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A year ago Besson himself was asked "Lucy" sequel prospects to which he replied "I don't see how we can do [a sequel]. It''s not made for that." Looks like someone found a way.
Also on the way are "Shut In" with Naomi Watts, "Nine Lives" with Kevin Spacey, "The Lake" with Sullivan Stapleton, and "Escobar" with Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz which are all due next year. The Dave Bautista-led "Warrior's Gate" and Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne-starring "Valerian" are also due in 2017. »
- Garth Franklin
Say what you will about Luc Besson, but the guy knows how to craft a kick-ass action heroine. At CineEurope 2015, his production house EuropaCorp unveiled a packed slate of upcoming films, and included in the roster were a pair of sequels to two of Besson’s most successful female-driven action-thrillers: Lucy and Colombiana. That’s right – despite Scarlett Johansson’s psychokinetic badass ascending past human form at the end of Lucy, and Zoe Saldana’s revenge-minded assassin slaying the man responsible for her parents’ murders, both characters are gearing up for more carnage-heavy adventures.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Besson is interested in Lucy 2 and Colombiana 2 – both films were solid performers at the box office (especially Lucy) and starred actresses who are becoming more bankable by the week – Johansson is a proven draw for audiences with Marvel fans in her pocket, while Saldana recently led Guardians of the Galaxy »
- Isaac Feldberg
No unfamiliar ground is trodden in “King Jack,” a summer-haze study of adolescent anomie punctuated with blunt bouts of violence, but Felix Thompson’s debut feature covers it with an assured stride all the same. Gaining a degree of topicality from its hard depiction of teen-on-teen bullying, this gleamingly lensed tale of a 15-year-old scrapper taught a tough lesson in selflessness over a single weekend in the Hudson Valley bears the whispery influence of such American mood merchants as David Gordon Green and David Robert Mitchell. Still, Thompson demonstrates enough visual and verbal ingenuity to make this appealing miniature — an audience award winner at the Tribeca fest in April — both a viable arthouse play and a harbinger of more ambitious things to come from its writer-helmer.
If the initial outward trappings of Thompson’s filmmaking — the peachy midsummer glow permeating the frame, the dulcet acoustic scoring — portend a certain preciousness, »
- Guy Lodge
Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »
- Andre Soares
Robert Pattinson co-stars as photographer Dennis Stock and Ben Kingsley portrays studio chief Jack Warner. “Life” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, where Variety‘s Guy Lodge gave it a strong review and called DeHaan “magnetic.”
The film was produced by Iain Canning’s See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech”), and is the second project in an ongoing collaboration between Corbijn and Canning, following their work together on “Control.” The script was written by Luke Davies, which explores the nuances and complexities of the relationship between photographer and subject for a 1955 photo spread that brought Dean to the attention of the American public seven months before his death.
Cinedigm plans a theatrical release in about 10 markets.
The deal was »
- Dave McNary
Cinedigm negotiated the deal with CAA and Wme Global. »
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Cinedigm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Anton Corbijn's Life, which stars Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as Life magazine photog Dennis Stock. The pic’s story is told from Stock’s perspective as he meets and profiles Dean in 1955 for the magazine, turning out some of Dean's most iconic photographs. The photos were published less than five months before Dean’s death at age 24. Luke Davies penned the script for the movie which premiered at the… »
Tom at the Farm
Nearly two years after it first premiered at Venice, Xavier Dolan's fourth film "Tom at the Farm" is finally scoring U.S. distribution. Amplify Releasing will be debuting the French-language film in theaters and on VOD platforms starting August 14th.
Dolan stars in the psychological thriller about a young Montreal man who travels to rural Canada for an ex-boyfriend's funeral. He finds himself staying with the deceased's family as the situation grows increasingly tense and dangerous in a film that explores the intertwining of grief and desire. [Source: Variety]
Blumhouse Productions ("The Purge," "Insidious") has scheduled two untitled micro budget films for 2017. The first will open January 27th, the second on October 20th.
