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Exclusive: ‘Black Swan’ Producer Options Horror Thriller Script ‘Dusted’ Following Contest Win

Oscar-nominated producer Brian Oliver (Black Swan) and his production company New Republic Pictures have optioned the horror-thriller feature script Dusted from writer Guy McDouall as part of the grand prize for Roadmap Writers’ “Road to New Republic Feature Competition," Collider has exclusively learned. A thriller in the tradition of Stephen King, Dusted follows a health care worker who discovers a supernatural force that is able to cure the terminal patients in the children’s ward at her local hospital, but not without deadly consequences. “Of the many hundreds of interesting scripts we brought in with this contest, there …
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Michael Fassbender & Conor McCaughan’s Dmc Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic

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Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures (Nrp) has signed Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s Dmc Film to a first look film production deal.

Dmc’s previous output includes Slow West, Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed. Upcoming the firm has Barry Keoghan drama Calm With Horses. Also key to Dmc are producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough.

Next on Nrp’s slate is Rocketman, the Cannes-bound biopic of rock icon Elton John, co-financed with Texit Films, Starlings Entertainment and Paramount Pictures, releasing May 31, 2019.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film,” said Oliver and Nrp Vice President of Production and Acquisition Angus Sutherland. “At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways. Dmc Film embodies this fully and continues to produce dynamic and compelling projects for audiences across the globe. We look
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Michael Fassbender’s Dmc Films Inks First Look Deal With New Republic Pictures

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Dmc Film, founded by Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan, has signed a first look deal with New Republic Pictures, the company behind the upcoming Elton John biopic, Rocketman. Producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough join Dmc in this new partnership with New Republic.

The deal was negotiated for New Republic by Lindsay Conner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Jason Sloane at Sloane, Offer, Weber, and Dern negotiated the deal on behalf of Dmc.

Dmc debut feature came from John Maclean’s Slow West, which won the World Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival. Other producing credits include Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, which stars Fassbender. Future projects include Calm With Horses, from director Nick Rowland, Dreadful Ned, written by Joe Murtagh, and The Lesser Bohemians, adapted from the novel of the same name by Eimear McBride.

Founded by Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver, New Republic
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Nrp signs Michael Fassbender's Dmc to first-look deal

Nrp signs Michael Fassbender's Dmc to first-look deal
Deal comes as Nrp prepares for May release of Rocketman.

Producer Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures (Nrp) has signed Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s Dmc Film to a first look feature production deal.

Fassbender and McCaughan are joined in the partnership with Nrp by producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough.

Dmc’s productions have included Slow West, Macbeth and, with New Regency and Fox, Assassin’s Creed. The company’s upcoming projects include Calm With Horses, co-produced with Element Pictures, Joe Murtagh’s Dreadful Ned, novel adaptation The Lesser Bohemians and Hayley Squires’ Gentle In The Bones.

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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic

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Michael Fassbender’s DMC Signs First Look Deal With Brian Oliver’s New Republic
Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan’s production company DMC has signed a first-look production deal with Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures (Nrp).

Producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough are joining the new partnership with Nrp.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film,” Oliver and Nrp vice president of production and acquisition, Angus Sutherland, said in a statement. “At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways. Dmc Film embodies this fully and continues to produce dynamic and compelling projects for audiences across the globe. We look forward to this next chapter together.”

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Fassbender added, “At Dmc, we work on ambitious and authored projects with bold and original filmmakers. It’s so exciting to have found the ideal Us partners in Brian,
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Michael Fassbender's Dmc Film Signs First-Look Deal With New Republic Pictures

Dmc Film — the production outfit founded by Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan — has signed a first-look deal with Brian Oliver's New Republic Pictures.

Dmc, which also includes producers Daniel Emmerson and Theo Barrowclough, was behind Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, Adam Smith’s Trespass Against Us and the movie adaptation of game Assassin's Creed.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Conor and Dmc Film. At Nrp we strive to align ourselves with partners who are looking to broaden their influence on the industry in innovative ways,” said Oliver and vp production and acquisition Angus ...
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CinemaCon: Paramount brings Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taron Egerton, Jim Carrey

CinemaCon: Paramount brings Arnold Schwarzenegger, Taron Egerton, Jim Carrey
Footage shows character utter immortal line, “I’ll be back,” but it isn’t Schwarzenegger.

Arnold Schwarzenegger earned thunderous applause from CinemaCon attendees when he walked on stage after Paramount debuted footage from Terminator: Dark Fate during its CinemaCon presentation on Thursday (4).

