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Bloom/Spiegel Partnership Unveils Participants of Second Edition (Exclusive)

The Bloom/Spiegel Partnership, an alliance between New York’s Ifp Marcie Bloom Fellowship in Film and Jerusalem’s prestigious Sam Spiegel Film School, has selected 8 filmmakers from around the world who will participate in the program’s second edition.

This year’s participants, Alik Barsoumian, Daliso Leslie, Clare Sackler, Ostin Fam (selected by Bloom), and Dana Blankstein-Cohen, Avishay Kahana, Maya Fischer and Sol Goodman (selected by Sam Spiegel), will spend time with other directors, industry professionals, and attend screenings and events over a period of five days. Tribeca Film Festival provided passes to all participants of the Bloom/Spiegel Partnership.

“We started this program last year as a bit of an experiment and the experience was so inspiring that we have entered into a second year of the partnership. Through this program we seek to expand our community, build international friendships and enrich the next generation of filmmakers,” said Dylan Leiner and Alex Uhlmann,
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Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018

Horizon Award winners unveiled at Sundance 2018
Giselle Bonilla and Benita Ozoude prevail in pool of 380-plus submissions.

Source: Horizon Award

Horizon Award co-founders Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon on Saturday (January 20) announced the winners of the fourth annual Horizon Awards in Park City.

Giselle Bonilla (pictured second from left) and Benita Ozoude (pictured third from left) were announced as the winners for their short films of two minutes or less. The awards received a record 380-plus submissions from 275 films schools worldwide.

Bonilla (New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts) directed her short Virgencita about a woman who confesses her desire to abort a probable pregnancy.

University of Texas at Austin graduate Ozoude’s short Queen Of Rosewood centres on a Cajun food restaurant owner from East Austin who devotes her spare time to feeding the homeless.

Elwes (pictured far left), Howell Taylor (pictured third from right), and Vachon joined Sundance Feature Film Program founding director Michelle Satter to choose
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Vancouver Film: "Skyscraper", "Siren", "Colony"

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From VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for October 2017 including "Skyscraper", "Siren", "Colony" and a whole lot more:

Features:

A Dogs Way Home

Local Production Company: Singularity Productions

Director: Charles Martin Smith

Producer: Gavin Polone

Oct 16/17 - Dec 15/17

Eggplant Emoji

Local Production Company: Eggplant Productions

Director: Jake Szymanski

Producer: Ross Dinerstein

Aug 21/17 - Oct 05/17

Elsewhere

Local Production Company: Elsewhere Productions

Director: Hernan Jimenez Garcia

Sep 11/17 - Oct 11/17

Nicole

Local Production Company: True Meaning Productions

Director: Marc Lawrence

Oct 23/17 - Jan 19/18

Skyscraper

Local Production Company: Main Mast Production - Can, Inc

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurter

Aug 14/17 - Nov 17/17

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project

Local Production Company: Stiletto Cinema Partners

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Producer: Robert Zemeckis, Cherylanne Martin

Aug 11/17 - Oct 19/17

TV Series:

A Series Of Unfortunate Events ~ Season 2

Local Production Company: Olaf II Productions Inc

Director: Loni Peristere, Allan Arkush

Apr 17/17 - Apr 20/18

Arrow - Season 6

Local Production Company:
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First Look at Keanu Reeves in Replicas

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First Look at Keanu Reeves in Replicas
Keanu Reeves will return to New York Comic Con next month to promote his new film Replicas, where the first footage will be shown from this impending sci-fi thriller. As of now, a release date for Replicas has yet to be announced, but it seems possible that may be revealed during the panel. Here's the official description of the Nyccc presentation, including who will be joining Keanu Reeves at the Javits Center.

"Join Keanu Reeves and the team behind Replicas, for an exclusive first look and conversation about the film. Reeves developed and produced the Replicas with his producing partner, Stephen Hamel, and Transformers franchise producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The film is written by Chad St. John (London Has Fallen) from a story by Hamel, and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (writer of The Day After Tomorrow). Replicas is the story of a scientist (Reeves) who loses his family in a horrific accident,
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Bavarian fund backs Daniel Radcliffe action comedy 'Guns Akimbo'

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Fund also supporting adaptation of erotic classic Fear Of Flying.

