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David Ayer in talks to direct WWII tank thriller El-Alamein

After approaching tank warfare in 2014’s Fury, David Ayer may be returning to the genre as he is currently in negotiations to direct another World War II tank movie titled El-Alamein for Lionsgate.

El-Alamein will tell the true story of a series of battles in the desert that pitted Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery leading Britain’s Eighth Army, and German General Field Marshal Erwin Rommel leading the German/Axis Forces. The battles occurred in Egypt, in and around an area named after a railway stop called El Alamein, and were fought to gain control of the Suez Canal and reinforce the region.

The script originally was written by David Self, however, the most recent draft was written by James Coyne. Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are set to produce the title alongside Thomas Augsberger. The project is being overseen by Lionsgate executive James Myers.

Ayer previously
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David Ayer to Direct WWII Tank Drama El-Alamein

Joseph Baxter Aug 8, 2019

Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in talks to direct WWII thriller El-Alamein, named after the crucial battle in Egypt.

David Ayer, perhaps best known as the director of 2016 DC movie Suicide Squad, is returning to the genre of World War II tank battle epics, which he famously fielded as writer/director of the 2014 Brad Pitt-headlined Fury. With that WWII tank movie covering the War’s European Theater, he’s now eyeing an adaptation of a key skirmish in the Mediterranean, African and Middle East Theater, with a film titled El-Alamein.

Lionsgate is in talks with Ayer to direct El-Alamein, reports Deadline. The war drama will center on the 1942 WWII tanks-teeming battle in the Egyptian coastal town, just 150 miles west of Cairo. The script has already undergone rewrites, with the first draft, by David Self, recently getting turned over to James Coyne. With Ayer’s tendency
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David Ayer To Direct Lionsgate WWII Tank Battle Thriller ‘El-Alamein’

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David Ayer To Direct Lionsgate WWII Tank Battle Thriller ‘El-Alamein’
Exclusive: David Ayer is negotiating to direct El-Alamein, the true story of a series of epic, bloody battles in the desert that pitted German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel against Britain’s Eighth Army in North Africa, led by Bernard Montgomery.

The script originally was written by David Self, and the most recent draft is by James Coyne. Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing with Thomas Augsberger. The plan is to begin production in early 2020.

This is a big swing for Lionsgate, under Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane. Ayer previously directed the WWII tank battle film Fury, which starred Brad Pitt. He most recently completed the gritty urban street crime drama The Tax Collector, which he wrote. Before that, Ayer directed the Netflix film Bright and Warner BrosSuicide Squad.

After British forces defeated Italian forces in North Africa, Germany tapped Gen. Rommel to drive eastward
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International TV Newswire: German Merger Details, Soccer Pirates, ‘Marsupilami’ in 3D

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In this week’s International TV Newswire, new German studio to be formed by Tele MünchenGroup (Tmg), Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film share licensing division details; soccer leagues jointly condemn a Saudi pirate broadcaster; Franco-Belgian comic superstar “Marsupilami” gets a 3D reboot and Spain’s Atresmedia steps up its on demand game.

German Merger Details Licensing Strategy

Announced earlier this year, the new German studio merging giant Tele MünchenGroup (Tmg), Universum Film, i&u TV and Wiedemann & Berg Film, announced management structures at its new licensing division on Friday.

The main takeaways: the unit will be headed by CEO Fred Kogel, who will handle acquisitions with previous head of international acquisitions at Universum Film Alexander Janssen. L.A.-based Eden Rock Media’s Thomas Augsberger, who has been advising Tmg in its acquisitions of feature films as well as the development of films and series, will
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Dominic Cooper To Star In Miramax-H&v-Zdf Series ‘Spy City’

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Exclusive: With AMC’s Preacher coming to a close this summer, Dominic Cooper is set to star in the six-part espionage Cold War series Spy City from Miramax and Germany’s H&v Entertainment and Zdf.

