19 items from 2015
Troubles with another big production. It was recently reported by The Wrap that New Line Cinema's new version of It, adapted from Stephen King's book about the evil clown, has been delayed indefinitely due to production troubles. Specifically, they say that director Cary Fukunaga is no longer attached and has left the project, which was nearing a June start date but was halted due to budget problems and other issues. The adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros, with Roy Lee and Dan Lin producing, but only recently shifted to New Line where they're a bit more stern about how much they're willing to spend. Now it's stuck. Director Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, "True Detective", Beasts of No Nation) was working on developing a two-part adaptation of Stephen King's evil clown story It, and they were even close to securing Will Poulter for the lead role as Pennywise. »
- Alex Billington
Watch out Tim Curry. Over at Variety they're reporting that Cary Fukunaga (of Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, "True Detective") has cast the lead in his new It feature, which will be split into two movies. Sources have told them that young actor Will Poulter, currently 22 years old, is "in negotiations" to play Pennywise the evil clown. Poulter last appeared in The Maze Runner as Gally, along with A Plea for Grimsby, Glassland, We're the Millers and Son of Rambow. He's also in the upcoming The Revenant, which we'll all be watching this December. Apparently the audition won over Fukunaga and they couldn't say no. We've been following development on this It project for years, but with Cary Fukunaga bouncing all over between major projects after winning the Emmy for directing "True Detective", it's hard to tell if this was happening sooner or later. It now appears sooner might be the case. »
- Alex Billington
Cary Fukunaga is to be trusted. From Sin Nombre to his evocative adaptation of Jane Eyre to last year’s moody, weird fiction-recalling cop drama True Detective, the director’s atmosphere is real deal and it’s exciting to anticipate his take on a real deal horror property like Stephen King’s It. Similarly exciting, whatever his vision of the now iconic…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
An official, Midnight Screening selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Everardo Gout‘s award-winning (landed the Ariel Awards (a.k.a Mexican Oscar) for Best First Work and Editing) directorial debut Days of Grace (Dias De Gracia) lands theatrically tomorrow (05.01) via the Cinema Libre Studio folks.
In the exclusive clip below, we find Lupe (played by Tenoch Huerta from Sin Nombre and upcoming The 33) delivering on a promise to the injured Melquiadez, but not without taking a peak into a suspicious envelope that is on its way to a gang of men that appear to be involved in the kidnapping syndicate. Debuting on HBO Latino, HBO Go on May 1st, it also opens at the Empire AMC 25 in NYC and Sundance Cinemas West Hollywood on May 15th. Visit the official website for theatrical screening times.
- Eric Lavallee
Fukunaga will direct from a script by “Brokeback Mountain” writers Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, based on Bell’s 2013 suicide and his father Joe’s subsequent walk across America to promote awareness about the consequences of prejudice.
It’s the first project to be developed from script to screen by A24, which is producing along with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker of Red Crown Productions, and Eva Maria Daniels of VisionChaos Productions. Daniel Crown of Red Crown will exec produce.
