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Danny Boyle and producing partner Christian Colson have inked a first-look deal with FX Productions, it was announced Wednesday. Under the new pact, Boyle and Colson will develop TV series and miniseries for FX Networks’ channels FX, Fxx and Fxm through the duo’s Telly Novella Productions banner.
“We are honored to be in business with Danny Boyle and Christian Colson who represent the gold standard in filmmaking,” said Eric Schrier, co-president of original programming for FX Networks and FX Prods. “The demand for award-winning writers, producers and directors has never been greater and to be able to join forces with Danny and Christian is a landmark moment for Fxp.”
Fox Networks chairman Peter Rice said, “I have had the pleasure of knowing Danny and Christian for many years, having worked with them on ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ Without question, they are two of the best and most talented filmmakers in this business. »
- Laura Prudom
Ahead of the 58th BFI London Film Festival, American Express has teamed up with some of Britain’s most influential movie bloggers – including us – to produce a new bank of film trivia celebrating British cinemas rich history.
“There’s so much to celebrate about British film, from iconic locations, multi-award winning production and creative teams to some of the world’s best loved stars,” states Melissa Weber, Vice President Brand and Communications, American Express “People love talking about film and this list should fuel some great discussion, enabling people across the country to get into the spirit of this year’s Film Festival.”
A selection of the facts have been turned into Vine videos to be hosted on Twitter via @AmexUK, using #BritFilmTrivia and will be calling for enthusiasts to trade their favourite facts. Meanwhile, a video has been released with Alex Zane, which you can see below, along with a selection of the trivia… »
- Gary Collinson
Director Ang Lee and writer-producer James Schamus are one of industry's inspiring pairs. Over 22 years, they've worked on nine out of Lee's 12 feature films together, everything from the director's 1992 debut "Pushing Hands" to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" to "Hulk" to the little seen "Taking Woodstock." But the relationship doesn't define them — they're two distinct voices approaching the film business from their personal experiences. Case in point: This week, Ang Lee signed on to helm a biting war drama for Sony while Schamus cut the artistic ambition of screenwriters off at the knees. Deadline reports that Lee is onboard to direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" for Tom Rothman's TriStar Pictures and Film4. Described as "a razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America's war in Iraq," the book follows the title character during a media-friendly "Victory Tour" that takes him to a Dallas Cowboys halftime show. »
- Matt Patches
Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.
“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions and Film4 announced today that the three-time Oscar-winner Ang Lee has chosen an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as his next film, his first since winning the Academy Award for directing the groundbreaking Life of Pi.
The film will be produced by Lee, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell and by Film4, who originally optioned the book. Simon Beaufoy wrote the script. TriStar has been developing the project with Film4 and Ink Factory since opening its doors at the end of last year. Tessa Ross, who oversaw Film and Drama for Film4 until recently being named to run the UK’s National Theatre, was instrumental on behalf of that studio.
Making the movie for TriStar returns Lee to the Sony Pictures umbrella, where he enjoyed great success with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Sense and Sensibility. »
- Michelle McCue
Rothman worked with Lee on “Life of Pi” while heading Fox.
Shooting is expected to start in the spring with Lee directing from Simon Beaufoy’s script. David Beaubaire will oversee for TriStar.
Ben Fountain’s novel “Billy Lynn” focuses on a 19-year-old soldier whose squad survived an Iraq battle and became instant heroes as a result. The squad returns to the U.S. for a congratulatory tour, which ends following a halftime show at a football game in Texas.
Lee also won the best director Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain” and the best foreign language Oscar for “Crouching Tiger, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It is Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi, and he’s reuniting with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman, who continues to put together filmmaker-centric projects at his Sony-based label, ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on that difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide. TriStar is teamed with Film4 on the picture, which will begin production in the spring.
It was expected Lee’s next film would be the Peter Morgan-scripted boxing pic about the Thrilla In Manila bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, shot in 3D at Universal. They are still working on a budget and the visual effects and look of that picture, but clearly Lee was eager to get back behind the camera.
- Mike Fleming Jr
The Taiwan-born filmmaker will direct from Simon Beaufoy’s adapted screenplay of Ben Fountain’s 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
The story tells of a squad of Iraq veterans who embark on a bizarre victory tour in the Us before redeploying.
Filming is set to commence in spring 2015. David Beaubaire will oversee for TriStar.
Lee also earned a best director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Last we knew, Ang Lee's next project will be a 3D boxing movie, but according to The Wrap the Life Of Pi director is being considered by Film4 and The Ink Factory for an adaptation of the Ben Fountain book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and he might end up directing it before the boxing flick. Fountain's novel was adapted by Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and it has been described as "The Catch-22 of the Iraq War." »
- Jesse Giroux
When you win the Academy Award for Best Director, a great deal of anticipation naturally builds around the possibilities for your next choice of film. When Ang Lee received that honour for Brokeback Mountain, he released Lust, Caution two years later. But here we are, almost two years after his win for 2012’s Life Of Pi, and his next directorial project has yet to be officially confirmed. It does seem that he is in talks to take the reins of the upcoming adaptation of the 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, however, and – if it comes to fruition – this could be an incredible follow-up.
