13 items from 2015
Henry Selick to team with Key & Peele for new animated stop-motion film
It has been awhile since director Henry Selick made Coraline, one of the better animated films in years, and he has been looking to move on to a new project. While Disney and Laika have both passed on The Shadow King by Selick, it looks like a famous duo will help the director get his next project made.
According to Variety, Key & Peele are set to help create a new animated feature with Selick that will be called Wendell and Wild. The site adds that the project is in the early stages with the duo and Selick ironing out creative details while looking for a distributor at the moment.
Selick spoke about the project, telling Variety that:
“‘Wendell and Wild’ is a comedy about two scheming demon brothers who must face their arch-nemesis, the demon-dusting nun Sister Helly, »
- Zach Dennis
Screen Daily has learned that Noomi Rapace is in talks to star as Amy Winehouse in a movie about the late British soul singer. August Rush director Kirsten Sheridan will helm the biopic (working title Amy Winehouse) and Sheridan also wrote the film's script. According to the site, "Music rights are currently in negotiation on the development project." An Asif Kapadia-directed... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Not to be confused with Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed documentary about the late singer that released earlier this year, Screen Daily has revealed that a second Amy Winehouse biopic has entered pre-production. Irish filmmaker Kirsten Sheridan (Dollhouse, August Rush) will write and direct the biographical feature, which has its crosshairs placed on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo starlet Noomi Rapace to assume the title role.
Understood to be in the very early stages, source close to the project claim that Rapace is “in talks” to star as the record-breaking songstress, who tragically passed away from alcohol poisoning in July 2011. She was 27. No word yet on an official title for the new drama, though we imagine it won’t stray too far from the instantly recognizable – and therefore easily marketable – name of the late soul singer.
Despite its critical and commercial success, Kapadia’s biopic was the subject of intense »
- Michael Briers
See Also: Amy Winehouse doc set to become the UK’s highest-grossing British documentary
That film came under fire from Winehouse’s family – especially from father Mitch, who is reportedly putting together another film project about his daughter.
- Tom Beasley
It's been four years since Amy Winehouse tragically passed away, all too young, at the age of twenty-seven, but 2015 has been something of a celebration of her life. Earlier this year, Asif Kapadia released his documentary "Amy" which spun the tale of singer's life with carefully constructed archival footage, and now, Winehouse is getting the big screen biopic treatment. Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia's Powerful Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' Screen Daily reports that Noomi Rapace ("Prometheus," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo") is in talks to player the artist in the untitled picture. Kirsten Sheridan ("August Rush") has written the script and will direct the picture that will tell the tale about the singer's life. The all important music rights are currently being negotiated, but as we've learned from other biopics that have spent years in development, it's not always an easy process to sort out, especially when estate's get. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the top 25 grossing documentaries of all-time, we called Asif Kapadia‘s Amy “a devastating, infuriating and sometimes breathtaking watch,” one that “finds some startling truths lurking behind all the music, tabloids and nonsense” when it comes to the late singer’s downfall and tragic death. On the heels of the successful film’s digital release, word has now arrived her life will once again be seen on screen, this time in biopic form.
According to ScreenDaily, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Prometheus star Noomi Rapace is currently in talks to take the role of Amy Winehouse in a forthcoming biopic. Jim Sheridan‘s daughter Kirsten Sheridan (August Rush) has completed a script which she’ll direct and plans are underway to license the late singer’s music. Unfortunately, there’s no details if this will take a look at a specific time in her all-too-short 27-year »
- Jordan Raup
Original Swedish "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" trilogy star Noomi Rapace is in talks to star as iconic UK soul singer Amy Winehouse in a biopic about the late artist at Subotica Films and City Entertainment.
Winehouse, known for her distinct voice and hit album Back To Black, died in 2011 at the age of 27 following a much publicized battle with drink and drugs. Kirsten Sheridan ("August Rush") has written the script and is due to direct the feature.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo lead in talks to star as iconic UK soul singer.