“Joe and Jadin Bell’s story is a poignant reminder of how precious life is, and a life-affirming example of love transcending the prejudice and victimization familiar to many, »
- Dave McNary
One of the most exciting young filmmakers working today just added another potential project to his docket. While Cary Fukunaga broke out in a big way after helming all eight episodes of True Detective, he was already doing stellar work on the big screen with his first two features, Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. After True Detective, he shot the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba, which is set to premiere on Netflix as the streaming service’s first entry into awards season fare. And now Fukunaga is teaming up with the fine folks at A24 to develop and direct an untitled drama from Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana. The film is based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, an openly gay 15-year-old, took his own life as a sophomore in high school after being »
- Adam Chitwood
Cary Fukunaga’s career has really taken off thanks to directing the entire first season of the critically acclaimed “True Detective,” but the writing was on the wall from the jump. His feature film debut with “Sin Nombre” won the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Award for Best Direction, but all the awards aside, the talent was clearly in abundance. “Jane Eyre" with Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska demonstrated that great actors wanted to work with this filmmaker and his “True Detective” breakthrough really just seemed like an inevitability. Now the award-winning filmmaker has teamed up with A24 Films to develop an untitled drama based on the true story of Joe and Jadin Bell. Fukunaga will direct, and “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana will pen the script. A24 will produce along with Fukunaga’s Parliament of Owls production company and several other companies including Red Crown Productions and VisionChaos Productions. »
- Edward Davis
Since breaking onto the scene with his streetwise debut feature "Sin Nombre" in 2009, for which he won the Directing award at Sundance that year, American camera operator-turned-director Cary Fukunaga has been on a roll. "Sin Nombre" went on to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Fukunaga’s follow-up "Jane Eyre" (2010) featured simmering performances from Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. The lush adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for costume design, and Fukunaga had established himself as a force with a versatile eye and diverse interests. In 2014, Fukunaga made the jump to television, radically overhauling the model by collaborating closely on HBO's "True Detective" with the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto; Fukunaga made news by directing all eight episodes of the acclaimed limited series. The filmmaker has another possible game »
- Kristin McCracken
Taking off the table the only Spanish-language title confirmed to date for Cannes, Arp Selection, one of France’s premier arthouse distributors, has acquired French rights to David Pablos’ “The Chosen Ones” (“Las Elegidas”).
One of 14 Un Certain Regard titles unveiled last Thursday by Thierry Fremaux, “Chosen” is lead-produced by top Mexican production house Canana, founded by Pablo Cruz, Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, whose credits include Gerardo Naranjo’s “Miss Bala,” Cary Fukunaga’s “Sin Nombre” and the Luna-directed “Abel” and “Cesar Chavez.”
“The Chosen Ones” is co-produced by Paris-based Manny Films, founded by Philippe Gompel, which also co-produced Pablo Fendrik’s “El Ardor” with Argentina’s Magma Cine, Canana and Brazil’s Bananeira Filmes.
Produced by Cruz and a love story with thriller elements and ethical dilemmas, “The Chosen Ones” turns on 15-year-old, Ulises, »
- John Hopewell
AMC has cast the lead role in its upcoming series Preacher. The adaptation of the Garth Ennis comic series has formally signed Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, as confirmed by executive producer and co-developer Seth Rogen.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) April 17, 2015
This is not Cooper’s first foray into the world of comic books, as he has also played Howard Stark, father to Iron Man Tony Stark, on both the big and small screen. Cooper, whose formal signing comes after weeks of talks, joins a cast that already includes Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Colletti, and Lucy Griffiths. A premiere date for Preacher has yet to be announced.
HBO made a number of moves over the past week. Key among »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Its Director Series will feature Interstellar director Chistopher Nolan with Bennett Miller, Star Wars creator George Lucas with Stephen Colbert, Sin Nombre's Cary Fukunaga with James Schamus and The Incredibles director Brad Bird with Janeane Garofalo.
The festival's After The Movie series - which included the announcement about four additional documentaries to be screened - was also detailed. It will include talks with David Holbrooke, after the world premiere of his documentary The Diplomat - a look at the legacy left by Ambassador Richard Holbrooke - and director Leah Wolchok and cartoon editor of the New Yorker Bob Mankoff, who will talk about her film Very Semi-Serious.
The world premiere of Robin Hauser Reynolds’ Code: Debugging the Gender Gap and the »
- Amber Wilkinson
Growing up I was a huge fan of Stephen King. My paperback copy of "It" took a long time for me to completely get through, and by the time I was done the front cover was hanging on by a thread, but I looked at its weary body as something of a trophy. It was the first book over one thousand pages I'd ever read and I absolutely loved it, and as much as I enjoyed Tim Curry (pictured above) in the television adaptation, that adaptation never lived up to the imagery King creates in that novel. All that said, the next person to attempt to tackle a feature film adaptation of "It" is something of an unlikely candidate, Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre and "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga and he's been working on it for a long, long time. Fukunaga was first attached to the project back in 2012 when »
- Brad Brevet
With his Idris Elba-led child soldier drama "Beasts Of No Nation" wrapped and awaiting release this year, the filmmaker is turning his attention back to his long in the works two-film adaptation of Stephen King's "It" which has a script in place and is in pre-production, but has yet to schedule filming dates.
