wings of the Dove (1909) "[The critic’s] choice of best salami is a picture backed by studio build-up, agreement amongst his colleagues, a layout in Life mag (which makes it officially reasonable for an American award), and a list of ingredients that anyone’s unsophisticated aunt in Oakland can spot as comprising a distinguished film. This prize picture, »

- Greg Gerke

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News Bits: Rim 2, Alienist, Max, Soul

22 July 2015 8:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Pacific Rim 2

Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim" sequel is reportedly going by either the code name or subtitle of "Maelstrom," and is currently tipped for a start of filming date in November in Toronto. Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day, and Burn Gorman are expected to be back in the movie which picks up a few years after the events of the first. [Source: Bmd]

The Alienist

"The Alienist" author Caleb Carr is joining TNT's television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer. Pilot and series writer Hossein Amini will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen. Gina Gionfriddo, E. Max Frye and John Sayles have also joined the project as writers.

Set in Gilded Age New York, the story follows Dr. Laszlo Kreizler who - with the help of newspaper reporter John Moore and police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt - uses the emerging discipline of psychology to track »

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‘The Alienist’ Author Caleb Carr Boards TNT Series as Consulting Producer (Exclusive)

21 July 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Caleb Carr, who authored “The Alienist,” is joining TNT’s television adaptation of his best-selling novel as a consulting producer, Variety has learned exclusively.

Gina Gionfriddo (“House of Cards, “Law & Order”), E. Max Frye (“Band of Brothers”) and John Sayles (“Bass Reeves”) also join the Paramount Television and Anonymous Content project as writers. The trio, joining pilot and series writer Hossein Amini, will serve as consulting producers on the episodes they pen.

“After twenty years of tough struggle and countless failed attempts, I’m delighted that Paramount Television, Anonymous Content and TNT have decided to join forces and bring ‘The Alienist’ to life in what, based on the material I’ve read, has the potential to be a faithful and exciting TV series,” Carr commented.

Previously announced, “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga will direct the drama. He and Amini will exec produce with Eric Roth. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin »

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"Two Faces Of January", And Neither Is Pretty

14 July 2015 12:58 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

In 2002, Hossein Amini penned the Heath Ledger epic remake The Four Feathers, then passed nine years before reappearing on the scene with screenwriting turns on Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, and 47 Ronin in rapid succession. Riding the wave of success, he switched gears and made his feature directorial debut with The Two Faces of January, starring the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and rising star Oscar Isaac. Borrowing heavily from classic Hitchcockian tropes, the slow-burning thriller endeavors to be a location period film of love, intrigue, and danger in the great tradition of To Catch A Thief.



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Guiding Lights selects 2015 candidates

8 July 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fifteen candidates selected from 250 scheme applicants; previous mentees include Laura Hastings-Smith.

A total of 15 candidates have been selected from 250 applicants to take part in the seventh iteration of UK mentoring scheme Guiding Lights.

This year’s line up includes directing pair James Spinney and Peter Middleton, who have begun production on their feature film Notes on Blindness, as well as Aneil Karia, Emily Greenwood, Mahdi Fleifel, director of A World Not Ours, and Billy Lumby, whose short won the Pears Short Film prize.

Writers include Jennifer Majka, who wrote the screenplay for BAFTA-winning short The Bigger Picture, Matthew Orton, and Hannah Patterson.

Brian Falconer, producer of Oscar-nominated Boogaloo and Graham, made the cut alongside producers Daisy Allsop, Michael Ford, and Chi Thai. 

The final two candidates were exhibitors Sophie Easterbrook, who programmed Farnham Maltings, a creative arts centre in the South East, and Carmen Slijpen, who is developing a new community cinema in East Sussex.

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France’s Studiocanal Opens China Bureau (Exclusive)

18 May 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

France’s Studiocanal has opened a full-time, multi-functional office in Beijing to expand its presence in the fast-moving China market.

That makes it the first major European film group to build a permanent structure in China. It follows the example of the Hollywood majors and a handful of leading independents, such as Im Global, Legendary Pictures and Arclight Films. And it puts it ahead of French rivals Wild Bunch and Europacorp, which is partnering with Shanghai-based Fundamental Films on a slate of productions.

