11 items from 2013
Exclusive: In what might be the last big material sale of the year, Skydance Productions has acquired in a pre-emptive seven-figure deal an untitled science fiction project based on an original idea by Shane Salerno, who is currently co-writing one of the three Avatar sequels for James Cameron at Fox. Salerno will write the screenplay, and Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg will produce. Paul Schwake will be executive producer. Skydance confirmed the deal, but would not comment on its size or the film’s logline. “The second we heard Shane’s pitch, we immediately wanted to partner with him on this project,” Ellison offered. “We are thrilled to be on board.” Salerno wrote and directed the feature documentary Salinger, which was released theatrically by The Weinstein Company, and makes its TV debut as the 200th episode of American Masters on PBS. It airs January 21. A book by the »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
What I said last time about the summer being a fairly quiet time for the streaming world, please disregard. Rather than wait for the autumn when people are more inclined to slump on a sofa in front of the tube, Netflix, Lovefilm and a new contender have decided that everyone just loves good movies and TV and so have flooded the marketplace with good content in a battle to outdo one another. The winner again is you the consumer and the hardest part may be to actually choose just one of these outlets to subscribe to.
That new contender I talked about is Sky, who has thrown their hat into the ring with Now TV, which is essentially an on demand version of their Sky Movie channels available over the internet. If you have seen the Now TV website and thought they didn’t actually have much content then think again. »
- Chris Holt
What’s a religious film fan to do? In mid-March, the Russian Orthodox Church urged followers to give up social media for Lent. So some folks were torn by the news that Tom Cruise had become the first Hollywood star to set up a page on popular Russian social network Vk. But the site, set up by entrepreneur Pavel Durov, is Ok: It has more than 100 million active users, and 46 million average daily users. Russia’s box office was up 10% last year, at $1.2 billion, with the Hollywood studios nabbing a 76% share. Cruise’s “Oblivion” will be released in Russia April 11, before its April 19 U.S. bow.
(From the pages of the April 2 issue of Variety.)
South Korean film distrib Cj Entertainment, working with ad agency Cheil, has given a twist to movie posters. Cj placed Wi-Fi-enabled one-sheets around Seoul; when people got near the poster, a notice »
- Variety Staff
A year after it was announced, word has come that "A Royal Affair" helmer Nikolaj Arcel has hopped onboard to direct the latest screen adaptation of Daphne Du DuMaurier's classic psychological noir thriller "Rebecca" at DreamWorks and Working Title Films.
The book was previously adapted in 1940 as the first American film by then rising young director Alfred Hitchcock - it went on to score a Best Picture and Best Cinematography Oscar win along with nine other nominations. Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson starred.
"Eastern Promises" scribe Steven Knight will go back to DuMaurier's original novel which follows an American woman who marries a 40-something widower Maximillian de Winter after a whirlwind romance, and moves into his rambling mansion Manderley.
Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper, was profoundly devoted to Max's first wife Rebecca and continuously psychologically undermines her 'replacement'. At the same time divers discover the remains of Rebecca's »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Dreamworks has set Nikolaj Arcel to direct Rebecca, a remake of the 1940 Alfred Hitchcock film. The picture, which has a script draft by Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight, is being produced by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Arcel is coming off A Royal Affair, a film that was Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, about the queen of an erratic king of Denmark who carries on with her husband’s private doctor in a dangerous affair. Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg also scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, the original Rebecca focused on a naive young woman who marries a rich widower and moves into his mansion, only to discover that the memory of the first wife is maintaining a grip on her husband and the servants. It starred Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine, and it won the Best Picture Oscar. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Veteran American film director Oliver Stone returned to the fray last year with the hard-hitting, violent, drug-fuelled and action-packed thriller Savages (2012), a dark tale of narcotics and vicious cartels starring Brit actor Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitch, Selma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro. To celebrate the release of Stone's Savages on DVD, Blu-ray and UltraViolet on Monday 11 February, we have Two Blu-ray copies and two copies of Don Winslow's novel to give away to our avid readers, courtesy of Universal Pictures UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Director: Oliver Stone
Running Time: 131 minutes
Extras: None other than the extended version
Oliver Stone has a chequered career: Platoon, JFK, and Any Given Sunday sit uneasy next to misfires W, Alexander, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. His latest, Savages, based on Don Winslow’s novel, is a contender for his most fun film yet.
Blending up-and-comers Kitsch, Johnson, and Lively with seasoned pros Travolta, Del Toro, and Hayek is a shrewd choice by Stone. Kitsch may be tough to take seriously at times due to his constant frowning, but the cast work well together and bounce off each other nicely. Stone is, as usual, heavily involved with the script, co-writing with novelist Winslow and Shane Salerno, and in spite of the many cooks, it’s a very cohesive screenplay, weaving the multi-stranded story together perfectly. »
- Sam Carey
Nikolaj Arcel, director of foreign Oscar nominatee "A Royal Affair," and Rasmus Heisterberg, who penned the script, are set to adapt Don Winslow's epic besteller "The Power of the Dog." The two previously collaborated on scripting the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Winslow's novel follows a 30-year struggle between a dogged drug enforcement agent and family of cartel lords in Mexico. Arcel will helm, as well as co-write with Heisterberg and Shane Salerno. Earlier this week Salerno made news as he is the co-author of the upcoming biography "The Private Hell of J.D. Salinger," as well as the director of documentary "Salinger" which was picked up by PBS (it will air as part of "American Masters" in early 2014.) Salerno is familiar with Winslow's material; he adapted 2012's "Savages" for Oliver Stone, and is preparing to write "Satori" for Warner Bros. and Leonardo »
- Beth Hanna
"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" (Swedish version) and "A Royal Affair" scribes Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg are penning an adaptation of "Savages" author Don Winslow's bestseller "The Power Of The Dog" at The Story Factory.
The story deals the drug war and a thirty-year struggle between a hard DEA agent and a family of cartel kingpins in Mexico. Characters include an Irish assassin, a heroine with uncertain loyalties, a crusading priest and a dangerously obsessed DEA agent.
Arcel will direct while he, Arcel and Shane Salerno are co-writing the script. Salerno will produce.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg, who scripted the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and followed with the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nominee A Royal Affair, have found their next project. It’s a feature adaptation of The Power Of The Dog, the epic Don Winslow bestseller framed around the drug war and a 30-year struggle between a hard DEA agent and a family of cartel kingpins in Mexico. Arcel will direct, and the script will be written by Heisterberg, Arcel and Shane Salerno. Salerno will produce through The Story Factory. This is the same Salerno who wrote, directed, produced and financed the J.D. Salinger documentary Salinger that earlier this week was licensed in the U.S. for an American Masters broadcast and is being shopped for feature distribution after a companion biography sold in a 7-figure deal to Simon & Schuster. I’ve read most of Winslow’s novels, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Django Unchained this year and will be seen in The Great Gatsby and Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street next year (both of which, by the way, made my Top 50 Most Anticipated Movies of 2013 list), but after that we might not see him for a little while. Speaking with the German daily Bild (via) DiCaprio said: "I am a bit drained. I'm now going to take a long, long break. I've done three films in two years and I'm just worn out. I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment." A trip to IMDb shows 23 films in development for DiCaprio, which I'm assuming will slowly begin to diminish. The only one I'm a little disappointed may find the backburner is Satori based on Don Winslow's novel, which itself was a sequel »
- Brad Brevet
11 items from 2013
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