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According to Deadline, director Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) and screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) are in talks with Universal Pictures for an adaptation of Stephen Walker’s non-fiction book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima. Here’s the official description of the book:
On a quiet Monday morning in August 1945, a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. On that day, a firestorm of previously unimagined power was unleashed on a vibrant metropolis of 300,000 people, leaving one third of its population dead, its buildings and landmarks incinerated. It was the terrifying dawn of the Atomic Age, spawning decades of paranoia, mistrust, and a widespread and very real fear of the potential annihilation of the human race.
Author Stephen Walker brilliantly re-creates the three terrible weeks leading up to the wartime detonation of the atomic bomb—from the first »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything from Cary Fukunaga. After delivering an explosive first season of HBO’s True Detective back in 2014, he then gave us the equally impressive Beasts of No Nation the year after. Since then, however, the filmmaker has been lying low, so it seems, while attempting to find his next project. He was attached to direct Stephen King adaptation It at one point, but that ultimately fell through, and now, Deadline reports that he’ll tackle Shockwave for Universal.
Based on Stephen Walker’s non-fiction novel, Shockwave: Countdown To Hiroshima, the project will be penned by Drive scribe Hossein Amini and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin. For those unfamiliar with the source material, it tells the story of the “events that led up to a Monday morning in August 1945 when a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little »
- Josh Wilding
Exclusive: Universal Pictures is negotiating with Cary Fukunaga to direct and for Hossein Amini to write a film based on the Stephen Walker non-fiction book Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima. The film will be produced by Working Title Films' Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin. The book told a story of events that led up to a Monday morning in August 1945 when a five-ton bomb—dubbed Little Boy by its creators—was dropped from an American plane onto the Japanese city… »
Exclusive: Oscar-nominated Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi is set to helm Radioactive, a Working Title production based on the 2010 graphic novel by Lauren Redniss, Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout. Studiocanal is fully financing the picture, which is being adapted by hot scribe Jack Thorne. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Paul Webster are producing. Producers are out to cast the three major roles of the Curies and Paul Langevin, once a… »
Exclusive: It looks like Working Title may have found its Diamond Geezers. Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon and Ray Winstone are in talks to play the unlikely gang of elderly London robbers who pulled off the bold Hatton Garden jewelry heist of 2015 in the Brit production powerhouse's upcoming caper pic. The untitled project, which is slated to shoot in late spring, sees Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner reteam with The Theory Of Everything… »
The film, temporarily called Untitled Entebbe Project, stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War). The cast also includes Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet.
The story is inspired by the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and depicts ‘Operation Entebbe’, the rescue mission carried out by Israel commandos to free the hostages. The film promises to take a nuanced look at both sides of the conflict.
Lionsgate International will commence sales in Berlin on those territories not covered by Participant and eOne’s Amblin Partners output deal, which sees eOne distribute directly in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Spain and the Benelux.
Focus Features handles Us distribution on the thriller about the 1976 Israeli commando raid on an Air France passenger jet hijacked by pro-Palestinian forces.
Participant produced and fully financed Untitled Entebbe Project through Amblin Partners, with Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King on board as executive producers alongside Olivier Courson, Jean-Claude Darmon, Angela Morrison, Liza Chasin, and Jo Burn.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Sellers are heading to Berlin with realistic expectations about the state of the marketplace and the hurdles facing them.
“Consistently delivering great movies has always been the challenge, but you need the rigor required for that even more so now,” says Sierra/Affinity CEO Nick Meyer, who’ll be repping the Wwi-era drama “The Promise,” starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, in Berlin. “The demand for excellence in filmmaking from independent distributors around the world is higher than ever.”
While Meyer is pragmatic about the global economy (“There are always going to be currency fluctuations and markets that are up and down — that’s the rule,” he says), others see a more ominous landscape.
“The fundamental issue right now is that every single territory in the world has problems that are very challenging, not just for the cinema market, but politically and economically,” says FilmNation Entertainment senior VP of international sales Tara Erer, »
- Gregg Goldstein
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.
– Bleecker Street has secured U.S. distribution rights to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s true-life story, “Megan Leavey.” The film is based on the life of Leavey (Kate Mara), a young marine corporal in the K9 unit whose unique discipline and bond with her military combat dog saved many lives during their deployment in Iraq.
Bleecker Street will release the movie on June 9, 2017.
The film co-stars Edie Falco, Ramon Rodriguez, Bradley Whitford, and Common. Directed by Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), the movie was written by Pamela Gray, Annie Mumolo and Tim Lovestedt and produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Jennifer Monroe. »
- Graham Winfrey
Exclusive: Pablo Trapero, one of Argentina’s most prominent filmmakers, has been tapped to direct his first English-language title, Thin Skinned Animal, for Euro major Studiocanal and Brit production powerhouse Working Title. The film, which will be produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner along with Tom Jacobson, is based loosely on Patrick Alexander's book Death of A Thin Skinned Animal. It’s a story about love, friendship, espionage and government… »
Exclusive: Jackie Collins’ 10-novel series based based around mob daughter Lucky Santangelo is headed for the big screen. Universal Pictures has acquired the book series, which will be produced by Monumental Pictures partners Debra Hayward & Alison Owen, and Working Title partners Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner. Moira Buffini, whose credits include the Cary Fukanaga-directed Jane Eyre and the Stephen Frears-directed Tamara Drewe, will adapt the novels. The hope is to make a… »
11 items from 2017
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