16 items from 2016
AMC horror series to air in 2017. Variety is reporting this morning that AMC has acquired the European and Latin American rights to The Terror, the anthology series based on author Dan Simmons’ same named book, previously announced by the network in March. Adapted by True Story’s David Kajganich, The Terror is set in 1847…
- Chris Alexander
Four emotionally unbalanced people with raging libidos and seamy secrets collide in Luca Guadagnino’s volcanic, sumptuous A Bigger Splash. The movie takes place on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, a picturesque setting that reeks of original sin: a nubile coquette nibbles on green fruit and frolics nude on wet, jagged rocks; snakes slither and eavesdrop on handsome vacationers as they sip on daiquiris in a feeble attempt to calm their crumbling nerves.
Guadagnino relishes reducing the souls of his protags to dust via slow burn, much like he did in his sensational 2009 offering I Am Love. The slender star of that film, Tilda Swinton, returns here with a measured, largely silent performance that anchors the movie from square one. She plays Marianne, a former rock star staying in Pantelleria on a sort of rehab getaway for her damaged larynx. “No talking,” insists her gentle, dutiful lover Paul (the always-striking »
- Bernard Boo
Lush, seductive and thrilling, Luca Guadagnino’s latest is an ultra-stylish visual feast.
A Bigger Splash is the most pleasurably stylish new release I have seen this year.
With this rather hyperbolic praise for its distinctive sense of style, I am not only referring to the ultra-luxe and magnificent Dior ensembles Tilda Swinton gracefully wears throughout. (That is a big part of the deal however, so more on that later.) I am instead talking about the entire visual package of A Bigger Splash: a chocolate-lava-cake-of-a-film that delectably pours out its warm insides once gently pierced, and is designed to nourish one’s optical pleasures first and foremost. From its costumes to its camerawork, the breezy crafts of this sun-soaked, gorgeously sensual thriller gently brush your skin with visual splendor, rather than forcibly get under it. As director Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) softly applies a persistent, luscious and sexual tease onto his Italy-set, low-key »
- Tomris Laffly
A Bigger Splash Fox Searchlight Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Luca Guadagnino Written by: David Kajganich based on the film “La Piscine” directed by Jacques Deray with an original screenplay by Alain Page. Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton Screened at: Fox, NYC, 4/18/15 Opens: May 13, 2016 It has been said many times that if something bad happens to a large number of people, say, 400 dead in an earthquake in Ecuador, that’s a statistic. But if something bad happens to one person, that’s a tragedy. On the Sicilian island of Pantelleria, thirty-seven miles from the coast of Tunisia, the fireworks leading [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Tilda Swinton plays the David Bowie-esque rock superstar Marianne Lane in director Luca Guadagnino's latest film A Bigger Splash -- and according to screenwriter David Kajganich, the character was in many ways the actress's own creation. A loose remake of the little-known 1969 French film La Piscine, A Bigger Splash centers on the fraught character dynamics that emerge when Marianne and her boyfriend Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts) are paid a surprise visit by Marianne's overbearing record producer ex-lover Henry (Ralph Fiennes) and his coquettish daughter Penelope (Dakota Johnson) while vacationing on the Sicilian island known as Pantelleria. "Originally [Tilda's] character was an actress," Kajganich told me while promoting the film. "And what she was doing in Pantelleria in the film was basically learning an American accent for a part that she was about to play. And so there was always something built into even the first drafts of the screenplay that »
- Chris Eggertsen
There’s almost an embarrassment of riches on display in the new movie A Bigger Splash, at least in terms of the main cast members. Consider how excited most cinema buffs would be for anything that starred Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton, but then factor in how this is a change of pace for them both, along with A Bigger Splash being a high profile title on the fall festival circuit last year, and that only adds to the hype, as it were. Having seen the final product, I’m not too wild about it, but it is really hard to beat this cast. With the film headed to theaters this week, I figured it paid to discuss this one a bit. It’s certainly an indie movie of note, no doubt about that. The film is loosely inspired by La Piscine (or The Swimming Pool), but mostly is just its own thing. »
- Joey Magidson
The height of poor taste. Grants notorious men even more notoriety by giving voice to their inexcusable “travails,” thereby feeding their self-absorption. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So, a New York Times journalist fabricates a feature story, is justifiably fired, is unable drum up new work in his state of professional disgrace (which is how it should be)… and then he has the amazing luck to learn that a man accused of murdering his wife and three small children had been impersonating him while on the run. And when the alleged killer wants to give the journalist his story, it results in a juicy book advance from a major publisher. Just because this is a true story — the reporter is Michael Finkel, the now-convicted killer is Christian »
- MaryAnn Johanson
AMC has given a straight-to-series order for The Terror, a ten-episode anthology drama series from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, which is based upon the bestselling 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. David Kajganich (True Story) has written the script and will serve as co-showrunner with Soo Hugh (The Whispers).
Deadline reports that the series “is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crews in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. It is a fictionalized account of Captain Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition of Hms Erebus and Hms Terror.”
