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Endeavor Content Inks Flurry of Deals on Park Chan-Wook’s ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

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Endeavor Content has secured a raft of deals for Park Chan-Wook’s “The Little Drummer Girl,” the anticipated international thriller series based on John le Carré’s bestselling novel.

The Little Drummer Girl” has sold to Canal Plus (France), Starzplay, BeTV (French Belgium), Npo (Holland) and Movistar + (Spain), TV4, Stod 2 (Iceland), Hot (Israel), Kan 11 (Israel second window), BBC First (Australia), Sbs (Australia second window), and Tvnz (New Zealand).

Commissioned by BBC and AMC, the six-part mini-series is financed and produced by The Ink Factory, the banner behind the critically acclaimed mini-series “The Night Manager,” in partnership with 127 Wall. BBC and AMC also co-produced the show.

The Little Drummer Girl” is headlined by a strong cast including Emmy- and Golden Globe- winner Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”), Oscar-nominated Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water”) and BAFTA-nominated Florence Pugh (“Lady Macbeth”).

A story of espionage and high-stakes international intrigue, “The Little Drummer Girl
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‘Little Drummer Girl’ Cast And Producers On AMC Le Carré Update – TCA

In bringing to life The Little Drummer Girl, AMC’s six-part adaptation of John Le Carré’s classic thriller, the producing team felt it was best not to confine the shoot to a soundstage.

Florence Pugh, who plays the lead role of Charlie, said that commitment created some compelling sequences for the actors to portray. In a panel session closing out AMC’s portion of TCA summer press tour, Pugh described a sequence where she and co-star Alexander Skarsgård, meet and do a walk-and-talk around the Acropolis in Athens at night. The production was the first to capture the grounds of the actual ancient landmark on screen.

“Are we really doing this on the Acropolis?!” Pugh remembers wondering. “Alex and I just had a camera in our face reacting to being at the Acropolis at night. That was incredible.”

Simon Cornwell, who is an executive producer of the show along with his brother,
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‘Hotel Artemis’ Review: Jodie Foster’s Acting Return & Impressive Cast Make Noirish Curiosity Worth Watching

‘Hotel Artemis’ Review: Jodie Foster’s Acting Return & Impressive Cast Make Noirish Curiosity Worth Watching
It has been five years since Elysium, the last time Jodie Foster headlined a movie on camera, and for her return she has chosen another futuristic tale, Hotel Artemis — a rather odd duck of a project. In this dystopian crime thriller, she is considerably aged up and known only as The Nurse, a take-all-prisoners woman who for 22 years has run the Hotel Artemis, an Art Deco-looking building in 2028 Los Angeles whose penthouse serves as an emergency hospital for criminals who are “members.” Getting into the Hotel Artemis is harder than entering CIA headquarters, and you have to have a special microchip in your arm to pass through the tightly secured building. It is a very exclusive club indeed, and Foster’s Nurse doesn’t allow exceptions or rules to be broken.

In a compact 93 minutes, writer-director Drew Pearce, known mostly for scripting Iron Man 3 (with new scripts listed on
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‘Hotel Artemis’ Trailer: A Healthy Dose Of Jodie Foster-Led Crime Thriller

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Global Road has unveiled the first trailer for Hotel Artemis, the crime thriller toplined by Jodie Foster and This Is UsSterling K. Brown. The pic, written and directed by Drew Pearce, centers on Foster’s The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only, near-future Los Angeles hospital for criminals. It also featured a loaded ensemble that includes Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.

The plot revolves around an armed robbery that goes wrong for Brown’s Waikiki and Henry’s Honolulu, the latter of whom is injured and needs attention at the hotel, where strictly enforced rules even among the criminal set has kept it a going concern for years. Waikiki’s valuable prize from the heist though eventually draws the biggest bad guy to the Artemis to get it back.

