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Paris– Film i Väst, Nordisk Film and Swedish Television (Svt) are joining forces to co-finance and co-produce bigger-budgeted Swedish movies with international potential.
A rep from each company will meet once a month to review projects. Although the three shingles have not set a limit on the number of projects they will support, they will give out a maximum of 25 million Swedish Kronor ($3 million) from the three co-producers.
Selected projects, which don’t have to be entirely show in Swedish, will be sold by Scandi powerhouse TrustNordisk and distributed by Nordisk Films in the Nordic countries.
Tomas Eskilsson, CEO of Film i Väst, said the idea behind the initiative was to finance between 50% to 65% of film budgets in order to deliver movies in the $4 million-$5 million range, which is two times higher than the average budget of a Swedish pic.
“Our effort can be seen as a vitamin shot into »
- Elsa Keslassy
There are plenty of notable spy crossovers at play in the BBC’s five-part espionage thriller series London Spy. For one, Q branch himself, Ben Whishaw, appears in another covert guise; for another, it’s the creation of novelist Tom Rob Smith, whose bestselling potboiler Child 44 is winging its way to the big screen with Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman in tow. Would a cameo from Moonraker’s double-taking pigeon be too much to ask for? Well, probably but we do have an exclusive first look at London Spy’s protagonist to share with you. Click on the image below for a much closer look. Whishaw’s chief character is Danny, a fun-loving and charismatic man drawn like a moth to the bright lights of the city’s hotspots and fleshpots. Playing the more serious spy to his flighty, hedonistic Guy Burgess type is Alex (Wolf Hall’s Edward Holcroft). The pair, »
It was a best-selling phenomenon. It spawned a trilogy of hit Swedish movies which turned Noomi Rapace into a global star. It also generated an American adaptation helmed by David Fincher that scored good notices and a decent $232 million worldwide.
Yet with a budget of $90 million, Fincher's R-rated English language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-seller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" wasn't a runaway hit. As a result, progress on the sequel has stumbled since the first film's release over three years ago.
Sadly it now appears the project may well be dead. Rooney Mara, who took on the iconic role of Lisbeth Salander in the first movie, has indicated in an interview with E! Online that the second novel in the series "The Girl Who Played with Fire" isn't likely to get a U.S. screen treatment:
"I don't think it's going to happen. I'm sad never to do it again, »
- Garth Franklin
Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy of books introduced the world to hacker whiz Lisbeth Salander, who rose to prominence in the original adapted movie series. In that first trio of pics, Noomi Rapace played Salander, and was eager to pass on the torch to another actress for the U.S. remakes. Enter Rooney Mara, who confidently picked up the mantle for David Fincher’s 2011 remake – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Sadly, that first stab at rebooting the material for American audiences flopped. Mostly a critical and financial failure, it seemed all hope was lost for igniting a sequel. Until, strangely enough, the project began to gather traction in 2013. Seven scribe Andrew Kevin Walker was enlisted to draft a script for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played With Fire – and late last year, Fincher himself suggested the franchise still had life.
While his comments pointed to an entirely new direction for the second movie, »
- Gem Seddon
When it was revealed earlier this afternoon that Neill Blomkamp had officially signed on to direct a new film in the Alien franchise, one of the big lingering questions that we had was in regard to how it would relate to the also-currently-in-development Prometheus 2. Well, the good news is that we didn't have to wait that long for an answer, as now that information has found its way online. Sources have told The Wrap that the events that will be featured in the story of Neill Blomkamp's Alien film will be set narratively after the events of Prometheus 2 - which is apparently still very much in the works. Presumably, that sequel will continue to follow the exploits of Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and the head of the android David (Michael Fassbender) as they learn more about the ancient aliens known as the Engineers and about how humanity came into existence. »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s psychopathic rival Vasili (Joel Kinnaman), who insists “There is no crime in Paradise.”