This follows in the wake of their recent announcement of a September 25th release this year of Eli Roth's "Green Inferno". Blumhouse also has "The Visit" on September 11th and "Jem And The Holograms »
- Garth Franklin
Gore Verbinski is returning to horror. 13 years after The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker is toning down the blockbuster spectacle for a supernatural scare film set at a wellness spa. Dane DeHaan and the incredibly named Mia Goth are set to star, with Jason Isaacs newly added as the villain. In A Cure for Wellness, DeHaan will…
The post A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs Joins Verbinski’s Horror Return appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The story follows an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European 'wellness spa.' He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.
Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man with dark designs on a patient (Goth). Filming begins in Europe in June.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Jason Isaacs has signed on to play the villain in Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror project A Cure for Wellness. Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth are starring in the New Regency feature project, which tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European "wellness spa." He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients. Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man who has dark designs on a patient (Goth). Production is slated to start in
- Borys Kit
The biggest deals of this year’s Cannes Marché du Film and how the Competition titles sold throughout the festival.
Behind the glamour of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, business was booming at the Marché du Film (May 13-22), with representatives from 120 countries in attendance - up four on 2014.
A total 3,300 films were on offer this year, around 1,000 at the project stage, with an estimated 11,000 film professionals in attendance, in line with last year.
In the opening days, Marché chief Jérôme Paillard told Screen: “Acquisition agents are telling me that it’s the first time in a number of years that there are so many big projects. I’ve been told there are around 50 high profile projects on offer.”
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Besson will adapt the French comic book series "Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", based on the 1967 comic book series, starring Dane DeHaan ("Amazing Spider-Man 2") as 'Valerian', a space/time travelling agent from a futuristic Earth.
Also starring is model/actress Cara Delevigne ("Suicide Squad") as love interest 'Laureline'.
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- Michael Stevens
Work is currently underway on the script and they're reportedly aiming for a tone akin to the hard 'R' of the first film. Billy Bob Thornton is already thought to be onboard. [Source: Collider]
Mermaids in Paradise
"Portlandia" duo Krisel and Graham Wagner will direct and pen the script respectively for the feature about a couple who discover the existence of mermaids while celebrating their marriage in a tropical paradise. [Source: Variety]
- Garth Franklin
Besson announced last week that DeHaan and Delevingne will play the time-traveling Valerian and his sidekick Laureline. Besson will write and direct, while Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp, which will finance, produce and distribute.
The graphic novel — set in the 28th century when humanity discovered how to time-travel — was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. Production is set to begin at the end of this year.
“Valerian” is the second title set for July 21, 2017. Fox has set an untitled animation title from Blue Sky for that date.
- Dave McNary
Under the renewed deal, Fundamental will continue to distribute EuropaCorp films in China for another five years, in addition to co-producing several other titles. The Shanghai-based company will handle Chinese distribution of Valerian, while owning a substantial share of the film’s international box office.
“We are proud of our ongoing partnership with EuropaCorp, and the successes achieved to date. With several co-productions in development and a number of first-rate films soon to reach enthusiastic Chinese and worldwide audiences, we can look forward to a hugely exciting next five years,” said Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
Shanghai-based Fundamental Films has agreed to a five-year extension to its distribution output deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp. It will also take on co-production duties on a slate of upcoming titles including the Besson-directed “Valerian.”
Fundamental, headed by Mark Gao, said that it will invest up to $50 million in “Valerian,” an adaptation of a graphic novel, which begin shooting in December with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne starring. “The company will co-finance Besson’s ambitious project and handle Chinese distribution, while owning a substantial part of international box office growth,” Gao said.
Other French-Chinese co-productions to be developed and distributed under the deal include a revival of “Transporter,” and the imminent “Warrior’s Gate,” which will be directed by Matthias Hoene and star Dave Bautista (“The Guardians of the Galaxy”).
The two companies previously had a three-year agreement, which has seen Fundamental oversee the China distribution of “Brick Mansions, »
- Patrick Frater
China’s Fundamental Films and Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp have extended their output deal for five more years in a move that also will see Fundamental invest $50 million in Besson’s ambitious sci-fi project Valerian. Fundamental will continue to distribute EuropaCorp films in China, in addition to taking on co-production duties on a number of upcoming titles. Besson’s Valerian stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne and is one of the hottest titles selling at this year’s… »
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Thursday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
- Ramin Setoodeh
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