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Kiernan Shipka’s Horror Movie ‘The Silence’ Sells to Global Road for U.S.

Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to horror movie “The Silence,” starring Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto, Kiernan Shipka and John Corbett.

Annabelle” director John Leonetti helmed the film, based on the book by Tim Lebbon. Producers are Robert Kulzer, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert. Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz is executive producer.

The Silence” centers on a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they’re ready to emerge. Shipka plays a deaf girl who provides the only hope of survival.

“’The Silence’ complements our original production slate as we ramp up towards eventually releasing approximately 15 films per year,” said Global
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Film News Roundup: ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ Movie Backed by Ambi Group

Film News Roundup: ‘Bernie the Dolphin’ Movie Backed by Ambi Group
In today’s film news round-up, “Bernie the Dolphin” finds backing, Michelle Johnson returns to Hollywood, and Constantin Film picks up rights to “Danger Girl.”

Project Backing

Ambi Group is teaming with Fairway Film Alliance to finance and produce live-action feature “Bernie the Dolphin,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Lola Sultan (“This Beautiful Fantastic”) has been cast in the lead role, alongside Kevin Sorbo, Patrick Muldoon and Stelio Savante. Kirk Harris will direct “Bernie the Dolphin” from a screenplay written by Terri Emerson and Marty Poole.

Producers are Fairway Film Alliance partners Poole and Harris and Ambi principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, as we well as Tony Armer, film commissioner for St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fl. Executive producers are Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb with Stelio Savante as associate producer.

Sultan has appeared in more than 20 commercials including the Frito-Lay “Trade you” national spot, which has aired more than 15,000 times. She can be seen next in “Monsters at Large
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J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl Comic is Being Developed as a Film and TV Series!

J. Scott Campbell's Danger Girl was one of my favorite comic books to read when I was a teen. I loved the concept of badass female super spies! I've been wanting to see this comic adapted into a feature film or TV series for years and it's finally going to happen!

According to Deadline, Constantin Film acquired rights to the comic book series and they are teaming up with Jeremy Bolt’s Bolt Pictures and Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films to produce a film and develop a TV show based on the property.

The creators of the comic, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell, are set to executive produce the series. The studio is currently on the hunt a writer and director to develop the film.

Danger Girl was launched in 1996 by the comic publisher Wildstorm. It eventually moved to DC Comics. The team known as Danger Girl
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Toronto Film: "Locke and Key", "Titans", "Umbrella Academy"

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From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for November 2017 including "Locke and Key", "Titans", "Umbrella Academy" and a whole lot more:

Anne- Season 2

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: John Calvert

Dir.: Various

Oct 2/17 - Mar 20/18

Baroness Von Sketch Show- Season 3

TV Series

Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Dir.: Jeremy Lalonde, Jordan Canning

Aug 21 - Nov 10/17

Cardinal: By The Time You Read This- Season 3

TV Series – Mini

eOne

Prod.: Jessica Daniel

Dir.: Daniel Grou

Sep 19 - Nov 24/17

Decoy

Feature

Decoy Pictures Inc.

Prod.: Andrew Gunn, Michael Bien, Angela Donald

Dir.: Allan Ungar

Nov 1 - Dec 7/17

Designated Survivor- Season 2

TV Series

Designated 1 Ltd.

Prod.: Llewellyn Wells

Dir.: Various

Jul 4/17 - Mar 31/18

Dino Dana- Season 3

TV Series

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Prod.: Eric Beldowski

Dir: Various

Aug 1 – Nov 17/17

Falling Water- Season 2

TV Series

Gep Falling Water Inc.
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Mads Mikkelsen to star in graphic novel adaptation Polar

According to Variety, Mads Mikkelsen has signed on to star in Polar, an adaptation of Victor Santos’ Dark Horse graphic novel Polar: Came With the Cold.

The film will see Mikkelsen as “the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, A.K.A the Black Kaiser who is retiring when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he soon finds himself being hunted by an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Having no choice but to return to the shadowy life he thought he’d left behind, he must use his arsenal of deadly skills to outsmart his enemies and protect an innocent woman.”