Novelist and screenwriter William Boyd is currently writing Spy City. German-Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Alexandre will direct, and Johanna Wokalek and Leonie Benesch (The Crown, Babylon Berlin) also star.

Cooper will play an English spy who is sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor in the UK Embassy or among the Allies, shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall. The city, declared by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev as “the most dangerous place on earth,” is teeming with spies and double agents. One wrong move could trigger the looming threat of nuclear war as American,
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Brendan Fraser, Tom Welling & Elena Anaya To Star In TV Remake Of Action Feature ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ For Svod Viaplay

Brendan Fraser, Tom Welling & Elena Anaya To Star In TV Remake Of Action Feature ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’ For Svod Viaplay
Exclusive: Brendan Fraser is to star in The Professionals, a loose remake of the Christian Slater-fronted action movie Soldiers of Fortune for Scandinavian Svod service Viaplay.

The Mummy and Trust star is to front The Professionals, based on the Jeff Most-produced film, alongside Smallville’s Tom Welling, Wonder Woman’s Elena Anaya, John Wick 3’s Saïd Taghmaoui, Inglourious BasterdsKen Duken, Force Majeure’s Lisa Loven Kongsli and Das Boot’s August Wittgenstein.

The ten-part English-language series, which has just begun filming in South Africa and Ireland, was commissioned by Viaplay with German broadcaster Rtl II pre-buying the free-tv rights.

The Professionals is set against a backdrop of international espionage and corporate sabotage in the 21st century’s privately-funded space race and follow Welling as a hardened former counterintelligence officer Captain Vincent Corbo. After their advanced medical satellite explodes on deployment, billionaire futurist Peter Swann, played by Fraser,
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‘Solace’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Tracks Down Killer Colin Farrell in Crime Thriller

‘Solace’ Trailer: Anthony Hopkins Tracks Down Killer Colin Farrell in Crime Thriller
Anthony Hopkins may be busy building Western-themed amusement parks in “Westworld,” but before he became Dr. Ford he was helping an FBI agent solve a a series of homicides in “Solace.” Lionsgate Premiere released the latest trailer for the psychological drama, which features Hopkins trying to get inside the killer’s mind.

Directed by Afonso Poyart, the thriller follows FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) after he enlists his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with physic powers, to help him track down a murderer. At first Clancy, who left his old life behind after the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He then changes his mind after seeing a disturbingly violent vision, which leads him to suspect Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell). Though he soon realizes is that his abilities are no match against the killer.
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Efm: VOD players creating "nightmare" for market

The increasing popularity of VOD models is causing a shift in the release paradigm, and the culprits are not only Netflix and Amazon Studios.

Multi-platform distribution is wreaking havoc on international buyers who have seen the value of their rights dwindle as Us independent distributors turn their backs on wide theatrical releases in favour of VOD and streaming models.

The concern is one thread in a tapestry of gripes voiced by an international industry battling with change.

Pockets of monetary and economic woe in Asia and Latin America, plus consolidation in the sales agency business as companies struggle to find scarce commercial product continue to create challenges.

The changing release paradigm is causing plenty of headaches and the culprits are not just deep-pocketed Netflix and Amazon Studios.

Thomas Augsberger of Eden Rock Media, who buys for Telemunchen / Concorde, said that films that go out on VOD in the Us can affect the value chain for international buyers
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Abbie Cornish joins Solace

Afonso Poyart's Solace adds Abbie Cornish to Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins cast Cornish will join her Seven Psychopaths co-star Farrell after landing the female lead in the thriller which is set to start shooting in May this year. In the film, a doctor who has psychic abilities, teams with an FBI agent to hunt down a serial killer. At this time, it's unknown what part Cornish will have in Solace. Jeffrey Dean Morgan also stars in the film produced by Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Thomas Augsberger, Peter Morgan, James Vanderbilt and Ted Griffin. Cornish is in post-production phase on the RoboCop
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Abbie Cornish joins Solace

