STXinternational Selling Out On Hot ‘Killer’s Game’, ‘Marsh King’s Daughter’, ‘Finest Kind’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: STXinternational is having a killer EFM, selling out its slate with multiple bidders on choice titles. Coming into the market, it had what are among the hottest projects including The Marsh King's Daughter and Finest Kind. Along the way, it added Killer's Game, a coveted thriller that's getting new life with Jason Statham negotiating to star. The company… Read
Anne Hathaway To Star In Dee Rees’ ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’ – Berlin
Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway is in negotiations to star in Mudbound director Dee Rees’ political thriller, The Last Thing He Wanted. The story is based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion and will be produced by Elevated’s Cassian Elwes. The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones will produce and finance. Bloom is introducing the project to buyers at the EFM.
Marco Villalobos wrote the transfer which will see Hathaway as a woman alone and unrelenting in a race… Read
Greenwich Entertainment Climbs ‘Mountain’ Doc; Sets May U.S. Release – Berlin
Distributor Greenwich Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Mountain, the latest documentary from Sherpa helmer Jennifer Peedom. Narrated by Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe, Mountain is described as a vertiginous juxtaposition of image and music that explores the powerful force that mountains hold over our imaginations.
The film had its world premiere at the Sydney Opera House with accompaniment by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Greenwich will release it May 25… Read
Pathé Boards Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Blessed Virgin’; TrustNordisk Is ‘Out Stealing Horses’ – Berlin
Blessed Virgin, Paul Verhoeven’s follow-up to Golden Globe winner Elle, has set an August start date with Pathé Films joining to handle international sales and French distribution. The project was originally announced last April and will reteam Verhoeven with Elle‘s Virginie Efira and producer Saïd Ben Saïd and his SBS Productions. Pathé previously handled Verhoeven’s Showgirls and Blackbook. The film is based on the book Immodest Acts: The Life Of A Lesbian Nun In Renaiss… Read
Fortitude International Heads ‘Into The Ashes’; First-Look Photo – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Nadine de Barros and Rob Ogden Barnum’s Fortitude International has come aboard world sales on thriller Into The Ashes. Written and directed by Aaron Harvey, the film stars Frank Grillo, Luke Grimes, James Badge Dale and Robert Taylor. Jamin O'Brien and Daniel Blanc for The Film Community and Barnum and Eric Binns will produce, as will Grillo via his and Joe Carnahan’s WarParty. Sales kick off here at the EFM.
The picture is currently shooting in Alabama… Read
Sue Barton Dies: Publicist And Marketer For Major Studios Was 79
Sue Barton, who helmed the rollout of more than 50 studio films, including Academy Award-winner Ghandi and Tootsie, has died. She was 79 and passed away Jan. 5 in Monterey, California of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to her friend, producer Carolyn Pfeiffer Bradshaw.
The publicity and marketing veteran worked for Columbia Pictures, Universal Pictures, MGM and director Robert Altman, appearing in a cameo in his film Nashville.
Born November 26th, 1938 in… Read
‘Black 47’ First Clip: Irish Revenge Thriller Starring James Frecheville & Hugo Weaving – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Irish period drama Black 47 will have its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, so take a look at this clip of the feature that stars James Frecheville, Hugo Weaving, Freddie Fox and Jim Broadbent.
The revenge story is set during the Famine following an Irish Ranger fighting abroad for the British Army before deserting and returning home. Australian actor Frecheville, who has starred in Animal Kingdom and The Drop, plays deserter Feeney, while Hacksaw Ridg… Read
Hot 2018 Berlin Titles: What Buyers Are Buzzing About At The EFM
The European Film Market kicked off today at the Berlin Film Festival under cold, cloudy skies and some confusion over whether to be cautious or optimistic or both. There are certainly a number of prestige projects that came together ahead of the market, more than we can recall in the past few years — and at a more easily-digestible pace with an extra week between Sundance and Berlin.
Buyers from all corners and distribution methods are here in force, although it remains t… Read
Berlin Rejects #MeToo Call To Swap Red Carpet For Black At Tonight’s Fest Opening
The organizers of the Berlin Film Festival are resisting pressure to turn the focus of this evening's premiere to the #MeToo campaign and have rejected a call to replace the red carpet with a black one. Chief Dieter Kosslick said he wanted the festival's activities to "delve deeper into the #MeToo discourse, deeper than our carpet allows… So laying out a black carpet at the Berlinale is not the path we have chosen.”
Separately, although there were rumblings of a movement… Read
Berlin: What’s In Store At The EFM In Wake Of Muted Sundance, Sad AFM?
The outside temperature here at the Berlin Film Festival is just as icy as ever, but there's the prospect of some heat with international sales agents and indie buyers slightly more optimistic as things kick off. That's in contrast to the atmosphere here last year when the EFM got underway right after a storm of deals hit Sundance with Netflix and Amazon leading the charge. At the time, agents and distributors lamented an uneven playing field where the streaming services… Read
Ira Sachs Packs For ‘A Family Vacation’ With Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei – Berlin
Love Is Strange helmer Ira Sachs is teaming with Elle star Isabelle Huppert and producer Saïd Ben Saïd for his next picture, A Family Vacation. Production starts this October in Portugal with Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and André Wilms also starring. Ben Saïd’s SBS International will handle worldwide sales.
The family drama, written by Sachs and his longtime co-writer Mauricio Zacharias (Love Is Strange, Little Men), is about three generations grappling… Read
‘Beneath’: Amazing Film Co, Enderby Team For Antarctica-Set Thriller Series – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: Munich-based The Amazing Film Company and Los Angeles-based indie Enderby Entertainment are teaming to co-produce English-language thriller Beneath. The 10-episode series was developed by Enderby's Rick Dugdale with writer Will Pascoe (Shut Eye, Orphan Black) and is understood to be a meeting of The X Files and Lost — set in Antarctica. Production is slated to start this winter. The Amazing Film Company will co-finance with Enderby.
Beneath will be executive… Read