The sci-fi was one part of a high-octane session presided over by studio chief Jim Gianopulos that included a montage of Tom Cuise photographs from Paramount-Skydance’s Top Gun: Maverick, a sequel to the 1986 original that shifts the focus to drone weaponry and opens on June 26, and first-look footage of Eddie Murphy back as Prince Akeem and
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Paramount’s ‘Rocketman’ Footage Rocks The Colosseum – CinemaCon

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Paramount kicked off its CinemaCon presentation in rocking fashion this morning with dancers taking the stage to Elton John’s boppy “I’m Still Standing” and setting up a preview of John biopic/musical fantasy Rocketman. An extended look at the film, directed by Dexter Fletcher and starring Taron Egerton — who uses his own pipes for the many musical numbers — then followed.

This footage was different from what recently was shown to press in Los Angeles. It started with John (née Reginald Dwight) as a startling piano prodigy kid who enters the Academy of Music but wants to rock rather than playing “dead people’s music.” We learn how Reggie changed his name and ultimately played his first U.S. concert at the Troubadour in 1970 — with Neil Diamond and half of the Beach Boys in the audience.

Fletcher, who stepped in to finish the mega-musical blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody, does not skimp on the tunes.
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‘Rocketman’ Trailer Lights The Candle For Elton John Biopic Starring Taron Egerton

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‘Rocketman’ Trailer Lights The Candle For Elton John Biopic Starring Taron Egerton
Taron Egerton has gone all in on Rocketman, Paramount’s biopic of Elton John that follows the road of the rock icon’s transformation from shy Middlesex piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar. The studio has unveiled the official trailer for the pic, which is prepping for its May 31 theatrical release alongside the King Kong: King of the Monsters and the Octavia Spencer-Blumhouse thriller Ma.

Those pics won’t have the killer soundtrack built in to the pic directed by Dexter Fletcher, the helmer who came in to finish the Oscar Best Picture nominee Bohehmian Rhapsody. Lee Hall’s script uses all the hits to tell John’s story about how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture, and the ups and downs along the way.

The cast includes Jamie Bell as John’s lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden
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‘Rocketman’ Trailer Shows How Elton John Emerged From a ‘Fat Boy’ Named Reginald Dwight (Video)

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‘Rocketman’ Trailer Shows How Elton John Emerged From a ‘Fat Boy’ Named Reginald Dwight (Video)
“How does a fat boy from nowhere get to be a song man?” The first trailer for Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic “Rocketman” hit on Thursday, and teased the celebrated music star’s life story.

Taron Egerton plays John, who changed his name from the decidedly grandfatherly Reginald Dwight and took the advice to “Buy yourself something flashy.”

Jamie Bell co-stars as Elton’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Also Read: Taron Egerton Sings Elton John's 'Tiny Dancer' in New 'Rocketman' Teaser (Video)

Paramount describes the movie as an epic musical fantasy telling the incredible human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years.

The film, scripted by Lee Hall, follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.
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Daniel Craig cast in Todd Field’s ‘The Creed of Violence’

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He may not have even started filming his final furore as Bond in ‘Bond 25’ but Daniel Craig is already looking to his Bond-less future by joining Todd Field’s ‘The Creed of Violence’.

The film is an adaptation of Boston Teran’s novel, set during the 1910 Mexican revolution, the story is told through the eyes of a small-time assassin named Rawbone (Craig) and a young Bureau of Investigation agent called John Lourdes. The pair – who are also estranged father-and-son – work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground.

This will mark Field’s third feature-length directorial outing, his last being 13 years ago with ‘Little Children’. Filming is expected to commence in Spring 2020 once Craig wraps on ‘Bond 25’. Hacksaw Ridge’s Brian Oliver will produce.

Also in the news – Colin Farrell heads to TV for BBC2 thriller ‘The North Water

The project has been a long time coming from Field,
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Exclusive: Daniel Craig to Star in Todd Field’s ‘The Creed of Violence’

Exclusive: Daniel Craig to Star in Todd Field’s ‘The Creed of Violence’
After nearly a decade in development, Todd Field's adaptation of Boston Teran's novel The Creed of Violence is finally coming together, as Daniel Craig is set to star in the indie film once he wraps Cary Fukunaga's Bond 25, multiple sources have told Collider. A representative for Craig did not respond to a request for comment. Set in 1910 during the Mexican Revolution, The Creed of Violence follows an assassin named Rawbone (Craig) and a young government agent named John Lourdes as they travel from Texas to Mexico to stop a smuggling ring. Brian Oliver (Hacksaw Ridge) will produce via his New Republic Pictures banner along with Johnny Lin of Filmula. Production is slated to start in the spring of 2020…
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Rocketman Preview Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Elton John Biopic

Rocketman Preview Goes Behind-the-Scenes of Elton John Biopic
An insightful new featurette for the upcoming Elton John biopic Rocketman has arrived, offering a look at star Taron Egerton as he takes on this icon of the pop music world. The movie is coming to theaters this summer, and should be a huge smash hit on level with the recent Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Rocketman is an epic musical fantasy about the incredible human story of Elton John's breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastical journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John.

