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UK distributor sets animation Norm Of The North as first wide theatrical release.
Growing UK distributor Signature Entertainment has launched a new home entertainment label and set its first wide theatrical release.
Signature intends to release family animation Norm Of The North on more than 250 screens next March 18, backed by the company’s largest P&A spend to date.
The acquisition signals a shift in company structure for the expanding outfit, which will launch home entertainment label Precision Pictures in Q2, 2016 with the ambition to release at least one title each week.
From that date, Signature will focus on theatrical releases, be they day-and-date, event or wide releases.
Signature MD Marc Goldberg told Screen the company anticipates acquiring 15 to 20 films a year onto its Signature label.
In 2016, a handful of those are expected to be wide »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Norm, a majestic polar bear, and the world’s coolest party animals are hitting the big city and we’ve got your sneak peek with an all-new trailer from Norm Of The North.
A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it.
With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.
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- Michelle McCue
A new trailer has arrived online for director Trevor Wall’s upcoming animated adventure Norm of the North, which features the voice talents of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Gabriel Iglesias, Loretta Devine, Michael McElhatton, Colm Meaney and Bill Nighy. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
A polar bear of many words, Norm’s greatest gripe is simple: there is no room for tourists in the Arctic. But when a maniacal developer threatens to build luxury condos in his own backyard, Norm does what all normal polar bears would do…he heads to New York City to stop it. With a cast of ragtag lemmings at his side, Norm takes on the big apple, big business and a big identity crisis to save the day.
Norm of the North is set for release on January 15th, 2016.
- Amie Cranswick
Heyday Television will create content in both the UK and USA, which NBCUniversal will then distribute.
The company, Heyday Television, will produce programming in both the UK and USA, which will then be distributed by NBCUniversal across multiple platforms including network, cable and Svod.
NBC has committed to broadcasting the first two series that come out of the venture on its network.
Michael Edelstein, NBCUniversal international studios president, said: “David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come.”
Heyman added: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed »
David Heyman, producer of “Harry Potter” and “Gravity,” is forming a joint-venture with NBCUniversal Intl. Studios to create Heyday Television, which will produce premium television and digital content across all platforms, including free-to-air network, cable and subscription VOD.
Heyday Television has already received two series commitments from NBC. No further information about the shows were revealed. NBCUniversal will distribute content produced by the new company.
“David Heyman has created some of the most memorable and successful movies of our time. It is a pleasure to welcome him into the NBCUniversal family. We look forward to helping David bring his passion and creativity to global television audiences for years to come,” NBCUniversal Intl. Studios president, Michael Edelstein said.
Heyman commented: “I look forward to calling on many of the film relationships I’ve developed over the years — but also to working with many of the brilliant voices already working in television. »
- Leo Barraclough
Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment has secured 20 titles out of the American Film Market (Afm), which ended Wednesday.
The deals are led by the Nicolas Winding Refn-produced remake Maniac Cop directed by John Hyams and the Antonio Banderas lead thriller Faith from Wild Bunch. Both will be co-distributed with long-time associate Teleview International across the Middle East.
The Dubai-based firm, which acquires distribution rights for the Middle East and North Africa, has also closed a deal with Protagonist Pictures for The Discovery starring Nicholas Hoult and Rooney Mara; while from Hanway Films the titles include horror feature The Devil’s Candy, which debuted at Toronto, and Lone Sherfig comedy drama Their Finest Hour And A Half starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy.
From Embankment Films, Front Row has acquired the English-language remake of French »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Netflix has continued its expansion into original content, with the streaming service coughing up $50 million to finance Okja, the new film from South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho (The Host, Snowpiercer).
The Wrap reports that the monster movie “will focus on the unusual friendship between a young Korean girl and a monster named Okja who has a kind spirit.” Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald, Bill Nighy and Tilda Swinton are on board to star, while Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment is producing the film.