Global Road acquired Hotel Artemis in February in a deal sources pegged at $4 million,
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Screen Adaptations Bring Name Advantage to Miptv

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Screen Adaptations Bring Name Advantage to Miptv
Adaptations of existing intellectual property are popular both domestically and worldwide, whether it’s “Hang Ups,” a British adaptation of Lisa Kudrow’s “Web Therapy” starring Stephen Mangan, or the numerous recent projects based on existing novels.

Red Arrow Studios Intl. brings season four of “Bosch,” based on the novels by Michael Connelly, to Mip this month.

“The bigger the IP is, the bigger the name of the writer is, the bigger the chances are of success around the globe,” says Red Arrow Intl. president Henrik Pabst. “When you speak to buyers on the scripted side, the moment you can bring in a built-in audience it is clearly an upside. The channel or platform doesn’t need to start from scratch. The brand already exists and with social media you reach everybody.”

After its success with “The Night Manager,” based on the novel by John le Carre, the Ink Factory
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Curzon CEO: decision to pay London Living Wage is reaping rewards

Curzon CEO: decision to pay London Living Wage is reaping rewards
Philip Knatchbull was speaking at the launch of the Film & Television Charity.

Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull has stated that the company’s decision three years ago to implement the London Living Wage for its staff is having positive ramifications across the business.

Speaking at the launch of the re-branded Film & Television Charity (previously the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund or Ctbf) today in London (March 15), Knatchbull explained that when he joined UK cinema chain and distributor Curzon in 2006, he discovered “a lot of outdated working practices”.

“There was a very ‘us and them’ attitude between the workers and head office,
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In Praise Of The Short Series

Neil Calloway wishes TV producers would quit while they are ahead…

The news was as disappointing as it was depressingly inevitable. The Night Manager – the best

“limited drama” (we used to call them miniseries, but that makes it sound like a cheap daytime melodrama) of last year, is getting a sequel.

I should be excited – I got drawn into The Night Manager when my then girlfriend (she’s now my fiancée) was watching it while I was reading, and ended up enjoying it every bit as much as she did. We even ended up going to a talk by the writer, David Farr, the producer Simon Cornwell, and the director Susanne Bier. I’m the prime target audience for a follow-up, but my heart sank when I saw the news.

Part of the reason The Night Manager worked so well was that it was only six episodes; enough for some
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‘The Night Manager’ Team Lines Up Matthew Orton To Write Season 2

Exclusive: John Le Carré spy drama The Night Manager is moving closer towards a second series after signing up-and-coming British writer Matthew Orton to pen The Ink Factory-produced series. I hear that Orton, who has penned a number of feature films for MGM and Fox, is writing new episodes of the BBC and AMC co-production. It comes after The Ink Factory co-founder Simon Cornwell, son of Le Carré author David Cornwell, said earlier this year that the producers were keen…
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'The Night Manager' firm hires former Film4 exec Anna Higgs

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The Ink Factory makes three hires.

The Night Manager outfit The Ink Factory has made three hires, including former Film4 executive Anna Higgs.

Higgs, most recently creative director at digital channel Nowness will join as head of story worlds and marketing.

She will work alongside Emma Broughton, head of development. According to the company, Higgs will lead on strategy for building film and TV projects into immersive narratives across different platforms.

Based in London, she will also be tasked with growing the company’s in-house digital team and overseeing audience development and marketing functions.

Meanwhile, Sophie Johnston and Arielle Gottlieb both join Broughton’s team as script executives.

Gottlieb previously script-edited Hooten And The Lady for Red Planet Pictures, and was a story producer at Nutopia, script consultant for Euston Films, head of development at MakeFilm, and acquisitions assistant at Fine Line Features.

Johnston began work as a script editor on The Bill before joining Kudos where she
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Dave Bautista to Co-Star with Jodie Foster in New Thriller Hotel Artemis

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Daily Dead recently caught up with Dave Bautista at the Sundance Film Festival for the world premiere of his new film Bushwick, and it's been announced at the European Film Market in Berlin that the actor has now joined Jodie Foster in the thriller Hotel Artemis, which will take place in a hospital for criminals.