August Rush director Kirsten Sheridan has written the script and is due to direct the feature, a UTA/CAA package that the two agencies are co-repping, which has a handful of sales companies and financiers circling.
Producers are Dublin–based Subotica Films, producers of Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones and Jimi Hendrix music biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, and Us outfit City Entertainment, exec-producers of NBC mini-series Rosemary’s Baby.
Music rights are currently in negotiation on the development project.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
To celebrate the release of Mad Men: The Complete Collection, which will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD on 2nd November, we have a copy of the Deluxe Collector’s Edition to give away on Blu-Ray. We also have 3 prizes of The Complete Final Season on DVD to give away as runner-up prizes, all courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
One of the most iconic, celebrated and influential TV series of recent years finally comes to an end this autumn with the release of Mad Men – The Final Season: Part 2 and Mad Men – The Complete Final Season are available on Blu-ray and DVD from October 19th, whilst Mad Men: The Complete Collection and Mad Men – Deluxe Collector’s Edition are available on 2nd November, courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
- Paul Heath
Cannes — John Woo, whose credits include “Mission Impossible II” and “Face/Off,” is to produce a original scripted television series titled “Cognition” in partnership with Catalyst Global Media, the television and film production company led by Charlotte Walls and Al Hardiman.
The show is a neo-noir crime thriller covering two serial killer investigations set in two very stylistically contrasting worlds — the vast and desolate lands of America’s declining mid-West, and the thriving and overpopulated streets of the Far East.
The series is centered around Travis Augustine, an American ex-detective who has travelled to the Far East for a cutting-edge, untested medical procedure to cure his cancer. The theory: trauma manifests itself into illness. The cure: delete the memories associated with the trauma. As Travis recounts the memories from a failed all-consuming 10-year serial killer investigation as part of his treatment, copycat crimes start to take place on the streets of an Asian metropolis, »
- Leo Barraclough
Industry veteran to take executive producer and producer duties at new firm.
Chris Moll, who stepped down as head of film at Creative England in April, has resurfaced at burgeoning film and TV production company Catalyst Global Media.
Moll has been hired to takes on both executive producer and producer duties at the London-based firm, which launched in May.
Reporting to Catalyst co-founder and CEO Charlotte Walls, Moll will be charged with sourcing high-quality, commercially viable projects for Catalyst’s development and production slate.
He will also be responsible for expanding the company’s national and international partnerships with key talent, producers, agents, publishers and financiers, and identifying new opportunities for collaboration across film, television, digital and music.
Walls said: “Chris brings tremendous strength as an award-winning film producer and seasoned entertainment executive with passion and vision for current projects and the future of Catalyst.”
Moll said he would help build “a slate focused on both creative »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Remember the little boy who starred opposite Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? It's been 10 years since Tim Burton's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory remake hit theaters, but former child star Freddie Highmore is all grown up now! Highmore, who you might also remember from 2004's Finding Neverland and 2007's August Rush, is 23, and as you can see from the cover of Attitude magazine's Summer 2015 issue, he's definitely not a little boy anymore! The handsome Brit, who currently stars as Norman Bates on A&E's Bates Motel, acknowledged his mature new look. "I think in a way, being judged as a sex symbol and being famous almost go hand in hand but it is »
Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield has signed on to star in the sci-fi adventure Out of This World for Relativity Media. Relativity Studios is behind the project, which has Peter Chelsom (Hector and the Search for Happiness) set to direct. The story begins with a billionaire entrepreneur's mission to colonize Mars, which results in a female astronaut becoming pregnant on the planet.
The astronaut died during childbirth, but her infant son was raised in secrecy on Mars. 16 years later, after returning to Earth, the teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) enlists the help of a mission specialist and connects with a young woman he has been communicating with. They both set off on a road trip across America to find the father he never knew.
Allan Loeb (21, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Dilemma) wrote the original screenplay, with Peter Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay (Hector and the Search for Happiness) providing the most recent revisions. »
13 items from 2015
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