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Rule ‘Britannia’: HBO, Other International Buyers Snap Up New Sky Drama (Exclusive)

Sky has secured a raft of global buyers – including HBO and Starz – for its new original series “Britannia,” a “Game of Thrones”-like drama set in Britain under Roman rule 2,000 years ago.

The show was co-produced with Amazon, which will launch it Friday in the U.S. HBO has acquired it for several of its European services, including in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Poland, and Spain, while Starz has it for the Middle East. The iFlix streaming service bought rights for Africa, and pay-tv platform Foxtel has it for Australia. Sony has home entertainment rights across multiple territories.

In all, distributor Sky Vision has sealed deals for the show in 124 territories.

The series is set in Ad 43 and follows the Roman army in Britain as it seeks to crush both local tribes led by warrior women and druids who are seeking to channel forces from the underworld. The nine-part drama is the first TV work by
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Britannia: a mad trip through British history and myth

Louisa Mellor Jan 18, 2018

Starting tonight on Sky Atlantic, ancient history drama Britannia is a surprising, funny trip you’ll want to take…

It’s the press launch for Britannia, and playwright and screenwriter Jez Butterworth has the audience in stitches. He’s describing the difference between writing for the stage, film and TV. “I’ve done lots of theatre where people pay attention to what you’ve got to say, but in film,” he says, “it’s a bit like being a sperm donor. In that they need you, they absolutely need you, but once you’ve done your thing… they really don’t want you to show up at any of the rest of it at all. As you leave, they give you a look like ‘and who does that, for money?’”

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Britannia: Amazon Prime Drama Series to Premiere This Month (Trailer, Photos)

Something is about to rise from out the azure main. Amazon has announced all nine episodes in the first season of its Britannia TV show will premiere on Friday, January 26, 2018. From creators Jez Butterworth, Tom Butterworth, and James Richardson, the series will air on Sky Atlantic in the UK and Ireland. A historical drama series, Britannia stars Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox. Amazon says, the story kicks off in the year 43 A.D., as the Roman Imperial Army, "...returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia." Watch the official Britannia TV series trailer and check out the season one key art and episodic photos, from Amazon. Subscribe to Amazon Prime (affiliate link), to watch Britannia for free. Official Britannia TV Series Trailer | Amazonhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhDAFAbv9e0
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Britannia: Amazon and Sky Order Roman Army Drama Series

Amazon and Sky have given the greenlight to the new Britannia TV show, starring Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey, and Zoe Wanamaker. Britannia is set in 43Ad. The drama features the Roman Imperial Army which, Amazon says is "determined and terrified in equal measure, returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia, a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful Druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld."The Britannia TV series, is currently in production, with an eye toward a 2017 premiere. Written by Jez Butterworth and Tom Butterworth, with Richard McBrien, Britannia is produced by Rick McCallum and executive produced by Vertigo Films’ James Richardson with Pippa Harris and Nicolas Brown from Neal Street Productions and Anne Thomopolous.Read More…
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Amazon, Sky Team on Jez Butterworth’s ‘Britannia,’ Starring Kelly Reilly

Amazon, Sky Team on Jez Butterworth’s ‘Britannia,’ Starring Kelly Reilly
Amazon Prime Video in the U.S. and European pay-tv company Sky are partnering on a major original drama series, “Britannia,” the first co-production between the companies. The 10-part series has been written by Jez Butterworth, whose stage play “Jerusalem” won a Tony for Mark Rylance, and whose movie credits include “Spectre,” Johnny Depp’s “Black Mass” and Tom Cruise’s “Edge of Tomorrow.”

The series will star Kelly Reilly (“True Detective,” “Sherlock Holmes,” “Bastille Day”), David Morrissey (“The Walking Dead,” “The Hollow Crown”), Zoe Wanamaker (“Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” “My Family”) and Stanley Weber (“Outlander”).

