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Exclusive: In a move that takes her patronage of auteur filmmakers to another level, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have made a deal to finance two pictures directed by David O Russell. This is an outgrowth of their experience on American Hustle, the ensemble drama that got 10 Oscar nominations and grossed $250 million worldwide. Ellison earlier this year pledged to back Page 1, the development shingle of Zero Dark Thirty writer and producer Mark Boal. But she usually finances auteur pictures piecemeal and this is the first deal of its kind for her. She just signed on to finance Richard Linklater’s Boyhood follow-up That’s What I’m Talking About, with Paramount distributing. Her latest film is Foxcatcher, the Bennett Miller-directed drama that is smack in the center of the Oscar race, with the performances by Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo.
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- Mike Fleming Jr
It can only happen in the movies: While a couple of weeks ago, Rocket the Raccoon was the superhero of the moment, he has been replaced by David Fincher, Christopher Nolan and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
In reinventing itself every fall, Hollywood is still selling brands, but those brands shift dramatically, from comicbook heroes to cinema auteurs.
The process of elevating filmmakers to such status raises intriguing questions: Are we really doing directors (or audiences) a favor? Or are we misrepresenting the filmmaking process and, in doing so, prompting top talent to fashion quirkier, less accessible work?
A number of books and academic studies have appeared lately that argue against the folklore of the “lone genius” in the arts. Most creative breakthroughs, they point out, are the product of teams of artists. “The idea of the solitary creator is a myth that has outlived its usefulness,” writes Joshua Wolf Shenk in his book, »
- Peter Bart
He formed Voltage as a sales company a decade ago with Dean Devlin and came to Toronto in 2008 with Voltage’s first produced film: “The Hurt Locker.” Summit bought the film at the festival; 18 months later, it would to win best picture Oscar for Chartier, Greg Shapiro, screenwriter Mark Boal and director Kathryn Bigelow.
Toronto was also good to him last year when “Dallas Buyers Club” screened. In late 2012, Chartier paid $3 million for the foreign rights to the pic, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, just after the financing had fallen apart.
On the night of Sept. 9, 2013, in Toronto, Chartier remembers that the pic “got a long standing ovation. I think they were impressed by Matthew and surprised by Jared, sort of like ‘Wow, that was Jared Leto, who we never see and he was great. »
- Dave McNary
The financing comes with shooting planned to start in two months. New Regency president Brad Weston told Variety that director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will start shooting in Calgary and British Columbia in September.
Twentieth Century Fox plans to open the film in limited release in late 2015 before a wide release in early 2016.
New Regency will finance half the cost of “The Revenant,” which has a budget of about $60 million. Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment is also financing while Worldview Entertainment has backed off from providing funding.
New Regency came on to the project in 2011.
Gonzalez Inarritu is directing DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter. Gonzalez Inarritu and Mark Smith wrote the screenplay based on the Michael Punke novel “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge” published in 2003. The novel, »
- Dave McNary
Top twenty. Now we start to see the more widely recognizable films that people have some emotional attachment to. World War II gets a few mentions in this portion of the list, but this is one of the more diverse sections, overall. We get a mention of the Boer War, the Algerian War, and the Korean War, as well as the only movie about the American Civil War on this list.
20. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Conflict: Boer War, World War I, World War II
The only film on the list that spans multiple wars is also probably the least battle-focused film on the list. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is told through an extended flashback, following Major-General Clive Wynne-Candy (Roger Livesey) as he rises through the ranks of the British military from war to war. The flashback is »
- Joshua Gaul
Kendrick will play Poppy, a Trolls princess who takes off on an adventure of some sort. Poppy also reportedly has a knack for singing, which makes Kendrick a pitch perfect fit for the voice role.
Trolls is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016.
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- Anthony Taormina
Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been free for less than three weeks, but two major Hollywood filmmakers are already prepping movies about his controversial service in Afghanistan and the five years he was held captive by the Taliban. Todd Field (Little Children) will adapt the late Michael Hasting’s story about Bergdahl, “America’s Last Prisoner of War,” which ran in Rolling Stone magazine in 2012. A rep for Field confirmed that the Oscar-nominated filmmaker will produce and direct it for Fox Searchlight.
- Jeff Labrecque
Untitled Bowe Bergdahl Project
"Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal are re-teaming again for a new project at Annapurna Pictures concentrating on recently released American P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl. The pair are reportedly taking their time to figure out how this could work as a film.
Untitled Chazelle Project
20th Century Fox has acquired an untitled pitch from "Whiplash" writer/director Damien Chazelle. The project is described as a "high-concept and character-driven genre film" inspired by 1970s paranoia thrillers.
Sony Pictures has acquired Cole Haddon's sci-fi spec »
- Garth Franklin
Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow is looking to make a film about Bowe Bergdahl.
In case you're not familiar with his story, here's a brief history on Bergdahl from The Hollywood Reporter:
"An idealistic young man who was home schooled by his religious parents in Idaho, Bergdahl tried to join the French Foreign Legion and spent time at a Buddhist monastery before joining the Army. Not long after being deployed in Afghanistan, he became disillusioned with the bureaucracy and what he saw as incompetence of those around him. He reportedly left the base, wandering around until he was captured by the Taliban. He spent five years as the lone U.S. soldier in captivity, until he was traded for five Taliban higher-ups held at Guantanamo Bay."
- Philip Sticco
The Zero Dark Thirty director and writer-producer are in line for the film about the Us Army sergeant who was held hostage by the Taliban for five years, reports Deadline
Bergdahl was reportedly disillusioned by his time in the military, and was kidnapped in 2009 after leaving his base Afghanistan.
He was freed earlier this year in return for five Taliban members held at Guantanamo Bay.
