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With nary a still frame released to the public less than four months away from its November 25 premiere, it's not particularly shocking to hear Warner Bros. announce they're pushing Jeff Nichols' original sci-fi studio project Midnight Special, but it's nevertheless still at least a little disappointing. March 18, 2016 is now when you can expect to see the latest from the Mud/Take Shelter director. This pulls it from competing in the Thanksgiving slot beside Creed, Pixar's The Good Dinosaur, the Christmas-themed reunion of 50/50 stars Seth Rogen/Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Night Before and the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Victor Frankenstein and lands it the week before another one of the studio's big tentpole release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A curious decision, made even more puzzling when it's revealed to also be combating Alligent - Part 1, Paramount's Monster Trucks and something from Tri-Star called Miracles From Heaven. Hopefully this isn't a sign of lost faith. »
- Will Ashton
“Midnight Special,” which reteams Shannon with “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, also stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. The film marks the first studio project for Nichols, who directed from his own script.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
“Midnight Special” will open against Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1,” TriStar’s “Miracles From Heaven” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”
- Dave McNary
We expected this was coming, we were just waiting for the announcement. Our friends at ERCBoxoffice have confirmed that Warner Bros is delaying Jeff Nichols' big studio sci-fi movie Midnight Special until March of 2016. It was originally scheduled for release on Thanksgiving, November 25th, later this fall. The film is finished and has been test screening all year along, with reports that it needs some additional work surfacing across the internet. Jeff Nichols' (pictured above) Midnight Special, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, will now open on March 18th, 2016 next year. Jeff Nichols' (Mud) Midnight Special is taking the slow train--pushed back 4 months to Mar. 18, 2016.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) July 28, 2015 Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special was being billed as more of a family film, and it certainly has that sounds to it. In an interview Nichols explained the origin of the idea behind »
- Alex Billington
The writing was on the wall for this one for a while. Warner Bros. had dated two wide releases for Thanksgiving weekend, “Creed” and Jeff Nichols’ on-the-run sci-fi picture, “Midnight Special.” One of the films would have to move and with “Creed” already enjoying some strong (possibly Oscar contending?) buzz, it felt like it was only a matter of time until “Midnight Special” announced a new release date or was pushed into 2016. The latter has happened and it probably makes sense. Nichols’ John Carpenter-esque sci-fi picture about a father and son go on the run after the dad learns his child possesses special powers felt like more of a film better suited to the spring season of indie auteur-driven releases. Now we’ll have to wait a little longer as “Midnight Special” has been pushed to March 18, 2016 release. It should be noted Warner Bros. recently screened the movie early for select press. »
- Edward Davis
Warner Bros had dated Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for November 25 but has now pushed the pic to March 18, 2016. The pic stars Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard and centers on a father and his 8-year old who go on the run when dad realizes the boy has some kind of special powers. This is indie stalwart Nichols’ first studio pic after the Indie Spirit-winning Mud, the Cannes-winning Take Shelter and Shotgun Storie… »
Read More: Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on the Dark Side of Human Nature in 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' At 18 years old, Tye Sheridan has a career that would make even the most accomplished actor jealous. In the four years since making his acting debut opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Sheridan has continued to work with some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the business, including Jeff Nichols and Matthew McConaughey on "Mud," David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage on "Joe," Rodrigo Garcia and Ewan McGregor on "Last Days in the Desert" and more. Joining Indiewire over the phone from the Montreal set of another envious project -- Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," where he's taking on the role of a young Cyclops -- Sheridan spoke about working on his latest heralded indie, "The Stanford Prison Experiment, »
- Zack Sharf
Jeff Robinov‘s Studio 8 has signed Brian Kavanaugh-Jones‘ production outfit Automatik to a first-look deal at the Sony-based company, TheWrap has learned. Kavanaugh-Jones recently produced “Insidious: Chapter 3” and the upcoming Nicholas Hoult-Felicity Jones movie “Autobahn.” He’s also a producer on Jeff Nichols’ star-studded sci-fi movie “Midnight Special,” which Warner Bros. will release on Nov. 25. Automatik is currently prepping writer-director Zack Whedon’s “Come and Find Me,” an indie that will star Aaron Paul and Annabelle Wallis. Also Read: Stx Entertainment Nears 18-Picture Deal With China's Huayi Brothers Both Robinov and Kavanaugh-Jones aim to make filmmaker-driven movies, »
- Jeff Sneider
Now that we’ve come out of the Cannes ether, we can examine several of the names glaringly absent from the lineup that may potentially premiere on the Lido this fall. With controversial moves finding Garrel, Gomes, and Desplechin playing the Quinzaine, while Naomi Kawase and Apichatpong Weerasethakul got slotted in Un Certain Regard, we’re aggravated and pleased about some of this shifting around, but all in all, the main competition this year didn’t end up feeling like many programming risks were taken.
