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Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to Syfy channel

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Exclusive: Pilot for horror series being made for U.S. network, according to actor.

Kevin Bacon has revealed that the Tremors reboot which he is developing with Oscar-nominated Whiplash producer Jason Blum is set to be made with Us broadcaster Syfy (formerly the Sci-Fi Channel).

“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.

Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.

He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms.

“It’s the only character I’ve ever played that I was interested »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Chinese animation 'Have A Nice Day' heads to multiple territories

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Exclusive: Mfi announces fresh deals on dark comedy crime caper set in small town China.

Memento Film International (Mfi) has announced a slew of fresh deals on Chinese feature animation Have A Nice Day which premiered in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.

The Paris-based sales company has sold the film to Spain (La Aventura), Benelux (Fu Works), Switzerland (Outside the Box), Greece (Seven Films), Turkey (Bir Film), Former Yugoslavia (Megacom), Hungary (Cirko) and airlines (Encore).

News of the deals follows Us distributor Strand Releasing’s announcement last week that it had acquired all Us rights to the feature for an autumn release. 

As previously announced, streaming service Mubi acquired the title for UK and Ireland for a theatrical and VOD release in April.

Mfi is sharing sales on the film with Hong Kong-based sales and distribution outfit Edko Films which handles Asia. Mfi handles all other territories.

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Creativity Capital, Creativity Media launch production outfit Riverhouse

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Exclusive: Company’s debut slate includes Microwave feature Looted.

Film financier Creativity Capital and post-production house Creativity Media are joining forces to set up Riverhouse, a London-based film and TV production company.

The new outfit is launching its slate with Looted, the debut feature of Rene Pannevis, whose short film Jacked was nominated for a Berlin Crystal Bear in 2016.

Looted was commissioned through Film London’s Microwave scheme, the low-budget film initiative that is backed by the BFI, BBC Films and Creative Skillset. Produced by Jennifer Eriksson and Jessie Mangum, the film follows a young man who makes a criminal mistake that will scar him for life.

Also on the Riverhouse debut slate is Polish thriller Tempelhof, co-produced with Wojciech Stulik of Tfp, a remake of Creativity Media’s 2012 film The List with Barry Films, and a project titled Red Star which is in development with Goalpost Film.

The new outfit will be headed up by [link »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Shanghai fest awards top prizes to 'Pedicab', 'Shuttle Life'

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Jury headed by Cristian Mungiu selects winners.

Pedicab, directed by the Philippines’ Paolo Villaluna, won best film at the Shanghai International Film Festival’s Golden Goblet awards on Sunday night.

The film (pictured) follows a diverse group of people travelling by pedicab from Manila to the perceived paradise of their home province.

The Golden Goblets jury, headed by Cristian Mungiu, awarded the grand jury prize to Yellow, from Iranian filmmaker Mostafa Taghizad’h, which also picked up best actress for Sareh Bayat’s performance.

Best director went to Polish filmmaker Maciej Pieprzyca for I Am A Killer, while China’s Huang Bo won best actor for his role in Cai Shang-jun’s The Conformist. Russian director Ivan Bolotnikov’s Kharms was awarded best screenplay (Bolotnikov) and best DoP (Sandor Berkeshi).

Romania’s Fault Condition won the award for Outstanding Artistic Achievement, while best documentary went to Germany’s When Paul Came Over The Sea – Journal Of An Encounter »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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