This inspirational story, set to Elton John's most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton, tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy became one of the most iconic figures in pop culture. Rocketman also stars Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton's first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard
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‘Rocketman’ Featurette: Taron Egerton Sings Tiny Dancer In Elton John Biopic

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Paramount has released a featurette of Taron Egerton singing Elton John classic Tiny Dancer in biopic Rocketman.

The film will chart the story of the artist’s breakthrough years when he went from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight to become international superstar Elton John. Egerton stars with Jamie Bell as John’s longtime lyricist and writing partner Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as Elton’s first manager, John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton’s mother Sheila Farebrother.

Following the mega success of Bohemian Rhapsody, this is gearing up to be one of the more anticipated movies of 2019. That film’s uncredited director Dexter Fletcher was in the directing chair. Producers are Matthew Vaughn, David Furnish, Adam Bohling, David Reid with executive producers including Elton John, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Michael Gracey, Claudia Schiffer and Brian Oliver.

The film will have a late May theatrical rollout, prompting industry speculation it could
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Filmula & E Stars To Finance Movies For China Distribution – Afm

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Johnny Lin’s Filmula and Allen Liu‘s E Stars are teaming to finance U.S. and international movies for distribution in China, the parties said at Afm today. Filmula will produce and co-finance with E Stars films ranging from commercial tentpoles to Oscar-driven material for E Stars to distribute.

The deal also will incorporate Indian financing., they said.

Lin was an executive producer of the Tom Cruise crime thriller American Made and, through his relationship with Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures, has an overall deal with Paramount. His relationship with Liu dates to the 1990s, when Liu was working with Lin and his father, Jimmy Lin, who produced Jet Li’s breakthrough The Legend films, introduced Laser Disc technology to the Pan-Asian market in the ’80s, and set up an output deal with New Line Cinema for distribution in Taiwan.

“Early on, I was exposed to an intriguing
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Horror Highlights: Happy Death Day 2 and Omaze, Revenge Trailer, Keepers, Chilling Tales For Dark Nights Audiobooks

Want to score a walk-on role in Happy Death Day 2? Omaze has got you covered with a nightmare-induced Happy Death Day experience. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a new trailer for Revenge, Keepers finds a home at Saban Films, and Chilling Tales For Dark Nights audiobook from BabblePress.

Omaze Presents A Happy Death Experience: "On the heels of announcements confirming Happy Death Day 2, the cast has teamed up with Omaze to offer fans the chance to live their own death day nightmare, by scoring a walk-on role in the sequel. In addition, being an extra in the highly-anticipated film, the winner will also get to bring a friend on a ghost tour with lead actress Jessica Rothe and director Christopher Landon. Flights and hotels are all covered.

Horror movie fans can enter for the chance to win this dream experience with $10 donations by visiting www.omaze.com/death.
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Gerard Butler’s ‘Keepers’ Picked Up by Saban Films

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Saban Films has picked up the North American rights to Gerard Butler’s “Keepers,” the distributor announced Thursday.

Kristoffer Nyholm directed the film which also stars Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells. The thriller was produced by Andy Evans, Ade Shannon and Sean Marley for Mad As Birds Films, Butler and Alan Siegel for G-base, and Jason Seagraves and Maurice Fadida.

Written by Joe Bone and Celyn Jones, “Keepers” is inspired by the Flannan Isle mystery where three lighthouse keepers arrive on an uninhabited island for a six-week shift but then discover something life-changing that isn’t theirs to keep. Soon, they have to battle paranoia and isolation to survive.

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“Gerard brings a charm and tact to the grittiness of this action-packed film,” said Saban Films CEO Bill Bromiley. “‘Keepers’ is full of tension, allure, and suspense. We absolutely love it.”

Phil Hunt and Compton Ross are executive producers alongside Brian Oliver of Cross Creek Pictures, Danielle Robinson for G-base and Mickey Gooch and D.G. Guyer of Kodiak Pictures.

