15 items from 2014
Czech film bizzers are reporting a healthy jump in foreign productions and a new “more business-like” approach to the country’s production incentives, which have been boosted by 300 million korunas ($14.8 million) annually for the next two years. Foreign pics that have shot in the country include Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer,” which screens at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival on Friday.
The Audiovisual Producers Assn., the main Czech industry org, reported at the Karlovy Vary festival that international shoots spent more than $140 million last year, a significant jump from the 2012 total of $87.7 million. The numbers have been arcing up steadily and increasingly since the incentives law was passed in 2010.
Now, with the Czech parliament’s approval of the higher annual cap on the 20% cash-back incentives of $39.6 million, it’s looking like the political deadlock that has jammed progress has been broken, according to Apa managing director Katerina Weissova.
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- Will Tizard
Lionsgate has expanded its output deal with the Scandinavian partner on the back of Divergent’s $250m global success.
The deal encompasses a pipeline of Lionsgate and Summit titles including the next two instalments of The Hunger Games franchise (Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2) and the next Divergent entries (Insurgent and Allegiant Parts 1 & 2).
Also included are Now You See Me 2, potential tentpole Gods Of Egypt, currently filming in Australia, and Daniel Espinosa’s crime thriller Child 44, based on the bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith and produced by Ridley Scott.
“Lionsgate and Summit have enjoyed a tremendous relationship with Nordisk over the years, partnering on nearly 200 films, including the launch of the Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent franchises,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairs Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.
“We’re delighted to celebrate the renewal of our output deal with our strongest and most diverse slate ever, and we look forward to expanding our partnership with Nordisk on the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Garrett became chairman of Kudos in 2011, nearly 20 years after he co-founded the company. With Kudos CEO Jane Featherstone, he was responsible for building one of the U.K.’s most successful independent production companies. Kudos has produced many hit shows, including “Life on Mars,” “Hustle” and “Spooks,” which is known as “Mi-5″ in the U.S.
Productions under Garrett’s stewardship as executive chairman, Shine Pictures, have included “Eastern Promises,” “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and “Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day.” Recently announced projects include crime thriller “Blowback,” from author Gregory Burke, and the adaptation of bestseller “The Farm” by Tom Rob Smith, in association with BBC Films.
These and future projects will be led solely at Shine Pictures by head of film, Ollie Madden, »
- Leo Barraclough
We’ve received the news that the wonderful BBC Films and Shine Pictures today have picked up the rights to best-selling author Tom Rob Smith’s new psychological thriller ‘The Farm’. The novel is a heart-pounding mystery set in London and Sweden, that’s debuted to rave reviews, reaching Number 2 in the UK bestseller charts during its opening month and is also a bestseller in its launches in Australia, Germany and Israel, with a further 13 major territories sold. Shine’s Head of Film, Ollie Madden, had this to say:
“I’ve been a huge fan of Tom’s novels since ‘Child 44’, and when I picked up ‘The Farm’ I read it in one, enrapt sitting. It’s very rare that you read something which is simultaneously thrilling, thought-provoking, totally unpredictable and packs a real emotional punch. We look forward to adapting Tom’s brilliant work into a feature film”.
- Dan Bullock
The story follows Daniel, a Londoner who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. One day he receives a frantic call from his father - his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed.
Shortly after his mother calls him, telling him she's en-route and asking for the chance to tell her story. Has she had a psychotic break? Of is she victim of a terrible conspiracy that implicates the man's father in a terrible crime?
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- Garth Franklin
London – BBC Films and Shine Pictures, the film division of Elisabeth Murdoch's Shine Group, have bought the rights to psychological thriller The Farm, the latest novel penned by Tom Rob Smith. Smith's latest book is set in London and Sweden and tells the tale of a boy who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. He gets a call from his father telling him his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed. Then his mother calls and asks him to allow her to give her side of the
- Stuart Kemp
The mystery novel set in London and Sweden reached number two in the UK bestseller charts during its opening month and also proved a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel.
It is the latest book from Tom Rob Smith, whose Child 44 trilogy has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, the first of which has been made as a film directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and is due for release this year. He also created the five-part BBC backed mini-series, London Spy, which will air in 2015.
Madden, head of film at Shine, said: “I’ve been »
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The innovative mystery, set in London and Sweden, reached number two in the U.K. charts during its opening month, and is also a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel, with a further 13 major territories sold.
The novel centers on Daniel, who believes his parents are living a peaceful life on a farm in rural Sweden. He then receives a frantic call from his father: his mother has escaped from a mental hospital shortly after being committed.
