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Director Harald Zwart, who last made a feature in the country eight years ago, has returned to Norway with “The 12th Man,”which has begun its local shoot for producer Aage Aaberge and Nordisk Film Production.
Co-produced by Norway’s Motion Blur (co-owned by Zwart), the $6.8 million tells the story of Norwegian war hero Jan Baalsrud, who was one of 12 Norwegian resistance fighters crossing the North Sea on a fishing boat, to blow up the Bardufoss Airport in March 1943, during the Nazi occupation. Their boat is discovered, and the saboteurs blow it up, trying to escape in a smaller boat. But 11 of them are captured, and killed by the enemy; only 25-year-old Baalsrud manages to escape, and after hiding in a snow cave on the fjell for two months, he is able to cross the border to neutral Sweden.
Zwart started shooting north of the Arctic Circle in April, starting with the ending. »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales will sell the Iceland-Denmark-Poland co-production.
Iceland’s Netop Films, Denmark’s Profile Pictures and Poland’s Madants, a trio who previously collaborated on Icelandic hit Rams, are reuniting to co-produce Under The Tree, the new film from Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson, whose credits include Paris Of the North and Either Way.
The film starts shooting in Iceland on July 19 for six weeks.
The Nordisk TV & Film Fond has now confirmed backing of $156,400 (Nok 1.3m) for the $2.2m (€2m) budget. Other backers are The Icelandic Film Centre, Danish Film Institute and Polish Film Institute.
Under The Tree has been pre-sold to Sena for Icelandic distribution and to Ruv for free TV in Iceland. Scanbox has acquired Scandinavian rights. New Europe Film Sales, which also teamed with Netop on Icelandic hit Rams, will handle international sales.
“Grimar [Netop Films producer Grimar Jónsson] and I had an amazing journey with Rams, so when he approached me with a new project it was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The 12th Man tells “the story of Jan Baalsrud, a Norwegian resistance fighter, one of a dozen saboteurs trained by British intelligence to carry out a raid on an air traffic control tower in the Norwegian city of Bardufoss in 1943. The raid failed, and 11 of the 12 resistance fighters were captured and killed. Only Baalsrud escaped and survived.”
- Gary Collinson
Sold by TrustNordisk and scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943.
“This has been a shared passion project of Harald and Veslemoey and I am honored to be taking part in this great Norwegian adventure,” said Rhys Meyers.
- Elsa Keslassy
TrustNordisk has come on board helmer Harald Zwart’s “The 12th Man,” a WWII-set drama telling the true story of Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud, who was trained by the British to fight the Nazis.
Scripted by Petter Skavlan (“Kon-Tiki”), “The 12th Man” is set in northern Norway and chronicles the journey of Baalsrud, who was the only one out of 12 resistance fighters, to escape the Germans following a failed raid at Bardufoss in 1943. The movie centers around Baalsrud’s relationship with his Norwegian countrymen, who helped him survive in the wilderness and reach neutral Sweden while being tracked down by the Gestapo.
Zwart said he and his wife, who is producing this film, bought the rights to the book 15 years ago. “This story is a natural treasure for Norway. It’s a great survival story; it sheds light on all the people who helped Baalsrud. They were the people in the country, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Actor-musician, Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in the cast of thriller “24 Hours to Live.” To be directed by Brian Smrz, the film starts production in South Africa next month.
Common, who recently won an original song Academy Award with John Legend for “Selma,” has had film roles including “Run All Night” and “Wanted.” Xu (aka Summer Xu) started her film career in Chen Kaige’s “Life on a String” and was recently seen in “Looper” and hit comedy drama “Mr Six.”
- Patrick Frater
The Dutch director will helm the $7.7m World War II epic.
Harald Zwart, director of The Mortal Instruments, will return to Norway to direct 12th Man (Den 12. Mann), a $7.7m World War II epic.
The film tells the true story of Norwegian hero Jan Baalsrud’s legendary escape from Nazi-Germany’s occupation forces; 12 resistance fighters crossed the North Sea to fight them, but he was the only one who found the way back.
Zwart’s last film in Norway was Long Flat Balls II eight years ago.
The Nfi is also granting $724,000 each to Margret Bergheim’s Trio - The Hunt For St. Olavs Shrine, which is an action spinoff from an Nrk TV series produced by Nordic Stories; and Arne Lindtner Næss’s Casper And Emma Go Hiking, the fifth installment »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
Academy Award-nominated Demian Bichir (“A Better Life”), Diego Luna (“Y Tu Mamá También”) and Sofia Espinosa (“Gloria”) will star in “The Black Minutes,” one of two new and high-profile titles brought onto Berlin’s market by Im Global/Canana’s joint sales venture Mundial.