- Gary Collinson
Tom Hardy. Gary Oldman. Noomi Rapace. A tale of Soviet intrigue. We know a lot of you have been looking forward to Child 44, so we’re happy to be offering a first look at the new UK poster for the movie, in one-sheet and quad flavours, because choice is good. Adapted from the first of a book trilogy by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 finds Soviet police officer Hardy investigating a serial killer who is targeting children. But as he digs deeper into the case, his own government begins to suspect him of treason when a colleague frames him. Rapace is playing his conflicted wife and Oldman is the chief of police eventually assigned to investigate Hardy. Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is behind this one, working up a tale of paranoia, treachery and crime that is loosely based on real events. With Richard Price handling script chores and Joel Kinnaman, »
Coming off the white hot success of his hard hitting, Oscar nominated debut, Bullhead, Michaël Roskam signed on to helm a Hollywood backed crime film adapted by famed writer Dennis Lehane from the author’s own short story, Animal Rescue – an obvious next step that bears all the teetering weight that comes with the swagger of star power and the shimmer of golden statues. Though The Drop failed to live up to its sky high expectations upon world premiere at the Toronto International Film Fest last year, now that the hype has died down it’s recognizably a respectable attempt at roping cheap canine melodrama within a tightly wound yarn of underground corruption and long buried familiar dirty laundry.
Speaking of laundry, the criminal epicenter of Roskam’s tale stands as a seedy bar in Brooklyn where locals come to celebrate or drown their sorrows and the pub’s rough »
- Jordan M. Smith
"Those who seek the truth will be silenced." The riveting Stalin-era crime thriller Child 44 will be hitting theaters this spring, and we have a powerful new poster. Based on the best-selling novel by Tom Rob Smith, this serial-killer drama follows a series of real-life child murders committed in 1953 Soviet Russia, during a supposedly "ideal" Communist state. The star-studded cast includes Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and Gary Oldman as their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up.
Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. Their quest for justice threatens a system-wide cover-up »
A new poster has arrived online for Child 44, the upcoming adaptation of Tom Rob Smith’s bestselling novel, which sees Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) directing a stellar cast that includes Tom Hardy (Locke), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy) Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Paddy Considine (The World’s End)…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Child 44 here
A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles the crisis of conscience for secret police agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy), who loses status, power and home when he refuses to denounce his own wife, Raisa (Noomi Rapace), as a traitor. Exiled from Moscow to a grim provincial outpost, Leo and Raisa join forces with General Mikhail Nesterov (Gary Oldman) to track down a serial »
- Gary Collinson
When we first saw the trailer for "Child 44," we commented on Tom Hardy's amazing Russian accent and the fact that a Soviet-era thriller, especially in today's turbulent political climate, could be really, really cool. Well, we are here to debut the brand new poster for the film (opening on April 17th), which reinforces the movie's fertile setting while paying homage to stylized Soviet propaganda. It's a really great poster.
"Child 44," which costars Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, and Gary Oldman, is based on Tom Rob Smith's best-selling historical novel of the same name and was, in turn, based on a series of real-life child murders committed by a man dubbed the Red Ripper (he claimed to have killed over 50 women and children). What makes the story even more compelling, of course, is that it was committed during Stalin's reign in Russia, a supposedly perfect Communist state free »
- Tim Hayne
Professor Stephen Hawking and the surprisingly good British weather were amongst the stars of the show at the 68th BAFTA Awards ceremony.Click here for full list of winners
At London’s Royal Opera House, Host Stephen Fry introduced the 68th Ee BAFTAs by making a reference to the night’s weather, which for the first time in many years, didn’t involve rain.
Making his entrance to “Uptown Funk”, Fry described the BAFTAs as “that most glorious of occasions when the heavens open and the great and the good of the industry rain down upon us,” adding: “It may be dry outside but in here it’s simply pissing down with stars.”
