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Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Buys Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Loro,’ The Orchard Picks Up ‘Thumper’ and More

9 June 2017 7:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to Jordan Ross’s directorial debut “Thumper,” starring “Orange is the New Black’s” Pablo Schreiber. The gritty crime thriller debuted at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival and was written and directed by Ross. The movie also stars Eliza Taylor, Lena Headey, Ben Feldman, Grant Harvey and Daniel Webber. Set in a town of low-income and fractured families, “Thumper” is centered around a group of teens that are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives into town hiding a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Mubi Buys Philippe Garrel’s ‘Lover for a Day,’ FilmRise »

- Graham Winfrey

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Paolo Sorrentino's Silvio Berlusconi project lands at Focus

5 June 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pathé to sell Italian-language Loro outside Italy.

Focus Features has acquired Italian rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro (Them) starring Toni Servillo (pictured) as Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial and larger-than-life former prime minister, Mediaset founder and former AC Milan owner.

Universal Pictures Italy will distribute the feature and Indigo Films anticipates a summer start. Pathé is co-producing Loro and will handle sales outside Italy.

Sorrentino, who served on this year’s Cannes competition jury and whose English-language HBO show The Young Pope starring Jude Law is expected to be an Emmys contender, will direct Loro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello.

It is understood the project will centre on Berlusconi and his entourage. Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori serve as producers.

Servillo starred in Sorrentino’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Great Beauty and Il Divo, in which he portrayed another Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti.

“Given Focus’ commitment to collaborating with global filmmakers »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Paolo Sorrentino's Silvio Berlusconi project lands at Focus Features

5 June 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pathé to sell Italian-language Loro outside Italy.

Focus Features has acquired Italian rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro (Them) starring Toni Servillo (pictured) as Silvio Berlusconi, the controversial and larger-than-life former prime minister, Mediaset founder and former AC Milan owner.

Universal Pictures Italy will distribute the feature and Indigo Films anticipates a summer start. Pathé is co-producing Loro and will handle sales outside Italy.

Sorrentino, who served on this year’s Cannes competition jury and whose English-language HBO show The Young Pope starring Jude Law is expected to be an Emmys contender, will direct Loro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Umberto Contarello.

It is understood the project will centre on Berlusconi and his entourage. Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, and Carlotta Calori serve as producers.

Servillo starred in Sorrentino’s foreign-language Oscar winner The Great Beauty and Il Divo, in which he portrayed another Italian prime minister, Giulio Andreotti.

“Given Focus’ commitment to collaborating with global filmmakers »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Focus Acquires Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi Project ‘Loro’ For Italy

5 June 2017 7:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Focus Features has acquired Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro for release in Italy where it will be distributed by Universal Pictures' local outpost. The Oscar-winner's event project stars The Great Beauty's Toni Servillo as Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul and erstwhile Prime Minister. From Indigo Film, the Italian-language Loro (Them) begins production this summer. Outside of Italy, sales are handled by Pathé, which is co-producing. Sorrentino directs from a… »

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Paolo Sorrentino’s Berlusconi drama, Gurinder Chadha’s 'Viceroy’s House' sell for Pathé

24 May 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pathé does brisk business across Cannes slate.

Pathé International saw brisk business on its Cannes slate, highlighted by a previously announced multi-territory deal with Focus for Lenny Abrahamson’s upcoming chiller The Little Stranger.

Also among sellers were Gurinder Chadha’s drama Viceroy’s House, which scored a Us deal with IFC, and Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming Silvio Berlusconi movie Loro, which will reunite the director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo.

The movie, due to start production in July, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia (McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute the film in France and Switzerland.

Dany Boon’s La Ch’tite Famille scored pre-sales in Germany (Concorde), Italy (Rai Cinema), Spain (Tripictures), Greece (Feelgood), Poland (Kinoswiat), Netherland (Paradiso) and Canada (Az films). 

The film goes into production next month and is scheduled »

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Cannes: Gurinder Chadha, Paolo Sorrentino, Dany Boon Films Score Deals for Pathe (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 6:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

IFC has picked up Gurinder Chadha’s “Viceroy House,” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, from Pathe for U.S. release. The historic drama premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and the deal was announced in Cannes.