Press Release: Berlin – The Ink Factory, a multi-platform production company dedicated to high-end story telling through film, television and on digital, today announced that Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) will join Academy Award winner Jodie Foster (Silence of the Lambs, The Accused) in Drew Pearce’s (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, Iron Man 3) much-anticipated directorial debut Hotel Artemis. Lionsgate launched international sales on the Ink Factory financed and produced action thriller at this week’s Berlin Efm (European Film Market), with Wme Global handling U.S. rights.

Best Picture Academy Award nominee Marc Platt (La La Land,
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USC Scripter Adapted Screenplay Award Goes to ‘Moonlight’

USC Scripter Adapted Screenplay Award Goes to ‘Moonlight’
The USC Scripter Literary Achievement Awards often get handed out just as a bunch of nominees are flying to London for the BAFTA Awards. The Scripters go to adapted scripts — 80 were eligible this year — as well as the original writers. And the last six winners have won the Oscar.

Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins sent his video acceptance from London; he’s the frontrunner for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. (Oddly, he’s competing in the Original category for the Writers Guild Award.) He and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney beat out adapted screenplays for “Arrival,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” and “Lion,” which is based on the memoir by Saroo Brierley, who told me that the movie of his story was often hard for him to watch.

Read More: How To Watch the BAFTAs: Live Stream Online

The winners are selected by some 40 critics, screenwriters and film professionals, including me, wrangled by USC professor
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USC Scripter Adapted Screenplay Award Goes to ‘Moonlight’

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USC Scripter Adapted Screenplay Award Goes to ‘Moonlight’
The USC Scripter Literary Achievement Awards often get handed out just as a bunch of nominees are flying to London for the BAFTA Awards. The Scripters go to adapted scripts — 80 were eligible this year — as well as the original writers. And the last six winners have won the Oscar.

Moonlight” writer-director Barry Jenkins sent his video acceptance from London; he’s the frontrunner for the Adapted Screenplay Oscar. (Oddly, he’s competing in the Original category for the Writers Guild Award.) He and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney beat out adapted screenplays for “Arrival,” “Hidden Figures,” “Fences” and “Lion,” which is based on the memoir by Saroo Brierley, who told me that the movie of his story was often hard for him to watch.

Read More: How To Watch the BAFTAs: Live Stream Online

The winners are selected by some 40 critics, screenwriters and film professionals, including me, wrangled by USC professor
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Us Briefs: Dave Bautista joins 'Hotel Artemis'

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Us Briefs: Dave Bautista joins 'Hotel Artemis'
The Guardians Of The Galaxy star will join Jodie Foster in The Ink Factory’s thriller about a nurse at a hospital for criminals who suspects one of her charges is planning an assassination.

Lionsgate International is talking to buyers in Berlin on the thriller. Drew Pearce makes his directorial debut on Hotel Artemis, which The Ink Factory produces and is financing.

Marc Platt will produce alongside Adam Siegel and The Ink Factory’s Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell. Wme Global represents Us rights.

Terence Stamp has joined the cast of the odyssey adventure Viking Destiny in the role of Odin for sales agent Film Mode Entertainment, Misfits Entertainment, Fatal Black Film and Six Mile Hill. Production is set to begin in April in Northern Ireland.Yonatan Nir’s My Hero Brother has won the Audience Choice Award and Best Documentary Award at the 32nd Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Rajko Grlic’s The Constitution
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Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1

Le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' set for BBC1
Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy is adapting the novel for The Night Manager producers The Ink Factory.

BBC1 is hoping to repeat the success of The Night Manager after ordering an adaptation of John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The broadcaster has again partnered with AMC to commission The Ink Factory to produce the spy thriller set in 1962 at the height of the Cold War, just after the construction of the Berlin Wall.

Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy will adapt the book, in which British intelligence officer Alex Leamas is offered a chance for revenge after many of his agents are exposed by East German counter-intelligence officer Hans-Dieter Mundt.

Read: The story behind ‘The Night Manager

The Ink Factory, the indie established by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, will produce the series in association with Kudos founder Stephen Garrett’s new drama indie Character Seven.

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold was commissioned
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The Night Manager: Producer Would Love to Make Season Two

Could The Night Manager return? Recently, producer Simon Cornwell said he's interested in making a second season of the AMC series, Digital Spy reports.Based on the novel by John le Carré, the spy thriller centers on former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), who is recruited as an intelligence operative to investigate arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie). The cast also includes Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander, Elizabeth Debicki, Douglas Hodge, and Antonio de la Torre.Read More…
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The Night Manager’s 40m views in China highlights growing drama opportunity

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The Night Manager’s 40m views in China highlights growing drama opportunity
Exclusive: The “last frontier” for high-end drama is opening up, according to industry experts.

After scoring a Chinese distribution deal with Youku Tudou in April, BBC-amc spy series The Night Manager has clocked up a hefty 40 million views on the platform, making it one of the most successful high-end drama exports to the territory.

While the Emmy-nominated series is by no means the first from UK to break out in the market – Downton Abbey and Sherlock are among those to have previously excelled – the ratings success reinforces the growing opportunity for high end English-language drama in China, where conditions and context are creating key opportunities for international content creators.

“The Chinese market is in many ways well ahead of the west in terms of the evolution of its television landscape,” explains The Ink Factory co-ceo Simon Cornwell, producer of The Night Manager, in which Tom Hiddleston plays a Cairo hotel worker recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer
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Le Carre's "Spy" To Be Adapted For Television

Paramount Television and The Ink Factory are set to adapt John le Carre's iconic 1963 spy novel "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" into a limited TV series.

Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") is attached to pen the script set just after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The head of British Intelligence's Berlin Station is offered a unique opportunity for revenge - he sets up to trap deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

Le Carre, Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell and Stephen Garrett will executive produce. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of the Le Carre adaptation "The Night Manager" for AMC and The BBC.

Source: The Live Feed
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John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold Eyes TV Adaptation

John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold Eyes TV Adaptation
Following the success of AMC’s The Night Manager, Paramount is developing another John le Carré classic in association with Ink Factory, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, the 1963 Cold War novel which was subsequently adapted into a 1965 film starring Richard Burton, is eyeing a limited series remake. Academy Award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is attached to pen the small-screen retelling, while le Carré will serve as an executive producer. A U.S. television network
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'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' heads to TV

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'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' heads to TV
On the back of Emmy-nominated BBC and AMC series The Night Manager, The Ink Factory announced on Wednesday it would partner with Paramount TV on the latest John le Carré spy thriller.

The Ink Factory will finance and produce the limited television series in association with Paramount Television and Character 7. Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution will handle worldwide distribution outside the UK.

The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell – le Carré’s sons – will serve as executive producers alongside Character 7’s Stephen Garrett and the author himself.

Simon Beaufoy will write the adaptation set within the shadow of the Berlin Wall as a British spy embarks on a revenge mission.

Paramount released a 1965 feature adaptation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold starring Richard Burton in 1965. Carré and Paul Dehn adapted that version.

“On the heels of The Night Manager, we look forward to developing a further le Carré novel for a global
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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer from Director Ang Lee

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer from Director Ang Lee
Last month, exhibitors and fans were given the first glimpse at Sony Pictures' upcoming drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, ahead of its November 11 release date. For those who weren't in attendance at the convention, the studio has released the first trailer for all to see, showcasing one soldier's harrowing journey, both at home and fighting abroad. The trailer gives us our first look at Joe Alwyn, who makes his feature film debut in this adaptation.

Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the
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