Mads Mikkelsen was born to play the world’s best assassin,” said producer Jeremy Bolt of Bolt Pictures, who is producing alongside Robert Kulzer of Constantin Film and Mike Richardson
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Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Action-Thriller Movie ‘Polar’ (Exclusive)

Mads Mikkelsen to Star in Action-Thriller Movie ‘Polar’ (Exclusive)
Mads Mikkelsen will star in the action-thriller “Polar,” set in the gritty underworld of political assassins.

Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is helming Jayson Rothwell’s adaption of the Dark Horse graphic novel “Polar: Came With the Cold” by Victor Santos. Mister Smith Entertainment is debuting the feature film to international buyers at the upcoming American Film Market, which opens Nov. 1 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Producers are Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer, Bolt Pictures’ Jeremy Bolt, Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson, and Keith Goldberg. Martin Moszkowicz is executive producing.

Mikkelsen will play the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, A.K.A the Black Kaiser who is retiring when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he soon finds himself being hunted by an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. Having no choice but to return to the shadowy life he
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Toronto Film : "Falling Water", "Lucky Day", "Taken"

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From TorontoFilm.Net here is the Toronto Film Production Update for October 2017 including "Falling Water", "Lucky Day", "Taken" and a whole lot more:

Anne Season 2

TV Series

CBC/Netflix

Prod.: John Calvert

Dir.: Various

Oct 2/17 - Mar 20/18

Baroness Von Sketch Show Season 3

TV Series

Frantic Films

Prod.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff Peeler

Dir.: Jeremy Lalonde, Jordan Canning

Aug 21 - Nov 10/17

Brotherhood

Feature

Roa Productions Inc.

Prod.: Mehernaz Lentin, Anand Ramayya, Jonathan Bronfman

Dir.: Richard Bell

Sep 18 - Oct 11/17

Cardinal: By The Time You Read This Season 3

TV Series – Mini

eOne

Prod.: Jessica Daniel

Dir.: Daniel Grou

Sep 19 - Nov 24/17

Carter

TV Series

Sony / Amaze

Prod.: Victoria Hirst

Dir.: Various

Jul 10 - Oct 13/17

Designated Survivor Season 2

TV Series

Designated 1 Ltd.

Prod.: Llewellyn Wells

Dir.: Various

Jul 4/17 - Mar 31/18 Tbc

Dino Dana Season 3

TV Series

Sinking Ship Entertainment

Prod.:
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Constantin Inks First-Look Film and TV Deal with Prime Universe

Constantin Film has inked a first-look deal with producer Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films.

The two-year agreement covers movie and TV projects and is the latest step in Munich-based Constantin’s efforts to ramp up its English-language slate. In the wake of the deal, Prime Universe Films will be based at Constantin’s West Hollywood offices.

Askarieh’s last film was 20th Century Fox’s video game-based “Hitman: Agent 47.” Upcoming movies include “Just Cause,” based on the Square Enix video game and which Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”) Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) attached to direct.

“We are welcoming Adrian into the Constantin family,” said Constantin’s U.S. boss Robert Kulzer. “With his great talent of developing and packaging high-end intellectual properties, we expect him to help us crank up our film and TV output.”

Askarieh added: “I have known Robert Kulzer for a while and just recently met Martin Moszkowicz. But soon after the three of us met, I had no doubt that Constantin Film was the company I wanted to be in business with in a significant way.

“Martin, Robert, and their entire Constantin team have a tremendous track record in creating valuable film and television content with global appeal. I feel that my company is well positioned to contribute to their future plans and to also benefit from their vast experience and resources.”

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Constantin Inks First-Look Film and TV Deal with Prime Universe

Constantin Film has inked a first-look deal with producer Adrian Askarieh’s Prime Universe Films.

The two-year agreement covers movie and TV projects and is the latest step in Munich-based Constantin’s efforts to ramp up its English-language slate. In the wake of the deal, Prime Universe Films will be based at Constantin’s West Hollywood offices.

Askarieh’s last film was 20th Century Fox’s video game-based “Hitman: Agent 47.” Upcoming movies include “Just Cause,” based on the Square Enix video game and which Jason Momoa (“Aquaman”) Brad Peyton (“San Andreas”) attached to direct.