Billed as a ‘biting’ satire of the Iraq War, the novel is set in Texas, and centres around a squad of soldiers returning from the conflict for a stage-managed, media-intensive ‘victory tour’ at Texas Stadium. The official synopsis for the novel is »
- Sarah Myles
"Life of Pi" and "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee is the frontrunner to helm "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a film adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed Iraq War novel for Film4 and The Ink Factory.
The dark satire follows a ninteen-year-old Texas-born infantryman and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings them home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they're honored during the team's Thanksgiving halftime show. Then they return to war.
Lee has been working on a 3D boxing film for Universal that will include the famed 'Thrilla in Manila' fight between Frazier and Ali, however that project is said to be on hold for now due to budgetary reasons.
- Garth Franklin
We're coming up on two years since Ang Lee swept away audiences and critics with this 3D adaptation the best-selling "Life Of Pi." He walked away with a Best Director Oscar for his efforts, and has fallen in love with the three-dimensional format, with his next picture supposed to be a 3D take on the Thrilla in Manila, the legendary match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But apparently, that project might be on hold as the budget is worked out, potentially giving Lee time to sneak in a smaller movie first. And thus, The Wrap reports that the filmmaker is the frontrunner to direct the Iraq War satire, "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk." Written by Ben Fountain, the National Book Award Finalist was adapted by Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire," "127 Hours") and apparently has the stuff awards season trophies are made of. Here's a brief Amazon synopsis: A razor-sharp »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. […]
The post Ang Lee May Adapt Iraq War Novel ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Two-time Oscar winner Ang Lee is the frontrunner to direct “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk” based on the critically acclaimed Iraq War novel by Ben Fountain, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Simon Beaufoy, who won an Oscar for writing “Slumdog Millionaire,” adapted the book for Film4 and The Ink Factory, whose Simon Cornwell, Stephen Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas are producing “Billy Lynn.” A representative for Lee had no comment, while The Ink Factory did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Also read: Ang Lee Drops Out of FX's ‘Tyrant’ Pilot Described as the »
- Jeff Sneider
Click Here To Check Set Photos The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik. The novel is the second in a trilogy that has over 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. The Hunger Games »
It follows the news in February that director Danny Boyle and writer Simon Beaufoy met with King in New York to discuss the project; Boyle had previously been seen at the premiere of a documentary on the match, entitled Battle of the Sexes. It isn't clear whether Boyle is still in the running, but Beaufoy will not pen the script, which will be taken on by Steve Conrad, writer of last year's Secret Life of Walter Mitty remake as well as The Pursuit of Happyness and a forthcoming John Belushi biopic.
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- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
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Fox has acquired VFX artist Dan Blank's original sci-fi feature pitch "Invisible". The story is said to be a superhero sci-fi thriller in the vein of "Chronicle", and Doug Simon is attached to pen the script. [Source: Heat Vision]
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Oren Uziel has been hired to pen the crime thriller "Heist" for »
- Garth Franklin
Scott Waugh (Need for Speed) is attached to direct the crime drama. It isn't known if Tom Cruise is still circling in the project, since he currently has a number of other movies in development such as Mission: Impossible 5 and Go Like Hell.
No story details have been given for Heist at this time, which originated with a screenplay from John Hlavin (Underworld Awakening) that was also worked on by Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Scott Rosenberg (Gone in Sixty Seconds). Steven Zaillian is producing alongside Scott Waugh, with Film Rites' Garrett Basch serving as executive producer.
Sam Worthington and Robin Wright will be taking a break away from the worlds of "Avatar" and "House of Cards" soon to join the ensemble cast of Baltasar Kormákur's "Everest," Deadline reports. The Universal Pictures production is based on Jon Krakauer's best-selling book "Into Thin Air" about 1996 Mount Everest disaster, which claimed the lives of eight people attempting to reach the summit in May of that year. It ended up being the single deadliest year in Everest's history as some 15 people died in similar attempts. Principle photography on the picture started in February. Worthington and Wright will star alongside Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Hawkes as members of two different expeditions. Kormákur is coming off of the successful actioner "2 Guns" but "Everest" seems to hold more in common with his 2012 Best Foreign Language Film shortlister "The Deep," which told a different true story of man against the elements. »
- Kristopher Tapley
This drama based on a true story follows a 1996 expedition to the top of Mount Everest, where three separate groups were hit by a sudden storm, which claimed the lives of eight climbers. Part of this story was already told in Jon Krakauer's book Into the Wild, which was adapted into the 2007 feature starring Emile Hirsch. Sam Worthington is playing Guy Cotter, while Robin Wright is playing Peach, the wife of Beck Weathers (Josh Brolin).
Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) is directing from a script by William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Simon Beaufoy (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God). Production is currently under way in Nepal on the base of Mount Everest, »
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