The Daniel Radcliffe action comedy Guns Akimbo the first screen adaptation of Erica Jong’s 1973 erotic classic Fear Of Flying are the latest projects to be supported by the international co-production fund operated under the auspices of the Bavarian Film & Television Fund (Fff Bayern) as part of a concerted drive to attract large-scale productions to the region.

The Fff subcommittee for international co-productions allocated €2m ($2.2m) apiece at its latest session on Wednesday (5 July) to two Us projects which will be co-produced with Munich-based companies and largely or completely shot on location in Bavaria.

Philipp Kreuzer and Joerg Schulze’s Maze Pictures are partnering Us producers Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino of La/Munich-based Occupant Entertainment on New Zealand filmmaker Jason Lei Howden’s action comedy Guns Akimbo which already has Daniel Radcliffe attached for the lead role. Principal photography is set to be located completely in Bavaria
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Ebertfest Honorees Share Memories of Roger Ebert

Ebertfest Honorees Share Memories of Roger Ebert
Every year industry heavyweights descend on Champaign, Ill., to pay tribute to Roger Ebert’s lasting legacy in the world of film.

Ebertfest, the annual week-long celebration of all things cinematic, was founded by the late Chicago Sun-Times critic and his wife, Chaz, who presides over the event with fest director Nate Kohn in collaboration with the University of Illinois College of Media.

Such legends as producers Norman Lear and Irwin Winkler; actress Isabelle Huppert; cinematographer Caleb Deschanel; and directors Charles Burnett, Gary Ross and Robert Townsend will be feted by cheering fans at screenings and scholarly panels.

Yet hoopla aside, guests can’t stop talking about another legend: Roger, the man with the big thumbs-up, whose truth goes marching on.

“It was clear how much he loved film,” Lear says. “It’s one thing to criticize, another to criticize out of love. To know his work is to know
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Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ira Deutchman Receives First Annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award
Independent film veteran Ira Deutchman has received the first annual Spotlight Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in the distribution and exhibition of independent films. The award was created by advertising company Spotlight Cinema Networks in partnership with the Art House Convergence.

Read More: Why Indie Producing Veteran Ira Deutchman Is Moving From Films to Broadway

Deutchman has been distributing, marketing and making independent films for more than 40 years, working on some of the most successful and acclaimed indie titles of our time. He received the award Tuesday night at a dinner following Art House Convergence’s annual conference.

Ira Deutchman is a legendary figure in the world of independent film distribution, marketing and production,” Spotlight Cinema Networks chief executive officer Jerry Rakfeldt said in a statement. “His creativity, passion and business acumen have helped shape, nurture and expand the independent film industry.”

Deutchman has worked on more than 150 films,
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‘Through Her Lens’ 2016: Tribeca and Chanel Announce Participants in Second Annual Women’s Filmmaker Program

Tribeca Enterprises and Chanel have announced today the second annual Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, which brings together industry support, artistic development and funding to assist and help new and emerging U.S.-based female writers and directors of short-form narrative films.

The program has selected five emerging female filmmakers to receive project support, and take part in master classes, one-on-one mentorship and peer-to-peer sessions during a three-day session at the end of this month. At the end of the program, each of the filmmakers will pitch her project to a jury of industry experts, and one filmmaker will be awarded full financing to produce her short film. The four other projects will each be awarded grant funds to continue the development of their films.

Read More: Filmmaker Anna Martemucci Wins First-Ever Female-Focused ‘Through Her Lens’ Grant

“We share with Chanel the goal to bring
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Alice Eve Boards Sci-Fi Thriller Replicas With Keanu Reeves

Star Trek Into Darkness alum Alice Eve has closed a deal to star in Replicas, according to Deadline.

