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Cannes – Two big “Ds” – Dramas, Digital – look set to galvanize much Croisette business, as well as multiple conference panels, at next week’s Cannes Mip TV, which catches part of the international TV business in the full flush of evolution, convulsed by ramping consolidation – Mip TV will be the first market for new joint venture Endemol Shine Group, for instance – and the ever-clearer emergence of international drama as a serious alternative to Us fare.
As the number of high-end drama escalates, competition for top-notch show-runners – mostly based out of the U.S. will become all the more bitter.
Last Wednesday, Amazon Studios aconfirmed Diego Luna to play the lead in its untitled Casanova period drama, exec produced by Electus Ent.’s Ben Silverman and Stu Zicherman. Expect further high-end drama announcements – of epics and event dramas – or first-look talent deals at 2015’s Mip TV.
Traditionally, May’ L.A. Screenings, and October’s Mipcom TV mart, »
- John Hopewell
Albert Serra's Catalonia in Venice: Singularity has been commissioned by the Institut Ramon Llull as a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale. More projects in the works: James Gray's Hard Apple, "an adult-skewing animated series," Brad Bird's The Incredibles 2, Robert De Niro as Enzo Ferrari, Nicole Holofcener’s Can You Ever Forgive Me with Julianne Moore, Spike Lee's Chiraq with Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, Common and Kanye West, Guillermo del Toro's Haunted Mansion with Ryan Gosling, Carl Franklin's Tupac biopic, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's take on Casanova with Diego Luna, Ben Daniels and Miranda Richardson and Italian television series based on Django and Dario Argento's Suspiria. » - David Hudson »
Amazon is pushing ahead with another show in its drive to add more original content via its pilot system. The company has an untitled series about 18th century lover Giacomo Casanova in the works with Diego Luna set to play the romantic scoundrel and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on to direct the initial episode. With Ben Daniels, Miranda Richardson, Bojana Novakovic and Amelia Clarkson also aboard to star, the Casanova series – assuming it makes it past the pilot selection process – will chronicle the life of the renaissance man best known for his philandering ways but who also served as a spy for the French government. The pilot kicks off with him escaping Venice’s most impenetrable prison and moves to Paris with just the shirt on his back, determined to change his ways.Stu Zicherman has written the first script and Jeunet plans to shoot it soon in Paris, Venice and Hungary. »
An untitled series about the life of the legendary ladies' man Giacomo Casanova is shaping up to be one of Amazon Studios' biggest titles yet. The online video producer has named Jean-Pierre Jeunet as the series' director, with Diego Luna nabbing the lead role.
The series, executive produced by Electus Entertainment, will star Luna as the titular character, who leaves Venice in order to pursue a new life in France. Two-time Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson will play alongside him as Marquise d’Urfé, Casanova's Parisian client.
Jeunet, whose filmography spans nearly 25 years, will provide an experienced hand behind the camera. The Frenchman is best known for directing Amélie, which was nominated for five Academy Awards back in 2001.
Luna's most famous role also came in 2001, in the road movie Y Tu Mama Tambien. His co-star in that film, Gael Garcia Bernal, has also taken the lead role in an Amazon series. »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon and Electus have set the cast for the Giacomo Casanova drama pilot, which is being directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie). Diego Luna (Elysium, Y Tu Mamá También) has been tapped for the title role, with Bojana Novakovic, Miranda Richardson, Ben Daniels and Amelia Clarkson co-starring. The untitled project, which is currently filming in Europe, chronicles a little-known period in the life of the famous 18th century renaissance man. Known… »
Amazon’s “Casanova” project has found its leading man in Diego Luna, and Academy Award nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct the pilot, the streaming company announced on Wednesday. The as-yet untitled Giacamo Casanova project is executive produced by “The Tudors'” Ben Silverman and “The Americans'” Stu Zicherman, who also wrote the pilot. Jeunet was nominated for an Original Screenplay Oscar in 2001 for “Amelie,” and Luna, who co-starred in “Milk” and “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” most recently produced the 2014 biopic “Cesar Chavez.” Also Read: Amazon Renews First Original Hour-Long Drama Series ‘Bosch’ for Season 2 Also joining the cast are »
- L.A. Ross
Now here's an interesting one, writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour, whose vampire feature A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night made waves last year, is setting up her next project and she has the support of Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures and she's lining up an interesting cast for what sounds like a fascinating feature. Described as a "cannibal love story", The Bad Batch as a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside. The shift from what you may expect from such a story is that this is a love story about a cannibal known as Miami Man (Jason Momoa) and his food. Joining Momoa in the picture are Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Suki Waterhouse and Diego Luna with The Wrap reporting Waterhouse has landed the female lead, a character named Arlen. Luna will play a man named Jimmy. Reeves will play The Dream »
- Brad Brevet
With a Sundance and London Film Festival appearance under its belt already, vampire movie A Girl Who Walks Home Alone at Night has been garnering lots of praise both for the film and its director Ana Lily Amirpour. So it comes as no surprise that her next film, The Bad Batch, is securing some top talent ahead of its April shoot.
