5 items from 2013
Posters for The Lone Ranger, Red 2, Hell Baby, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Europa Report, R.I.P.D., Baggage Claim, Inside Llewyn Davis, As I Lay Dying, Redemption, Fruitvale Station, Grown Ups 2, and some beautiful artwork for the cover of a 300: Rise of an Empire coffee book.
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- Garth Franklin
The Weinstein Company has acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding the U.S., South Africa and India, to the live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese anime movie Kite. The film, which has just completed shooting in South Africa, stars Samuel L. Jackson, India Eisley and Australia's Callan McAuliffe and was directed by Ralph Ziman (The Zoo Keeper, Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema). Kite will be sold to international buyers at the Cannes Film Festival next week. The Weinstein Co.'s David Glasser said: "We look forward to showing buyers a first look at some early footage in Cannes.” Anant
- Georg Szalai
As you’ll recall, director David R. Ellis was in South Africa doing pre-production on “Kite”, his adaptation of the Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu when he suddenly passed away last month. The film was set to star Samuel L. Jackson, who was reuniting with Ellis after having worked together on the viral hit (but as it turns out, not box office hit) “Snakes on a Plane”. Well the show must go on, and the producers have hired a replacement director in local filmmaker Ralph Ziman (“Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema”), who will take over directing the film in Johannesburg, with production set to begin sometime later this month. Jackson will remain on the film, and will be joined by young castmembers India Eisley (below, last seen playing Kate Beckinsale’s daughter in “Underworld: Awakening”) and Callan McAuliffe (top, of “I am Number Four” fame). Unlike the sex and violence-heavy offering of the Japanese anime, »
In my interview with Samuel L. Jackson in December, ahead of the release of Django Unchained, he mentioned that one of the projects on his slate was a live-action adaptation of a Japanese anime film called Kite (Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1998 work), which was to be directed by David R. Ellis (who also directed Mr Jackson in Snakes On A Plane). However, as some of you may know, David R. Ellis died on January 7 (this year). Taking over for him, revealed this morning, is South African director Ralph Ziman. Ziman's last film was 2008's Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema, a film I wrote about on my old blog (S&A wasn't around at the time), »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The story is a character-driven actioneer about a young woman living in a failed state, post-financial collapse, where the corrupt security force profits in human trafficking.
When her police father is slain, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of her father's ex-partner - unaware he is the man who had her father killed.
Ziman replaces the late David R. Ellis, and filming aims to begin in Johannesburg later this month.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
5 items from 2013
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