First off, to the general surprise of all, German director Maren Ade and British director Terence Davies were absent from the line-up, both with new highly anticipated titles (Toni Erdmann and Sunset Song respectively). Thierry Fremaux, arguably, tried to mix things up a bit with the Main Competition this year, inviting two female directors (Sacre Bleu!), including Valerie Donzelli and repeat offender Maiwenn (both titles »
- Nicholas Bell
Aquaman.s solo adventure is years away from hitting theaters, but DC and Warner Bros are already full swing into assembling the film.s creative talent. Last year, Jason Momoa was cast as DC.s King of Atlantis, and over the last several months, different names have been dropped as candidates to direct the project . including Mud.s Jeff Nichols. Well, the search for someone to fill the director.s chair is finished, as Warner Bros has chosen Furious 7.s James Wan for the job. The Wrap is reporting that Wan has signed a deal to helm 2018.s Aquaman. Although the article doesn.t give any details on what the film will be about it, does describe the titular character as positioned "between a surface world constantly ravaging the sea and Atlanteans looking to lash out in revolt" - though he is still committed to protecting the entire world. »
It looks like Natalie Portman will continue to rack up more projects to put on the upcoming list.
The Academy Award winner is set to play Jackie Kennedy in an upcoming biopic from No director Pablo Larrain, according to Variety. The film will chronicle the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy, when she lost the love of her life but won the love of a nation.
This isn’t the first project that Portman has committed to lately. She is already hard at work with Jane Got a Gun, which comes out later this year, The Tale of Love and Darkness, Weightless (the latest Terrence Malick film), and Planetarium.
Jackie joins a list of films that »
- Zach Dennis
Natalie Portman will star as Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” about the first four days in Jackie Kennedy’s life after the assassination of her husband, President John. F. Kennedy, when she lost the love of her life but won the love of a nation. Darren Aronofsky will produce while Pablo Larrain (“No”) directs.
Wild Bunch’s newly launched L.A.-based sales company Insiders is selling international on what is sure to be one of the hottest tickets at this year’s Cannes. CAA reps U.S. domestic rights.
“ ‘Jackie’ talks about the days when Jackie Kennedy becomes an icon but has lost everything,” said Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, who is overseeing Insiders. Aronofsky, who was president of the Berlin festival jury this year, »
- John Hopewell
Pine is set to play a fish and game hunter forced to confront his past when he joins a rookie FBI agent in a quest to solve a murder in the lawless Wind River Indian Reservation.
It is a directorial debut for actor and wrier Sheridan, whose writing credits also include action thriller Comancheria, another hot property at this year’s Cannes market.
Wild Bunch announced the launch of Insiders – focused on independent pictures with budgets above $15m – just prior to Cannes.
Penn will be »
The acclaimed director is to direct Loving, a new drama that Nichols has written himself, and is set to start filming in September. Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings) and Ruth Negga (World War Z) will star in the film as Mildred and Richard Loving, the famous couple behind a civil rights case against Virginia in 1967.
On the project, Nichols is quoted as saying: “I was struck by the simplicity of The Loving Story, and I hope to make this a painfully beautiful film.”
- Scott J. Davis
Wild Bunch has announced the launch of a new La-based sales company, called Insiders, focused on independent pictures with budgets above $15m.
The new outfit will act as a sales service company for third party financiers, who will eventually also have the opportunity to take an equity stake in the entity. Insiders will be their independent sales agent, marketing their films to distributors around the globe.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen the American market for the financing of independent film change - with equity partners increasingly financing independent American films more than distributors,” he told ScreenDaily.
