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At the moment, Hollywood is treating the Boston Marathon tragedy with the same thoughtful restraint as it grants public domain fairy tale properties, with multiple projects in the works. Fox has "Boston Strong" with Daniel Espinosa attached to direct, and Mark Wahlberg has been eyeballing "Patriot's Day" at CBS Films, but it looks likes "Stronger" is leaping ahead of both those projects. David Gordon Green recently signed up to direct, and now a major star is kicking the tires. Read More: The Lost, Unmade & Abandoned Projects Of David Gordon Green Variety reports that Jake Gyllenhaal is circling the drama. Playwright John Pollono and “8 Mile” and “The Fighter” screenwriter Scott Silver wrote the script based on the memoir by Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and became a key witness in the subsequent criminal case. Here's the book synopsis: When Jeff Bauman woke up on »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After making the international hit Easy Money, director Daniel Espinosa made his American film debut with 2012's Safe House. The filmmaker followed up that action-thriller with this year's Child 44, which is currently available on Digital HD before the Blu-ray and DVD release on August 4 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Today we have an exclusive preview which highlights the directorial style of the Child 44 filmmaker. And it proves he's certainly a filmmaker to watch in the future.
Tom Hardy, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace star in the riveting and politically charged serial-killer drama Child 44, which made waves when it hit theaters earlier this year. Based on the first novel of the international best-selling trilogy by Tom Rob Smith and produced by the acclaimed Ridley Scott, the nail-biting story is written for the screen by Richard Price. The film features a stellar supporting cast that includes Joel Kinnaman, »
We’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip and stills from Tom Hardy’s latest film, “Child 44.” The film, also starring Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace, comes to Digital HD July 21 and on Blu-ray plus Digital HD, DVD plus Digital and On Demand August 4 courtesy of Summit Entertainment. The film is based on the first novel Tom Rob Smith’s acclaimed trilogy, adapted for the screen by Richard Price, directed by Daniel Espinosa and is produced by Ridley Scott. The film also stars Joel Kinnaman, Jason Clarke, Paddy Considine and Vincent Cassel. The film starts with a tragic death, leading Hardy’s character to suspect a conspiracy. After a friend’s son is [ Read More ]
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Stronger, a film about the Boston Marathon bombing, has found its director.
On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the annual marathon in Boston, taking three lives and injuring about 264 people.
Bauman, who was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line, lost both of his legs during the attack.
In the book, written by Bauman and Brett Witter, Bauman shared his experience being a key witness in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his journey to rehabilitation after the attack.
Stronger is one of the three movies being made about the Boston Marathon bombing.
This particular project, set up at Lionsgate, is set to tell the story of Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors of the attack who lost lost both his legs in the attacks. In Stronger, co-written by himself and Bret Whitter, Bauman told of his experiences and his rehabilitation after the bombings, where he was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line. John Pollono and Scott Silver have adapted the book and written the script.
Patriot’s Day, CBS Films’ version of events set to star Mark Wahlberg, and Boston Strong, directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), are two of the other projects about the bombings which set to go into production soon.
- Scott J. Davis
David Gordon Green has already gone through several phases in his relatively short career — indie breakout, second coming of Terrence Malick, studio stoner comedy helmer, reviver of once-great actors. Is ‘awards director’ his next transformation? The director has “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Anthony Mackie, on the way, a film tipped as the next “Argo,” and now the chameleonic helmer has signed on to a true-life tale that could be Oscar material. Per THR, Gordon Green will direct Lionsgate’s “Stronger,” based on the memoir of Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon Bombing and became a key witness in the subsequent criminal case. Playwright John Pollono and “8 Mile” and “The Fighter” screenwriter Scott Silver wrote the script, which is one of several films about the atrocity in the works: Daniel Espinosa was close to directing “Boston Strong” for Casey Affleck before he dropped out, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Images from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are still seared into the hearts and minds of people around the world, and so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that multiple film projects about the terrorist attack are in the works. Today, Manglehorn director David Gordon Green has signed on to helm one such pic, titled Stronger and set to focus on Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs in the attack.
Lionsgate is behind the inspirational true story, which is based on the autobiographical book Bauman co-wrote with Bret Whitter.
