11 items from 2016
The winning filmmaker will become a candidate for February Project of the Month. That winner will receive a Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12 License and will be in the running for Project of the Year. The four projects up for this week's Project of the Week are listed below (with descriptions courtesy of the filmmakers). You can vote at the bottom of the page. Women of Light: A feature documentary highlighting some of the leading women in cinematography and inspiring those of the future. The Privates: A struggling rock band blows up amps, short-circuits breakers, and starts fires when they play their music. Plan B: An older woman is confronted with Death in the shape of her ex-boyfriend. Martyrs of Metal: As thousands of Afghans wash ashore in Europe everyday, were the past 13 years of international troops dying and billions of aid being pumped into Afghanistan all a dream? This is »
The Big Short, which won the PGA Awards’ best picture prize over the weekend, may earn Plan B Entertainment founder, and the film’s star, Brad Pitt and co-presidents Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner their second best picture Oscars in just three years. The trio collaborated on 2014’s best picture winner, 12 Years a Slave, and Plan B also produced last year’s best picture nominee, Selma, earning Kleiner and Gardner Oscar noms, as well.
Founded in 2001 by Pitt alongside then-wife Jennifer Aniston and Brad Grey, Plan B has become one of the most successful production companies in Hollywood today, and nominations have been stacking up for its members. After Aniston and Pitt’s divorce in 2006, and Grey’s departure to Paramount, Pitt became the sole owner of the company and enlisted Gardner to be his president. Both Gardner and Pitt also earned best picture nominations »
- Patrick Shanley
Adam McKay’s financial crisis dramedy “The Big Short” shook up the Oscar race with a big win at the 27th annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday. Producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for the late-breaking awards contender. Gardner and Kleiner were on hand to accept the award. This is production company Plan B’s third consecutive film in the awards race following “12 Years a Slave” in 2013 and “Selma” in 2014. “The Big Short” triumphed over fellow Oscar nominees “Brooklyn, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Martian,” “The Revenant,” and “Spotlight.” “Ex Machina,” “Sicario” and “Straight Outta Compton” rounded out the category. This win bodes well for “The Big Short” in its Oscar campaign as voting for the final list of nominees commences on Feb. 12. The PGA Award winner typically forecasts the eventual winner at the Oscars. “Brokeback Mountain,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Gravity »
"Yeah, you won," presenter Michael B. Jordan said seconds after announcing that The Big Short, the semi-comic retelling of the 2008 fiscal crisis, had won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 27th annual PGA Awards, held Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. The award — the guild's equivalent of a best film prize — went to Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, who were present to accept, and their Plan B producing partner Brad Pitt. Kleiner, as he accepted the award, admitted there was some momentary
- Gregg Kilday
Director: Bong Joon-Ho
Writer: Bong Joon-Ho
Fans of South Korean auteur Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 English language debut Snowpiercer will most likely be excited to learn he’s re-teaming with Tilda Swinton for another sci-fi endeavor, Okja, which is the name of a monster befriended by a young girl in a narrative split between New York City and South Korea. Though Snowpiercer received a rather harried theatrical release in 2014 thanks to The Weinstein Company, who wanted to cut the film, Joon-Ho prevailed and the film was a notable VOD moneymaker in the Us. In November, Netflix announced it was financing the production for fifty million (Snowpiercer cost forty two million and was one of the most expensive Korean productions ever). With this coin and creative control, we’re looking forward to what Okja is going to look like.
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- Nicholas Bell
Just when you thought World War Z 2 could escape the shadow of its predecessor and the production problems it suffered, Deadline brings word that The Impossible director Juan Antonio Bayona has quit the in-development sequel.
Word of Bayona exiting the film comes only a few months before Paramount and Plan B had intended to get the cameras rolling, with the studios primed to welcome back Brad Pitt et al. in time for a summer shoot. Alas, as Deadline notes, this fast-tracked production window was one of the chief concerns for Bayona, who originally signed on to direct the flesh-munching sequel in December of 2013.
Such an accelerated timelines would have led to a clash with the director’s commitment to the all-but-complete fantasy drama A Monster Calls, with post-production work and a publicity tour still to come. In the official statement from Paramount, the studio explained Bayona’s exit as »
- Michael Briers
Paramount and Plan B are gearing up to start filming for World War Z this summer, however they'll have to find a new director for the project first, as Deadline is reporting that J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) has exited the sequel due to scheduling conflicts. The studio wants the film to head into production in time for its planned 2017 release, but Bayona is currently doing post-production... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Exclusive: This is just happening, and here is what I know. Juan Antonio Bayona has just exited as director of the sequel to World War Z, the film that Paramount and Plan B are readying for a summer start with Brad Pitt reprising his lead role as the man who fights the zombie apocalypse. The studio and Plan B have a script by Steven Knight that Dennis Kelly rewrote. Bayona’s abrupt exit is being attributed to timing. The studio is determined to get this picture into… »
Exclusive: Jason Mantzoukas has been set to write Battling Boy at Paramount, with Plan B producing and Patrick Osborne directing. The live-action/animated hybrid project is an adaptation of Paul Pope’s acclaimed graphic novel set in the city of Arcopolis, where monsters roam the streets and swallow children into the underworld. Into this world come two young protagonists — one a 12-year-old demi-god, the other the daughter of a highflying hero who has tragically died in… »
The PGA’s vetting process for producers usually raises eyebrows for omissions because those submissions usually go onto Oscar hopefuls. Among the notable producers left off this year’s nominations list include Arnon Milchan on The Big Short, Paul Feig of The Peanuts Movie, a nominee in the Animation category. In the Zanuck category, for example, The Big Short‘s named producers are Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt. Milchan, who was credited in the movie… »
Auteurs working within the confines of the studio system tend to disappoint, though we try to keep hope alive by anticipating the best for talented directors braving compromised visions. 2015 wasn’t without its fair share of standout studio fare, particularly with George Miller’s comeback for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Inarritu’s The Revenant, and J.J. Abram’s revitalization of Star Wars. Of course, there were just as many disappointments, including David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis and the Wachowski Siblings’ rather derivative Jupiter Ascending. While a couple items from our top 25 studio list last year were held over, we’ve noted a bright clutch of hopeful auteur items to look forward to in 2016. You’ll notice a common theme among our top items, including supernatural or extraterrestrial elements.
25. The Accountant – Gavin O’Connor
23. The Disaster Artist »
- Nicholas Bell
11 items from 2016
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