Pathe also clinched a raft of deals on Paolo Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro” and “Dany Boon’s “La Ch’tite Famille,” which, along with Lenny Abrahamson’s “The Little Stranger,” are part of Pathe’s strong slate at Cannes film market.

Sorrentino’s anticipated “Loro”, in which Toni Servillo will star as Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was pre-sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), Cis (Aone), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Aero films), Ex Yougoslavia(McF), Hungary (Mozinet) and Israel (Lev). Pathé will distribute “Loro” in France and Switzerland. Production will kick off in July.

Meanwhile, “La Ch’tite Famille,” the latest film by French comedy expert Boon, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cannes: IFC Acquires Gurinder Chadha's 'Viceroy's House'

24 May 2017 6:09 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Gurinder Chadha's Viceroy's House, which had its world premiere in Berlin in February and has since been released in the U.K. and other territories, has found a home in the U.S.

IFC picked up the title, starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson and set in India during the tumultuous and deadly partition in 1947. 

The acquisition was among a slew of sales announced by Pathe from the Cannes market.

Elsewhere, Paolo Sorrentino's upcoming Loro, about Silvio Berlusconi, which reunites the Oscar-winning director with La Grande Bellezza lead actor Toni Servillo, sold to Germany (Dcm), Spain (Dea Planeta), Benelux (Belga), Poland (Gutek), Greece (Feelgood), »

- Alex Ritman

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How the Cannes Market Lost Its Mojo

22 May 2017 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The sun has been out in force at this year’s Cannes, heating up the red carpets and parties that line the Croisette, the seaside resort’s main thoroughfare. In the hotel suites where most of the deals go down at the annual gathering of studio executives and producers, the temperature has been a lot cooler. As it reaches its midpoint, bidding wars, usually a staple of Cannes, have been virtually non-existent. After losing their shirts on splashy acquisitions that sank at the box office, it’s as if the industry made a pact to not to get burned again.

“People have been more cautious,” said Arianna Bocco, exec VP of acquisitions and productions at IFC & Sundance Selects. “There’s been a true market correction.”

This year’s Cannes has proved to be one of the starkest reminders yet that the movie business is in flux, independent films aren’t »

- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh

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Sky Italia, Wildside to Produce ‘The Miracle’ Series for International Market (Exclusive)

18 May 2017 4:27 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Sky Italia is expanding its production of original dramas for the international market with “The Miracle,” a TV series centered on a statue of the Virgin Mary that weeps tears of blood. The series is written by bestselling Italian novelist Niccolò Ammaniti, who will also serve as showrunner.

Like other Sky Italia originals that have travelled widely, such as “Gomorrah” and “1992,” “The Miracle” will be in Italian. But the production model “is the most similar to the American showrunner model that we’ve ever done, with a writer showrunning the directors,” said Sky Italia chief of content Andrea Scrosati.

Co-produced by Sky and FremantleMedia-owned Wildside, “The Miracle” will be directed by Francesco Munzi (“Black Souls”), Lucio Pellegrini (“The Perfect Life”), and Ammaniti (pictured), who will be making his debut as a TV helmer, following his feature-length doc “The Good Life” in 2014. FremantleMedia International will handle world sales.

Ammaniti’s novels, translated »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Paolo Sorrentino working on 'The New Pope' with Sky, HBO

16 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winner returns to the Vatican with brand new show.

Sky and HBO have announced a joint production of The New Pope, created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the creator of The Young Pope.

The show is a new series set in the Vatican and is not a continution of The Young Pope, which starred Jude Law.

The screenplay is being written by Sorrentino and Umberto Contarello.

The show is produced by Lorenzo Mieli and Mario Gianani for Wildside, in co-production with Mediapro and the international distributor is FremantleMedia International.

It will go into production late next year in Italy and casting for the role of the new Pope, as well as additional roles, will soon be underway. 

Italian director Sorrentino, who has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times (Youth, The Great Beauty, This Must Be The Place, Family Friend and The Consequences Of Love), is on the Competition Jury at the Cannes Film Festival »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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‘The Young Pope’ Is Over; ‘The New Pope’ Is Paolo Sorrentino’s New Limited Series for HBO

16 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cue the white smoke. There will be a new pope in town… again.