Afonso Poyart's Solace adds Abbie Cornish to Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins cast Cornish will join her Seven Psychopaths co-star Farrell after landing the female lead in the thriller which is set to start shooting in May this year. In the film, a doctor who has psychic abilities, teams with an FBI agent to hunt down a serial killer. At this time, it's unknown what part Cornish will have in Solace. Jeffrey Dean Morgan also stars in the film produced by Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Thomas Augsberger, Peter Morgan, James Vanderbilt and Ted Griffin. Cornish is in post-production phase on the RoboCop
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Abbie Cornish Finds Solace

Abbie Cornish has joined the cast of Afonso Poyart's Solace , Variety reports. She joins Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the thriller. The New Line Cinema project deals with a clairvoyant doctor, John Clancy (Hopkins), who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Cornish recently starred opposite Farrell in Seven Psychopaths . She can be seen coming up in Jose Padilha's RoboCop . Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger from a script by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan. (Photo Credit: Mr. Blue / WENN.com)
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Solace

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Solace
Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the cast of Solace for director Afonso Poyart. We reported last month that Colin Farrell joined the cast.

The story centers on a former doctor with psychic abilities (Anthony Hopkins) who is recruited by the FBI to help them find a vicious serial killer (Colin Farrell). The doctor soon learns that this elusive killer also has psychic powers, and that both men can track each other's movements. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is playing the veteran FBI agent who enlists the psychic physician's help.

Afonso Poyart is directing from a screenplay that was most recently worked on by Peter Morgan (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Frost/Nixon). Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, and James Vanderbilt previously worked on the script.

Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, and Thomas Augsberger are producing the project. UTA is representing the domestic rights, with FilmNation handling international sales. The project was previously set up at New Line Cinema,
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins Solace

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the latest name to join the cast of Afonso Poyart's Solace , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . He joins Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell in the supernatural thriller. The New Line Cinema project deals with a clairvoyant doctor, John Clancy (Hopkins), who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Morgan would play an FBI Agent that winds up working alongside Clancy. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger from a script by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan. Morgan, best known for roles in films like Watchmen and The Losers , is currently the lead on Starz's "Magic City." (Photo Credit: Apega / WENN.com)
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Colin Farrell Joins Anthony Hopkins in Solace

Colin Farrell Joins Anthony Hopkins in Solace
Colin Farrell is finalizing a deal to star in the crime thriller Solace for director Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits). Anthony Hopkins signed on to star back in September 2011 when the project was at New Line Cinema. The film does not have a domestic distributor as of yet, with FilmNation shopping the rights at the Berlin Film Festival.

The story centers on an FBI agent who seeks out a doctor (Anthony Hopkins) with psychic powers to help solve a string of grisly murders. Colin Farrell will portray the serial killer who goes toe-to-toe with the good doctor. The FBI agent has not been cast at this time.

Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt, and Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay. Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson, and Thomas Augsberger are producing. Production is scheduled to begin in May.

Solace comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell. The film is directed by Afonso Poyart.
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Berlin: Killer Role For Colin Farrell, Joining Anthony Hopkins In ‘Solace’

Berlin: Killer Role For Colin Farrell, Joining Anthony Hopkins In ‘Solace’
Exclusive: Colin Farrell is closing a deal to star with Anthony Hopkins in Solace, the supernatural thriller that Afonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) will direct with production to begin in May. The film will be sold at Berlin by FilmNation’s Glen Basner, and domestic distribution rights are also up for grabs and are being repped by UTA. The film’s scripted by Sean Bailey, Ted Griffin, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan. It has percolating long enough that the film’s first credited writer, Bailey, is currently president of production at Disney. The film originated at New Line but never came together quite right, and producers Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo, Tripp Vinson and Thomas Augsberger. Flynn finally got it back and got the financing through Claudia Bluemhuber’s Silver Reel. Matthias Emcke is exec producer with Bluemhuber, Gerd Scheppers and Jacob Pechenik. An FBI detective seeks the help of a retired and reclusive doctor,
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Colin Farrell Finds Solace