Bauman was at the finish line of the marathon on April 15, 2013, waiting for his girlfriend to finish the annual race, when he was caught in the blast from a pressure cooker bomb left at the crowded event by terrorists Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The explosion took both his legs. When he awoke in a nearby hospital, Bauman was able to identify »
- Isaac Feldberg
Criterion brings Jan Troell’s masterful debut feature Here is Your Life into their fold. It’s the Swedish auteur’s second film to join the collection, following his beautiful 2008 film, Everlasting Moments, the title many contemporary audiences may recognize. Though his narrative features are rather few and far between, generally based on expansive novels or real life events (his last work to date is 2012’s The Last Sentence documenting a journalist’s quest to inform the Swedish public on Fascism in the 1930s), his expressive debut would launch his career as a notable European auteur in the 1970s, with his Oscar nominated epic The Emigrants (currently slated to be remade by Daniel Espinosa) leading a pack of titles finding Troell working continually with Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, while crossing over internationally with films starring Gene Hackman and Mia Farrow.
Regarded as a masterpiece in Sweden, Troell based »
- Nicholas Bell
Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have announced the details for the Blu-ray release of thriller Child 44. Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the film stars Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises), Noomi Rapace (The Drop), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys) and Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad) and is set for release on August 4th in the States.
After a friend’s son is found dead, Soviet secret-police officer Leo Demidov (Hardy) suspects his superiors are covering up the truth. When Leo dares to raise questions, he is demoted and exiled to a provincial outpost with his wife (Rapace). There, Leo soon discovers other mysterious deaths with similar circumstances and convinces his new boss (Oldman) that a deranged serial killer is on the loose-and must be stopped before he strikes again in this electrifying thriller.
Special Features will include:
-Reflections of History” featurette »
- Scott J. Davis
Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur splashed onto the international scene in the early aughts with films like “101 Reykjavík,” “Hafið,” “A Little Trip to Heaven,” and while Hollywood’s embraced him fully—see the mainstream crime thrillers “2 Guns” and “Contraband”— neither has demonstrated much auteurist vision. It’s the classic dilemma, a talented and coveted international director makes a big splash, but when they get to Hollywood, they are sucked into some fairly generic scripts and thus generate some fairly generic movies (see the problem that Swedish “Easy Money” filmmaker Daniel Espinosa has found himself in after what seemed like a promising start in Hollywood). But with Universal’s mountain climbing thriller, “Everest,” Kormákur just might find his way back on track. The movie’s cast is epic and its very much an ensemble film that includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, »
- Edward Davis
Boston may be strong, but as it turns out something was too powerful for the upcoming film about the Boston Marathon bombing. The film, which follows the aftermath of the attack and how the city banded together, will need to be stout itself in order to overcome this problem. Boston Strong is now without a director. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Espinosa, who had been attached to direct the film, has now parted ways with the project over "creative differences." There.s no additional information about exactly what those differences are. Espinosa has been having a rough time of late, his most recent film, Child 44, has had a fairly disappointing run so far. He also recently switched talent agencies. The move appears to have been his choice, but the reasons behind it are also unknown. It.s very possible that Espinosa simply has a lot going on in »
Creative differences were cited as the reason for the split, though no details were available as to what those differences entailed. Espinosa, who broke out with 2010’s Easy Money and went on to helm action hit Safe House, has been going through a rough patch lately; Child 44 was reportedly a monster to tackle in the editing room, and even with extensive post-production work, it became a high-profile disappointment for Lionsgate.
Boston Strong, which The Fighter scribes Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy originally adapted from the book of the same name by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, focuses on the manhunt for bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the immediate aftermath of a devastating attack during the 2013 Boston Marathon, and how the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Arms and the Dudes
"The Hangover" filmmaker Todd Phillips has used his Instagram account to post the first photos from his upcoming feature "Arms and the Dudes". Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the project about a Miami-based small business who bid on U.S. military contracts and started raking in big money.
