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Back in November it was announced that Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean is set to star in an upcoming six-part retelling of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein, and now ITV has revealed the full cast and synopsis for the drama series The Frankenstein Chronicles.
Set in Georgian London in 1827, The Frankenstein Chronicles has been created by Emmy nominated director and writer Benjamin Ross (The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Torte Bluma) and writer Barry Langford (Torte Bluma). In the drama’s opening sequences, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), following a successful operation by Thames River Police to apprehend a gang of opium smugglers, recruits Marlott (Sean Bean). As he stands on the water’s edge, Marlott makes a shocking discovery. The body of a dead child is washed up on the shore and on further examination of the corpse, he »
- Gary Collinson
Universal Pictures International Productions has acquired foreign rights to Robert Eggers’ “The Witch” in a deal that sources peg at $1.5 million, multiple individuals familiar with the negotiations have told TheWrap.
The film’s U.S. rights were acquired by A24 and DirecTV for roughly $1.5 million as well.
Set in a quaint New England town in the 1630’s, “The Witch” follows a family who begin to suspect the oldest daughter of being a witch following the disappearance of their infant son.
- Jeff Sneider
The Witch is easily the best movie that I've seen at Sundance so far! It is an awesomely well-made supernatural thriller that includes some pretty fantastic terrifying moments. This flick is creepy as hell, and the story it tells was brilliantly brought to life on the big screen.
The film is a colonial period piece set in New England in the 1600s, in which a man and his family are banished from the town they lived in. They are sent out to build a life for themselves in the wilderness. Things seem to be going well until their baby mysteriously disappears, never to return. This sends the family into a downward spiral of paranoia and madness and drives them to turn against one another as they try to move forward with their lives. The Devil is among them, and he wants this family to be torn apart in the most brutal of ways. »
- Joey Paur
With no stars, the slow-burn period horror movie will represent a significant marketing challenge, though it will emerge from Sundance with strong buzz, including rave reviews from The Playlist, Hitfix and Badass Digest.
Set in a quaint New England town in the 1630’s, “The Witch” follows a family who begin to suspect the oldest daughter of being a »
- Jeff Sneider
"Robert Eggers’s impressive debut feature," The Witch, "walks a tricky line between disquieting ambiguity and full-bore supernatural horror, but leaves no doubt about the dangerously oppressive hold that Christianity exerted on some dark corners of the Puritan psyche," writes Variety's Justin Chang. Jordan Hoffman for the Guardian: "In time we learn their names—the scraggly haired father William (Ralph Ineson), his sour wife Katherine (Kate Dickie), eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), verge-of-puberty son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw), somewhat rowdy twins Mercy and Jonas (Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson) and baby Sam…. What’s striking is the high-wire tension Eggers maintains." We're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson »
Park City - One of the downsides of spending a life mainlining genre films is that there comes a point where you start to feel like you've seen everything and there's no way to be surprised. "The Witch" surprised me. Quite a bit. Writer/director Robert Eggers deserves accolades for crafting something that feels timeless. His "New England folk tale" begins with a family standing before a Puritan court in a small plantation town in 1630. William (Ralph Ineson) and Katherine (Kate Dickie) stand accused of blasphemy, and William refuses to bend to the will of the court, convinced that he is a true Christian in a way that none of them can be. They are ejected from the community, and William sees it as an opportunity. He leads his family out into the wilderness, where they find a cleared area on the edge of a massive forest. They build their home there, »
- Drew McWeeny
Park City is open for business, and word on the street says buyers are already courting edgy, historical horror throwback "The Witch." Distributors caught an early glimpse of the film on Thursday ahead of its Tuesday afternoon premiere at Eccles Theatre. Produced by Parts and Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy and directed by Brooklyn-based designer turned first-time director Robert Eggers, this Us Dramatic Competition entry looks to be a witchy brew of style and scares. Taking cues from Kubrick and Bergman, "The Witch" recreates Puritan New England, just before the religious hysteria of the 1692 Salem trials, where a colonial family has settled on a fledgling farm at the edge of a forest. Doom and dread set in as food grows scarce, someone goes missing and a malevolent, wood-dwelling presence encroaches. The cast includes Anya Taylor Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie and Harvey Scrimshaw. Though the early trade reviews, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
A fiercely committed ensemble and an exquisite sense of historical detail conspire to cast a highly atmospheric spell in “The Witch,” a strikingly achieved tale of a mid-17th-century New England family’s steady descent into religious hysteria and madness. Laying an imaginative foundation for the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials that would follow decades later, writer-director Robert Eggers’ impressive debut feature walks a tricky line between disquieting ambiguity and full-bore supernatural horror, but leaves no doubt about the dangerously oppressive hold that Christianity exerted on some dark corners of the Puritan psyche. With its formal, stylized diction and austere approach to genre, this accomplished feat of low-budget period filmmaking will have to work considerable marketing magic to translate appreciative reviews into specialty box-office success, but clearly marks Eggers as a storyteller of unusual rigor and ambition.
A New England-born, Brooklyn-based talent who started out in the theater, Eggers has several film »
- Justin Chang
Lankester is a young woman who became an insider atop the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., she eventually became a victim of this dangerous world of corruption and ultimately escaped to now live in Switzerland. [Source: Deadline]
Moises Arias ("The Kings of Summer") has joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov's historical epic "Ben-Hur" at MGM and Paramount Pictures. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell also star in the film which begins shooting shortly in Europe.
Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
In case you need reminding, The Frankenstein Chronicles is a six-part period-set crime drama currently in production at Rainmark Films, for the eventual destination of ITV.
We already know that the mighty Sean Bean will play Inspector John Marlott, who will be in pursuit of ‘a chilling and diabolical foe,’ who – at a long shot - might just be Frankenstein or his monster, we reckon.
Now, ITV has revealed the expanded cast including some stellar names from much-loved TV shows. Among them are some geek-friendly names like Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn in Game Of Thrones), Patrick Fitzsymons (Reginald Lannister in Game Of Thrones), Ryan Sampson (who played smarmy teen genius Luke in Doctor Who’s The Sontaran Strategem), Charlie Creed-Miles (Billy Kimber of Peaky Blinders), Ed Stoppard (Lemay in The »
The cast of ITV's The Frankenstein Chronicles has been announced.
Sean Bean will star as Inspector John Marlott, who will pursue a terrifying foe through 1827 London, in what is described as a mix of the investigative and horror genres.
The six-part period drama sees Marlott recruited by Home Secretary Robert Peel after an assembly of body parts is discovered, arranged in a bizarre attempt at a human form.
He soon finds himself tracking down a dangerous and unhinged killer.
Also appearing in the series will be Snatch star Robbie Gee, Cilla's Ed Stoppard, Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Creed-Miles, Elliot Cowan, Hugh O'Conor, Joe Tucker, Lalor Roddy, Patrick Fitzsymons, Richie Campbell, Ryan Sampson, Samuel West, Shaun Mason, Steve Wilson, Steven Berkoff, Stuart Graham, Tom Ward and Vanessa Kirby.
ITV director of drama Steve November »
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