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The Weinstein Company hierarchy announced (8) that production is underway on the Netflix original series based on the epic adventures of the legendary explorer.
Shoot locations include Italy, Kazakhstan and the new Pinewood Studios in Malaysia.
The Weinstein Company has acquired rights from Beta Film to the crime drama series Gomorra after starting negotiations at Mipcom 2013. Stefano Sollima, Claudio Cupellini and Francesca Comencini direct and Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra. (It was also notably adapted into the 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was picked up for stateside distribution by IFC Films.) The 12-episode show is directed by Stefano Sollima, Claude Cupellini and Francesca Comencini. It centers on 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right-hand man of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. Harvey Weinstein stated of the buy: “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other." No word yet on when the series would bow stateside.
- Beth Hanna
The Weinstein Company has taken rights to Italian crime drama series "Gomorra," based on Roberto Saviano's bestseller of the same title that goes inside the brutal Neapolitan mafia Camorra. (It was also notably adapted into the 2008 film by Matteo Garrone, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes and was picked up for stateside distribution by IFC Films.) The 12-episode show is directed by Stefano Sollima, Claude Cupellini and Francesca Comencini. It centers on 30-year-old Ciro (Marco d'Amore), the right-hand man of the Savastano clan's godfather Pietro (Fortunato Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. Harvey Weinstein stated of the buy: “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other." No word yet on when the series would bow stateside. »
- Beth Hanna
The Weinstein Company has acquired rights to the Sky Italia crime drama series Gomorra, directed by Stefano Sollima (Romanzo Criminale). Marco D’Amore, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone, Salvatore Esposito, Marco Palvetti star in the series based on Roberto Saviano’s bestselling novel, the inside story of the fierce Neapolitan crime organization Camorra. It tells the story of 30-year-old Ciro (d’Amore), the right hand of the Savastano clan’s godfather Pietro (Cerlino), and the ruthless war to take over “The System”. The series consist of 12 one-hour installments and in addition to Sky Italia is produced by Cattley, Fandango La 7 and Beta Film. Negotiations began at the 2013 Mipcom market. The deal is for the original series and no remake is planned as of now. “This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-class acting talent, as well as Stefano Sollima’s phenomenal abilities to craft a thriller like none other. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Weinstein Co. has picked up U.S. rights to the Italian organized crime drama Gomorra, based on the best-selling book by Italian investigative journalist Roberto Saviano. The first 12-episode season of Gomorrah will debut in Italy on Sky Italia, the pay TV platform controlled by Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. Story: Journalist Roberto Saviano on the Real 'Sopranos' of Mafia Series 'Gomorrah' TWC is also looking into making a U.S. version of the Italian series. Said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein: "This is a project that caught our eye a while back for its world-
- Scott Roxborough
Rome — The Weinstein Company has closed a deal with Beta Film to acquire U.S. rights to “Gomorrah,” the hot Italo TV series that depicts the real Neapolitan mob with a degree of authenticity never seen before.
The deal marks the first time an Italian TV skein gets potential access to millions of U.S. TV homes. Though it is not known yet what U.S. outlet will carry the show, Netflix, with which TWC has a multiyear pact, seems like a good fit.
The first series of the skein, consisting of 12 one-hour episodes, is co-produced by Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox with Rome’s Cattleya, Domenico Procacci’s Fandango – which produced the film – Italo free TV La 7 and Germany’s Beta Film. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia paybox is fixing up its Italo-scripted biz with a dual-content pipeline — one for series like the $22 million mob-themed “Gomorrah,” which is geared to a global audience; the other for spunky local romantic comedies like “Amore Oggi” (Love Today), shot by two YouTube-bred helmers for $500,000.
“Gomorrah,” based on the same bestselling book as Matteo Garrone’s like-named film, has been sold by Beta Film to more than 30 countries, including the U.S., where a deal is being finalized to make it the first Italo skein ever beamed into U.S. homes by an Italian channel.
“Amore,” on the other hand, was shot in Brazil, Paris and Italy using a digital Slr camera.
“The challenge with ‘Gomorrah’ was »
- Nick Vivarelli
Exclusive: Sky Atlantic picks up first foreign-language series, TWC working on English-language TV version.
This story first appeared in Screen’s sister publication Broadcast.
The 12 x 60-minute series about Neapolitan crime organisation the Camorra will air in the UK with English subtitles later this year after being bought by Sky Entertainment acquisitions manager Sophie Judge.
Last year, it was sold to Sky Germany, HBO Nordic in Scandinavia and HBO Latin America.
In an exclusive interview with Broadcast to be published next week, The Weinstein Company also confirmed that it is developing an English-language version of the series with Italian production firm Cattleya.
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We love to go on and on when the Academy gets it wrong, especially in the notoriously flawed Documentary and Foreign Language categories. And so we should give them a pat on the back when they get it right. Yes, “Blue is the Warmest Color” deserved more attention but my vote still would have gone to Paolo Sorrentino’s masterful “The Great Beauty,” released today on Blu-ray and DVD from The Criterion Collection. It’s one of the best films of the last several years; a mesmerizing ode to the diversionary quality of excess. Don’t miss it.