Eve, who is primed to have a busy 2016 thanks to roles in The Stolen, Bees Make Honey and James Oakley’s mob drama The Brits Are Coming, will play Mona, wife to Keanu Reeves’ male lead Will Foster.

Unfortunately, story details remain thin on the ground at the time of writing. That being said, Replicas is shaping up to be an old-school sci-fi that blends some thematic elements of Reeves-fronted thriller John Wick. Foster is a “neuroscientist whose family is killed in a traffic accident and will stop at nothing to bring them back — pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science.”

At one point, Replicas was set to be helmed by Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), although Deadline now reveals that it is Jeffrey Nachmanoff
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Cannes: Elle Driver boards all-female feature 'Below Her Mouth'

Exclusive: All-female production stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill and Swedish model Erika Linder.

Elle Driver has acquired world sales to all-female production Below Her Mouth, about a passionate, unexpected fling between two women that changes their lives forever.

It is the latest production from Toronto-based Serendipity Point Films, which previously produced Atom Egoyan’s Remember, Oscar-nominated Barney’s Version and Being Julia, and is made in association with South African outfit Distant Horizon.

The film, which was shot with an all-female crew, stars Canadian actress Natalie Krill and Swedish model Erika Linder in her first acting role. Serendipity’s Melissa Coghlan is lead producer.

Actress and director April Mullen directs from a screenplay by Stephanie Fabrizi.

Described by its producers as a “bold, uninhibited drama”, the feature kicks off with a steamy, weekend affair between two women: Dallas, a roofer, and Jasmine, a fashion editor. But the powerful connection they ignite derails their lives.

Linder is known
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Harald Zwart to direct Keanu Reeves in action film Rally Car

Karate Kid director Harald Zwart has signed on to direct the upcoming action film Rally Car from Chinese production companies Fundamental Films and Company Films.

The project has been written by Jeremy Lott (Spy Kids) and will star Keanu Reeves (John Wick) as “a hot shot former champion Nascar driver who doesn’t want to believe his glory days are behind him. When his professional and personal life begin to spiral out of control, he’s forced to take part in a high stakes international rally race across the face of China, with a young Chinese girl as his co-driver, in order to prove he’s still the accomplished racer he thinks he is.”

This marks Reeves’ second collaboration with Fundamental and Company, with the actor also set to star in the sci-fi thriller Replicas from director Tanya Wexler (Hysteria), where he plays a scientist obsessed with bringing back his
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The Horizon Award To Recognize Four Women Directors at Sundance 2016

Continuing their support for women directors, Horizon Award co-founding producers Cassian Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor, and Christine Vachon, announced the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny will bestow up-and-coming filmmakers Macarena Gaona, Juliette Gosselin, Shanice Malakai Johnson, and Florence Pelletier with the Horizon Award at a reception in Park City, Utah, with creative talent, producers, entertainment executives and media in attendance to celebrate these rising women directors and their achievements in independent filmmaking.

The Horizon Award ceremony and reception will take place on Sunday, January 24th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the WireImage Portrait Studio at Village at the Lift (825 Main Street, Park City), co-hosted by Jeff Vespa.

The Horizon Award is an annual award that seeks to identify and mentor talented, up-and-coming female directors – the primary goal being to support women directors early enough in their development to help them overcome the hurdles in advancing their learning curve and careers.

In addition to the Horizon Award, the four winners will receive grants from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation. The Foundation supports the artistic achievements of female filmmakers through a series of grants that reflect Adrienne Shelly’s dedication to the art of filmmaking and her own successful transition from actress to filmmaker.