The show is set in Ad 43 “as the Roman imperial army returns to crush the Celtic heart of Britannia — a mysterious land ruled by wild warrior women and powerful druids who can channel the powerful forces of the underworld,” according to a press statement. “Arch-rivals Kerra (Reilly) and Antedia (Wanamaker) must set their differences to one side in
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Murderous Eyes Stare Back at You in this Trailer for Kill Command

Vertigo Films has completed production on the sci-fi horror feature Kill Command. Developed by first time director Steven Gomez and the producers of Monsters (Alan Niblo, James Richardson), the film's first trailer is available here. The clip shows an elite group of soldiers, fighting against adaptable machines; the results are horrifying. The film is set for release in the United Kingdom in May. Fans of films can view the entire trailer here. The trailer reveals more of the story, that is not mentioned in the official synopsis. The machines are called S.A.R., which is an acronym for: study, analyze and reprogram. These S.A.R. can act like humans, in that they can adapt to their environment and they can respond to threats, in that environment. As well, the character Mills (Vanessa Kirby) appears to have some programming of her own. Fans of horror and sci-fi are encouraged
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Lionsgate UK to release Luke Evans Sas thriller

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Silver Reel to finance action film based on Andy McNab novel as further pre-sales are secured.

Lionsgate UK has picked up distribution rights to Sas: Red Notice, the action thriller set to set Luke Evans (Dracula Untold, The Hobbit).

In addition, Silver Reel Partners - the Zurich-based film financier that has put money into Under the Skin and the upcoming Maggie and A Hologram For the King - has come aboard to finance the film, which is based on an Andy McNab novel.

As previously annouced, SquareOne Entertainment has distribution rights for German-speaking territories but other presales include Odeon for Greece, Pt Amero for Indonesia, Sahamongkol for Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, Silverline for the Philippines, Gulf for pan Middle East, and D Production for Turkey.

The film will start shooting on April 13 in London, Paris and Budapest with Hungarian production company Pioneer Stillking Films.

Nick Love (The Sweeney) directs from a screenplay by Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann
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Watch The Terrifying Monsters Dark Continent Goliath Trailer

Here’s a first look at the latest trailer for Monsters Dark Continent.

Monsters Dark Continent directed by first timer Tom Green is the much-anticipated continuation to Gareth Edwards’ critically acclaimed film Monsters and will hit UK cinemas on November 28th.

Directed by BAFTA winner Tom Green in his debut feature, Monsters Dark Continent stars Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch, ‘This is England’ series, London To Brighton), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did; forthcoming Ron Howard feature Heart of The Sea), Joe Dempsie (‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Skins’), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Parker Sawyers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger).

Gareth Edwards who has been very supportive of Tom Green adds;

Monsters was a very personal film to me, so it’s been a surreal honour to have such talented filmmakers and actors work so hard to create such a beautiful and heartfelt sequel. Tom Green
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Jean Reno to star in Sweeney remake

French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.

France’s Snd and Capture [The Flag] Films are joining forces with the UK’s Vertigo Films on The Squad, an upcoming Paris-set remake of The Sweeney.

The feature, to be directed by Benjamin Rocher, is due to shoot in Paris this October with French star Jean Reno in the lead role of Buren, a tough, old-time Paris police cop who does not play by the rules.

“Director Benjamin Rocher and producers Snd and Capture [The Flag] Films have an incredible vision for this action packed movie set on the streets of Paris,” said Vertigo Films co-founder James Richardson.

“We are tremendously excited to be turning The Sweeney into this brilliant French version with the privilege of being able to work with one of our favorite actors, Jean Reno.

The film is a remake of British director Nick Love’s 2012 feature The Sweeney, starring [link=nm
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Jean Reno to star Sweeney remake

French star takes on Ray Winstone role in Paris-set remake, The Squad.

France’s Snd and Capture [The Flag] Films are joining forces with the UK’s Vertigo Films on The Squad, an upcoming Paris-set remake of The Sweeney.

The feature, to be directed by Benjamin Rocher, is due to shoot in Paris this October with French star Jean Reno in the lead role of Buren, a tough, old-time Paris police cop who does not play by the rules.

“Director Benjamin Rocher and producers Snd and Capture [The Flag] Films have an incredible vision for this action packed movie set on the streets of Paris,” said Vertigo Films co-founder James Richardson.

“We are tremendously excited to be turning The Sweeney into this brilliant French version with the privilege of being able to work with one of our favorite actors, Jean Reno.

The film is a remake of British director Nick Love’s 2012 feature The Sweeney, starring [link=nm
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Snd Teams With Capture The Flag And Vertigo For ‘The Sweeney’s’ French Redo

Paris– Snd is teaming up with Paris-based producer Capture (The Flag) Films and U.K.’s Vertigo Films to produce Benjamin Rocher’s actioner “The Squad,” a remake of Nick Love’s “The Sweeney” that will topline Jean Reno (“The Professional”).