Mexico/L.A.-based, and headed by Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz, Canana also produces “The Black Minutes,” which weighs in as one of the big new players for the U.S. Latino audience, Mexico and beyond.
A modern-day film noir and tale of crime, corruption and cover-ups that brings a 20-year-old cold case crashing into the present day, “The Black Minutes” turns on a world weary cop and serial killer confronting past crimes that have tied them together for many years.
Adapting the same-titled novel by Martin Solares, “The »
- John Hopewell
The project has been written by Jeremy Lott (Spy Kids) and will star Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as “a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the accomplished racer he thinks he is.”
This marks Reeves’ second collaboration with Fundamental and Company, with the actor also set to star in the sci-fi thriller Replicas from director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), where he plays a scientist obsessed with bringing back his »
- Gary Collinson
Deadline has learned that Harald Zwart has been tapped by Company Films and Fundamental Films, a leading Chinese production and distribution outfit, to direct Keanu Reeves in a racing flick titled Rally Car. Zwart, who's previous directing credits include The Karate Kid remake, One Night At McCool's and The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, will be helming from a script by Jeremy Lott, based a... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The story, according to the website, ‘centers on a hot-shot former champion Nascar driver (Reeves) who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high-stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the badass racer he thinks he is.’
The company behind the movie, Fundamental Films, are taking the project to the European Film Market in Berlin next week. The market runs alongside the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), which kicks off on February 11th.
Reeves wil co-produce the film.
Here’s the official release, »
- Paul Heath
There are two ways you can hope to capture the increasingly important Chinese market. Make a movie and hope that it connects with audiences there, or custom craft a vehicle that's tailor made to be a success in China. And the team behind "Rally Car" have done just that. Read More: Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Keanu Reeves' 'Exposed' Deadline reports that Keanu Reeves will lead the Harald Zwart ("The Karate Kid") directed movie about an aging, hotshot Nascar driver who looks to put his crumbling personal and professional life back on track by getting a young Chinese woman as his co-driver, as gears up for take place in a rally race across China. See what I mean? At any rate, it's Keanu driving around in a car, hopefully with some decent one liners. And while you might wonder why Hollywood is bothering with a race »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Jeremy Lott (“Spy Kids”) has written the script, which is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Reeves and Hamel will produce under their Company Films banner, along with Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and President Gregory Ouanhon, while Gary Glushon will executive produce.
Fundamental Films is financing the project, with Im Global handling international sales and introducing the film to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market next week. CAA is representing the U.S. rights.
Reeves will portray a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive– The Karate Kid helmer Harald Zwart has come on-board Keanu Reeves vehicle Rally Car for leading Chinese production and distribution company Fundamental Films and Company Films. The filmmaker, who also helmed The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, will direct from a script by Jeremy Lott, which is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Lott is writing Hood for Jerry Bruckheimer at Sony and Man at Arms for Basil Iwanyk with Jonathan Liebesman directing. Reeves… »
Reeves will portray a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn't want to believe his glory days are behind him even as his life begins to spiral out of control.
He's soon forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, to prove he's still the racer he thinks he is.
Jeremy Lott ("Spy Kids") penned the script based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Reeves, Hamel, Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon will produce. Much of the same team, including Reeves and Hamel, are behind another film entitled "Replicas" which is already completed.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
For a few years now, Hollywood has been trying to reboot "Masters Of The Universe," and make the 1987 version with Dolph Lundgren a distant memory. Back in 2012, Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") was tapped to direct, but left a little while later. Then in 2014, a shortlist of directors emerged for the project including Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”), Jeff Wadlow ("Kick-Ass 2"), Chris McKay (“The Lego Batman Movie”), and Harald Zwart (“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"), but not much movement happened on that. However, the project now has someone at the helm, and it's not much more exciting than any of those names. Read More: 5 Iconic '90s Music Videos Directed By McG Three letter wonder McG ("Charlie's Angels," "3 Days To Kill") is in talks to direct "Masters Of The Universe." Alex Litvak and Mike Finch (who paired on 2010's "Predators") penned »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Can Shadowhunters come back from its disappointing first episode? Here's our review of The Mortal Instruments TV opener...
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 The Mortal Cup
Lots of pilot episodes seem a bit clunky. They’ve got a fair amount of setting up to do, after all – the first episode of anything needs to introduce its audience to a setting, to characters, and, if the show’s got any kind of sci-fi or fantasy element, to the rules of its universe. So sometimes you get a bit more telling than showing, and some on-the-nose dialogue. That’s generally forgivable. But in the case of Shadowhunters, its first episode was so awkward it might be hard to come back from it.
To give it its due, it gets the first part out of the way quickly and fairly elegantly. The opening sequence establishes that this is a magical world »
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