This year’s winners are:

Horizon Award First Place

Juliette Gosselin (University of Quebec in Montreal) & Florence Pelletier (Concordia University, Montreal)

Co-directors of "Mes Anges à Tête Noire"

Horizon Award Runners-Up

Macarena (Macqui) Gaona (New York University) Director of "Channel 999 and Channel 1000"

Shanice Malakai Johnson (Scottsdale Community College) Director of "End to the Suffering"

On making the announcement, Cassian Elwes said: “I’m so excited to announce the winners of the second annual Horizon Award. This year’s overwhelming number of submissions and caliber of work made it very hard indeed to pick just one winner – the jury identified one grand prize winner, and two runners-up. Additionally, we have added new partners to our already formidable team – proving that not only is the move towards gender equality in the zeitgeist, but that there are very real advocates amongst our peers. After the recent summit for systemic change (hosted by Sundance and Women in Film), I am more convinced than ever that we can make a difference and that history is on our side. I remain steadfastly committed to the idea that, one day soon, women will have exactly the same opportunities as men to direct movies.”

Franklin Leonard, Founder and CEO of The Black List and one of the award’s original advocates added: “We are passionate supporters of this award that recognizes fresh voices and perspectives in storytelling. This effort mirrors our own effort – the Black List's 500 Feminist Films project, created by our Director of Community, Kate Hagen. We look forward to mentoring the winners in the year to come.”

The jury was comprised of 38 influential directors, producers, and executives from the filmmaking community who viewed 483 short film submissions from over 200 colleges and universities world-wide, including the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, India, China, South Africa, Scotland, France, Mexico, Portugal, Columbia, Brazil, Russia, Serbia, the Ukraine, and more. This year, submissions increased by over one hundred from last year, with additional countries and universities participating. Submissions were received from Nyu, USC, UCLA, Chapman, Emerson, Penn State, Loyola Marymount, University of Wisconsin, University of Washington, Syracuse, Tcu, Ryerson (Toronto), Oxford, University of Sydney, University of Melbourne, University of Delhi, and more.

Now in its second year, the Horizon Award provides an all-expense-paid trip for the winning female college students to the Sundance Film Festival, where they will have the opportunity to present their films to some of the industry’s most influential names. The winners receive mentorship, festival access, and important introductions by Elwes, Howell, and Vachon to agents, producers, executives, festival staff, and other influencers throughout the Sundance Film Festival.

The Horizon Award was founded by producer, Cassian Elwes ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club"), and Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, in response to a Sundance Institute and Women In Film Los Angeles study that revealed that only 4.2% of the top 100 films each year from 2002-2013 were directed by women. Elwes partnered with Howell ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes," "The Place Beyond the Pines:), and Vachon ( "Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry," "One Hour Photo," "Far From Heaven"), to create the award as an opportunity for young female directors to have mentorship and networking opportunities in conjunction with Sundance, the home of American Independent film.

You can see links for more info on the study:

Phase I and II

Phase III

Sponsors and Partners for the 2016 Horizon Award are: The Black List, CreativeFuture, The Creative Mind Group, Done To Your Taste Catering, FilmLA, Indiegogo, Mprm Communications, the Adrienne Shelly Foundation, Sundance Institute, Twitter, Verge, Vimeo, WireImage, Adina Design, and Women in Film. This impressive group has come together to support an award that they hope will continue to identify, nurture, and launch the careers of future female directors for years to come.

Full List of Jurors:

Stephanie Allain Producer ("Dear White People," "Hustle & Flow")

Dori Begley Magnolia Pictures (Svp, Acquisitions)

Amy Berg Director ("Janis: Little Girl Blue," "Deliver Us From Evil," "Prophet’s Prey")

Arianna Bocco IFC Films (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Robbie Brenner The Firm (Partner, President of Film)

Susan Carter Hall Painter

Amal ElWardi Zeal Media Company (Producer)

Cassian Elwes Producer ("Margin Call," "All is Lost," "Dallas Buyers Club")

Janet Grillo Director ("Jack of the Red Hearts," "Fly Away")

Poppy Hanks Macro Venture (Svp, Development & Production)

Catherine Hardwicke Director ("Miss You Already," "Red Riding Hood," "Twilight")

Lynette Howell Taylor Producer ("Captain Fantastic," "Mississippi Grind," "Big Eyes")

Liza Johnson Director ("Elvis & Nixon," "Return," "Hateship Loveship," "In the Air")