Those stars included David Beckham, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Ethan Hawke, Julie Walters, Kristin Scott Thomas, Noomi Rapace, Jesse Eisenberg, Ralph Fiennes and surprise guest Tom Cruise, who handed out the Best Film prize.
Despite winning the top prizes for Boyhood, director »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Warner Bros just unveiled the first photo from its upcoming "Unlocked" action thriller, starring Noomi Rapace (Prometheus), Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich, and Toni Collette. Check it out below. Plot: The story follows a CIA interrogator (Rapace), who unwittingly provides information to terrorists and then must race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. The new movie is directed by Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) and is currently being shopped around at the Berlin Film Festival. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Dennis Lehane’s books have yielded some terrific crime dramas set in Boston, from Mystic River to Gone Baby Gone, so it’s more than a little strange to consider that for The Drop, Lehane’s first screenplay, he adapted his short story “Animal Rescue” but traded in Dorchester for the mean streets of Brooklyn.
Why he made the change is unclear, but the modified setting is doubly interesting given that The Drop still feels very much like a Boston drama despite a few explicit references to the Big Apple. There’s little by way of scale on display, unusual for a film set in sprawling NYC, and director Michaël R. Roskam (coming off Bullhead, an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film) infuses many shots with a chilly melancholy and pervasive foreboding that we’ve come to associate with good old Beantown (or at least Hollywood’s impression of »
- Isaac Feldberg
Noomi Rapace is back as the badass ass-kicker we first met in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and this time she's bringing a lot of guns with her! Warner Bros. has released the first image from the new thriller Unlocked. And it shows off some of Noomi's impressive skills in weapons brandishing.
Directed by Michael Apted, Unlocked also stars Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich and Toni Collette. Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Georgina Townsley and Erik Howsam. Claudia Blumhuber is also producing as well as financing through Silver Reel. Bloom is handling international sales in Berlin/Efm this week.
Based on a screenplay by Peter O'Brien, Unlocked tells the story of a CIA interrogator (Noomi Rapace), who unwittingly provides information to terrorists and then must race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. Check out the leading lad as she makes great use of »
With the Berlin Film Festival arriving we're going to be getting more and more first looks as movies hit the sales market and here we have our latest, a film I don't even remember hearing about. The title is Unlocked and it stars Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a CIA interrogator who unwittingly provides information to terrorists and then must race against the clock to stop a biological warfare attack on London. Directed by Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader) the film co-stars Michael Douglas, Orlando Bloom, John Malkovich and Toni Collette with a screenplay by "Halo: Reach" scribe Peter O'Brien. »
- Brad Brevet
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Weinstein Company secures sale of drama starring Helen Mirren, set to world premiere at Berlinale.
German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to historical drama Woman In Gold from The Weinstein Company (TWC).
The deal was negotiated by Al Munteanu and Ingrid Pittana for SquareOne Entertainment with TWC.
Directed by Simon Curtis‘ (My Week With Marilyn), the film stars Oscar-winner Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. Co-stars include Charles Dance, Elizabeth McGovern, Katie Holmes and Max Irons.
The film will have its world premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15) where the film debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote Woman In Gold, which is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier, executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for TWC, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
It tells the true story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking European rights, excluding Switzerland, to Simon Curtis’ historical drama “Woman in Gold” from The Weinstein Company. The film will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it debuts as a Berlinale Special Gala.
Playwright Alexi Kaye Campbell wrote the screenplay. Pic is produced by David M. Thompson for Origin Pictures and Kris Thykier. It is executive produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein for The Weinstein Company, and BBC Films’ Christine Langan.
“Woman in Gold” is the true story of a woman’s fight to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman, Maria Altmann (Mirren), starts her »
- Leo Barraclough
Child 44 Trailer. Daniel Espinosa‘s Child 44 (2015) movie trailer stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, and Charles Dance. Child 44‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by Tom Rob Smith, “A politically-charged serial killer thriller set in 1953 Soviet Russia, Child 44 chronicles [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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