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Chilling First Trailer For Fortitude Season 2 Emerges Online

27 June 2016 2:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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. 

With Tucci, Gambon and Eccleston all on board once more, Fortitude also makes room for Jessica Raine, Richard Dormer, Sofie Gråbøl and Johnny Harris.

Hatched by writer-actor Simon Donald, Fortitude simply oozes atmosphere, drawing inspiration from the »

- Michael Briers

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Dennis Quaid Joins "Fortitude" In S2 Trailer

27 June 2016 9:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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:

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- Garth Franklin

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Morgan Matthews to direct 'Gypsy Boy' for BBC Films

14 May 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Brilliant Mind director Morgan Matthews [pictured] will direct Gypsy Boy, James Graham’s adaptation of Mikey Walsh’s bestselling memoir.

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.

BAFTA-winning Matthews, known for his acclaimed documentary work, previously directed 2014’s X+Y (also known as A Brilliant Mind), also from a James Graham screenplay, which starred Asa Butterfield.

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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Exclusive first look: Johnny Harris in 'Jawbone'

5 May 2016 1:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen can reveal the first image of actor Johnny Harris (This Is England ’86) in upcoming boxing drama Jawbone.

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.

Music comes from rock icon Paul Weller while boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan prepared Harris for the role as consultants on the film.

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. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Boxing drama 'Jawbone' begins shoot

29 February 2016 2:11 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Johnny Harris stars alongside Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane, with music from Paul Weller.

Principal photography has started on Thomas Napper’s boxing drama Jawbone starring Johnny Harris (who has also written the screenplay), Ray Winstone, Michael Smiley and Ian McShane

The film marks Napper’s feature directorial debut. Locations include Stoke and London.

Music will come from rock icon Paul Weller, while famed boxer Barry McGuigan and revered trainer Shane McGuigan have prepared Harris for the role and are consultants on the film.

Emu FilmsMike 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 »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Fades: celebrating BBC Three originals

18 February 2016 6:52 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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With great writing, a strong cast and a gripping story, Jack Thorne’s 2011 supernatural drama The Fades was one of the best…

According to former BBC Three controller Zai Bennett, fans of The Fades have themselves to blame for Jack Thorne’s superb fantasy drama not being recommissioned. We were too few and too old.

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. »

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Vertigo takes Johnny Harris boxing drama for UK

13 February 2016 2:51 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jawbone has added Ian McShane to its cast, which also includes Ray Winstone and Michael Smiley.

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.

Emu FilmsMike Elliott (The Goob) will produce with Revolution’s Andrew Eaton (Rush) and BBC Film’s Christine Langan (Philomena) on board as executive producers.

Retired boxer Barry McGuigan and trainer Shane McGuigan are consulting on the film to prepare Harris for his role.

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