BBC Two Acquires Tom Rob Smith Thriller ‘London Spy’
Child 44 author Tom Rob Smith has created a new drama series that’s been picked up by BBC Two. London Spy is a five-part contemporary thriller that sees an innocent young man drawn into a dangerous world of espionage. In the center of London is a street with the headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Service on one side and the headquarters of gay clubbing on the other. A chance romance between two people from opposite sides of that street takes a turn when one of them disappears. The series will shoot this year and air in 2015. Smith is producing; Juliette Howell, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are exec producing for Working Title Television. Polly Hill exec produces for BBC Two. Smith’s Child 44 is being adapted as a feature directed by Daniel Espinosa and produced by Ridley Scott. The film stars Tom Hardy, who signed on Friday for the second season of BBC Two’s Peaky Blinders.
European Union Admissions Down 4.1% In 2013
The European Audiovisual Observatory released estimates for European cinema attendance in 2013 on Friday. Total admissions in the European Union dropped by 4.1% to 908M. That reps a 39M decrease on 2012, accounting for the second-lowest level in the EU since the turn of the century. According to the data, more than two-thirds of EU markets experienced a decline in admissions, while levels increased in only eight out of the 26 territories for which provisional data was available. Overall, the four territories with the biggest decrease were Spain (-16%), France (-5.3%), the UK (-4%) and Germany (-4%). Italy, which has suffered in the past several years, saw a jump of 6.6% to 106.7M admissions. Local movie Sole A Cantinelle made $70M in the two months it was on release to lead the box office for the year. Elsewhere, year-on-year growth of over 1% was only found in six Central and Eastern European member states, led by Bulgaria (+16.7%). Although it’s not an EU member, Russia is now the second-largest European market in terms of admissions, growing by 10.5% to 173.5M tickets sold in 2013. As for local market share, it increased in 13 territories and dropped in 10. U.S. share jumped in 11 out of the 13 markets studied. The average hike was from 63% to 68%. France, which lost 7% of its market, nevertheless was the EU territory that watched its own films the most with 33% of local share. Italy was next at 31%, followed by Denmark (30%) and Germany (26%). Outside the EU, Turkey remained the leading European country in terms of national market share with Turkish films taking a record of 58% of total admissions in 2013, a level unparalleled in any other European market in the past few decades, the EAO said.
‘Forma’ Wins FIPRESCI Prize At Berlin
Japanese filmmaker Ayumi Sakamoto’s debut feature Forma has been awarded the Fédération Internationale de la Press Cinématographique (FIPRESCI) Prize at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival. Following its international premiere on February 12, the FIPRESCI jury — headed by veteran French cinema critic Michel Ciment — selected Forma as the best film of the Forum program. “We admired the film’s minimalism and simple story, which were effective,” jury member Luuk Imhann said. “Forma is well-written, directed and acted.” The slow-burning drama’s next stop will be a screening in the Young Cinema Competition at the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s, which runs March 24-April 7.