5 items from 2015
After 16 years, Peter Jackson’s sextet of Tolkien adaptations has come to an end. Yet the New Zealand film and TV business is thriving even without its signature franchise, turning the land that once served as Middle-Earth into a host of brave new worlds.
Despite a dearth of hobbits on set, 2015 has been a record year for international productions. Feature films and TV series alike are lining up to shoot there.
The biggest player in New Zealand’s next phase is Lightstorm Entertainment’s trio of “Avatar” sequels. The original “Avatar” had a local qualifying spend of Nz$362.8 million ($246 million) with incentives worth $35.8 million, but producer Jon Landau says it is more than just the coin that prompted James Cameron and him to return to New Zealand.
“Jim is not going back because of the financial incentives,” Landau says. “It’s part of it, but he is going because of »
- Paul Chi
Escapade Media has secured world rights, excluding New Zealand, to Jump Films. WW1 TV drama When We Go To War.
The plot follows the experiences of New Zealand soldiers in the trenches, the nurses caring for the wounded in Egypt and. the impact of the war on the families back home over nine months of the Gallipoli campaign..
The story centres around a powerful and conflicted love story between Bea Smith (Esther Stephens), a woman ahead of her time who is nursing in Egypt alongside her lover William (Tom O'Sullivan), a dedicated doctor.
- Don Groves
Inherit the Earth, which is based on the popular Idw comic book Zombies Vs. Robots, has locked in director Andrew Adamson. He is best known for Shrek, Shrek 2 and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Inherit the Earth is coming from Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Sony.
Oren Uziel is behind the latest draft of the screenplay, which follows a group of robots set to protect the last human on earth, a young girl, from a ravenous pack of roving zombies. The original comic book was created by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood. Michael Bay will produce alongside Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, the same team responsible for this past summer's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The film will be live-action.
It’s been four years since we first heard that Michael Bay and Platinum Dunes were adapting the comic book “Zombies vs. Robots.” It seemed like a perfect combination for a studio that’s given us mostly horror remakes and the director of the Transformers movies. Finally, it’s now moving forward with an Oscar-nominated director: Andrew Adamson. His prestige comes in the form of the Academy’s recognition of Shrek 2, which he helmed with Kelly Asbury and Conrad Vernon (though Adamson was the only one credited for the honor), as one of the best animated features of 2004. He also co-directed the first Shrek, with Vicky Jenson, which won the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but that honor and statuette went only to producer Aron Warner. Since the sequel, damson has made two Chronicles of Narnia movies, the Cirque du Soleil film World’s Away and the New Zealand war drama called Mr. Pip, which »
- Christopher Campbell
The current draft of the screenplay is by Oren Uziel. Jt Perry wrote previous drafts.
Based on the Idw Publishing comicbook “Zombies vs. Robots” by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood, the story follows a group of robots who protect a young girl, the last human on Earth, from a pack of intelligent zombies.
The film is a co-production of Platinum Dunes, Circle of Confusion and Idw Publishing, and it’s produced by Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Dave Alpert and Rick Jacobs. Ted Adams is executive producer.
Hannah Minghella and Jonathan Kadin are overseeing for the studio.
Adamson made a name for himself directing the first two films in the “Shrek” franchise but has since moved into the world of live action, directing the first installment in the Narnia franchise, »
- Justin Kroll
5 items from 2015
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