Bitcoin Arrives On Wall Street, Bringing Good News For Blockchain Entertainment
Bitcoin, the digital currency based on blockchain technology, exploded in price last week, shooting up to a high-water mark of $19,000 per single coin. It has since retraced to the $15,000 level, but is holding firm in that territory.
If some observers can be believed, this week’s run-up in price is a prelude to bitcoin hitting heights undreamed of when it was selling for several cents. In fact, John McAfee, the founder of the computer anti-virus software that bears his… Read
New York TV Festival Moves To Summer, Aligns With Development Calendar
The New York Television Festival is moving from its longtime autumn perch to summer, with the 14th annual event now set for the week of July 15, 2018.
NYTVF organizers say the time switch from late October to mid-July is designed to strategically align the festival with the TV development calendar and maximize potential for officially-selected projects.
"Shifting the Festival and marketplace to July is strategically aligned with an evolving development timeline and… Read
Ron Shelton To Direct Prison-Break Film ‘Escape Artist’ About FBI Most Wanted Who Rented Shelton’s House! – AFM
Ron Shelton is set to direct Escape Artist, a movie from a script that he and Al Reinhert wrote about the true events surrounding Ed “Hacksaw” Jones, who broke out of 14 prisons and later ended up renting a house from Shelton in Los Angeles. Shelton is helming for Gold Star Films and Signature Films.
Jones would become the first person to be put on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list without ever committing a violent crime.
"I got to know Ed well when he rented a house in the… Read
‘Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist’ Sequel Sets Sail; Saban Films & Mongrel Media Pact For Canada; More – AFM Briefs
Lon Haber & Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist 2, a sequel to the 2010 documentary that chronicled the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect wildlife on a global scale. The original docu from Peter Jay Brown spawned an Animal Planet docuseries. The sequel movie is being shown to buyers at the American Film Market. Brown returns to capture the exploits of Captain Paul Watson including more never-seen footage… Read
Rachel Griffiths On Hopping Into Directing Saddle With ‘Ride Like A Girl’ – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Rachel Griffiths is getting ready to jump into the feature directing saddle, taking on horse-racing drama Ride Like A Girl. With shooting set to begin in March, Village Roadshow has boarded Australian rights. In the aspirational drama, Teresa Palmer is playing Michelle Payne, the first female jockey to win the prestigious Melbourne Cup. Also in the cast are Sam Neill and Jacki Weaver. Griffiths and I recently chatted about the project and why this was the right… Read
Paramount Makes Splashy $10 Million AFM Deal For June Pictures’ ‘Book Club’
EXCLUSIVE: In the big American Film Market deal so far, Paramount Pictures is closing a $10 million deal for North American, UK and France rights to Book Club, sources said. In a pact being brokered by Endeavor Content, the studio has committed to a wide release in 2018. The June Pictures film is being called a First Wives Club-style comedy that stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, Andy Garcia, Don Johnson, Craig T. Nelson, Richard Dreyfuss… Read
Netflix Snags Global Rights To Maika Monroe-Ed Skrein Thriller ‘Tau’ – AFM
Netflix has acquired global rights outside of China to Tau, the sci-fi thriller starring Maika Monroe, Ed Skrein and Gary Oldman. The deal for the Federico D'Alessandro-directed pic was made during the American Film Market by Bloom, which is repping international sales, and its new parent Endeavor Content, which repped domestic.
Penned by Noga Landau, the pic follows a once-street-smart grifter (Monroe) who is the latest victim to be kidnapped and held captive in a fatal… Read
James Franco’s ‘The Long Home’ & Great Point Media Ink Global Sales Deal; First Look At Bruce Willis In ‘The Bombing’; More – AFM Briefs
Great Point Media has secured worldwide sales rights to The Long Home, the pic directed by and starring James Franco based on William Gay’s 1999 Southern Gothic novel. Ashton Kutcher, Josh Hartnett, Garret Dillahunt, Timothy Hutton, Tim Blake Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito and Courtney Love also star in the pic, set in the 1940s Deep South. The script adapted by Steve Janas centers on Dallas Hardin (Franco), a charismatic but vicious bootlegger and pimp, who hires Nathan… Read
‘Victoria’s Tom Hughes Joins ‘Red Joan’ With Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Tom Hughes, who plays Prince Albert in ITV/Masterpiece’s Victoria, is joining the cast of Red Joan, the story of a grandmother exposed as the KGB’s longest-serving British spy. Based on the 2013 book by Jennie Rooney, it’s inspired by real-life events. Judi Dench is playing the eponymous Joan Stanley with Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Golden Circle) as the young Joan. Trevor Nunn is directing from Lindsay Shapero’s script.
The film takes place in two eras. In a… Read
Lionsgate, Studiocanal In Multi-Year, Multi-Picture U.S. Distribution Deal – AFM
Lionsgate and Studiocanal have expanded their relationship with a multi-year, multi-picture distribution deal that will see the former release five of the European group’s titles in the U.S.
Among the next group of films that Lionsgate will distribute domestically are animated sequel Shaun The Sheep Movie 2; Liam Neeson action thriller Hard Powder; and adventure tale The Mercy with Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz. The pact also encompasses two “major” Studiocanal properties… Read
Rebecca Ferguson In Talks To Star In Patricia Neal/Roald Dahl Project – AFM
Rebecca Ferguson is in talks to play Oscar winner Patricia Neal alongside Hugh Bonneville as children’s novelist Roald Dahl in John Hay’s Untitled Roald Dahl & Patricia Neal project. Goldcrest Films is financing, co-producing and handling worldwide sales, introducing the pic to buyers at the AFM. Principal photography is scheduled to commence late January 2018.
The film is described as a bittersweet, comedic and heart-warming story of Neal and Dahl's marriage. The… Read
Highland Film Group Has A ‘Gut Instinct’ About Josh Hartnett Thriller – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: As the AFM gears up, Highland Film Group has boarded worldwide rights on Josh Hartnett-starrer Gut Instinct. Directed and written by Daniel Roby (Versailles), the crime thriller also stars Antoine-Olivier Pilon (Mommy).
Based on a true story, the film follows an investigative journalist (Hartnett) who unravels a twisted entrapment case wherein a guy from the wrong side of the tracks, Daniel (Pilon), is forced into a dangerous drug deal and then sentenced to… Read