He then receives a call from his mother, who is en route to London. She »
- Leo Barraclough
Old MacDonald had a farm and so does Tom Rob Smith, the bestselling novelist whose Soviet-era thriller Child 44 is currently blazing to the screen like a Tom Hardy-shaped bullet. His follow-up novel, The Farm, has been picked up by BBC Films and Shine Pictures with a view to a movie adaptation.Unlike tne aforementioned farmer, whose day-to-day is mostly concerned with oink-oinks and baa-baas, Smith’s collection of barns and outhouses holds a dark secret. Daniel, a 29 year-old Londoner, believes his mum and dad are living a quiet existence in a southern Swedish farmstead, until a call comes through saying that his mum has had a psychiatric episode and is on the lam from her hospital ward.Soon afterwards his troubled mother, Tilde, touches down in London with wild claims of conspiracy and a cargo of evidence against Daniel’s dad. The plot, as they say, thickens.Says the head of BBC Films, »
It looks like BBC Two period gangster drama Peaky Blinders is about to get a whole lot better when the much anticipated second season hits later this year. Tom Hardy will be joining the ranks for season two. The announcement was made today on the shows official Facebook page. Although little is known of Hardy's role just yet, he is said to be playing the part of a "charismatic leader" who provides a unique opportunity to the show's leading character Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy.
Season two of Peaky Blinders will mark the third time Hardy and Murphy have acted together, the previous two times being Christopher Nolan's Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. It also marks a reunion of sorts with the shows creator Steven Knight who recently worked with Hardy on Locke.
2014 already looks like it's going to be a busy year for Tom Hardy. He's »
- Gary Collinson
BBC Two Acquires Tom Rob Smith Thriller ‘London Spy’ Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith has created a new drama series that’s been picked up by BBC Two. London Spy is a five-part contemporary thriller that sees an innocent young man drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. In the center of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. A chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street takes a turn when one of them disappears. The series will shoot this year and air in 2015. Smith is producing; Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are exec producing for Working Title Television. Polly Hill exec produces for BBC Two. Smith’s Child 44 is being adapted as a feature directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Ridley Scott. The film stars Tom Hardy, »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
“London Spy” is a contempo thriller in which an innocent, young romantic is drawn into the dangerous world of espionage.
It starts with a chance encounter between Danny, who is gregarious, hedonistic and romantic, and the anti-social, enigmatic and brilliant Alex, who works for the British intelligence services.
Just as they realize that they’re perfect for each other, Alex disappears. Danny, utterly ill-equipped to take on the complex world of British espionage, must decide whether he’s prepared to fight for the truth.
The miniseries will shoot this year and airs on BBC Two in 2015.
It is produced by Smith. »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Two has announced details of an upcoming five-part drama series.
The thriller series is centred around an "innocent, young romantic" named Danny who gets caught up in a world of espionage and conspiracy.
It will be set on a London street that houses the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of the gay clubbing scene on the other.
Hedonistic Danny falls for the antisocial Alex after a chance encounter from both sides of the street, before Alex suddenly disappears. Danny must now decide whether he has what it takes to find out what happened to him.
Speaking about his first television drama, creator Tom Rob Smith said: "It's very exciting to have one of the best production companies in the country, Working Title, produce »
Michael Fassbender has been attached to produce and star for some time, but Assassin's Creed still doesn't have a director. That may be about to change, however. It's far from a done deal, but the often reliable Twitch are reportedly hearing "persistent talk" that 20th Century Fox have a name in the frame for the stealthy videogame adaptation. According to the intel, the studio's own Animus has homed in on Daniel Espinosa.Espinosa previously made the international hit Snabba Cash, followed by his mainstream debut Safe House, with Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington. Most recently he's been at work on Child 44, based on Tom Rob Smith's novel and sporting the pitch-hitting cast of Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace and Vincent Cassel. Ridley Scott is among the producers.In short, his is becoming an increasingly safe pair of hands where real-world thrillers are concerned. The historical »
News Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 06:29
Since he scored an impressive hit with the Denzel Washington-headlined Safe House, director Daniel Espinosa has found himself linked with more than one project in the Hollywood rumour mill. A year ago, for instance, his name was heavily linked with a movie of the John Grisham book, The Racketeer.
The one film he's taken on since is the movie adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's acclaimed novel, Child 44, and that's due in cinemas later this year. And he might just be following that up with the mooted Assassin's Creed movie.
Assassin's Creed has long had Michael Fassbender attached to produce and star, but Twitch Film now reports that Espinosa is the producers' choice to direct the film. No dotted lines have been signed »
15 items from 2014
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