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Hans Funck, the German film editor of such features as the Oscar-nominated Downfall and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, died suddenly on Wednesday night in Munich. He was 61. One of Germany's most acclaimed editors, Funck was perhaps most closely associated with Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 In addition to Downfall and sleeper hit The Experiment, Funck was the editor on all of Hirschbiegel's English-language productions, including The Invasion, starring Nicole Kidman, Five Minutes of Heaven with Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt and, most recently, the Lady Di biopic Diana with Naomi Watts.
- Scott Roxborough
We've already told you about the new drone thriller Eye in the Sky produced by and starring Colin Firth. The script comes from BAFTA winning writing Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven) and follows a London-based female military intelligence officer, who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation aiming to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi. Now THR reports the cast is expanding with Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Helen Mirren taking the roles of the intelligence officer and the drone pilot respectively. However, we're not sure who Firth will end up playing in the film from Gavin Hood. As for the rest of the story, the situation gets complicated when a mission that started with the task to capture terrorists turns into an assassination mission when it's discovered that her targets are getting ready to enact a suicide attack that will kill many innocent civilians. At the same time, »
- Ethan Anderton
The story, written by Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven), is set in the world of drone pilots and follows London intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden, who is tasked with remotely commanding a mission to capture a group of wanted terrorists at their safe house in Nairobi, Kenya. Their plan changes drastically upon learning that the terrorists are plotting a suicide attack.
Here's what Colin Firth, who is producing alongside his Raindog Films partner Ged Doherty, had to say about the project.
"The use of unmanned aircraft in modern warfare and in the so-called 'War on Terror' poses critical questions for us all. Raindog was launched with the hope of making challenging thoughtful films, and I'm pleased to be a part of an exploration into such a crucial issue."
After heading into space for the adaptation of Ender's Game, director Gavin Hood is coming back to Earth, and heading across the pond for an action thriller called Eye on the Sky. Deadline has word that Entertainment One has set Hood to direct the film that has Colin Firth attached to start and also produce the film through his Raindog Films production banner. With a script from BAFTA winning writing Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven), the film follows a London-based female military intelligence officer, who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation aiming to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi. However, the job becomes more dire when a mission that started with the task to capture terrorists turns into an assassination mission when it's discovered that her targets are getting ready to enact a suicide attack that will kill many innocent civilians. At the same time, an »
- Ethan Anderton
Ender’s Game director Gavin Hood has settled on his next project. Deadline reports that Hood will helm the contemporary action thriller Eye in the Sky for Entertainment One, with Colin Firth attached to produce and star in the military drone-centric pic. Scripted by Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes of Heaven), the story revolves around a London-based military intelligence officer who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation with the aim of capturing a group of terrorists in Nairobi. When she realizes the terrorists are on a suicide mission, she must alter her plans. Meanwhile, an American drone pilot (presumably played by Firth) is tasked with destroying the safe house, only to run into trouble when a nine-year-old girl enters the kill zone. Hit the jump for more on the timely project, including how soon it will come to fruition. This is certainly topical material for both Firth and the Tsotsi director, »
- Adam Chitwood
London — Sky Vision, the international distribution arm of BSkyB, has inked an exclusive U.S. co-production alliance with Pivot, Participant Media’s television network, with the debut of the Sky Atlantic drama “Fortitude.” Pivot will be the exclusive U.S. television home for the series, scheduled to transmit next year.
The series will star Stanley Tucci (“The Hunger Games”), Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter”), Christopher Eccleston (“Thor: The Dark World”), Sofie Grabol (“The Killing”), Richard Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), Jessica Raine (“The Woman In Black”), Luke Treadaway (“Clash of the Titans”), Nicholas Pinnock (“Top Boy”) and Johnny Harris (“This is England”). It is filmed in Iceland and the U.K.
“Fortitude” was commissioned by Anne Mensah, head of drama at BSkyB, for Sky Atlantic, and was produced by Fifty Fathoms Productions, which sits under the umbrella of Tiger Aspect and Endemol. Simon Donald (“Low Winter Sun”) created the series, which is »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: SundanceTV (formerly Sundance Channel) has set its next scripted project, signing a deal with BBC Worldwide to board four-hour miniseries One Child as co-producer. Penned by BAFTA-winning writer Guy Hibbert (Five Minutes Of Heaven), One Child, a BBC Drama production for BBC Two, stars Harry Potter franchise alumna Katie Leung as Mei, a first-born Chinese girl adopted by English parents, who gets called back to Guangzhou when her birth mother desperately seeks her assistance in saving her son. How far will Mei go to help the woman who gave her away and the brother she’s never met? “One Child is a deeply affecting work that delves into the heart of a human struggle,” said SundanceTV President Sarah Barnett. “It tells the story of an ordinary young woman who is plunged into a situation that challenges her to her core.” Filming on One Child begins in May in London »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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