15 items from 2015
Netflix has set a release date for it upcoming original series Narcos. The cocaine culture drama will debut on the streaming platform for worldwide subscribers on August 28, 2015.
Narcos tells the story of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar (played by Elite Squad and Elysium actor Wagner Moura), and the efforts of politicians, civilians, law enforcement, and drug lords to control the 1980’s narcotics culture of South America's Colombia. Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) stars as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Steve Murphy, with Murphy’s fellow agent Javier Peña played by Pedro Pascal (the Game of Thrones actor joined Narcos in June 2014).
Netflix originally gave the go-ahead for Narcos over a year ago in April 2014. Directed by Jose Padilha (of Elite Squad and RoboCop fame), Narcos is produced by Gaumont Television. Padilha executive produces alongside Eric Newman (Children of Men), Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard (Sorcerer's Apprentice), and Chris Brancato »
- Bree Brouwer
Netflix announced today with a teaser video that its anticipated original series, Narcos, will premiere Friday, August 28 at 12:01am Pt exclusively for its members around the world. Narcos chronicles the gripping real-life stories of the drug kingpins of the late 1980s and the corroborative efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It details the conflicting forces - legal, political, police, military and civilian - that clash in an effort to control the world's most powerful commodity: cocaine. The series re-partners creator and executive producer José Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop) with acclaimed Brazilian actor Wagner Moura (Elite Squad, Elysium) as a captivating Pablo Escobar alongside Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl) and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) »
- Pietro Filipponi
Back in April it was announced that Sony had given the green light to a sequel to last year’s big screen reboot of The Equalizer, and now the studio has revealed that the follow-up will hit cinemas on September 29th, 2017.
Washington is currently reteaming with The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua for a remake of The Magnificent Seven, which also stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matt Bomer (Magic Mike Xxl), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) and Peter Sarsgaard (Garden State).
- Gary Collinson
Netflix is launching worldwide its first original Spanish-language dramedy, Gaz Alazraki’s “Club de Cuervos” (“Nosostros los Nobles”), on August 7t. The streaming service is available in the U.S., Latin America, Canada, and some European territories. It recently announced plans to enter Spain, Portugal and Italy.
The 13-episode series centers on a wealthy family whose members fight over the control of the Los Cuervos soccer club after their patriach dies. “Club de Cuervos” stars Luis Gerardo Mendez and Mariana Trevino.
Another original Netflix Spanish-language series, “Narcos,” is also expected to start streaming this year. The Colombia-set crime thriller about drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellin cartel is co-helmed by Brazilian director Jose Padilha (“Elite Squad,” “RoboCop”).
“Generations have loved shows like ‘El Chavo,’ and we are confident that they will enjoy recent titles like ‘La Dictadura Perfecta’ as well as the latest addition to our originals slate, ‘Club de Cuervos, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
MGM’s upcoming remake of The Magnificent Seven has found its villain, with Variety reporting that Peter Sarsgaard (Garden State, The Slap) has signed on to play Bartholomew Bogue, the leader of the group of outlaws terrorising a Mexican village.
The Magnificent Seven is being directed by Antoine Fuqua and features al all-star cast that includes Denzel Washington (The Equalizer), Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades of Grey), Matt Bomer (Magic Mike Xxl) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
The Magnificent Seven is slated for release on January 13th 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Fuqua directs Denzel Washington (Training Day), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Jason Momoa (Games of Thrones), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad), Haley Bennett (The Equalizer) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil) in the new version of the classic 1960 film which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn and Charles Bronson.
The remake has been written by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) and sees a local woman (Bennett) seeking out a group of gunslingers to help protect her small town for a group of bandits.
- Scott J. Davis
If Momoa’s deal is completed, he will join the already a stellar cast that includes Denzel Washington (The Equalizer), Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Wagner Moura (Elite Squad) and Haley Bennett (The Equalizer), and is written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective).
In a later development, Deadline added to the story by saying that G.I Joe star Byung-hun Lee has also joined the cast of the film, where he is set to play the character of Billy Rocks. Lee can be seen this summer as the new T-100 in Terminator Genisys.
- Scott J. Davis
Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) directs the film, which stars his Equalizer actors Denzel Washington and Haley Bennett, as well as Chris Pratt (Jurassic World), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Luke Grimes (American Sniper) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil).
Moura is set to play Vasquez, one of the titular Seven, and sets MGM up for some decent South American box office, where the actor has a very sizeable fan base. Previously, Moura has featured in Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium and the award-winning Elite Squad.
