10 items from 2008
Bend It Like Beckham's Gurinder Chadha has signed to direct horror comedy It's a Wonderful Afterlife. The story centres on a British-Asian mother whose insistence on marrying off her daughter leads to her becoming a serial killer. Chadha, who recently directed Angus, Thongs And Perfect Snogging, told Variety: "It's a comic caper very much in the tradition of classic Ealing comedies. (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Meddling mothers make for good comedy pretty much everywhere, whether it's My Big Fat Greek Wedding here or Bend it Like Beckham in the U.K. Now those two popular chick flicks are joining forces with something totally unexpected that might make them even better-- Zombies. Gurinder Chadha, who directed Beckham as well as Bride and Prejudice, will direct, produce and co-write It's A Wonderful Afterlife, according to Variety. It's unclear exactly how the zombies work their way into the story about a British-Asian mother who is obsessed with getting her daughter married off, but the story eventually "comically leads to serial murder." Ok, maybe zombies aren't involved, but doesn't that word Afterlife in the title suggest something undead? Chadha explains a little of what she's thinking to Variety, saying "It's a return for me to the characters and setting of 'Bend It Like Beckham' but in a different genre, »
British-Asian helmer Gurinder Chadha is turning her hand to a good old-fashioned scare. Chadha is prepping It's A Wonderful Afterlife, described by the helmer as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" meets "Shaun of the Dead." The story follows a British-Asian mother whose obsession to marry off her daughter comically leads to serial murder. Lensing begins in the U.K. in February. "It's a comic caper very much in the tradition of classic Ealing comedies," Chadha told Daily Variety. "It's a return for me to the characters and setting of 'Bend It Like Beckham' but in a different genre, namely horror, although I would say that the gore will be easy on the eye." »
Variety reports that Gurinder Chadha (pictured), the director who made her name with romantic comedies such as Bend It Like Beckham and Bride And Prejudice, is turning to horror/comedy with It’S A Wonderful Afterlife. Scripted by Chadha and her husband Paul Berges, it’s about a woman who’s so obsessed with seeing her daughter get married that she’ll kill to achieve that goal—and judging from the title and reported comparisons to Shaun Of The Dead, her victims get restless.
The $10-million film, which Chadha and Berges will also produce, is currently in the casting stages, with shooting scheduled to begin in Britain next February. “It’s a comic caper very much in the tradition of classic Ealing comedies,” Chadha tells the trade. “It’s a return for me to the characters and setting of Bend It Like Beckham but in a different genre, namely horror, »
My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Shaun of the Dead? That's what Gurinder Chadha, the clever filmmaker behind the Indian take on Bride & Prejudice, is looking to accomplish with her jaunt into our favorite genre called It's a Wonderful Afterlife.
The story for It's a Wonderful Afterlife centers around a "British-Asian mother whose obsession to marry off her daughter comically leads to serial murder." Gurinder Chadha informed Variety that the project will mix humor and horror, "It's a comic caper very much in the tradition of classic Ealing comedies. It's a return for me to the characters and setting of 'Bend It Like Beckham' but in a different genre, namely horror, although I would say that the gore will be easy on the eye."
The project is currently casting and has a pretty decent budget of $10 million dollars with HanWay Films handling the international sales rights at this year's Amf. »
- Kryten Syxx
14 September 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Trey Farley has been tapped as the host of Sci Fi Channel's new reality series "Chase."
"Chase" (previously "Cash or Capture") is a real-life video game tag competition played out in real time over 60 minutes throughout Los Angeles landmark locations.
The six-episode series, from Buena Vista Prods. and Realand Prods., will premiere Nov. 11 at 10 p.m.
For the past 10 years, Philippines-born Farley has hosted sports, music, travel, entertainment and news programs for the BBC, National Geographic, the U.K.'s Channel 4 and MTV Asia. His acting credits include "Bend It Like Beckham." »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Filmmaker Gurinder Chadha has turned her back on Hollywood - to concentrate on Bollywood.
