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Spain’s Telecinco Cinema Joins ‘Monster,’ ‘Regression’

10 June 2014 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Renewing relations with Spain’s two most preeminent heavyweight auteurs, Spanish production and promotion powerhouse Telecinco Cinema has boarded both Juan Antonio Bayona’s fantasy-actioner “A Monster Calls” and Alejandro Amenabar’s thriller “Regression.”

Both are set up for high-profile U.S. releases: TWC-Dimension is opening “Regression,” starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson, on August 28, and Focus Features bows “A Monster Calls” on Oct. 14, 2016.

The co-producer of Bayona’s first two features, “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” Telecinco will co-produce “Monster,” which is produced by Belen Atienza at Spain’s Apaches Entertainment.

Focus Features, River Road, Participant Media and Lionsgate have teamed to finance and distribute “Monster,” which, repped by Lionsgate, reportedly sold nearly all major international territories at Cannes.

Exec producers on “A Monster Calls” are River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group’s Patrick Wachsberger. »

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Liam Neeson to Play a Monster in A Monster Calls

9 May 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Warner Bros and director J.A. Bayona are set to bring us the film adaptation of Patrick Ness’ book A Monster Calls. The screenplay is being adapted by the author. Screen Daily announced that Liam Neeson has joined the cast as the monster. Here is their synopsis of the story:

Thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley is troubled by his mother’s declining health, school bullies and the yew tree in his backyard that transforms at night into a monster that narrates strange stories.

Over time what the terrifying visitor tells the boy enables him to come to terms with life’s truths

The movie also stars Felicity Jones and is set to be released Oct. 2016. 

There is no info whether Neeson is going to be doing Motion Capture for this film or what. If all that he lends is his voice, it will be totally worth it. Neeson is a much better »

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Liam Neeson to answer when 'A Monster Calls' for director Juan Antonio Bayona

8 May 2014 3:32 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Liam Neeson is ready to get monstrous for his next film.  The Oscar nominee ("Schindler's List) has signed on to star in the family-friendly fantasy film "A Monster Calls" from "The Impossible" director Juan Antonio Bayona, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  Felicity Jones ("Amazing Spider-Man 2") is co-starring in the film which center on a boy who strikes up an odd friendship with a story-telling monster after his mother dies of cancer. Neeson will play the monster, in what is assumed to be a voice-only role. "Monster" is based on Patrick Ness' novel of the same name, which is the first of section of the "Chaos Walking" trilogy. The books are based on an idea by the late writer Siobhan Dowd.  Ness will write the screenplay for the Focus/River Road Entertainment/ Participant Media/Lionsgate International co-production.  Neeson was recently seen in "Non-Stop," and will next appear in Seth MacFarlane »

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Liam Neeson Boards J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls

8 May 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Action fans have become very familiar with Liam Neeson’s distinctively grizzled voice over the past few years, thanks to his transition from serious dramas like Schindler’s List and Kinsey to thriller fare including Taken, Unknown and Non-Stop. The actor has built a solid reputation for playing resourceful tough guys, though it’s more common to find him playing the hero than the villain. However, after weeks of being courted by Focus Features, Neeson just agreed to lend his growl to the titular monster in Juan Antonio Bayona’s upcoming dark fantasy A Monster Calls.

The film, based on a book by Patrick Ness (which in turn was based on an idea from the late Siobhan Dowd), will center on a young boy who is crumbling under the combined pressure of being bullied at school and his mother falling gravely ill. In an attempt to distance himself from both situations, »

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Fantastic Four Casts Reg E. Cathey; Liam Neeson Joins A Monster Calls; Dan Stevens in Criminal Activities with John Travolta and Michael Pitt

8 May 2014 12:40 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Here's today's latest casting news: Reg E. Cathey has joined Josh Trank's The Fantastic Four reboot in a rather interesting role.  The Fox film stars Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara, and Jamie Bell as the title heroes. Liam Neeson joins J. A. Bayona's A Monster Calls, starring Felicity Jones and scripted by Patrick Ness. Dan Stevens will star alongside John Travolta and Michael Pitt in Jackie Earle Haley's Criminal Activities. Ray Winstone's role in Point Break has been revealed, and no, he's not replacing Gerard Butler. Hit the jump for more on each story. First up from Heat Vision is news that Cathey will be joining The Fantastic Four in the role of Dr. Storm.  Now, for the uninitiated, that's not a villain partnering up with Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell).  He's actually the father of Johnny and Sue Storm, played by Jordan and Mara respectively. »

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Liam Neeson Joins Felicity Jones In A Monster Calls

8 May 2014 12:02 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I was wondering how long it would take for Liam Neeson to have another project on the go and now the workhorse has resolved my curiosity. Neeson has joined the big screen adaptation of Patrick Ness' A Monster Calls. The fantasy drama will be directed by J. A. Bayona whose past works include The Impossible, The Orphanage and he is currently set to direct the sequel to World War Z. Here’s a synopsis of the book: A Monster Calls tells the story of a boy, haunted »