Eda Kowan Lionsgate (Svp, Acquisitions & Co-Productions)

Gina Kwon Amazon Studios (Executive, Comedy)

Helen Lee-Kim Good Universe (Partner, Head of International)

Laura Lewis CAA (Agent, Film Finance)

Alix Madigan Broad Green Pictures (Head, Creative)

Marianna Palka Actress/Director ("I’m the Same,""Always Worthy," "Good Dick")

Bruna Papandrea Pacific Standard (Producer/Partner)

Keri Putnam Sundance Institute (Executive Director)

Dee Rees Director ("Bessie," “Empire”)

Laura Rister Untitled Entertainment (Head of Production)

Rena Ronson UTA (Partner)

Michelle Satter Sundance Institute (Director, Feature Film Program)

Cathy Schulman Stx Entertainment (President & Chief Content Officer)

Lauren Selig Shake and Bake Productions (Executive Producer)

Mary Jane Skalski Producer ("The Visitor," "Mysterious Skin," "The Station Agent")

Lara Thompson E1 Entertainment (Svp, Worldwide Acquisitions)

Christine Vachon Producer ("Goat," "Carol," "Boys Don’t Cry")

Ruth Vitale CreativeFuture (CEO)

Angie Wang Director ("Cardinal X")

Hanna Weg Producer ("Septembers of Shiraz")

Tanya Wexler Director ("Hysteria," "Finding North," "Ball in the House")

Joanne Wiles ICM (Partner/Agent, Motion Picture Talent)

Pam Williams Pam Williams Productions ("Lee DanielsThe Butler," "Fail Safe")

Lisa Wilson The Solution Entertainment (Co-Founder/Partner)

So Yong Kim Director ("Love Song," "For Ellen," "In Between Days")
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Tanya Wexler Explained a Few Things to Colin Trevorrow About Being a Female Director

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Tanya Wexler Explained a Few Things to Colin Trevorrow About Being a Female Director
After sparking arguments with his claims about female directors — most notably that "female directors in our industry are not interested in doing a piece of studio business for its own sake" — this summer, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow seems to have learned a thing or two about the challenges faced by female directors in the industry. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Trevorrow sat down with Tanya Wexler, director of Hysteria and one of the most prominent critics of Trevorrow's comments, to discuss their dispute over coffee in New York's Theater District. "He said something where he stuck his foot in his mouth a little bit," Wexler said of the meeting, "But I feel like it came from a place of wanting to be a person who actually engaged in the conversation and even is trying to change the situation, trying to promote women to direct."Wexler had previously called Trevorrow's tweets,
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Colin Trevorrow, Tanya Wexler Settle Twitter Dispute Over Coffee

Colin Trevorrow, Tanya Wexler Settle Twitter Dispute Over Coffee
This story first appeared in the Nov. 20 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. There has been a ceasefire in the battle between Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and indie filmmaker Tanya Wexler. In August, the Star Wars: Episode IX helmer suggested in a tweet that "many of the top female directors in our industry are not interested in doing a piece of studio business for its own sake. These filmmakers have clear voices and stories to tell that don't necessarily involve superheroes or spaceships or dinosaurs." That sparked an outraged

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Colin Trevorrow Has a ‘Naïve’ Theory About Why Women Aren’t Directing Blockbusters

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Colin Trevorrow Has a ‘Naïve’ Theory About Why Women Aren’t Directing Blockbusters
Over the weekend, Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow spoke about why more women aren't directing blockbuster franchises, irking said women with his theory in the process. As first explained in a L.A. Times piece about studios putting more faith in lesser-known male directors, Trevorrow's instinct is that "women are being offered these kinds of movies, but they're choosing not to make them." When someone on Twitter challenged Trevorrow's gender privilege, asking if he thinks he'd have been offered Jurassic World if he were a woman, Trevorrow gave this lengthy response in defense of his initial remarks:His acknowledged naïveté about Hollywood's institutional sexism, however, was quickly called out by female directors and actresses. Hysteria director Tanya Wexler took issue with Trevorrow's assertion that women's lack of "desire" to make a studio blockbuster and high artistic integrity are more responsible for the gender imbalance in directing
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Colin Trevorrow Expands His Twitter Comments Regarding Gender Imbalance Among Directors In Hollywood