“We are welcoming Adrian into the Constantin family,
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Constantin, Prime Universe sign first-look pact

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Constantin, Prime Universe sign first-look pact
Two-year deal with producer of Hitman: Agent 47 to cover film, TV.

Constantin Film has struck a two-year first-look deal with Prime Universe Films run by Hitman: Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh.

Askarieh will submit feature and television projects to Constantin and takes an office in Constantin’s West Hollywood hub.

The company’s last English-language production was Resident Evil: The Final Chapter in 2016 and it is eager to boost the pipeline, betting on Askarieh’s track record of generating IP based on video games and graphic novels, among other sources.

His credits include Hitman: Agent 47 [pictured] at Fox, as
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Stanley Tucci Joins John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence,’ from ‘Resident Evil’ Producers

Stanley Tucci Joins John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence,’ from ‘Resident Evil’ Producers
Stanley Tucci is set to star in “The Silence,” produced by Constantin Film and Emjag Prods., and directed by John Leonetti, who enjoyed a major horror hit with “Annabelle.”

Mister Smith Entertainment is launching “The Silence” at this year’s Cannes Film Market.

Tucci joins the previously announced Kiernan Shipka in the cast.

Stanley Tucci is a world class actor and a master at creating memorable characters. We can’t wait to see what he does with this role,” Mse’s David Garrett said.

Produced by Robert Kulzer (“Resident Evil”), Alexandra Milchan (“Wolf of Wall Street”) and Scott Lambert (AMC’s “The Terror”) with Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz executive producing, “The Silence” is based on the best-selling novel by fantasy/horror writer Tim Lebbon (“Star Wars: Into The Void”) with a screenplay by the Van Dyke brothers, Carey and Shane (“Chernobyl Diaries”). The film follows Ally, a deaf teenager
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Stanley Tucci Joins John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ – Cannes

Stanley Tucci Joins John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ – Cannes
Exclusive: Stanley Tucci is set to star in John Leonetti's upcoming feature The Silence from Constantin Film and Emjag Productions. He'll join Kiernan Shipka, who was previously announced, in the title. David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is shopping to foreign buyers this week. Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC's The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific German…
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Kiernan Shipka To Star In John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ From Constantin Film & Emjag – Cannes

Kiernan Shipka To Star In John Leonetti’s ‘The Silence’ From Constantin Film & Emjag – Cannes
Exclusive: Kiernan Shipka, who played Sally Draper in Mad Men, is set to star in horror director John Leonetti's next feature The Silence from Constantin Film and Emjag Productions. David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment is launching international sales on the project in Cannes next week. Project is produced by Robert Kulzer (Resident Evil), Alexandra Milchan (Wolf of Wall Street) and Scott Lambert (AMC's The Terror) with Constantin CEO Martin Moszkowicz, the prolific…
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Watch the First 10 Minutes of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

To celebrate the digital release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter today (and the upcoming May 16th release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD), Sony Pictures unleashed the first ten minutes of Alice's latest adventure online, and you can watch it right now.

From the Press Release: "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final installment in the worldwide franchise phenomenon, premieres on digital May 2 and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD May 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise) is back as the iconic zombie slayer Alice, who is forced to return to The Hive, where her story began. The Umbrella Corporation is gathering its undead forces for a final strike against the survivors of the apocalypse and Alice must prevent complete human extinction before it’s too late. Returning with Jovovich are franchise regulars Ali Larter (Final Destination
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‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform

‘Shadowhunters’ Renewed for Season 3 at Freeform
Shadowhunters” has been renewed for Season 3 ahead of the return of Season 2 on June 5.

The cast of the Freeform series announced the renewal during a Facebook Live Q&A on Friday as part of the network’s upfronts presentation. They will return for a 20-episode third season in 2018.

Inspired by “The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare, “Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Todd Slavkin, Darren Swimmer, McG, Michael Reisz, Matt Hastings, Mary Viola, Martin Moszkowicz, and Robert Kulzer. It stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood, Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway, and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane.

