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14 items from 2015


Sean Penn Is Trigger Happy In New Trailer For The Gunman

23 February 2015 12:38 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Following on from Sean Penn’s frankly bizarre Oscars comments last night, Open Road Films has dropped a new trailer for his upcoming action thriller, The Gunman. Was the decision to unleash the preview to perhaps capitalize on the actor’s oddball antics, or simply because it opens in theaters next month? Whatever the reason, an exciting new preview is now online for your viewing pleasure.

As previous teasers have pointed out – the film is directed by Taken‘s Pierre Morel. That admission appears to serve as a badge of merit, to prove that the director’s latest venture will be equally as badass. And by the looks of things, that statement is entirely accurate. Running at just over a minute, it’s a fast-paced tease with a booming score and plenty of explosions.

Starring Penn as James Terrier, a former military specialist plagued by Ptsd, the movie chronicles his »

- Gem Seddon

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Black List Teams With Studiocanal & The Picture Company To Find Euro Screenwriter

9 February 2015 12:59 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s The Picture Company and Studiocanal are teaming with the Black List to identify a European writer for a blind script deal in a wide range of genres, including action-thriller and suspense. From today, writers will be able to opt into consideration by hosting their script on the Black List’s website. All aspirants must hold an EU passport and cannot have made more than $250K from screenwriting fees over the course of their careers. The scripts will be in English. The Black List has similar partnerships with Warner Bros, Disney and the NFL.

Rona and Heineman, producers of Non-Stop, have a first-look deal with European mini-major Studiocanal under which they are developing several projects including The Tracking Of A Russian Spy and an adaptation of the Victor The Assassin book franchise for Taken and The Gunman helmer Pierre Morel. They co-founded The Picture Company last year. »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Sean Penn Rolls Back The Years In New Trailer For Action Flick The Gunman

20 January 2015 10:25 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sean Penn may have starred in several more dramatic pictures of late – The Tree of Life, Gangster Squad and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, for instance — but for the actor’s next outing, the Academy award winner is set to go full Liam Nesson. That’s because Penn’s next venture will be headlining Pierre Morel’s The Gunman, which recently debuted an explosive new trailer.

We reference Liam Nesson’s foray into the action genre because Morel just so happens to be the director behind Taken, though going off of this latest clip, it appears as though The Gunman is venturing down a considerably different path. For the film, Penn will play the part of James Terrier, a former military ops specialist suffering from Ptsd who sets out to clear his name.

Perhaps what separates The Gunman from its generic action contemporaries is the movie’s eye-catching cast, »

- Michael Briers

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Fox Lands Rights To Escape From New York Remake; John Carpenter To Executive Produce

14 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The long history of the remake to John Carpenter’s ’80s classic, Escape From New York, is packed with enough twists and turns to warrant its own feature. The rights have exchanged hands countless times, various scripts have been penned, and the early stages of the casting process began at one point. Heck, producer Joel Silver even spoke of a proposed rebooted trilogy. However, according to Deadline‘s latest scoop on the topic, any prior iterations of the redo can now be tossed out. With Fox’s winning bid securing the rights to the property, their intentions are to commence development with a clean slate.

Carpenter’s 1981 original took place in a dystopian 1997, and followed Kurt Russell’s tough-as-boots mercenary Snake Plissken. Offered a clean slate from previous charges if he rescues the President from Manhattan – now transformed into a high-security prison – he accepts the challenge and embarks on a journey studded with brilliant cameos, »

- Gem Seddon

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‘Escape From New York’ Remake Is Happening And John Carpenter Is Executive Producer

14 January 2015 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Though many had written him off for dead, greasy antihero Snake Plissken is finally headed back to the big screen as a new studio picks up Escape From New York and secures John Carpenter as exec producer.

The 1981 original was set in a cordoned-off Manhattan Island of the future (1997!), which served as a prison for assorted psychopaths and criminal masterminds. Donald Pleasence played the President, whose crash landing on the island led to the government forcing mercenary Plissken (Kurt Russell) to go in and rescue him. Carpenter co-wrote and directed.

A remake has been on the blood-spattered cards for a while, with both New Line Cinema and Joel Silver/StudioCanal attempting a franchise revival. Carpenter had a go himself via 1996’s Escape From La, which famously featured Russell chasing Steve Buscemi on a surfboard. Now 20th Century Fox are kicking the project into gear, though whether talk of a team-based »

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Fox Scores "Escape from New York" Reboot

13 January 2015 9:22 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though it has been rumored to be in the works for years, the remake of "Escape from New York" has never actually been setup at a studio - until now. 20th Century Fox has reportedly won a competitive bidding war to bring us a new version of John Carpenter's iconic 1981 sci-fi classic.

Kurt Russell starred in the original as Snake Plissken, a criminal tasked with rescuing the President of the United States after the downing of Air Force One. The President's escape pod landed on Manhattan Island, which has been converted to a maximum security prison completely run by the criminals that inhabit it. Adding to the complications, Snake has one day in which to get him back - otherwise he'll be killed by a poison in his system.

John Carpenter will return to this new project as an executive producer, and will provide creative input for what Fox »

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The Escape From New York Remake Is Happening, Get The Details

13 January 2015 6:35 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

In news that will equally horrify moviegoers as much as it slightly excites them, a remake to Escape From New York has been ordered. Fox fought hard with several other studios for the rights to the, film and they have now sealed the deal to bring Snake Plissken back to the big screen. According to Deadline, Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.s The Picture Company will produce the film, while John Carpenter, who wrote and directed the original, will work as an executive producer and is also set to have some creative control over it too. That will be of some relief to aficionados of the original. However, these same people will also be more than aware that there have been dozens of remakes made that have only disgraced their illustrious predecessors by being purely lame new incarnations. At the moment, Fox are hopeful that they upcoming remake will help »

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Fox to Reboot John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’

13 January 2015 6:25 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fox has obtained the remake rights to John Carpenter’s iconic “Escape From New York,” starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken.