“Dan’s novel is that rare combination of fascinating actual history, ground-breaking genre storytelling, and the complex character work of literature,” states Kajganich, with Hugh adding that, “As a long-time fan of Dan Simmons, the opportunity to join this project is a dream come true. »
- Gary Collinson
You might say that naming a naval ship the ‘Hms Terror’ is, in some ways, a bad idea – particularly when that ship is to be sent off into the Arctic wilderness in search of the Northwest Passage. But, name it they did, and a century and a half later, this forms the basis of a novel of historical fiction, by Dan Simmons, named The Terror. It is this novel that is now being adapted into an anthology series for AMC, to be executive produced by Ridley Scott.
The Terror was published in 2007, and presents a fictionalised account of the quest of Sir John Franklin, as he led an expedition into the Arctic Circle – the personnel of which were aboard the Hms Erebus and the Hms Terror. Both ships were trapped in ice near King William Island for more than a year, and the harsh environment – coupled with increasing disease and »
- Sarah Myles
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AMC has greenlit The Terror TV series. This drama anthology set in 1847 is an adaption of the Dan Simmons novel of the same name. Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 are producing, association with AMC Studios. The network has ordered ten one-hour episodes and expects The Terror to premiere in 2017.
The Terror will be written by David Kajganich, who is co-showrunner with Soo Hugh. The Man in the High Castle's Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are executive producing for Scott Free, with Emjag Productions' Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, and Entertainment 360's Guymon Casady of Game of Thrones.
Here is more on The Terror, excerpted from the AMC press release:
AMC Greenlights Scripted Anthology Drama Series, “The Terror”
New York, NY, March 2, 2016 – AMC »
AMC is moving forward with a new anthology series based on Dan Simmons' best-selling 2007 novel "The Terror". Ridley Scott's Scott Free and the network have been developing the project for a few years, and now it's finally happening with ten hour-long episodes ordered for a 2017 premiere.
The book is an acclaimed fictional spin on the true story of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition in the late 1840's. Two ships, the Hms Erebus and Hms Terror, traverse well below freezing conditions in the Arctic in an attempt to forge the Northwest Passage. Both ships were lost.
The novel follows the fictional scenario in which Franklin and his crew are plagued by starvation, scurvy, mutiny and cannibalism. They are also stalked across the bleak Arctic landscape by a monster called a Tuunbaq which randomly picks off crewmen.
- Garth Franklin
From his Hyperion Cantos novels to his seminal Summer of Night and beyond, author Dan Simmons has provided readers with thought-provoking horror, science-fiction, and fantasy for decades. Now AMC is moving forward with a 10-episode anthology series adaptation of Simmons’ The Terror, which follows an arctic expedition crew stalked by something as mysterious as it is deadly.
Press Release: New York, NY, March 2, 2016 – AMC today announced that it has greenlit a new anthology drama series called “The Terror,” an adaption of the bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 are producing the series in association with AMC Studios.
Written by David Kajganich (“True Story,” “A Bigger Splash”), who will also serve as co-showrunner with Soo Hugh (“The Whispers,” “The Killing”), the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships »
- Derek Anderson
AMC has greenlighted the new 10-part anthology drama series “The Terror,” an adaptation of Dan Simmons’ best-selling novel. Scott Free, Emjag Productions and Entertainment 360 will produce the hour-long drama, in association with AMC Studios. “The Terror” plans to premiere in 2017. Written by David Kajganich, who will also serve as co-showrunner with Soo Hugh, the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. Executive producers are Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Alexandra Milchan, »
- Tony Maglio
Written by David Kajganich (“True Story,” “A Bigger Splash”), the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks the ships and their crew in a suspenseful and desperate game of survival. AMC has ordered 10 hourlong episodes for premiere in 2017.
Kajganich will serve as co-showrunner with Soo Hugh (“The Whispers,” “The Killing”). Executive producers are Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker of Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan and Scott Lambert, both principals at Emjag Productions, and Guymon Casady of Entertainment 360, the content arm of Management 360.
“We’ve been focused on developing this incredible story for television with these great partners for a couple of years, »
- Laura Prudom
AMC has greenlighted The Terror, an anthology drama series based on the 2007 bestselling novel by Dan Simmons. Scott Free, Alexandra Milchan’s Emjag Productions, Entertainment 360 and AMC Studios are producing the 10-episode straight-to-series drama for a 2017 premiere. Written by feature writer David Kajganich (True Story), the series is set in 1847, when a Royal Naval expedition crew searching for the Northwest Passage is attacked by a mysterious predator that stalks… »
Charting the rise and fall of a Texas oil empire, the Sonar Entertainment series is described as a multi-generational drama about the country’s growth into a superpower. It is an adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s book that is penned by Meyer, Lee Shipman and Brian McGreevy. Kevin Murphy is showrunner and exec producer with Meyer, Shipman, McGreevy and Sonar’s Jenna Glazier. AMC has ordered 10 episodes.
“Philipp Meyer’s epic novel ‘The Son’ is storytelling at its finest, chronicling the engrossing lives of a Texan family over six generations and serving as an incredible foundation on which to build an equally gripping television series,” said Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV.
The series is one of three that »
- Whitney Friedlander
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