“It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker,” states the filmmaker. “For Okja, I needed a bigger budget than I had for Snowpiercer and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously. Plan B Entertainment has also produced bold and daring films. I expect the adventurousness of Plan B to blend with Okja. »
- Gary Collinson
Netflix has made another big feature film acquisition, and this time, it is joining forces with one of Korea’s brightest filmmakers. Bong Joon-ho, whose post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer emerged as a surprise hit last year, will direct Okja, a movie that will be produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and financed by Netflix.
Okja, like Snowpiercer will feature a cast of both Korean and American actors. The protagonist will be a Korean girl who befriends a strange animal. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, and Tilda Swinton (who also showed up in Snowpiercer) are all slated to appear.
Netflix is making a sizable investment in Okja, which has a budget in the $50 million range. They are also giving Joon-ho creative freedom, which the director cited as one of the streaming video platform’s strongest selling points. “It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker, »
- Sam Gutelle
“I want to depict the two characters’ bizarre journey and adventure across the tough world in an original fashion,” Bong says, according to Variety.
The trade paper also reports that Bong’s film will be co-produced by Brad Pitt’s company Plan B, while Netflix will stump up the project’s $50m budget. It’s a deal that should prove fruitful for both parties if everything pans out; the »
Bong has secured the funding for his new film, Okja, which will feature Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Bill Nighy in its cast, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Swinton, who worked with Bong on Snowpiercer, described the director as a “great master”.
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- Andrew Pulver
After carving on a cult gem with 2013’s icy thriller Snowpiercer, director Joon-Ho Bong has set a Korean monster movie as his next project, which has now been snatched up by Netflix and Brad Pitt’s Plan B banner.
Entitled Okja for now, it’s understood that both companies are poised to go all-in on Bong’s vision, investing, backing and co-producing the film as it incubates in the pre-production stage. That’s not to say that the concept is rooted to the drawing board, however, with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald all on board to star.
For the filmmaker, that means a bigger budget to work with compared to Snowpiercer – made on a meagre $40 million, a shoestring allowance given its action credentials – while Bong also drew attention to creative freedom being a deciding factor in partnering with both Netflix and Plan B.
- Michael Briers
Netflix is movin' on up to the big leagues. Netflix has announced (via The Wrap) that they are partnering with Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, to develop the next film from Bong Joon-ho, the "creature feature" titled Okja. We've already been hearing about casting for Okja throughout this past year, and now it's moving forward with Netflix backing it up to the tune of $50 million. Part of the attraction is the cast - Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy, as well as Tilda Swinton; though the lead character is actually a young Korean girl who befriends a monster with "a kind spirit" named Okja. "It really is a fantastic opportunity for me as a filmmaker," said Bong. "For 'Okja,' I needed a bigger budget than I had for 'Snowpiercer' and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions »
- Alex Billington
Right now, I'm about six episodes deep on "Master Of None," the new Netflix series from Aziz Ansari, and I'm dying to see both "Jessica Jones" and "With Bob and David" later this month. The original programming on Netflix has been getting better and better, and they seem serious about becoming a real alternative to broadcast networks and cable alike. I still have to catch up with "Beasts Of No Nation," the Idris Elba film they released last month. That film reportedly cost less than $10 million, and even so, seemed like a pretty major use of resources by the company. Today, though, there's word of an upcoming Netflix film that makes it sound like they're serious about movies in the same way they're serious about television shows. Bong Joon Ho, director of films like "The Host" and "Snowpiercer" is set to direct "Okja" for the online service. Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, »
- Drew McWeeny
Last year's "Snowpiercer" turned out to be a surprise of a film. Sure, it had a limited release, and brought it under $5 million domestically, but critically it's sitting pretty at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. On top of being an ambitious action film, it managed to bring many moral and societal questions into the mix, as any good scifi story would. While the domestic appeal of the film was definitely wanting, "Snowpiercer" still managed to bring in a decent $86.7 million in foreign sales, and considering the budget was a reported $42 million (South Korea's most expensive film to date), I'd say that's a success. Add in home sales and streaming, and one has to imagine the film was profitable.