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Chris Hemsworth Rumored for 'Lethal Weapon' Remake, Wolff for 'The Stand' and Neeson's 'Monster'

8 May 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Stories from TrackingBoard.com often go disregarded since they are very frequently just agents trying to get their talent some attention. Nevertheless, a new report has Warner Bros. offering Chris Hemsworth the leading role in a Lethal Weapon reboot (currently known as Lionhunters), playing the Riggs character made famous by Mel Gibson. Sounds like they might be rebooting this and going even farther back as an older cop's son (presumed to be Riggs) wants to join the force. Will Beall is presumably working on the script and Justin Lin is apparently attached to direct. Personally, I don't see this happening... Tracking Board amz asin="B005J5U07O" size="small"Liam Neeson is set to co-star in A Monster Calls for Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible). He joins Felicity Jones in the movie adapted from the Patrick Ness fantasy novel about a young boy who attempts to deal with his »

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Liam Neeson cast as The Monster in A Monster Calls

8 May 2014 11:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Liam Neeson has signed on to play the titular monster in director Juan Antonio Bayona’s (The Impossible) A Monster Calls.

Adapted from the award winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness, the film centres on a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and bullying within school by escaping into a fantasy world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss and faith.

Bayona’s The Orphanage stands out as one of the finest horror films of recent years and it will be interesting to see what he can do with a children’s novel. Neeson will join Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) in the cast and the film opens October 14th, 2016.

The post Liam Neeson cast as The Monster in A Monster Calls appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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A Monster Calls Liam Neeson

8 May 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

On tap for you today is another bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is being produced by Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage). Read on!

THR reports that badass action star Liam Neeson has officially signed on to play the titular monster in the film, starring alongside Felicity Jones. As we learned a few weeks back, Jones will be playing the character of Mum.

Lionsgate International will shop A Monster Calls to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.

A Monster Calls is based on the award-winning children’s fantasy novel by Patrick Ness (the Chaos Walking trilogy). It will be distributed by Focus Features domestically, Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain, and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.

Look for it in theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, »

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Liam Neeson cast in A Monster Calls

8 May 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Liam Neeson has been cast in A Monster Calls.

The Taken actor will star alongside Felicity Jones in Juan Antonio Bayona's movie, reports Screen Daily.

Neeson had previously been reported to be wanted for the adaptation of Patrick Ness's young adult novel.

It centres around a young boy who seeks escape from school bullies and his mother's illness in a fairy tale world.

Jones will play Mum, with Neeson as the monster.

Based on a idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, the book won the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals.

Neeson will next be seen in Seth MacFarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West. He will also appear in A Walk Among the Tombstones and is currently shooting Taken 3.

A Monster Calls is scheduled for release on October 14, 2016. »

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Neeson Answers When 'A Monster Calls'

8 May 2014 10:55 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Screen Daily is reporting that Liam Neeson is boarding the big screen adaptation of A Monster Calls. The spooky fantasy drama will be based on the book by the same name, which was written by Patrick Ness, and will be directed by J. A. Bayona. The novel tells the story of a boy, haunted by the tree that lives outside of his house- as the tree comes to life every night in the form of a monster that tells him scary stories. The unlikely bond that forms between them gives the story a unique twist, as the monster's dark tales soon become a way of helping the boy cope with some of life's harsh truths.

Neeson will voice the monster, in a production that also includes the producer of Pan's Labyrinth, The Impossible (Lo Imposible), and The Orphanage (El Orfonato). Bayona seems to be drawn to these dark coming-of-age tales, »

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'A Monster Calls' For Liam Neeson, Evan Rachel Wood Is 'Facing The Wind' With Joe Berlinger & More

8 May 2014 8:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It looks like those rumors were true. Last month word emerged that Liam Neeson was being courted for a role in J.A. Bayona's "A Monster Calls," and the actor has now taken the gig. He joins Felicity Jones in the adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness that will follow "the unexpected bond that develops between a young boy and a beast that visits him in nightmares. Thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley is troubled by his mother’s declining health, school bullies and the yew tree in his backyard that transforms at night into a monster that narrates strange stories. Over time what the terrifying visitor tells the boy enables him to come to terms with life’s truths." And that beast will be played by Neeson with the film opening on October 14, 2016. [Screen Daily] "Pitch Perfect 2" continues to get the gang back together, and Adam DeVine has signed up to return. »

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Liam Neeson Will Play The Title Monster In The Fantasy Drama A Monster Calls

8 May 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

A boy befriends the monster who comes calling at night. It sounds like a sweet story, something like Monsters Inc, right? Well, A Monster Calls is actually something darker and more disturbing. So instead of the buoyant tone of John Goodman, its filmmakers sought a performer with a bit more gravel to his voice. Cue Liam Neeson. Screen Daily reports Liam Neeson has signed on to play the titular creature in A Monster Calls, a fantasy drama being produced by Focus Features. The film found its inspiration in Patrick Ness's award-winning children's book. A Monster Calls plot synopsis is as follows: "At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in »