Chadha, who directed the cinema hit Bend It Like Beckham, gets countless offers of work from American studios.
But she prefers to make British films - and even wants to try her hand at Indian movies.
She says, "I still get sent stuff from America because they know me there as a director who makes things people want to see, but really I'm not interested in it anymore.
"I'm more interested in doing stuff here and maybe in India. My next project will take me back to Beckham territory again, so it's also very English.
"I'm also considering whether to work in India. I have to take into account the kids, who are very young, so we'll see." »
Mulan writer Rita Hsiao will pen a film version of popular '60s Us sitcom I Dream Of Jeannie. Producer Sid Ganis praised Hsian's ideas for the film, telling The Hollywood Reporter: "She has a terrific, bright, fresh approach to Jeannie's story, with a twist and turn along the way. She captured all of our imaginations in the telling of it." A movie remake of I Dream Of Jeannie has been in development for several years, most recently with Bend It Like Beckham director Gurinder Chadha, but Ganis admitted (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
Massify announced this evening that Katherine Pawlak (Lonelygirl15), Josh Davidson, Trey Farley (Bend It Like Beckham) and Heather Tocquigny have all joined the cast of After Dark Films' Perkins' 14, which will be directed by Craig Singer. The film is a killer thriller involving the arrest of a suspected murderer. Perkins' is slated to be released at part of this year's After Dark Horrorfest, which features "8 Films to Die For". In small town Brownsvillle, a boy named Robert Perkins, age 6, becomes mentally unstable when his parents are brutally murdered inside their home. His psychosis has him living the rest of his life convinced that the killers will return in the future to kill him as well. At age 34, Perkins becoming very paranoid, kidnaps 14 people. He is amost the age of his parents when they were killed, and he needs to be prepared. »
13 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
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BERLIN -- Iranian director and football fan Ayat Najafi must have been hearing voices like Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams when he approached various bodies (including FIFA) to sponsor a friendly match between a local Berlin girls' soccer team and Iran's national women's team. But tackling all the political, religious and cultural defenses that stand in their way is harder than building a stadium.
Nevertheless, as Najafi says to his co-director David Assman, "In Iran, everything is impossible and everything is possible," the teams' refusal to give up pays off and the climactic match presents some exhilarating footage of sports fanaticism and girl power.
Do not expect the trenchant anti-authoritarian observations of Offside or any deep probing into the German-Iranian team members on their feelings of being Persepolis-like emigres visiting their parents' homeland. Politically inoffensive, bursting with teenage energy and softened by a lovely Middle Eastern-flavored score, the documentary will find a sympathetic audience among soccer lovers and young people. With the current popularity of films that mix women soccer fans with ethnicity such as Bend It Like Beckham and Offside, this feel-good exercise might be able to score a golden goal in the worldwide market.
Football Under Cover kicks off with the Iranian members of the Berlin-based BSV AL-Dersimpor girls' soccer team waxing lyrical about the sport. There are the token tomboys and Beckham groupies, but more fascinating is one member's mother, who played for Iran's national team in pre-Revolution days and now coaches her daughter.
Najafi and co-producer Marlene Assmann fly to Iran to meet their potential sponsor, Iranol Oil. The ensuing tug-of-war to make the match possible is confusing and not as eye-opening as the directors intended it to be. The film only heats up at the match itself. Female audiences will enjoy a sense of vindication to see men (even the president of the association) banished from the stadium and get a taste of what the heroines of Offside suffered. The responses of Iranian women spectators make an amusing spectacle and demonstrate the utter impotence of the moral watchdogs present.
FOOTBALL UNDER COVER
Flying Moon Filmproduktion
Directors: Ayat Najafi, David Assmann
Directors of photography: Anne Misselwitz, Niclas Reed Middleton
Music: Niko Schabel
Co-producers: Marlene Assmann, Corinna Assmann
Editor: Sylke Rohrlach
Running time -- 85 minutes
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10 items from 2008
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