A minor tweet storm controversy erupted tonight when "Jurassic World" director and upcoming "Star Wars: Episode IX" filmmaker Colin Trevorrow responded to a fan on Twitter asking him about gender inequality in Hollywood. The query specifically centered on if the blockbuster helmer would have been afforded the same opportunities to direct "Jurassic World" — after making one small indie film, "Safety Not Guaranteed" — if he was not a white male. Trevorrow responded on Twitter, but the response, which he subsequently later called "muddled," ruffled a lot of feathers, including those of actress Jaime King (who coincidentally has a "Star Wars" connection too; her husband Kyle Newman directed the "Star Wars"-inspired "Fanboys"). Tanya Wexler, the director behind the Tiff-premiering indie "Hysteria," also responded. See the tweets and his initial comments...
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50 Shades Darker looks to tie down House of Cards director James Foley

50 Shades Darker looks to tie down House of Cards director James Foley
The 50 Shades of Grey sequel is closing in on a director to oversee Christian and Anastasia's further big screen exploits.

House of Cards and Glengarry Glen Ross filmmaker James Foley is reportedly the frontrunner to replace Sam Taylor-Johnson on the erotic blockbuster sequel, 50 Shades Darker.

According to Deadline, Foley may also get signed up to direct the closing film in the trilogy 50 Shades Freed, and shoot both movies back-to-back.

Foley, who's also directed Halle Berry's Perfect Stranger, has emerged as the top choice for the job ahead of Mark Pellington (Arlington Road), Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children).

50 Shades Darker will be written by Niall Leonard, the husband of series creator El James.

James is said to have clashed heatedly with Taylor-Johnson during the making of 50 Shades of Grey, leading to the director walking away from the follow-up.

Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be returning
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Fifty Shades Darker attracting Glengarry Glen Ross director

James Foley looks set to direct the new Fifty Shades film, taking over from Sam Taylor-Johnson.

Well, help yourself to a few quid from the prize pot if you saw this one coming. Assuming there’s a few quid in there. Universal is keen to get up and running on Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Of Darker early next year, but there’s the small matter of a new director to find.

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed Fifty Shades Of Grey, opted out of the sequel, and all the pointers are in the direction of a not very happy working relationship with the book’s author, E L James. That notwithstanding, the studio has a working shortlist of three directors, and at the top – and apparently the frontrunner by distance – is James Foley.

Foley, in recent times, has been directing episodes of Hannibal and House Of Cards, but his
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'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director

'Fifty Shades Darker' Targets 'House of Cards' Director
Shortly after the release of Universal Pictures' blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, it was confirmed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not come back to make the movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. One month later, it was revealed that author E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay adaptation, with the studio setting a February 10, 2017 release date. Today we have word from Deadline that filmmaker James Foley is the front runner to direct this hotly-anticipated follow-up.

This report also reveals that he may also sign on to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, which has been given a February 9, 2018 release date. The studio is still working out whether or not they should shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are coming back to reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.

Negotiations haven't started yet for James Foley to take the helm,
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Universal Eyes Directors For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sequel

Things didn't go smoothly with Sam Taylor-Johnson on the set of "Fifty Shades Of Grey": the director clashed with author E.L. James over the adaptation of her "Twilight" fan fiction literary erotica adaptation. Taylor-Johnson made it pretty clear she wouldn't return for the sequel, and it has taken a while for Universal to sort everything out, including negotiating with James over who should write the script (it will be her husband). But it seems the studio is now ready to find a director to guide the next sexy adventure in this unlikely franchise. Read More: Review: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Starring Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan  THR reports that James Foley, Mark Pellington and Tanya Wexler are all up for the gig. Wait, who? Foley is probably the most well known of the three, helming the excellent screen adaptation of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," along with
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