Colin Farrell has signed on to star opposite the previously announced Anthony Hopkins in the upcoming thriller Solace , Deadline reports. Originally announced for development in 2008 with Mark Pellington ( The Mothman Prophecies , Arlington Road ) directing, the New Line Cinema project deals with a clairvoyant doctor who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Hopkins would play the doctor, John Clancy. Pellington is no longer attached, but Afonso Poyart will take over as director. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are still producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger. When the project was originally announced, the script had been written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin with rewrites by James Vanderbilt. It has since been rewritten...
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Universal And Justin Lin Team On Sci-Fi Comedy Subdivision

Universal Pictures has attached their favorite Fast Five filmmaker Justin Lin to produce a sci-fi comedy Subdivision from writers Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles.

Lin who continues to helm The Fast and the Furious series will develop the Subdivision project as a potential directing vehicle.

Hot off of the success of Fast Five, Lin has already put together a directing and producing program that includes the action-adventure/spy flick Leading Man; an untitled project about a WWII Japanese American battalion that is the most decorated unit in American history; an untitled sci-fi/crime thriller project to be directed by Robert Glickert; and of course Fast & Furious 6, which is currently filming and already has a release date of May 24th, 2013.

He has inked a two-year first-look deal with the Universal studio for his newly created Barnstorm Pictures banner attached to Subdivision project as well.

Up-and-coming writers Jurgenson and Ankeles sold another sci-fi script,
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Afonso Poyart to Direct Anthony Hopkins in Solace

New Line Cinema is moving foward with the supernatural tale Solace , featuring Anthony Hopkins in the lead. Today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Brazilian director Afonso Poyart is in talks to direct. Originally announced for development in 2008 with Mark Pellington ( The Mothman Prophecies , Arlington Road ) directing, the project deals with a clairvoyant doctor who is enlisted by the police to help catch a serial killer. Hopkins will play the doctor, John Clancy. Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson of Contrafilm are producing alongside Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger. When the project was originally announced, the script had been written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin with rewrites by James Vanderbilt. It has since been rewritten by Peter Morgan. Poyart is best...
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Anthony Hopkins: Psychic Detective, M.D.

Anthony Hopkins: Psychic Detective, M.D.
When it comes to being awesome, Anthony Hopkins has got it down. Whether he’s playing the unsettling Hannibal in The Silence Of The Lambs, the all-powerful Odin in Thor, or the honorable Don Diego de la Vega in The Mask Of Zorro, Hopkins usually doesn’t disappoint, which is why it’s a pleasure to relay to you that he is currently in negotiations to star in New Line’s new serial killer film, Solace.

According to Variety, Hopkins’ character – John Clancy – is a former doctor with psychic abilities which he uses to help the FBI track down some sort of unique serial killer.

The project doesn’t have a director attached as of yet, but former Contrafilm partners Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing, while Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger will exec produce.

The original screenplay was written by Sean Bailey and Ted Griffen, but has since
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Anthony Hopkins Hunting Serial Killer in Solace

For decades Anthony Hopkins has played some truly delicious villains, and now he's jumping to the other side of the fence to try and catch one. Read on for the info!

According to Variety, Hopkins is in final negotiations to star in New Line's serial killer film Solace.

Hopkins will play John Clancy, a former doctor with psychic abilities who works for the FBI and is drawn into a unique serial killer case that pits him against a formidable foe.

Though there's no director attached yet, former Contrafilm partners Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are producing the elevated genre pic, while Matthias Emcke and Thomas Augsberger (Mr. Brooks) will exec produce.

Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin wrote the original draft of the script, which was then rewritten by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac). Peter Morgan wrote the most recent draft, and production is slated to start early next year.

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