Studiocanal’s Beijing office is headed by Emilie Blezat, a former diplomat who was previously a Paris-based producer at Sciapode with co-producer credits including “Free Fall,” “Mary Queen of Scots” and “Blush.”

Blezat had been a regular visitor to the Chinese capital on Studiocanal’s behalf since September. Just last month, the company received a business license, allowing it to start hiring local staff.

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This week in tv news: ‘Rectify’ season three gets a premiere date

16 May 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.

USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and PredatorsAlice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.

Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »

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TNT Orders The Alienist Adaptation, Young Shakespeare Pilot and More

13 May 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

TNT is venturing into both the Gilded Age and the Elizabethan Era, via two new projects announced Wednesday at its Upfront presentation.

RelatedTNT Sets Summer Dates for Last Ship, Major Crimes, Jennifer Beals Drama, Falling Skies’ Final Run and More

The cabler has made a series commitment to an eight-part adaptation of The Alienist, Caleb Carr’s bestseller that is set in 1896 and follows then-New York City police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt as he attempts to solve gruesome murders.

True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga will direct the series, with Hossein Amini (Drive) penning the episodes.

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‘The Alienist’ Lands Big Bucks Series Order From TNT

13 May 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT has made a hefty series commitment to Paramount TV’s adaptation of Caleb Carr’s novel “The Alienist,” spearheaded by “True Detective’s” Cary Fukunaga and screenwriters Eric Roth and Hossein Amini.

The deal for the project came down on the eve of Turner Broadcasting’s upfront presentation Wednesday morning in New York. New TNT/TBS boss Kevin Reilly has promised to overhaul TNT’s original drama offerings in an effort to bring more provocative and edgy material to the cabler known for its procedural hits.

TNT is said to have made a whopping $5 million-an-episode deal for the eight-part series, a clear signal to the industry that TNT is ready to spend big for glossy properties. The exact number of episodes is still to be determined, TNT said.

“Alienist” is set in late 1800s New York City and revolves around the search for a serial killer by then-police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, »

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This week in tv news: AMC’s ‘Preacher’ adaptation casts its lead

18 April 2015 12:10 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dominic Cooper, who will be taking on the lead role of Jesse Custer in AMC’s Preacher

AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.

We have Jesse Custer! @dominiccoop is gonna save our souls. #Preacher

Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015

This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.


HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »

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The Alienist Heads To Television With Cary Fukunaga At The Helm

15 April 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Success can be a double-edged sword. Delivering the first season of the highly acclaimed TV series True Detective has clearly made director Cary Fukunaga a sought-after commodity – and deservedly so. However, an influx of work opportunities can lead to something of a backlog, with fans chomping at the bit for one project or the other. This makes today’s announcement maddening for those patiently awaiting Fukunaga’s version of Stephen King’s It, since it has the director moving full-steam ahead with a television adaptation of the 1994 novel The Alienist.

The source material was written by author Caleb Carr and is a crime novel set in 1896 in New York City. It follows several prominent figures from that time and place, including Theodore Roosevelt at the point in his career when he was New York City Police Commissioner. Roosevelt oversees a team of homicide investigators who use emerging tactics such as psychological profiling, »

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True Detective's Cary Fukunaga Finds The Alienist

14 April 2015 11:26 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With his award-winning success directing all of True Detective's first season on the books, it’s perhaps not surprising that other TV series have been scrambling to secure Cary Fukunaga’s services. Though films have lured him back away for a while, he’s now attached to call the shots on Paramount Television’s The Alienist.Drive writer Hossein Amini has penned the pilot and intends to write more scripts for the series adapted from Caleb Carr’s novel. Set in late 19th century Gilded Age New York, the story deals with Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, who uses the embryonic science of psychology to help the police and a newspaper reporter track down a serial killer. Familiar territory for Fukunaga, then, albeit melded with the period drama sensibility he’s brought to the likes of Jane Eyre.“The Alienist is a fascinating and distinctive, fast-paced psychological thriller that is wonderfully »

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