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Backed by Canal Plus and Swedish broadcaster Svt and written by “The Bridge” co-screenwriters Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein, “Midnight Sun” is joined by “Below the Surface,” from Denmark’s Sam Productions, run by the creators of “Borgen” and “The Killing” and the producer of “A Royal Affair.” The two series establish Studiocanal as a preeminent representative of Nordic noir and Scandinavian TV talent at Mipcom.
Also on Studiocanal’s slate: the procedural “Paranoid,” from Nicola Shindler’s Manchester-based Red Production Company, producer of Harlan Coben’s “The Five,” which launched last week on ITV1 to above-average ratings; and “Crazyhead,” from “Misfits” creator Howard Overman, described as a “Buffy”-style demon slayer horror comedy, from London’s Urban Myth Films.
- John Hopewell
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Fassbender ("12 Years A Slave"), at 39-years old, has the looks, chops and killer instinct to play the next big screen 'James Bond', now that dog-faced Daniel Craig has officially left the '007' movie franchise:
"To be honest with you", said Fassbender, "I think they should reboot the 'James Bond' series and go back to his origins as a soldier.
"I’ve got a great idea for it actually, so (producer) Barbara Broccoli talk to me..."
The stage-trained actor's feature film debut was the fantasy war epic "300" (2007), playing a 'Spartan' warrior.
He first came to prominence for his role as 'Ira' activist 'Bobby Sands' in "Hunger" (2008), for which he won a 'British Independent Film Award'.
Subsequent roles include playing a 'Royal Marines' lieutenant in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)...
- Michael Stevens
Cannes – Vivendi’s film-tv contents powerhouse Studiocanal has taken a 20% stake in Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company Sunny March TV and “Atlantis” producer Urban Myth Films, both based out of London, plus a 33% shareholding in Spain’s Bambu Producciones (“Velvet,” “Gran Hotel,” “Refugees”), producer of Netflix’s first original series in Spain.
Announced by Studiocanal chairman-ceo Didier Lupfer Monday at a Studiocanal MipTV press conference, all deals give Studiocanal distribution-sales rights to its new partners’ productions.
Equity stakes near double from five to eight Studiocanal’s portfolio of TV production houses. They also further Vivendi chair Vincent Bollore’s vision of Vivendi as Europe’s foremost contents factory, building up Europe-based talent-driven production partnerships, as well as, it seems, a pan-European pay TV platform network. Studiocanal now has over 100 TV projects in development, Lupfer said at Cannes.
Studiocanal already owns Germany’s Tandem and the U.K.’s Red Production Company, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
One of the less well-regarded comic book films of all time was one from only a few years ago - 2010's "Jonah Hex". A critical and commercial disaster, the $80 million budget project made just $10 million at the worldwide box-office and was the subject of scathing reviews.
Its stars Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich and Michael Fassbender managed to escape its stink without much damage, even so the film itself has become something of a poster child for how not to make a comic book movie. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor ("Crank") were originally hired to write and direct but dropped out before filming and were replaced by animation director Jimmy Hayward.
Rewrites, production problems and reshoots soon followed, and it was an experience that Brolin doesn't have many fond memories of. Speaking with The Nerdist and The Frame, Brolin discussed the mess and why he signed up in the first place:
- Garth Franklin
It’s been revealed today that Johnathon Schaech will play Jonah Hex in the first season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The character is set to appear in the eleventh episode, with the possibility to then become a recurring presence.
As you probably know, this won’t be Jonah Hex’s live-action debut, as he was previously played by Josh Brolin in a critically panned film adaptation which also starred Michael Fassbender and Megan Fox. Here’s hoping that this outing goes a bit better.
For more on what to expect from Hex, check out the official description for the character, courtesy of The CW:
A true legend of the Old West, a morally ambiguous gunslinger with a penchant for danger. Surprisingly, he knows a thing or two about time travel and the future, but is at home in the Wild West. He’s been battling outlaws and gangs for awhile now, »
- Josh Wilding
Variety reports that the new CW superhero show, "DC's Legends of Tomorrow", will feature a time-travel element in the series which will include the assembled team venturing into the old west and interacting with one of DC's most notable antihero, Jonah Hex.
Jonah Hex is a former confederate soldier-turned bounty hunter who is facially scarred and is known to wield supernatural powers such as raising the dead from their graves. Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin portrayed the character in Warner Bros. Pictures film adaptation, "Jonah Hex," which co-starred John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender, Will Arnett, and Megan Fox.
On the inclusion of Hex in the show, Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim said, “Ever since we decided that ‘Legends’ would involve time travel, we were eager to do a story set in the Old West. But if you’re going to do a story set in the DC Universe version of the Old West, »
- J.B. Casas
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