The second half of Season 2 will pick up with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders reeling from what happened at the New York Institute in the winter finale. As the rift between the two sides grows larger
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Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Coming to 4K, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital This May

If you missed Alice's latest apocalyptic adventures on the big screen, or you want to experience them again, then prepare to invite the Umbrella Corporation into your house, because Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Resident Evil: The Final Chapter on digital beginning May 2nd and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 16th.

Press Release (via Why So Blu?): Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, the sixth and final installment in the worldwide franchise phenomenon, premieres on digital May 2 and 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD May 16 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise) is back as the iconic zombie slayer Alice, who is forced to return to The Hive, where her story began. The Umbrella Corporation is gathering its undead forces for a final strike against the survivors of the apocalypse and Alice must prevent complete human
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How ‘Resident Evil’ Producer Constantin Film Conquered the Globe

How ‘Resident Evil’ Producer Constantin Film Conquered the Globe
As most everyone knows, “Resident Evil” was born of a video game. Playing it, according to co-producer Robert Kulzer, is “empowering.”

“You’re sitting at the controls and you try to really conquer a new world,” Kulzer says. “And the rules at first seem really, really foreign to you. But the more you play the game, the more you master it. And at a certain point, you own it. You are completely in charge of your destiny within that world.”

That description pretty well summarizes the history of Constantin Film, the Munich-based entertainment giant. It’s the story of a close-knit group of filmmakers and business people who saw an opportunity in postwar Europe and grabbed it with both hands, but slowly and carefully, as if ensuring a joystick’s pivots and buttons are second nature before proceeding to the next level.

It’s also the story of one particular visionary,
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‘Resident Evil’ Director Paul W.S. Anderson Muses on Zombie Zeitgeist

‘Resident Evil’ Director Paul W.S. Anderson Muses on Zombie Zeitgeist
In a pop culture climate in which zombies abound, it’s hard to imagine a time when the undead weren’t being unleashed on every available platform. But when the team behind the adaptation of the Japanese video game “Biohazard” started their journey to the big screen, the film landscape was mostly inundated with pre-adolescent wizards and hobbits.

“ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lord of the Rings,’ they were studio movies, and we were an independent at the time,” says “Resident Evil” director Paul W.S. Anderson.

“I think the fact that the first (‘Resident Evil’) movie was a German-u.K. co-production, shot in entirely in Europe, with a primarily British and German crew, allowed us to force through a few things that if we had been developed within a studio system may not have happened.”

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Global Landmarks Abound in ‘Resident Evil’ Empire

Global Landmarks Abound in ‘Resident Evil’ Empire
From a deserted Las Vegas to a virtual Shibuya, “Resident Evil” has always pushed boundaries as the franchise has taken its show on the road. Onscreen the franchise has been a visual playground, with scenes taking place in Times Square, coastal Alaska, and Moscow’s Red Square.

For exec producer Robert Kulzer, the decision to incorporate a landmark often has roots in practicality.

“Russia, at the time, was a very, very strong marketplace and we try to keep these markets happy,” he says. “So we go to the distributors and say, ‘would it help if we do a premiere in Moscow,’ and the answer is, ‘yes.’ And it would even be better if part of the movie would play there. Then, obviously, you listen to that and you try to incorporate that into the world.”

But for director Paul W.S. Anderson, the reasoning behind Red Square was more personal: his
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‘Resident Evil’ Finds Rabid Fanbase in Japan

‘Resident Evil’ Finds Rabid Fanbase in Japan
Known in its country of origin as “Biohazard” (Baiohazado), the “Resident Evil” film franchise, based on the video game, has been a success of massive proportions in Japan.

“It’s a Japanese intellectual property and they are very proud of it,” says exec producer Robert Kulzer. “I think the fans of the games and the movies, they very strongly feel that it’s something that they created.”

In Japan the games and films have not only inspired amusement park rides and restaurants, but to date the film franchise has made more than $171 million at the box office.

As far as the film franchise, producer Jeremy Bolt has been pleasantly surprised by the Japanese audience’s enthusiasm for the property since the beginning.

“I think there’s something about the huge, faceless corporation that the Japanese can particularly relate to, so that is one reason Japan has been so important to the franchise,
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