HBO announced on Tuesday the new limited series “The New Pope” from Paolo Sorrentino, who previously created the critically acclaimed “The Young Pope.” It is the second limited series from the Oscar winner set in the world of the modern papacy.

Sorrento and Umberto Cantarello will work on the screenplay (although Sorrentino told IndieWire in February that he had already written Season 2). The joint production between HBO and Sky won’t begin shooting until late 2018 in Italy. That delay might be because, according to a Variety report, Sorrentino is currently busy finishing a screenplay for “Loro,” his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that begins production this summer.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

The Young Pope” aired earlier this year »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Young Pope’ Is Over; ‘The New Pope’ Is Paolo Sorrentino’s New Limited Series for HBO

16 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cue the white smoke. There will be a new pope in town… again.

HBO announced on Tuesday the new limited series “The New Pope” from Paolo Sorrentino, who previously created the critically acclaimed “The Young Pope.” It is the second limited series from the Oscar winner set in the world of the modern papacy.

Sorrento and Umberto Cantarello will work on the screenplay (although Sorrentino told IndieWire in February that he had already written Season 2). The joint production between HBO and Sky won’t begin shooting until late 2018 in Italy. That delay might be because, according to a Variety report, Sorrentino is currently busy finishing a screenplay for “Loro,” his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that begins production this summer.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

The Young Pope” aired earlier this year »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Paolo Sorrentino Creating ‘Young Pope’ Follow-Up, ‘The New Pope’

16 May 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – Lenny Belardo, the tormented American pontiff played by Jude Law in Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Young Pope,” is pope no more.

HBO and Sky have teamed up on “The New Pope,” a new limited series to be directed by Sorrentino that will not be a second season of “The Young Pope.” The show will be “set in the world of the modern papacy,” but HBO and Sky declined to release further details of the story.

The screenplay for “The New Pope” is being written by Sorrentino (pictured) and his frequent Italian co-writer Paolo Contarello, who was also a co-writer on “Young Pope,” according to a brief statement issued by HBO and Sky.

Plans are for “The New Pope” to go into production in Italy in late 2018. Casting for the show, including the title role, will start soon, the statement said.

“Just like ‘The Young Pope,’ Sorrentino is writing the script for the new show, but »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Vivendi Vows to Continue Expansion in Italy, Despite Setbacks

25 April 2017 7:23 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome – French media conglomerate Vivendi on Tuesday vowed to forge ahead with its ambitions to make Italy a central plank of its strategy to create a southern European media powerhouse, despite regulatory setbacks from Italian authorities and a rancorous dispute with leading commercial broadcaster Mediaset.

During the company’s annual shareholders meeting in Paris, Vivendi Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfountaine said that Vivendi’s investments in Mediaset and in Telcom Italia, Italy’s top telco, were “crucial” to building a “Latin media powerhouse” combining content creation and distribution.

“Our ambitions in Italy remain unvaried,” de Puyfountaine said. He dismissed concerns that a ruling by Italian media regulator Agcom, which ordered Vivendi last week to cut its stake in one of the two companies in order to comply with anti-trust laws, would be an impediment.

De Puyfontaine called Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi is the top shareholder with a 24% stake, “a long-term investment” and noted that it serves »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Italian Media Regulator Blocks Vivendi’s Italian Expansion

18 April 2017 11:35 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Rome — Italian media regulator Agcom has ruled that French media conglomerate Vivendi’s expansion into Italy where it has built large stakes in both Telecom Italia and broadcaster Mediaset violates the country’s anti-trust laws and given Vivendi one year to reduce its stake in one of the two companies.

The decision marks a victory for Mediaset which has been battling with Vivendi in court after the group chaired by billionaire Vincent Bolloré last year pulled out of an $860 million deal to buy Mediaset’s pay-tv unit and a few months later gained a nearly 30% stake, and significant shareholder voting rights in Mediaset, with rapid fire share purchases.

Agcom in December opened a probe into Vivendi’s aggressive purchase of Mediaset shares after Fininvest, the holding company of the TV group controlled by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, filed a complaint.

Vivendi also controls a 24% stake in Telecom Italia, which »

- Nick Vivarelli

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‘Fate of the Furious’ Speeds to Record-Breaking $65 Million Opening Day in China

14 April 2017 9:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will “The Fate of the Furious” have a bigger opening weekend in North America, or in China? The race is likely to be tight.