Megan Ellison, producer of American Hustle and Her, and who helped secure the rights for the Terminator franchise and executive producer on Terminator Genysis, has snapped up Amirpour’s latest, a dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland.
And, if securing a deal with Ellison’s Annapurna Productions wasn’t enough, the director has also assembled a talented, if diverse cast to bring the film to life. Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent), Diego Luna (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and Jason Momoa (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) have been announced as starring in the project, »
- Scott J. Davis
Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: America's favorite (second favorite?) masked slasher may be coming to network television, lots of changes are happening over at "American Horror Story" and two '90s/early '00s superstars have teamed up with one of the genre's most exciting new auteurs for a "dystopian cannibal love story." See below for the full roundup. 1. Jason Voorhees is coming to...the CW? Franchise creator Sean S. Cunningham told fans at the Monster Mania convention in New Jersey over the weekend that the netlet is interested in picking up a "Friday the 13th" TV series, which would take a "Scream"-esque "meta" approach by centering on the (fictional) small town that inspired the iconic slasher series. According to reports, both the fictional movie »
- Chris Eggertsen
Deadpool: Morena Baccharin recently grabbed the lead role in X-Men spinoff Deadpool, though the role she would be playing was kept a mystery...until now. The actress shared a photo via social media indicating that her character is named Vanessa, likely a "shapeshifting mutant" also known as Copycat. Ryan Reynolds stars along with T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein, and Gina Carano; the movie hits theaters on February 12, 2016. [Coming Soon] The Bad Batch: Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, and Diego Luna will join Jason Momoa in The Bad Batch, described as "a love story about a cannibal known as Miami Man and his food." Suki Waterhouse has landed the female lead role for the movie, set in a cannibal community in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Texas. Ana Lily...
- Peter Martin
Deadline reported yesterday that Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Jason Momoa have joined the cast of the dystopian love story, The Bad Batch, the follow up film from A Girls Walks Home Alone At Night directo,r Ana Lily Amirpour. Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse are also part of the cast in a film described as a dystopian cannibal love story set in a Texas wasteland. It was written Amirpour. Production will begin in L.A. in April. ...
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Clear your schedules, because the most interesting film to head our way in 2016 just got more interesting. Sure, we’re all on the edge of our seats, wanting to see the next huge offerings from the DC and Marvel stables – but what if there was something happening that was so original, so exciting and so promising, that it actually presented itself as a viable alternative to all that comic book fare? Well, here it is: The Bad Batch.
Last year, Ana Lily Amirpour was the talk of the festival circuit, with her feature film debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. The award-winning Iranian vampire film set tongues wagging at Sundance and, very quickly, the British-born Iranian-American writer-director was defying the Hollywood odds and lining up her next high profile project – a feat that is sadly still a rarity for directors that are also female.