Reno will star as Buren, an old time cop who runs a squad In the Paris underworld and doesn’t play by the rules. When a heist turns into murder, Buren follows his guts and raids the house of Kasper, a former convict. The operation is carnage and Buren takes the fall for it. But when he realizes that the bank and the jewelry heist are part of a bigger operation, Buren with nothing to lose will play all in.

Jean Reno, one of the most beloved French actors with a worldwide fan base, will bring all his charisma and depth to portray Buren, a tough police officer determined
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‘Pudsey the Dog: The Movie’ Travels the World

‘Pudsey the Dog: The Movie’ Travels the World
Edinburgh, Scotland — “Pudsey the Dog: The Movie,” which stars the canine winner of “Britain’s Got Talent,” is continuing to sell well internationally, with sales company Content racking up multiple distribution deals. The film is co-produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment.

Buyers include Square One in Germany, Swen in Latin America, UA in China, Cascade Film in the Cis and Baltics, Blitz in Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia, Tanweer in Greece, Turkey, India and Poland, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Queen International in Indonesia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Silverline in the Philippines, Lusomundo in Portugal, Cathay in Singapore, Videovision in South Africa, 9ers Entertainment in South Korea, Pomi in Taiwan, Caribbean Film Services in the Caribbean, Star in South East Asia, and Jaguar for airlines and ships.

Content has also locked in a string of sales for Emilis Velyvis’ “Redirected,” including Koch Media in the U.K., Marco Polo in France,
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Content collars Pudsey, Redirected sales

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Content collars Pudsey, Redirected sales
Exclusive: Both films to screen at the London Screenings later this month.

Content Film has secured a raft of sales of family feature Pudsey the Dog: The Movie and action comedy Redirected.

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie, which Vertigo Films will release on 425 prints in the UK on July 18, has been sold to Germany (Square One), Latin America (Swen) , China (UA), Cis & Baltics (Cascade Film), Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia (Blitz), Greece, Turkey, India & Poland (Tanweer), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Indonesia (Queen International), the Middle East (Selim Ramia), the Philippines (Silverline), Portugal (Lusomundo), Singapore (Cathay), South Africa (Videovision), South Korea (9ers Entertainment), Taiwan (Pomi), the Caribbean (Caribbean Film Services), South East Asia (Star), and Jaguar for airlines and ships.

The film, directed by Nick Moore (Wild Child, Horrid Henry: The Movie) and written by Paul Rose, is a tale of friendship and courage centering on a city dog moved to the countryside with his new loving family. [link
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Luke Evans Leads Sas Tale "Red Notice"

Luke Evans ("Immortals," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"), is slated to play the lead in an adaptation of Andy McNab's 2012 action thriller novel "Sas: Red Notice" at Altitude Film Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures and Vertigo Films.

The story is set in the Channel Tunnel where, one hundred meters underground, twenty accused war criminals are holding four hundred people hostage.

Only one man can get them out alive, Tom Buckingham (Evans), an Sas operator who is trying to save his relationship with the woman he loves. The conflict rages from Central London to the heart of Paris, where Tom uncovers a conspiracy.

Nick Love ("The Sweeney") directs from a screenplay by Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann. Will Clarke, Laurence Malkin, Allan Niblo and James Richardson will produce.

Evans will next be seen in Universal's "Dracula Untold" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" later this year.

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Luke Evans boards Sas thriller

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Luke Evans boards Sas thriller
Exclusive: Luke Evans, star of The Hobbit, is to play the lead in an adaptation of Andy McNab action thriller Sas: Red Notice.

Altitude Film Entertainment, Parabolic Pictures and Vertigo Films will produce the action thriller and Luke Evans, whose upcoming films include Dracula Untold and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, is attached to play Tom Buckingham.

Altitude Film Sales introduces the project to buyers today in Cannes and will partner with Wme Global on the U.S. rights. SquareOne Entertainment has acquired distribution rights for German-speaking territories.

Nick Love (The Sweeney) directs from a screenplay by Laurence Malkin and Chad Thumann based on the bestselling novel by former Sas operator Andy McNab.

Will Clarke, Laurence Malkin, Allan Niblo and James Richardson will produce the film. Executive producers are McNab, Mike Runagall, Andy Mayson, and Jack Drewe. Daniel Findlay will co-produce.

