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An enviable cast of acting heavyweights and a bitter, ice-cold setting wasn’t enough to salvage the inaugural season of Fortitude, Sky Atlantic’s Icelandic thriller that had Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston et al. peeling back the layers of a chilling mystery in the Arctic Circle.
As confirmed by Empire, Dennis Quaid enters the fray in season 2 in the part of Michael Lennox, and today’s first teaser tees up another confounding conundrum peppered with breathtaking environment shots and some supernatural elements tossed in for good measure. Cut off from the rest of society, the isolated town of Fortitude makes for a chilling breeding ground for all manner of psychological horror.
- Michael Briers
Launching last year on both Sky Atlantic in the UK and Pivot in the Us, the Arctic Circle-set mystery thriller "Fortitude" scored good notices for its tale of a murder in a part English, part Norwegian community.
Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Jessica Raine, Richard Dormer, Sofie Grabol and Johnny Harris starred in the series and though ratings weren't great, they were enough to greenlight a second season which is currently slated to hit in early 2017.
Today, the first trailer is out for the second season and confirms the involvement of Dennis Quaid in this outing. Others onboard for the second round including Michelle Fairley ("Game of Thrones"), Robert Sheehan ("Misfits"), Ken Stott ("The Hobbit") and Parminder Nagra ("E.R.") along with returnees like Grabol, Luke Treadaway and Mia Jexen. Check it out below:
- Garth Franklin
Born into a gypsy family famed for its boxing prowess, Walsh faced a difficult decision after realising he was gay – stay within a community that cannot accept him, or walk away from the only life that he knows.
BBC Films revealed Matthews’ attachment here in Cannes.
Industry attending a BBC Films lineup event saw clips from forthcoming productions including Ricky Gervais’ Life On The Road and Mandie Fletcher’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie as well as Holocaust drama Denial, starring Rachel Weisz.
Also on the BBC Films Cannes slate are:
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As previously revealed by Screen, Thomas Napper’s feature debut stars Harris (who also wrote the screenplay), Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane in the story of a former youth boxing champion who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club in a bid at redemption.
Mike Elliott produces for Emu Films with executive producers Andrew Eaton (for Revolution Film), Christine Langan and Nichola Martin (for BBC) who have developed the project with Creative England and are financing with LipSync Productions Llp.
Vertigo Releasing will distribute the film in the UK and Independent are selling the film internationally.
Jawbone is currently in post-production. »
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The film marks Napper’s feature directorial debut. Locations include Stoke and London.
Emu Films’ Mike Elliott will produce, with Revolutions Films’ Andrew Eaton serving as executive producer. Christine Langan and Nichola Martin are executive producers for BBC Films who have developed the project with Creative England and are financing with LipSync Productions Llp.
Vertigo Releasing will distribute the film in the UK, and Independent is selling the film internationally.
Jawbone tells the story of a former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe (Harris) who, after »
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The BBC Three remit aimed to attract 16-34 year olds, Bennett explained at the 2012 Edinburgh International Television Festival. Because The Fades found more love among those with mortgages and middle-age spread than it did with fresh-faced teens and twenty-somethings, it didn’t fulfil that remit.
However much critical acclaim (plaudits from The Guardian, The Telegraph, some website called Den Of Geek) or however many awards (a Bafta for Best Drama, nominations for Best Writer, wins for Best Music and Digital Effects) The Fades received, the kids weren’t down so it had to go. »
UK distribution outfit Vertigo Releasing has picked up UK rights to Thomas Napper’s boxing drama Jawbone.
As previously revealed by Screen, Johnny Harris (This Is England ’86) penned the film’s screenplay and also stars alongside Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast) and Michael Smiley (Kill List), while musician Paul Weller is composing the score.
Ian McShane (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) has since joined the ensemble cast of the drama, which tells the story of a former youth boxing champion who, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club.
Retired boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan are consulting on the film to prepare Harris for his role.
London-based Independent »
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