StudioCanal sold the rights to Fox, which topped several bids.

Carpenter will exec produce the remake. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman’s the Picture Company is also producing.

The original “Escape From New York,” released in 1981, took place in a dystopian 1997 Manhattan after it had been turned into a maximum security prison. The story centered on Plissken being recruited to rescue the U.S. president (Donald Pleasence) after the hijacked Air Force One crashes.

Russell also starred as Plissken in Carpenter’s 1996 sequel “Escape From L.A.,” set in 2013.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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Fox to Remake John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’

13 January 2015 5:26 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Twentieth Century Fox has obtained the rights to John Carpenter‘s 1981 cult-classic “Escape From New York” and intends to remake the film, a spokesperson for the studio told TheWrap Tuesday.

Kurt Russell starred as the iconic one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken in the original Dystopian action film, released by Avco Embassy in 1981. Studiocanal owned the rights to the film, which had several suitors, and was won by Fox’s Mike Ireland on the back of the studio’s competitive bid.

Also Read: ‘Alphaville’ Remake in the Works From ‘Twin Peaks’ Cinematographer, Studiocanal (Exclusive)

Carpenter, who also directed classics including “Halloween” and “Assault on Precinct 13, »

- Travis Reilly

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John Carpenter to Produce 'Escape from New York' Remake

13 January 2015 4:14 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

An Escape from New York remake has been in the planning stages for a number of years now, but has never been set up at a studio. The movie is now moving forward at 20th Century Fox after the studio emerged from a competitive bidding war victorious, closing a deal to bring the 1981 classic back to the big screen. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman's The Picture Company are producing. No cast or director has been set at this time.

Avco Embassy released the original, with the rights belonging to Studiocanal. John Carpenter will return to this new project as an executive producer, and will provide creative input. Fox is hoping to reinvent the property, in turn launching a new franchise.

In the original Escape From New York, Kurt Russell starred as eyepatch-wearing career criminal Snake Plissken, who is tasked with rescuing the president of the United States from within »

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Europe’s Studiocanal Sets Up in Hollywood

12 January 2015 12:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Studiocanal, Europe’s biggest movie production group, is setting up in Los Angeles, tapping Shana Eddy-Grouf as its first creative executive to be permanently based out of Los Angeles.

A former senior agent at United Talent Agency, Eddy-Grouf — who has been appointed Studiocanal senior vice president, international production and development — will report to Ron Halpern, Studiocanal’s Paris-based executive VP, international production and acquisitions. Halpern made the announcement Monday.

Owning one of the largest film libraries in the world, with 5,000-plus international titles, Studiocanal has, over the last near-decade, risen to prominence under chairman-ceo Olivier Courson, with Halpern a key architect of its U.S production relationships. It’s the only independent movie company in Europe to launch direct film distribution operations in the continent’s three biggest markets: France, the U.K. and Germany. It also directly distributes in Australia and has a top-flight international sales department.

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- John Hopewell

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StudioCanal hires La-based Shana Eddy-Grouf

12 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.

Eddy-Grouf will be the company’s first creative executive based in Los Angeles and will generate production opportunities for the studio, whose Paddington recently crossed $100m worldwide and opens in the Us this week through Weinstein/Dimension.

The executive will support StudioCanal’s Us-based producing deals with Andrew Rona’s The Picture Company and Eric Newman’s Grand Electric Entertainment.

“I am so happy to welcome Shana,” said eve of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern, to whom Eddy-Grouf will report.

“She has such great talent relationships in Los Angeles and elsewhere and a perfect understanding of the types of films StudioCanal would like to make. She is a great addition to StudioCanal.”

“I am thrilled to contribute to StudioCanal’s ambitions in the Us and expand upon the exceptional strategic »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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StudioCanal hires Shana Eddy-Grouf

12 January 2015 10:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shana Eddy-Grouf has been appointed svp of international production and development based in Los Angeles as the company deepens its commitment to global production and development.

Eddy-Grouf will be the company’s first creative executive based in Los Angeles and will generate production opportunities for the studio, whose Paddington recently crossed $100m worldwide and opens in the Us this week through Weinstein/Dimension.

The executive will support StudioCanal’s Us-based producing deals with Andrew Rona’s The Picture Company and Eric Newman’s Grand Electric Entertainment.

“I am so happy to welcome Shana,” said eve of international production and acquisitions Ron Halpern, to whom Eddy-Grouf will report.

“She has such great talent relationships in Los Angeles and elsewhere and a perfect understanding of the types of films StudioCanal would like to make. She is a great addition to StudioCanal.”

“I am thrilled to contribute to StudioCanal’s ambitions in the Us and expand upon the exceptional strategic »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Steve Richards Leaves Silver Pictures To Form Funded Venture Endurance Media

5 January 2015 4:12 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Steve Richards, a 19-year vet of Silver Pictures who most recently was Co-President, has left to start Endurance Media, a company that’s launching with a $250 million financing structure to produce and finance films in the $20 million-$60 million range. Endurance will put two pictures in production this year and starts with a staff of three to four production and financial executives housed in Santa Monica offices.

The venture also kicks off with a strategic alliance with Entertainment One Films, which will distribute Endurance films in multiple territories. Equity comes partly from eOne, and Richards raised the rest himself.

At Joel Silver’s company, Richards has held producing capacities on films that include the recently wrapped Autobahn, which stars Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult and Felicity Jones. Other credits include the Liam Neeson starrer Non-Stop, Unknown and the Guy Ritchie-directed RocknRolla.

“Endurance Media will be filmmaker-driven, allowing me »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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