“Furious 8” accumulated an unprecedented $65.6 million (RMB453 million) in China by the end of Friday. Known locally as “The Fast and The Furious 8,” the film broke at least two all-time China box office records on its opening run.

The movie earned $10.4 million during preview screenings in North America, putting the U.S. take narrowly ahead of the Middle Kingdom’s gross of $8.24 million. But the getaway was nothing short of spectacular in China, where the movie is released by state-owned distributors China Film Group Corporation and Huaxia Film Distribution.

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In midnight screenings between Thursday and Friday, the actioner earned RMB56.5 million, overtaking the RMB52.5 million previews record achieved by “Furious 7” in 2015. Due to »

- Patrick Frater

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‘The Young Pope’ Season 2 Seems Unlikely Anytime Soon, As Paolo Sorrentino Sets New Film

13 April 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Young Pope” will just have to wait his turn.

The HBO series starring Jude Law as the first-ever American pontiff finished its critically acclaimed first season in February, and fans are eagerly awaiting word (or is it white smoke?) on a second season. But all that will have to hold for now: Creator Paolo Sorrentino is already busy on his next project.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

According to Variety, Sorrentino is finishing a screenplay for his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, with “The Great Beauty” actor Toni Servillo cast in the lead.

The working title for the Italian-language film is “Loro,” which translates to “Them.” Production should begin this summer.

In February, Sorrentino said that he had already completed the scripts for Season 2 of “The Young Pope.” Co-producers Sky, HBO, and »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Young Pope’ Season 2 Seems Unlikely Anytime Soon, As Paolo Sorrentino Sets New Film

13 April 2017 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Young Pope” will just have to wait his turn.

The HBO series starring Jude Law as the first-ever American pontiff finished its critically acclaimed first season in February, and fans are eagerly awaiting word (or is it white smoke?) on a second season. But all that will have to hold for now: Creator Paolo Sorrentino is already busy on his next project.

Read More: ‘The Young Pope’: Paolo Sorrentino on Lenny’s Fate and Hopeful Plans for a Second Season

According to Variety, Sorrentino is finishing a screenplay for his film about Italian media tycoon-turned-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, with “The Great Beauty” actor Toni Servillo cast in the lead.

The working title for the Italian-language film is “Loro,” which translates to “Them.” Production should begin this summer.

In February, Sorrentino said that he had already completed the scripts for Season 2 of “The Young Pope.” Co-producers Sky, HBO, and »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Great Beauty’s Toni Servillo to play Silvio Berlusconi for Paolo Sorrentino

12 April 2017 8:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Great Beauty star Toni Servillo is set to reunite with director Paolo Sorrentino on the filmmaker’s new project Loro, where he will take on the role of Italian media mogul and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

According to Variety, the Italian-language film will explore Berlusconi and his inner circle, and Sorrentino is putting the finishing touches to the script while Indigo Film, the company behind all of Sorrentino’s previous movies, seeks to raise the necessary financing. This is apparently proving tricky, as both The Great Beauty and Youth were co-funded by Medusa, a company controlled by Berlusconi, which is not involved with this latest project.

Sorrentino recently helmed Sky and HBO’s The Young Pope starring Jude Law. He has written a second season, although it is yet to receive an official green light, freeing up the filmmaker for a return to the big screen. »

- Gary Collinson

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Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone Move Forward With Next Features

11 April 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Two of Italy’s most-praised directors currently working are moving forward with their next films. First up, Paolo Sorrentino, following his stint into television with The Young Pope, is readying his next film, a biopic on Silvio Berlusconi. He’s now cast his star of the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, as well as Ill Divo, Toni Servillo, to lead the feature, according to Variety.

Set to begin shooting this summer in Italy as Sorrentino sharpens the screenplay, the current title is Loro (aka Them), which is also a play on L’oro, meaning gold. The drama about the media mogul who become Italy’s 50th Prime Minister is currently seeking financing, which is said to be proven difficult, although Amazon may be considering jumping aboard. Not expected be a “scathing critique,” the director aims to depict the idea that power is everyone and Berlusconi as a “concentrate of non-negligible mysteries. »

- Leonard Pearce

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