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Im Global and Switzerland’s Impuls Pictures have partnered on a new output deal, the companies announced Tuesday from Cannes.
Deal adds to Im Global’s existing network of output partners, which include Universum in Germany, Top Film in Russia and Eastern Europe, Sun Distribution in Latin America, and eOne in the U.K., Canada and Spain.
Impuls’ three core divisions include home entertainment, theatrical and production. The Schaumlechners founded the company in 1986.
- Rachel Abrams
Cannes—This year’s Cannes saw a deluge of new titles brought onto the market.
But, through Monday afternoon at least, there had not been a deluge of deals snapping them up.
One day before the pre-sales market wound down, with major distributors planning to pack their bags Tuesday, most major U.S. and European sales companies had little to crow about in contrast to previous years where by this time a flurry of activity would have already been announced.
A L.A. based buyers rep said there was both a lack of quality and “ big mainstream commercial product with guaranteed wide USA theatrical release.”
“Sales are taking longer and have also been scattered: Many movies on the market have sold to most of Asia, Latin America, Germany, Scandinavia and the U.K. but that’s it.” added Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz. »
- John Hopewell and Rachel Abrams
The director mingled at one end of Emmett/Furla’s yacht party on Thursday to promote “Silence,” Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project that Im Global is shopping at Cannes. Arguably the market’s highest-profile title, Ford has been putting Scorsese’s star power to work: The helmer spoke at a buyers-only presentation on Wednesday and has been hosting private Q&As with potential bidders.
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Ford’s intensely focused approach is indicative of what it’s taken to make Im Global one of the most muscular sales agencies working today. “Silence” may lead to Ford’s involvement in another Scorsese project, “The Irishman,” in which Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are attached to star. There’s chatter about Im Global shopping that pic, which »
- Rachel Abrams
You don't get points for the good movie no one went to see. Pretend for a moment you have an endless amount of money to make any movie you want. What would it be? An action film? Romance? Comedy? Who would direct? Who would star? Pretend I came to you with a film directed by James Toback (Tyson) starring Alec Baldwin and Neve Campbell in something of a politically-inspired erotic Middle Eastern adventure inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris in which there's the promise of exploratory sex. How much would you be willing to pay to help fund that film? Better yet, what would it take to get you to fund that film? While navigating the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, Toback and Baldwin took such an idea to a variety of investors, both foreign and domestic to get the proposed film off the ground, while also taking a »
- Brad Brevet
In Cannes to raise funds for his long-cherished project Silence, Martin Scorsese sits on a yacht in his best grey suit, sipping champagne. “The subject matter is very close to my heart,” he tells Total Film. “I’ve been working on it since I first read the book [Shusaku Endo’s 1966 masterpiece of the same name] in 1989.” Having finally overcome legal matters and wrangled a workable script by scribe Jay Cocks (The Age Of Innocence, Gangs Of New York), Scorsese hopes to shoot in 2014. He describes the project as a “smaller film”...
- Jamie Graham
The Emmett / Furla production, announced Thursday at Cannes, has a $60 million budget and a start date of March. “Broken City” writer Brian Tucker is scripting the story of a hitman who is poisoned and has to find a cure before he expires.
Tucker is also producing and Steven Eads is exec producing. Emmett / Furla said it in negotiations for a director and then will present the film to buyers in June.
“Expiration” is the latest in a long line of recent action titles with coin from Emmett / Furla, including ” 2 Guns,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington, with Universal opening Aug. 2; “Frozen Ground, »
- Dave McNary
Martin Scorsese is a familiar sight on the Croisette, but this year the helmer will also be shopping his own wares. And Justin Timberlake, whose name alone could probably have fetched a hefty check from a producer at one time, is going to Cannes for the first time for the same reason.
It’s a sure sign of the way movie financing has changed when one of the world’s best-known filmmakers and one mega-celebrity must adjust to how most films now find their funding.
Timberlake will be hawking his pic “Spinning Gold,” in which he will star as 1970s music industry legend Neil Bogart. Scorsese, whose movies are typically released by Hollywood studios but sometimes are independently financed, will be looking for coin for his religious-themed pet project “Silence.” That pic is in the hands of Stuart Ford, founder and CEO of Im Global, who will be introducing the »
- Rachel Abrams
In a frantic run-up to the annual film market, a cloudburst of English-language movies has swept onto the international stage.
“It’s nightmarish, amazing. This is going to be one of the busiest Cannes ever,” said Ivan Boeing of Brazilian distributor Imagem.
Martin Moszkowicz, at Germany’s Constantin, agrees that last year was robust but this year is even more so.
“There’s a huge number of projects being offered. We’ve gotten well over 200 projects over the last two or three weeks,” he said.
But he cautioned that two-thirds of projects received weren’t ready to come on to the market because they didn’t have a finished screenplay, or a director or cast fully attached.
And without these elements, there’s no guarantee they will happen.
“For the last year or two, studios have been offloading films like ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones,’ ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Solace’ and ‘The »
- John Hopewell and Dave McNary
The 29-year-old will play the role of Father Sebastiao Rodrigues in Scorsese's adaptation of the 1966 novel by late Japanese author Shusaku Endo, reports contactmusic.com.
Scorsese first started working on a script after reading Endo's novel in 1988. Actor Ken Watanabe will also feature in the film, the shooting of which will begin in June 2014.
- Rahul Kapoor
Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) is set to star in Martin Scorsese's (Hugo, Shutter Island) next project, Silence. The director's long-gestating adaptation of Japanese author Shusaku Endo's novel has secured financing and a production greenlight for June 2014.
Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit who travels to Japan with a fellow priest amid rumors that his mentor has abandoned the Church. It is a time of religious persecution in the Asian nation, with Christians forced to practice their faith in secret. Ken Watanabe (Inception) will star as the priests' interpreter, alongside a Japanese cast.
Location scouting is currently underway for the film, which is being co-financed by Emmett/Furla Films and Corsan Films. Silence is due to start shooting next summer.
It’s taken him a quarter of a century, but Martin Scorsese has finally made real progress on his previously inert adaptation of Silence, Japanese writer Shusaku Endo’s historical fiction novel. Starting off his week right, the celebrated filmmaker has not only obtained the required funding for his movie, but also a production green light and the services of Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.
Ken Watanabe (Inception) will reportedly be joining Garfield on the screen, putting to rest old murmurings regarding Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro’s involvement. Emmett/Furla Films and Corsa Films are providing the financial backing; production allegedly will start in June of 2014, and location scouting is already underway, though additional details remain scarce at this time.
Scorsese does have a screenplay under his belt, which he completed work on back in 1996 with the aid of ...
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- Andrew Crump
Ray Harryhausen, the celebrated visual effects and stop motion artist, has passed away at the age of 92. As Martin Scorsese's Silence is finally going forward, we're looking forward to uncovering details on the production, and Variety has some big news on the subject: Andrew Garfield will be the film's lead and Issey Ogata (who you may recognize from Yi Yi) and Ken Watanabe are also joining the cast. Scorsese has also revealed that film will primarily be in Japanese.
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Dennis Lim's (presumably) final piece for The New York Times: an interview with Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke about Before Midnight. In refutation to Quentin Tarantino's not-so-kind assessment of John Ford »
- Adam Cook
The story is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about 17th century Jesuits who to try bring Christianity to isolated Japan.
Financing has been secured, with shooting beginning in July next year in Taiwan.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
• Martin Scorsese has found a new leading man in Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) for his feature Silence, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 Japanese-language novel. The fictional story follows a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan. Ken Watanabe (Inception) also stars in the film, which will be largely shot in Japanese. At one point, Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio del Toro were going to star in the film. [Variety]
- Lindsey Bahr
Also, it's Spock versus Spock in today's Dailies!
» Andrew Garfield will star in the long delayed "Silence." [Variety]
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- Kevin P. Sullivan
Set in the 17th Century, the story follows Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Portugese Jesuit priest who travels to Japan to confront his mentor, after rumors surfaced that he had abandoned the church. Ken Watanabe will portray Father Rodrigues' Japanese interpreter. Japanese actor Issei Ogata also stars in an unspecified role.
Martin Scorsese co-wrote the screenplay with Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York). Emmett/Furla Films is co-financing the project alongside Belgian producer Paul Breuls, with location scouting currently underway before production begins this summer.
Apparently filming The Amazing Spider-Man in Manhattan has put the British Andrew Garfield in a New York State of mind. The actor is about to collaborate with the unofficial documentarian of the Five Boroughs . Mr. Martin Scorsese . on the director.s long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo.s Silence next summer. Ironically, they.ll likely leave the island of Manhattan for the island nation of Japan to shoot the film, according to Variety, which breaks the story. Garfield would play Father Rodrigues, a 17th-century Portugese Jesuit priest who journeys to Japan when he learns that his mentor is wavering in his faith and contemplating leaving the Church. The mentor in the film has not been cast, though Variety reports that Ken Watanabe will play a translator who accompanies Garfield.s character on his mission. Silence is expected to be a deep meditation on faith and Christianity, with the Last Temptation of »
He might be best known right now for slipping into the spandex suit of The Amazing Spider-Man, but Andrew Garfield has plenty of other avenues open to him. And how: he’s just been picked by Martin Scorsese to star alongside Ken Watanabe in the director’s long-gestating passion project Silence.Garfield will be playing Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest to discover whether Rodrigues’ mentor has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating that they travel undercover. Watanabe is set to be their interpreter and the cast also includes Issei Ogata.Scorsese has been mulling a film of Shusaku Endo’s novel ever since he first read the book 25 years ago, and began working on an adaptation with writer Jay Cocks almost immediately. Their other films got in the way, »
Martin Scorsese‘s passion project Silence is finally moving forward! And guess who’s on board to play the male lead? Andrew Garfield! Surprised? I am, it’s hard to imagine The Amazing Spider-Man star as a 17th-century Portuguese Jesuit. Anyway, another good thing is that Garfield (aka Father Rodrigues) will join previously announced Ken Watanabe in a movie which starts production next summer… As you probably remember, Silence is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel of the same name, which is set in the 17th century and revolves around: …two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to...
- Jeanne Standal
Variety reports that Andrew Garfield has been cast to star in Martin Scorsese's Silence. A passion project of Scorsese's for more than twenty years, Silence is an adaptation of Shusaku Endo's acclaimed novel of the same name about a Portuguese Jesuit missionary who is sent to seventeenth-century Japan and endures persecution. Garfield will play that missionary, Father Rodrigues, a part Benicio del Toro was once attached to. Ken Watanabe will play the father's interpreter. Scorsese has had difficulty getting the movie funded because of its overt religious themes, and he understands the mostly Japanese-language film will appeal to a smaller audience than his last few very successful films. Production will start in June 2014. Do you think Scorsese made Garfield the offer over a plate of lasagna? »
- Jesse David Fox
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