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Liam Neeson Will Be a Monster in ‘A Monster Calls’

8 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Anyone who’s ever seen Taken knows that Liam Neeson can be pretty damn intimidating on the big screen when he wants to. Even so, it’s not often that he gets to play an out-and-out monster. But he’ll soon get his chance in Juan Antonio Bayona‘s A Monster Calls, based on the acclaimed novel by Patrick Ness. Hit […]

The post Liam Neeson Will Be a Monster in ‘A Monster Calls’ appeared first on /Film. »

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Liam Neeson Cast as The Monster in ‘A Monster Calls’

8 May 2014 7:48 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

B-movie action/thrillers have become Liam Neeson’s bread and butter in recent years (see: Non-Stop, the Taken movies, etc.) – not that we’re complaining, mind you – but some of the fan-favorite’s more memorable roles of late have been in films that fall outside that genre (see: Good Cop/Bad Cop in The Lego Movie). Neeson could leave a similar lasting impression with his role in the upcoming children’s dark fantasy novel adaptation A Monster Calls, from director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage).

The Monster Calls source material – winner of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for literature – is a novel written by Patrick Ness, based on an idea by the late Siobhan Dowd (who ...

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Cannes: Liam Neeson Joins 'A Monster Calls'

8 May 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Liam Neeson is set to play the monster in A Monster Calls. He'll star opposite Felicity Jones in the high-profile movie, which Lionsgate International will shop to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market. Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) is directing the big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness' award-winning children's fantasy novel, part of the Chaos Walking trilogy, for Focus, River Road Entertainment, Participant Media and Lionsgate Intl. Ness, who wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, is writing the adapted script. Focus Features is planning an aggressive

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Liam Neeson Is The Creature For Juan Antonio Bayona's New Feature

8 May 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

For the last couple of months, we’ve been reporting on the slow, steady development of The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona’s new film, When A Monster Calls. The story on Felicity Jones joining a couple of weeks ago also made mention of Bayona courting Liam Neeson to star as the titular creature. It’s clear his overtures worked, because Screen International reports that Neeson is now signed on.Novelist Patrick Ness is adapting his own novel for the screen, which follows what happens when a 13-year-old boy must deal with his mother’s ailing health and school bullies making his life a nightmare. Added to that, the yew tree in his garden keeps turning into a monster at night, which sounds like the recipe for massive future therapy bills.But the creature that spawns from the tree isn’t as terrifying as he first appears, and actually has some wisdom to impart, »

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Liam Neeson To Play A "Monster"

8 May 2014 1:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones are set to star in Juan Antonio Bayona's fantasy drama "A Monster Calls" at Focus Features.

The story follows a thirteen-year-old boy dealing with his mother's sickness, school bullies and a yew tree in his backyard that turns into a monster (Neeson) that tells him strange stories.

Over time, the stories give him the tools to come to terms with life. Patrick Ness adapted the script from his children's fantasy novel of the same name.

The film is currently targeting an October 2016 release.

Source: Screen »

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Liam Neeson to Star in 'A Monster Calls'

7 May 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Liam Neeson is set to star in Juan Antonio Bayona's upcoming fantasy adaptation A Monster Calls. Felicity Jones is also on board to play a role.

The film follows thirteen-year-old Conor O'Malley, who is dealing with his mother's sickness, school bullies and a yew tree in his backyard that turns into a monster that tells him strange stories. Over a period of time, the monster's stories give him the tools to come to terms with the truths of life. Liam Neeson is portraying the monster.

Juan Antonio Bayona is directing the film, which Patrick Ness adapted from his children's fantasy novel with the same name. Focus Features is targeting a October 14, 2016 release.

A Monster Calls comes to theaters in 2016 and stars Felicity Jones. The film is directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. »

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Liam Neeson joins Bayona fantasy

7 May 2014 6:19 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The star joins Felicity Jones on J A Bayona’s A Monster Calls, which Patrick Wachsberger and his Lionsgate International team will introduce on the Croisette.

Focus Features will distribute the fantasy drama in the Us in October 2016.

Patrick Ness adapted the screenplay for A Monster Calls from his novel of the same name, about the unexpected bond that develops between a young boy and a beast that visits him in nightmares.

Thirteen-year-old Conor O’Malley is troubled by his mother’s declining health, school bullies and the yew tree in his backyard that transforms at night into a monster that narrates strange stories.

Over time what the terrifying visitor tells the boy enables him to come to terms with life’s truths. Neeson will play the monster.

Returning to duty are Belen Atienza, who produced Pan’s Labyrinth as well as Bayona’s The Impossible and The Orphanage, and Bayona »

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