Sas: Red Notice is an action thriller set in the Channel Tunnel, where
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Dorff joins Nick Love action film

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Dorff joins Nick Love action film
Exclusive: Protagonist to sell Vertigo-produced New Orleans-set action film.

Stephen Dorff has signed on to star in director Nick Love’s untitled Us action film, which begins shooting on May 28 for six weeks in New Orleans.

Protagonist Pictures will introduce buyers to the project during Cannes.

Dorff, star of Blade and Somewhere, will play Melvin, a reluctant superhero, whose appetite for self-destruction proves devastating. Additional cast will be announced soon.

The film is based on an original screenplay by Love and will be produced by Vertigo’s Allan Niblo, James Richardson and Hubi Von Liel.

Vertigo Distribution will distribute in the UK.

Set amongst the hurricane-battered projects of New Orleans, the film tells the story of Melvin (Dorff) a reluctant superhero who lives only for crime, women and drugs – until he realizes that the only way he will ever get to see his son is to go straight and fulfil his potential as a crime fighter.

But
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Images Provides First Look at the Beasts from Monsters: Dark Continent

It was the impressive 2010 film Monsters that led to Gareth Edwards landing in the director's chair for next month's Godzilla, and this year the film gets a sequel in the form of Monsters: Dark Continent, which Protagonist Pictures is bringing to the Cannes Film Festival.

While we wait, check out some images of the titular beasts, one courtesy of our friends over on Bloody Disgusting, along with the teaser trailer!

Television director Tom Green (no relation to the funnyman of the same name) is at the helm of Monsters: The Dark Continent while original director Gareth Edwards executive produces along with actor Scoot McNairy.

Producers are James Richardson and Allan Niblo for Vertigo and Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken for Between the Eyes. Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did), and Joe Dempsie ("Game of Thrones") star.

Synopsis

Seven years on from the events of Monsters,
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Pudsey movie gets release date

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Pudsey movie gets release date
Olivia Colman joins cast, led by comedian David Walliams as the voice of the Britain’s Got Talent winner.

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie is set to be released in the UK on July 18, 2014.

Vertigo Films, Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Roar Global also announced that British actress Olivia Colman will provide the voice for Nelly The Horse in the film, joining David Walliams who voices the eponymous canine.

Directed by Nick Moore and written by Paul Rose, the film also stars Jessica Hynes, John Sessions, Luke Neal, Izzy Meikle-Small and Luke Tittensor.

The film is produced by Vertigo’s Rupert Preston and Marshall Levitan and executive produced by Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Jonathan Shalit, Mark Brittain, Ben Todd, Nigel Williams and Jamie Carmichael with co-producer Michael Ford.

Content is selling international rights.
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Afm 2013: First Sales Art Arrives for Monsters: The Dark Continent

Just in time for this year's Afm comes the first artwork for the sequel to Gareth Edward's Monsters, entitled Monsters: The Dark Continent, and we have it for you right here! Dig it!

Television director Tom Green (no relation to the funnyman of the same name) is at the helm of Monsters: The Dark Continent while original director Gareth Edwards executive produces along with actor Scoot McNairy. Producers are James Richardson and Allan Niblo for Vertigo and Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken for Between the Eyes. Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did), and Joe Dempsie ("Game of Thrones") star.

Synopsis

Seven years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have spread worldwide. Humans have been knocked off the top of the food chain, with disparate communities struggling for survival. American soldiers are being sent abroad to protect Us interests from the monsters,
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Shoot begins on musical Holiday!

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Vertigo Films to release musical, including the feature debut of singer Leona Lewis, in 2014.

Principal photography has begun on Holiday! and will shoot for five weeks on location in Italy and the UK, according to Vertigo Films.

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Holiday!

The musical comedy centres on Maddie (Hannah Arterton) who is set to marry Raf (Giulio Berruti) after a whirlwind romance in Italy. Maddie invites her sister Taylor (Annabel Scholey) to the wedding without realising Raf is her sister’s ex-holiday fling.

The film will include 1980s songs such as the Human League’s Don’t You Want Me Baby, Madonna’s Holiday, Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and Wham’s Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.

Other cast members include Greg Wise (Sense & Sensibility), UK comedian Katy Brand and Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis in her first film role.

Directors are Max & Dania (StreetDance). Music producer and composer is Anne Dudley ([link
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