Most recently, Amirpour described »
- Sarah Myles
Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Jason Momoa, Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse have officially signed on to star in "The Bad Batch," a new move from director Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night). Story details are not being revealed, but we know that it's a dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals resides. "The Bad Batch" is expected to begin shooting in April in and around Los Angeles. The plan is to start selling it at the Cannes Film Festival in May. »
Vice and Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures have announced the main cast for a very awesome sounding new movie from A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night director Ana Lily Amirpour. Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa are set to star as The Hermit, The Dream and Miami Man (respectively) in The Bad Batch, "a post-apocalyptic cannibal love story" set in Texas. Suki Waterhouse (Insergent, Pusher) has also joined the cast as Arlen, and Elysium star Diego Luna is »
- Jesse Giroux
The movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic Texas wasteland and will be directed by Ana Lily Amirpour.
Momoa will play lead character Miami Man, while Waterhouse will play female lead Arien.
Luna will appear as a man called Jimmy, Reeves will play The Dream and Carrey stars as The Hermit.
Sammy Scher will oversee the project for Annapurna International.
Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves have both dipped their toes into the indie world throughout their careers, but it's been quite awhile since they were involved with a project that has as much advance buzz as "The Bad Batch" does. The Annapurna Pictures and Vice project is acclaimed filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour's follow up to "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and is described as a dystopian love story set in Texas. According to Deadline, while Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse ("Insurgent") are on board as the film's leads, Carrey is set to play The Hermit, Reeves will portray The Dream and Jason Momoa will bring someone called Miami Man to life. Extrapolate from those character names what you can. Production on the project will begin next month in Texas with Annapurna taking bids for global rights at the Cannes Film Festival. And, yes, that sort of timeline »
- Gregory Ellwood
Jason Momoa, Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse also star in the film, but no details are available on the plot beyond that genre description. The character names have been revealed though with Reeves playing The Dream, Carrey as The Hermit, Momoa as Miami Man, Luna as Jimmy and Waterhouse as Arlen.
Jason Momoa, Diego Luna and Suki Waterhouse also star in the film. Ana Lily Amirpour ("A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night") penned the script and will direct with filming to begin in Los Angeles next month.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
It's pretty rare to see Hollywood movies about cannibals, but a rather star-studded one is now in the works - and what's more, it's apparently a love story. Titled The Bad Batch, the project added Jason Momoa to its cast last month, and now word has come down that he will be joined in the movie by Jim Carrey, Keanu Reeves, Diego Luna, and Insurgent's Suki Waterhouse. As described by The Wrap,the project is set to be directed by Ana Lily Amirpour and is "a post-apocalyptic tale set in a Texas wasteland where a community of cannibals reside." It's noted that the love story is between Miami Man - the character played by Jason Momoa - and his food. At this stage there aren't many details available about the roles that will be played by the newcomers, but they do have some interesting character names. Waterhouse will be »
The intriguing The Bad Batch – whose title really doesn’t give much of a hint as to its out there concept – already boasts Jason Momoa in the lead. Now an eclectic group of actors is joining him in the film, with Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, Suki Waterhouse and Diego Luna jumping aboard.Annapurna Pictures and Vice are producing this one, with Ana Lily Amirpour as the director. Set in a post-apocalyptic Texan wasteland, the film is described as a cannibal love story where Momoa’s Miami Man has been subsisting by eating the people around him. But he’s also developed affection for the human beings he makes a meal out of. Not much more is known about the plot, but we do know Reeves is playing someone called The Dream, Carrey will be The Hermit, Waterhouse is a woman named Arlen, while Luna is Jimmy. No mention is made »
Talk about a meteoric rise. Ana Lily Amirpour made a huge impression with 2014's stylish vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," but most importantly she caught the eye of Megan Ellison, who decided produce her next film “The Bad Batch.” A dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland, “The Bad Batch” is now cast. Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, partnering with Vice, announced that Suki Waterhouse will play Arlen, Jason Momoa will play Miami Man, Diego Luna will play Jimmy, Keanu Reeves will play The Dream and Jim Carrey will play The Hermit. Production on the film begins in April around Los Angeles. While details are a bit sparse, “The Bad Batch” is a love story set in a community of cannibals. In 2014, Amirpour won a $10,000 grant from Rooftop Films' Piper Heidsieck Feature Film grant to finish up the project, which was then described as "a highly twisted, »
- Rodrigo Perez
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