Needless to say, the film's director, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, would be back in the game incredibly soon. His next project is titled "Okja," and according to THR, the film now has two important backers. »
- Joseph Medina
Brad Pitt and Netflix have agreed to back Bong Joon-ho's highly anticipated next film. Pitt's Plan B production company (which partnered with Netflix on his upcoming War Machine) will co-produce the film, while Netflix has invested in it. Okja, Joon-ho's first film since last year's VOD hit Snowpiercer, is described as a Korean monster movie about a young girl who befriends a creature called Okja and embarks on an "adventure across [their] tough world." Jake Gyllenhaal has been tapped to star alongside Paul Dano, Tilda Swinton, Kelly Macdonald, and Bill Nighy. Netflix, which plans to launch in South Korea sometime next year, will give the film a theatrical run in 2017. (There's no word yet on whether it'll also be available to stream on Netflix.) Joon-ho reportedly made his dystopian thriller on a $40 million budget, but explained in an announcement that he "needed a bigger budget than [he] had »
- Dee Lockett
Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment are all aboard "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho's upcoming "Okja," starring Tilda Swinton—so deliciously eccentric in the Korean filmmaker's post-apocalyptic train tale—Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy, and Kelly Macdonald. The titular creature has a softer side, though, Variety reports. As in the director's last film, he says, it's "the crazy world surrounding [the characters that] looks more like a monster." Watch: "Tilda Swinton Talks Snowpiercer (Toh! Exclusive)" Having financed both the "Game of Thrones" imitator "Marco Polo" and the upcoming "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel, Netflix continues to bring its substantial resources to bear in the Asian film market. Collider reports that Netflix is committing $50 million to the project, $8 million more than the budget for "Snowpiercer." Despite the price, it may well turn out to be a canny »
- Matt Brennan
Read More: Watch: Bong Joon-Ho Talks 'Snowpiercer' and Harvey Weinstein at Residency Celebration Earlier this year, Netflix announced it was joining forces with Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, to produce the $60 million satire "War Dogs," and now it seams the massive deal was just the beginning of a fruitful relationship between the two companies. Both Netflix and Plan B have confirmed they are teaming up once again to back "Snowpiercer" director Bong Joon-ho's Korean monster movie, "Okja." Netflix is investing in the project, while Plan B will handle co-producing duties. "Okja" stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the most part, though the director has described the monster as a "kind spirit" and has said the film is about "a warm friendship between a country girl and a brute with stories." "It really is a fantastic. »
- Zack Sharf
Things are moving swimmingly for Okja, the upcoming monster flick from The Host director Bong Joon-ho. The film is currently in pre-production, and it's been announced that Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle have joined the project as backers, with Netflix investing and Plan B co-producing. It has also been confirmed that Jake Gyllenhaal, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Big news for Korean film fans today as both Netflix and Plan B have confirmed their participation on Bong Joon-ho's Okja. The English-Korean monster feature has already lined up a very impressive cast, with Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald currently on board, while auditions are underway for their Korean cast mates. In a statement, Bong said that "For Okja, I needed a bigger budget than I had for Snowpiercer and also complete creative freedom. Netflix offered me the two conditions that are difficult to have in hand simultaneously." With his $40 million Snowpiercer, Bong already set a record for the most expensive Korean film of all time but it sounds like he will break his own benchmark with his...
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Netflix and Brad Pitt‘s production company, Plan B Entertainment, are joining forces on the creature feature “Okja,” which hails from “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, it was announced Monday. As TheWrap first reported last month, “Okja” will star Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Kelly Macdonald and Bill Nighy, as well as “Snowpiercer” actress Tilda Swinton. The film will focus on the unusual friendship between a young Korean girl and a monster named Okja who has a kind spirit. Also Read: Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano Eyed to Join Tilda Swinton in 'Snowpiercer' Director's Monster Movie (Exclusive) “Okja” is expected to »
- Jeff Sneider
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