In a new interview with Brazilian newspaper O Globo (via Bloody Disgusting), Fukunaga reveals that King is an enthusiastic advocate of the latest screenplay, but the big challenge right now is to find an actor to play Pennywise the Clown. Tim Curry memorably played the role in the 1990s mini-series adaptation.
In the book, Pennywise is the guise of an evil »
- Garth Franklin
We’ve just received an interesting press release from the folks at Netflix who tell us that they’ve picked up the rights to Beasts Of No Nation, a new film starring Idris Elba which is directed by True Detective series helmer Cary Fukunaga. The film looks like it could be a real awards contender later this year, and it looks like Netflix plan to release the film theatrically, as well as making its home debut on their streaming platform on the same day. The word on the street is that Netflix bought the movie for a whopping $12 million.
Beasts Of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.
There is no specific date for the release of the film, »
- Paul Heath
The new-media giant stunned Hollywood this week when it plunked down $12 million for worldwide rights to the drama about a child soldier in Africa. It boasts a top-shelf cast that includes Idris Elba and arrives courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga, the auteur behind “Sin Nombre” and the buzzy HBO series “True Detective.”
Netflix stresses that the film would debut in “select” theaters — an important caveat given that its distribution platform will mean some exhibitors won’t show the film. Most major theater chains refuse to screen films that do not honor a 90-day delay between their theatrical debut and their home entertainment premiere. Netflix is partnering with Imax and the Weinstein Company on a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but most exhibitors are boycotting the film because it does not honor traditional release windows. »
- Brent Lang
Netflix is rapidly pushing to move from streaming original movies and TV series to putting actual films in theaters, and has now hammered out a deal for a potential 2015 awards season contender. Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, is the new film from Cary Fukunaga, who made Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre before […]
The post Netflix Buys Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ for Streaming and Theatrical Release appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Netflix’s pedal-to-the-metal drive for fresh programming and movies continues apace. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the streaming network is in final talks to pick up the global rights to Idris Elba-starring drama Beasts Of No Nation in a $12 million deal.Adapted from Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel, Beasts Of No Nation breaks down the dehumanising of child soldiers through the eyes of a young boy called Agu. Elba is playing the West African warlord who cajoles, manipulates and mentors the child into bearing arms on his behalf. Director Cary Fukunaga, whose Sin Nombre was an impressive calling card for unsparing social drama, has been behind the camera on this one, with Elba lending his skills as a producer. Anyone following Netflix’s drive for global domination will know that theatrical distribution is a barrier the service is still feeling its way around. With aspirations to get its feature films into cinemas day-and-date, »
In a move to bolster its awards season status, Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama “Beasts of No Nation,” starring Idris Elba, for its global streaming service and theatrical release.
Netflix paid nearly $12 million for the rights.
According to insiders, the media distributor is planning a strong Oscar push for the feature, which is based on the bestselling novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The story follows the journey of a boy who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country.
Netflix did not disclose the timing of the release but an awards season campaign would require that the theatrical release not be preceded by the streaming release.
The rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences state: “Films that in any version, receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical »
- Dave McNary
America’s Second Amendment inadvertently serves to keep Mexican drug cartels stocked with U.S.-made, military-grade artillery in “600 Miles,” an understated, astutely gauged look at the way weapons flow south to arm Latin American infighting, as seen through the eyes of two characters on opposing sides of the law: a low-level Mexican weapons smuggler (Kristyan Ferrer) and the American Atf agent (Tim Roth) he kidnaps after a bust goes bad. Whereas many directors would be tempted to exploit the subject in over-the-top action-movie mode, first-timer Gabriel Ripstein opts for a less sensational, true-to-life approach suited for discriminating festival and arthouse audiences.
Following in the gritty-realism tradition of “Maria Full of Grace,” while acknowledging that the illicit traffic flows both ways — in this case, from north to south — “600 Miles” tackles an issue that’s gotten considerably less exposure in the news for the simple fact that Americans don’t seem »
- Peter Debruge
19 items from 2015
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