Sorrentino opens his film with three long, complementary sequences: A man drops dead while on a tour group visit through a site of former Roman excess; dozens of beautiful, rich people dance the night away at a rooftop party; the city wakes up as a convent comes to life and locals walk their dogs. »
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White-knuckle action coupled with eerie, atmospheric pacing makes this film about the Sicilian mafia an intriguing watch
Salvo is a strange, involving, if flawed movie about the Sicilian mafia; a stylised drama with elements of the supernatural and the sentimental amid the tension. It announces Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza as film-makers who might be mentioned alongside Matteo Garrone, the director of Gomorrah. Palestinian actor Saleh Bakri plays Salvo, a mafia "soldier" who finds himself on the receiving end of a horrendous assassination attempt, grippingly and stylishly filmed, which is then followed by an extraordinary, almost real-time sequence as he arrives at the house of the man who schemed his death – then makes a discovery about the person the man lives with, Rita (Sara Serraiocco). It is an event that appears to send Salvo into a kind of breakdown, but one suffered gradually and generally. The temperature in Palermo has risen to a brain-frazzling 40 degrees, »
- Peter Bradshaw
The series, comprising 12 one-hour episodes, sheds light on the Camorra, the fierce Napolitan crime organization and follows the journey of 30-year-old Ciro, the right hand of the clan’s godfather, Pietro Savastano.
The skein will bow on Canal Plus in 2015.
- Elsa Keslassy
Projects to receive a share of $7.5m also include new films from Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah), Alex van Warmerdam (Borgman), the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Tudor Giurgiu (Of Snails and Men) and Susanne Bier collaborator Anders Thomas Jensen.Scroll down for full list of titles including funding amount and co-producers
Paolo Sorrentino’s upcoming project, In the Future (Il Futuro), is to receive €460,000 ($640,000) from the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund. The film marks the Italian director’s follow-up to Oscar-winner The Great Beauty and is set set to start shooting in May, starring Michael Caine.
The intimate drama about “friendship between two old people” is from Sorrentino’s regular producers, Nicola Giuliano and Francesca Cima through Indigo Films with French co-producer Bis Films. Co-financing comes from Italian distributor Mediaset/Medusam, which looks set to release in Italy later this year.
It is one of 19 films, which includes a documentary and an animated feature, that will receive »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
New year, new news! (How will I introduce these news posts come February? I'd better start thinking of something now...) Let's kick it off with a double bit of casting news about Vincent Cassel, everyone's favourite menacing Frenchman, who has boarded two European flicks. First is the thriller, “Rien ne sert courir," the next film from French mono-name director Maiwenn, whose “Polisse” played Cannes to some acclaim in 2011. The other new gig for polyglot Cassel is Italian project “The Tale of Tales,” where he'll be joined by Salma Hayek and directed by Matteo Garrone, the filmmaker behind “Gomorrah” and “Reality.” And by the way, the original 17th century Italian title of the source material, is a collection of morality tales, “Lo cunto de li cunti.” Just in case that ever, uh, comes in handy. [Variety/Variety]Also coming in over the wires is some news about a couple of aging action men. »
- Ben Brock
The Tale Of Tales will be the next ambitious project from two-time Grand Prize Jury Winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Matteo Garrone. Garrone directed the brilliant fashion and crime film Gomorra and the comedy Reality, which saw a fishmonger pursuing a role on reality TV. His latest film, The Tale Of Tales will be Garrone’s first English language film, however the production will be kept to Italy where the film will also be set.
Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel have joined the cast and the film will start shooting this spring. The film gives modern twists to Italian folktales and under Garrone’s direction, it promises to be very interesting indeed. We can expect a premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Garrone’s work has impressed me over the years, especially with the unflinching Gomorra. Hopefully this will bring even more attention to his brave work.
Source: Variety »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
While no specific story details were released, the project is based on three stories from Italian author Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti (The Tale of Tales), which was published in two volumes in 1634 and 1636. The stories went largely unnoticed until the Brothers Grimm offered high praise, calling it the first "national" collection of fairy tales. Among the stories included are the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella. It isn't known which three stories The Tale of Tales will be based on, but the project is described as an ambitious period fantasy piece.
Matteo Garrone is directing from his own adapted script, with the filmmaker also producing through his Archimede Film company, alongside Jean Labadie's Paris-based production company, Le Pacte. Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Italy. »
The English-language film will shoot in Italy during the spring. Garrone’s most ambitious project to date, the period fantasy is based on three tales from Giambattista Basile’s “Lo cunto de li cunti.”
Cassel is repped by CAA in the U.S. and Adequat in France. Hayek is also repped by CAA and Management 360.
- Elsa Keslassy
Matteo Garrone may be one of Italy's finest and most innovative filmmakers working today, having had back-to-back Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize jury winners with the crime-thriller Gomorra and the modern-day spoof on fame and celebrity with Reality . Now he's getting ready to helm his first English language film The Tale of Tales and he's just signed on Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel to play the leads. The film will start shooting in Italy in the spring, claiming to be Garrone's most ambitious film to date as it will give traditional Italian tales a modern twist. Garrone's production company Archimede Film is producing with Jean Labadie.s Paris-based leading arthouse shingle Le Pacte, who will distribute in France, while HanWay Films will handle international sales. »
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