Bigelow and Boal also collaborated on 2008's The Hurt Locker. »
In the wake of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl's release from Taliban captivity just over two weeks ago, two competing production teams are vying to bring the controversial story to the big screen. Zero Dark Thirty/Hurt Locker duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal are developing one of the projects, which will be written by Boal and produced by his new Megan Ellison–backed Page One production company (Bigelow apparently has no plans to direct at this point). The other film comes from Fox Searchlight, which acquired the rights to a Rolling Stone article about Bergdahl titled "Last Prisoner of War" written by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Little Children's Todd Field will write and produce, and The Wrap reports that he intends to direct as well. No word on whether either project has taken CNN's suggestion and asked Damian Lewis to play Bergdahl, but we're anticipating a heated bidding war. »
- Anna Silman
Snow White, terrorist attacks on the White House and Jesse Owens have all been the subject of competing projects in recent Hollywood history but who knew that U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl would be next in line? Bergdahl, who was released from Taliban captivity less than three weeks ago, is the subject of two projects — one from the “Zero Dark Thirty” team of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, and one from writer-producer Todd Field (“Little Children”), who also intends to direct the film for Fox Searchlight. Also read: Tom Hardy to Star in Kathryn Bigelow's ‘True American’ From Megan Ellison's Annapurna. »
- Jeff Sneider
In the time since U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was released from the Taliban, his return to American society has been fraught with controversy. The details are still a little bit hazy on how it happened, but five years ago he was taken as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan. He was freed on May 31st of this year, when the U.S. government negotiated his release by exchanging five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay for the 28-year-old’s safe return. The deal has raised eyebrows and probably got you a few “Fw:fw:fw:fw: America The Free?!?” emails from your aunt. If Kathryn Bigelow has any say in the matter, you’ll soon get to see the whole saga play out on screen. According to Variety, she and her Zero Dark Thirty writing and producing partner, Mark Boal, plan to bring the tale to life. It might be a little soon to be thinking about a movie »
- Samantha Wilson
A pair of competing films centered on U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl are in the works less than three weeks after he was freed from Taliban captivity, THR has confirmed. One involves Academy Award-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker), who is developing a film based on the events surrounding the controversial extrication of Bowe, whose release was traded for five Taliban members held in Guantanamo Bay. Boal is making the project through his Page 1 production banner. The project is not funded, though Page 1 has the backing of Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, the company behind Kathryn
- Tatiana Siegel
Director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are returning once again to the War on Terror. The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty duo are developing a new feature based on the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the recently freed Pow. But they aren’t the only ones. Todd Field is reportedly working on his own Bergdahl movie, […]
- Angie Han
Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are teaming up for a new feature based on the life of U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl, with filmmaker Todd Field and Fox Searchlight also mounting a competing project based on his story.
Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal's project will be backed by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, although no story have been released. In 2009, 26-year-old U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban and spent five years in captivity after wandering off his base, reportedly upset about the incompetence of others around him and the bureaucracy surrounding the war.
He was released on May 31, 2014, in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, which touched off a heated debate among political insiders about whether President Barack Obama gave up too much for a man who some are calling a deserter. »
Two very different projects centring on the Us soldier at the centre of the recent Pow swap with the Taliban are headed to the screen, according to reports in the Hollywood trade press.
Todd Field is understood to have acquired rights to America’s Last Prisoner Of War, an article about Bergdahl, 28, that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine by the late Michael Hastings.
Field is said to be developing the story with Fox Searchlight.
Meanwhile Mark Boal’s fledgling Page 1 production outfit is understood to be lining up a project surrounding events that led to the Army sergeant’s extraction after five years in captivity and the swap for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
The extraction authorised by President Obama has become a political hot potato in the Us. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Bergdahl spent five years as a prisoner of war of the Taliban until his release on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban prisoners at the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The 28-year-old returned June 13 to an Army medical facility in San Antonio, Texas.
The Obama administration did not inform Congress of the releases despite the requirement of a 30-day notice for any transfers from Guantanamo. The administration has asserted that it ignored the requirement in the belief that Bergdahl’s health was deteriorating.
U.S. special operations forces recovered Bergdahl at a helicopter pickup point in eastern Afghanistan. The Army has launched an investigation, »
- Dave McNary
Deadline reports there are a pair of films in development centering on recently released Taliban Pow Bowe Bergdahl, one with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty duo Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal and another from Todd Field (Little Children) directing based on the "Rolling Stone" article "America's Last Prisoner of War" written by the late Michael Hastings. The film with Field attached is set up at Fox Searchlight while the other is being set up at Boal's Megan Ellison-supported production house Page One, giving Ellison's Annapurna a first look at Boal's screenplay once completed. That said, it sounds to me like the adaptation of the Hastings article would be the most likely to go into production first, considering it's based on an article and may not take current events into consideration. I have a hard time believing Boal would have a screenplay finished until all the information was on the table, »
- Brad Brevet
During the 2012/2013 marketing swing on "Zero Dark Thirty," for whatever reason, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal tried to separate themselves as distinct entities. She was the director who collaborated with him as her writing and producing partner. And they didn't want to be seen as a romantic couple, either. Recently, when "Zero Dark Thirty" backer, Annapurna chief Megan Ellison, announced that she was backing Page One, a new production company to be run by Boal, Bigelow's name was conspicuously missing. But when the projects were revealed, she and Boal were working on something together after all. Well, now they're actively pursuing something they'd been tracking for some time, another ripped-from-the-headlines movie, this time about rescued Pow Bowe Bergdahl. And they are in a race to beat out others who are also in hot pursuit of the unfolding story: Fox Searchlight and Todd Field ("Little Children"). These filmmakers will be »
- Anne Thompson
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