Also Read: Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny Crime Drama 'Lizzie' Picked Up by Saban Films

Kodiak Pictures financed the thriller with Head Gear and Creative Scotland, while Bill Bromiley and Jonathan Saba negotiated the deal for Saban Films, with CAA Media Finance negotiating on behalf of the filmmakers.

At the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Saban Films bought Craig William Macneill’s “Lizzie,” which stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart.

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Film News Roundup: Poppy Drayton’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Movie Set for August Release

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Film News Roundup: Poppy Drayton’s ‘Little Mermaid’ Movie Set for August Release
In today’s film news roundup, Poppy Drayton’s “The Little Mermaid” gets a theatrical release, Melissa Leo gets a film festival honor, and the script for holiday adventure “Escape From the North Pole” is bought.

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A live-action independent version of “The Little Mermaid,” starring British actress Poppy Drayton, has been set for release nationwide exclusively in AMC Theatres beginning Aug. 17.

The movie is inspired by the 1837 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale rather than the Disney animated movie and follows a young girl who discovers an enchanting woman she believes to be the real “Little Mermaid” of lore.

William Moseley stars as a reporter following a story about a mermaid and a magic healing water. Together with his sick niece, played by Loreto Peralta, they travel to a small town in Mississippi to uncover a legend.

Shirley MacLaine, Gina Gershon, and Armando Gutierrez also star. Production companies are
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Filmula Acquires Rights To Black List Script ‘Escape From The North Pole’

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Paul Laudiero and Ben Baker’s script for the holiday action pic Escape From the North Pole has landed at Filmula.

Johnny Lin, producer of the upcoming sci-fi thriller Rise and psychological thriller Sacrifice, has acquired the rights to the script which was featured on the was previously included on the coveted Black List, the annual ranking of Hollywood’s best unproduced scripts. Lin and his Filmula Entertainment will fully finance and produce the project.

The story follows a young girl who, after being told that Santa Claus isn’t real on Christmas Eve, is kidnapped by an evil elf named Bucklebee. After escaping, the young girl teams up with a good elf, a reindeer and a Russian explorer to rescue Santa from a band of evil elves and save the North Pole.

Laudiero and Baker are repped by Wme.

Lin is also co-producing and co-financing Mexican Revolution thriller Todd Field
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Oscar-Nominated Producer Launches New Republic Production Company

Academy Award-nominated producer Brian Oliver launched a new production and financing venture, New Republic Pictures, on Tuesday, with a first-look agreement at Paramount Pictures.

Under its first-look deal, Paramount will co-finance and distribute some of New Republic films. The two companies have agreed to co-finance Paramount’s Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” starring “Kingsman” star Taron Egerton. Academy Award-nominee Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) wrote the screenplay and Dexter Fletcher (“Eddie the Eagle” and “Bohemian Rhapsody”) will direct.

“Earlier stops in my career, especially at Propaganda Films and Cross Creek Pictures, allowed me to learn all aspects of production, finance, distribution, and marketing, and to construct my own company from that extensive knowledge base in every aspect of the business,” Oliver said in a statement. “Building a new company from the ground up was a bit more challenging than I imagined and there have been a couple starts and stops with potential financing partners, but I believe the things I learned throughout this process will allow me to position my investors in even better ways for continued success.”

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New Republic made its first spec purchase in December for the Matt Tente original screenplay “GreenRush” written by Matt Tente. The film will be a character-driven heist thriller set in the world of legal marijuana dispensaries. New Republic is producing the project with Will Packer and James Lopez of Will Packer Productions.

Oliver was the co-founder of the production and financing company Cross Creek Pictures before launching New Republic Pictures. At Cross Creek, he was responsible for spearheaded award-winning films such as “Black Swan” and “Hacksaw Ridge.”

Films that Oliver has helped produce have received 13 Oscars nominations, 14 Golden Globe nominations and 23 BAFTA Award nominations, along with more than $1.4 billion of worldwide box-office grosses.

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The creative team from Cross Creek, including John Hilary Shepherd as head of development and Courtney Shepherd as creative executive, will be joining the new venture. New Republic has also hired former Pixomondo head of production Bj Farmer as vice president of production and Angus Sutherland, formerly of Exclusive Media and Imr International, as vice president of acquisitions and production.

Matthew Quigg joins New Republic from Paramount Television and the company said it plans to announce more hires in television, digital and new media in the future.

The deal with Paramount was negotiated on behalf of Oliver and New Republic by Kenneth Deutsch at Latham & Watkins and by Lindsay Conners of Mannat and Phelps.

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