As a result of this trend, he said, Wild Bunch »
Unveiled in the run-up to Cannes, the outfit will be focusing on the trading of independent films with budgets above $15 million and will give third-party financiers the opportunity to become equity owners, along with Wild Bunch, in the company.
“We started working on the creation of this new company a year ago because we noted that the U.S. market has become very dynamic and competitive with equity firms playing an increasingly important role in financing independent films; as a result we were taking less U.S. indie movies since we couldn’t match the financing – and especially the domestic risk portion — provided by these equity players,” Maraval told Variety.
“Through Insiders, we’ll be able to access those films by focusing only on foreign sales »
- Elsa Keslassy
While we wait for Warner Bros to figure out what to do with Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special, the filmmaker already has another project lined up. A press release sent out has announced that Nichols is attached to direct a film called Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga, based on the couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia. Production is already slated to start shooting in September later this year in Virginia, meaning this is definitely next for Jeff Nichols, and Warner Bros is likely going to push back Midnight Special until after he finishes all the major work on this film. "I was struck by the simplicity of the Loving's story, and I hope to make this a painfully beautiful film," Nichols comments. Sounds good. Richard and Mildred Loving were married in June of 1958. As a result, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and »
- Alex Billington
Jeff Nichols, who earned widespread acclaim for his dramas Take Shelter and Mud, has next lined up Loving, a drama he wrote and will shoot this September. Warrior actor Joel Edgerton and World War Z actress Ruth Negga are attached to lead the drama in the roles of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple at the center of 1967 civil rights case Loving v. Virginia.
The Lovings were an interracial couple who married in June of 1958, only for their union to be met with violence and legal repercussions. Authorities broke into their home, arrested them and sentenced each to a year in a Virginia state penitentiary. The sentence was dismissed on the condition that both of them left Virginia and did not return, a compromise neither wanted to simply accept. Over nine strenuous years, the Lovings battled against a racially prejudiced system to find their way home together.
This isn’t »
- Isaac Feldberg
Writer-director Jeff Nichols’ next movie, "Loving," will star Joel Edgerton ("The Great Gatsby") and British actress Ruth Negga ("Jimi: All is By My Side") for a September 2015 start in Virginia. Inspired by Nancy Buirski's "The Loving Story," the film centers on Mildred and Richard Loving, the biracial couple behind the seminal 1967 civil rights case, Loving vs. Virginia.CAA brokered the deal with Big Beach and will handle North American sales at Cannes, where Wild Bunch will selling international rights. After the Lovings married in June of 1958, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and sentenced them to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended on the condition that they be exiled from the state of Virginia. Richard and Mildred would spend the next nine years fighting to get home. “I was struck by the simplicity of the Loving's story," said Nichols, "and I hope to make this a painfully. »
- Anne Thompson
Filmmaker Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter,” "Mud") might have been one of the unlikely writers of “Aquaman” (or at least one version of the script) and while there were rumors he might direct (though it sounds like James Wan will helm now), he’s pretty much out of the running as his next project has been announced. Nichols will direct “Loving” starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (E4's “Misfits,” and ABC's “Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), a drama inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story” directed by Nancy Buirski (here’s our review) which was about a racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending mixed-race love story during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Here’s the official synopsis: Richard and Mildred Loving were married in June of 1958. As a result, authorities broke into their home, arrested them, and they were sentenced to a year in the state penitentiary. This sentence was suspended »
- Edward Davis
Filmmaker Jeff Nichols made a big splash with his first three films, Shotgun Stories, Taking Shelter, and 2012’s Mud, which in turn led to his first studio picture, the upcoming Warner Bros. sci-fi pic Midnight Special. However, instead of going even bigger for his next film after his studio debut, it appears that Nichols is going back to the world of indies. Per Deadline, Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga have signed on to lead the drama Loving, which Nichols wrote and will direct for a September start in Virginia. Inspired by Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Loving Story, Nichols’ film is based on the 1967 civil rights case Loving vs. Virginia, which was borne out of an interracial couple being sentenced to a year in prison simply because of their marriage. They were told their sentence would be suspended if they left the state of Virginia, and they subsequently spent nine »
- Adam Chitwood
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