Written by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective), the story kicks off when a woman (Bennett) hires a disparate group of gunslingers to protect her town from rampaging bandits. The 1960 film, which itself was a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 Japanese-language film Seven Samurai, »
- Scott J. Davis
We found lots to like in his RoboCop remake, even if it did have its flaws - the final act, in particular, had the distinct air of studio interference hanging over it. But Padilha is likely to get freer creative reign with his next project, since it's based on his own original concept rather than a potentially blockbusting pre-existing one.
It's called Mindcorp, and Deadline describes it as a sci-fi thriller about "next-generation mind-body experimentation and a priest who becomes responsible for the survival of humanity."
Mindcorp began life as a short story written by Padilha himself, »
Director José Padilha, who made his U.S. studio debut with last year's RoboCop remake, has signed on to direct Mindcorp, based on a short story he wrote. Warner Bros. picked up the short story, with the director set to co-write the script with Dwain Worrell. Gianni Nunnari has signed on to produce through his Hollywood Gang production company.
Deadline describes the story as a high-concept sci-fi thriller that centers on "next-generation mind-body experimentation." The plot follows a priest who ultimately becomes responsible for the fate of all mankind. Shannon Gaulding will oversee the project for Hollywood Gang, with Jon Berg and Jon Gonda overseeing for Warner Bros.
Before he directed last year's RoboCop, José Padilha directed Brazilian thrillers such as Bus 174, Elite Squad and Elite Squad: The Enemy Within. He also directed a segment of the anthology film Rio, I Love You. Dwain Worrell became the first screenwriter to »
Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in negotiations to join Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk along side newcomer Joe Alwyn as the title character, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart. The Wrap Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) has replaced John Singleton as director of Morgan Creek's Tupac the long-in-development biopic about rapper Tupac Shakur, with casting underway. Shooting is planned to begin in August or September. Why is Singleton off the picc Here's how he tells it on Instagram: Variety
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling ... To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac ... It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better. »
- Brad Brevet
Exclusive: Warner Bros has purchased Mindcorp, a science fiction thriller based on a short story by Jose Padilha that the Elite Squad helmer will direct. Gianni Nunnari will produce through his Hollywood Gang banner. Dwain Worrell has been set to write the script with Padilha. It’s the second studio gig for Padilha after the Robocop remake. They are keeping the logline under wraps but in broad strokes it’s a high-concept intense thriller involving next-generation… »
The 67th Berlin Festival looks set to go down in history for marking Latin America’s coming of age. Sporting 21 features in Competition, Panorama and Forum, Berlin’s 2015 Latin presence — comprising movies from Latin America, Spain and Portugal — outranks Asia (20) and North America (15). Including all of Berlin’s official sections and Co-Production Market, Ibero-America boasts 63 films, 49 of them features, its highest movie count in memory.
Brazil leads the charge. Though lacking competition players, it has four films in Panorama, including its opener, Lirio Ferreira’s oneiric tale of impossible love “Blue Blood.” Five more works and two installations play Forum or Forum Expanded.
Berlin has always embraced Brazil, and Latin America in general. Wieland Speck, head of the Panorama, which focuses on international cinema, and Christoph Terhechte at the Forum, which frames younger filmmakers, both visit Brazil annually.
- John Hopewell
Director: Stephen Daldry; Screenwriter: Richard Curtis; Starring: Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen, Wagner Moura, Selton Mello, Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, Gabriel Weinstein; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15
Brazil has been thrust into the spotlight of late thanks to last year's World Cup and its forthcoming Olympic Games in 2016, but look past the sunny samba beat and you'll find a country overrun with corruption. It's this Brazil that provides the backdrop for Stephen Daldry's Trash, a fleet-footed adaptation of Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel.
Daldry's film, adapted for the screen by Richard Curtis, follows three Rio street kids - Raphael, Gardo, and Rato - as they stumble across a wallet that leads them on an adventure that could pull them out of poverty. Hot on their heels are bent officials, led by cop Frederico Gonz (Selton Mello), who won't hesitate to turn violent in pursuit of their goal. The decay runs high up into Rio's authorities, »
It’s only a couple of days into 2015 and already fans have been treated to two major milestones on the TV calendar with the debuts of both Agent Carter and Lee Daniels’ Empire. To say those are the least of this year’s small screen goodies is an understatement: thanks to the successes of gigantic TV event shows over the past few years money has been flowing more steadily back to the supposedly lesser little brother of cinema, and the results are a packed roster of delights.
And the good news is it’s not all Ryan Seacrest and America’s Funniest Brain Injuries: even without the usually more eye-catching announcements of the Fall/Winter schedule, the strength of upcoming projects is simply phenomenal. Not only will superheroes make even more of an impact on the small screen and Netflix, but there will be massive returns for some »
- Simon Gallagher
15 items from 2015
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