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Amazon Acquires Natalie Dormer Series “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Larysa Kondracki to Direct

21 July 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Natalie Dormer in “Game of Thrones

Margaery Tyrell is making her way to Amazon. Deadline reports that the streaming service has picked up “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” a six-episode Australian period drama toplined by “Game of Thrones” alumna Natalie Dormer. The re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel is being overseen “The Whistleblower” helmer Larysa Kondracki, who also directed the pilot and two other episodes of the mystery. Beatrix Christian (“Jindabyne”) is credited as script producer and establishing writer, and Alice Addison (“The Hunter”) penned the series.

Scheduled for a 2018 premiere on Amazon Prime Video Us, “Picnic at Hanging Rock” sees Dormer playing English headmistress Mrs. Hester Appleyard, “a woman whose dead husband instructs her daily life and whose peculiarities are surely hiding dark skeletons,” Deadline summarizes. The series “chronicles the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families, and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.”

The supporting cast includes Yael Stone (“Orange is the New Black”), Lily Sullivan (“Camp”), and Madeleine Madden (“Tomorrow When the War Began”).

Picnic at Hanging Rock” hails from distributor FremantleMedia International.

“The stylish re-imagining of the provocative ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ story will no doubt capture contemporary audiences across the U.S.,” said Caroline Kusser, Svp, Sales & Distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America. “With fantastic scripts, outstanding cast, and bold editorial direction from Larysa Kondracki, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is set to be a must-see series in 2018. We are thrilled to be working with Amazon Prime Video to bring this powerful drama to U.S. screens.”

The show’s world premiere will be on Foxtel in Australia sometime in 2018.

Amanda Brotchie (“Girlboss”) is also among the series’ directors.

Kondracki has helmed episodes of many high-profile series including “Power,” “Legion,” “Better Call Saul,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” “The Americans,” and “The Walking Dead.” When we asked what advice she’d give other female directors, Kondracki responded, “Don’t think too hard about it. You aren’t a ‘female director.’ You’re a director. Just do it.”

Best known for her role on “Game of Thrones,” Dormer’s other credits include “The Tudors,” “Elementary,” and the “Hunger Games” franchise. “It was refreshing to play a character who wasn’t defined by a love entanglement or a marital ambition. She is there because she the best at her job,” she said of her character in the latter, Cressida.

Amazon Acquires Natalie Dormer Series “Picnic at Hanging Rock,” Larysa Kondracki to Direct was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

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Film Movement Acquires U.S. Rights to ‘Jasper Jones’ (Exclusive)

1 June 2017 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New York-based Film Movement has acquired U.S. rights to “Jasper Jones,” hailed by Variety as the best film to date by Australia’s Rachel Perkins (“Bran Neu Dae”) and a “beautifully composed portrait of life in late-’60s small-town Australia,” capturing “the loss of childhood innocence and the suffocating despair of adulthood.”

Michael E. Rosenberg, president of Film Movement, finalized the deal with Charlotte Mickie, president of Mongrel International.

Based on a beloved same-titled novel by Australia’s Craig Silver, the coming of age tale and murder mystery will celebrate its North America premiere as the closing night film at the Museum of the Moving Image’s tribute to the distributor, Film Movement: A 15th Anniversary Celebration. It screens on July 2.

Carried by a standout young cast of Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller (“Pan”) and Angourie Rice (“The Nice Guys”), and written by Silvey and Shaun Grant (“The Snowtown Murders »

- John Hopewell

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Dave Bautista, Sylvester Stallone, Luc Besson titles get UK deals

9 May 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Signature inks deals with Sierra, Europacorp, more.

UK distributor Signature Entertainment has snapped up a raft of Us and international titles including Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista action-thriller Escape Plan 2: Hades from Highland.

The sequel to the 2013 Arnie/Stallone action title, which grossed $140m worldwide, is currently in production and set for release in 2018.

In Hades, Stallone’s character Ray Breslin is called on to organize another for-hire security force but when one of his team, the wing chun master Shu (Xiaoming Huang), goes missing – inside a computerized techno-terror battle-maze known as Haze, where human combatants brawl like beasts – Breslin goes back into the secret lock-up to save his friend.

Bautista co-stars as a deadly acquaintance of Breslin’s alongside Jaime King, Jesse Metcalfe and 50 Cent.

From Europacorp the company has picked up heist thriller Renegades, co-written by filmmake-producer Luc Besson and The Magnificent 7 and The Expendables 2 writer Richard Wenk.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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