The film tells of the aftermath of the attack which left dozens permanently injured, and how the city came together to heal itself. Espinosa is coming off the period Soviet drama "Child 44" which has had a disastrous run so far in cinemas. [Source: THR]
Ratchet and Clank
- Garth Franklin
Boston turned out to be too strong for Daniel Espinosa. The director, who is coming off the major box office disappointment of Child 44, has fallen off of Boston Strong, the drama based around the events of the Boston Marathon bombings. "Creative differences" is the reason cited for the departure, according to sources, although it is unclear what those were. But the Swedish filmmaker, who also directed the Denzel Washington-Ryan Reynolds hit Safe House, has been going through career turbulence of late. Child 44, a period Soviet drama starring Tom Hardy, cost over $30 million to make, but only
- Borys Kit
Though he broke out with "Easy Money" and garnered a lot of attention from Hollywood, one could argue that Daniel Espinosa hasn't really lived up to his Next Hot Thing status. "Safe House" was a forgettable action flick, and this spring's star-studded "Child 44" was a complete bomb, but miraculously not a huge loss for Lionsgate, thanks to some smart accounting. So perhaps it's not a surprise that the director has set up an upcoming project in Sweden. Read More: Review: 'Child 44' Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, And Joel Kinnaman Screen Daily reports that Espinosa will helm a new adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s novel "The Emigrants." Cinephiles will know that Jan Troell made a wonderfully received 1971 movie based on the same material (it earned four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), but maybe there's room for improvement? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Daniel Espinosa (Child 44) is set to adapt Vilhelm Moberg's acclaimed novel The Emigrants for major Scandinavanian distributor and financier Svensk. The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life. An earlier adaptation was made in 1971 by Jan Troell was nominated for… »
Details of the project were announced at the annual press conference held in Cannes by Swedish regional fund Film Väst.
The Emigrants tells the story of Kristina and her husband Karl-Oskar, who emigrate from Sweden to America in the 1850s. Determined to flee poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression, they head across the Atlantic in search of a better life.
An earlier adaptation of EspinoVilhelm Moberg’s acclaimed novel was made in 1971 by revered director Jan Troell that was nominated for five Academy Awards and won a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
The Emigrants will be scripted by Petter Skavlan (Kon Tiki.) It is to be produced by Fredrik Wikström Nicastro at Svensk Filmindustri, and co-produced by Film Väst. Shooting is scheduled to begin in 2017, in the Västra Götaland region of western Sweden.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
One of the more interesting looking films going into the year was "Child 44," a film adaptation of the acclaimed 2008 novel. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace starred in the film about a soldier in 1950s Soviet Union who tracks a serial child killer, at the same time facing a communist bureaucracy that would not acknowledge such a ghoul could exist in its midst.
Unfortunately it may leave 2015 with a less ignominious title - as one of the year's biggest bombs. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film opened on 510 screens on April 17th and raked in a woeful $622,000. Things did not improve in the second week, the film dropping 67% on the same number of screens.
Now Deadline reports that the film's release has been shrunk to just 24 screens, and its $3.3 million worldwide total so far is disastrous for a film that cost over $50 million. Reviews haven't been a saving grace »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaking for grown-ups is so scarce these days that it’s tempting to grade Daniel Espinosa’s bleak, bone-crunching thriller Child 44 on a curve: Tom Hardy plays dutiful secret police agent Leo Demidov, who stomps around Stalinist Russia looking to solve a series of grisly child murders that the government would prefer to keep unsolved. A former underling who’s clawed his way to the top (Joel Kinnaman) and a wife who just may be a traitor to her country (Noomi Rapace) complicate his increasingly thorny mission. The picture, adapted by Richard Price from Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel, has a chilly little soul to go along with its muted, greenish-sepia color palette. This is a dignified piece of filmmaking, and one that uses brutality to great effect — a »
Child 44, 2015.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa.
A disgraced member of the military police investigates a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.
Based on Tom Rob Smith’s 2008 novel; Child 44 proves how difficult it can be to effectively adapt such meaty material. Charting the life of Ukranian orphan Leo (Hardy) as he climbs the ranks within Soviet Russia, the story then briskly moves to him investigating a series of child murders. The film’s main idea that “there is no murder in paradise” is a compelling one and sets up the twists and turns of the story. However, the narrative is badly handled and the film plods along at a snail’s pace. There is some redemption in its final act but not enough to make up for the convoluted story that proceeds it. »
- Helen Murdoch
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