‘Anna And The Apocalypse’ Trailer: Zombie Christmas Musical Dawns At Fantastic Fest
EXCLUSIVE: From Scottish director John McPhail, Anna And The Apocalypse will have its world premiere in competition this Friday at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The zombie Christmas tuner about a group of friends trying to survive with an undead horde in relentless pursuit is based on the 2010 BAFTA-winning short Zombie Musical. That film was directed by the late Ryan McHenry who shares screenwriting credit on Anna with Alan McDonald. Check out the exclusive teaser… Read
‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart & Karen Gillan Go Full Avatar
Welcome back to the jungle. In this new trailer for the latest gamers’ safari – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, naturally – Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan get pulled into the old battle with a bit of post-board game twist: The gamers appear as their avatars, who look an awful lot like Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, et al.
Here’s the official Sony Pictures Entertainment logline: “In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables… Read
‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks
EXCLUSIVE: Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has… Read
Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling
UPDATED, 10:25 AM: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… Read
‘Lockwood & Co’: Big Talk Prods To Adapt Spooky YA Detective Series For Television
EXCLUSIVE: London-based Big Talk Productions has optioned the best-selling Lockwood & Co series with plans to adapt the books for television. The supernatural adventure stories are written by Jonathan Stroud, and the deal comes as the fifth and final installment, The Empty Grave, is to be published this week by Penguin Random House imprint, Corgi.
Launched in 2013 with The Screaming Staircase, the Lockwood & Co books are set in an alternative London that’s facing an… Read
Zak Olkewicz To Adapt ‘Time Salvager’ For Paramount
EXCLUSIVE: Zak Olkewicz has been tapped to adapt the Wesley Chu sci fi novel Time Salvager for Paramount. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing.
Olkewicz is currently adapting the R.L. Stine novel series Fear Street for Fox and Chernin Entertainment, with Leigh Janiak just coming on board to direct. Also at Fox, Olkewicz’s adaptation of the graphic novel Malignant got Stranger Things helmer director Becca Thomas to come aboard with James Wan and Boom… Read
Birth Of Fake News? Echo Lake Funds Pic On Orson Welles Alien Invasion Radiocast
EXCLUSIVE: Echo Lake Entertainment and Sean Sorensen's Royal Viking Entertainment have teamed on Sorensen’s spec script We Interrupt This Program. While President Trump has turned “fake news” into a common term, the makers of this one believe they have a film focusing in the birth of pseudo news, and the panic it caused. The script explores the chaos of creative genius that resulted in the infamous radio broadcast of War of the Worlds, narrated and directed by Orson Welles… Read
Sony Pictures Worldwide Lands Package Based On Dan Simmons ‘Summer Of Night’ Fright Novel
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has stepped up to buy a package based on the Dan Simmons horror novel Summer of Night. Mexican helmer Isaac Ezban is set to direct a script by Ben Poole, and Ehren Kruger & Daniel Bobker are producing. The deal comes after the success of coming-of-age horror hits It and Stranger Things.
Even though the novel was published in 1991 (it spawned a book series), the framework is familiar. The book revolves around a series of… Read
‘Good Omens’: David Tennant, Michael Sheen Suit Up For Amazon – First Photo
Principal photography has begun in London on Amazon’s fantasy drama Good Omens. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the six-part series stars Michael Sheen as angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as demon Crowley. Check out the first on-set photo of the duo above. Shooting will continue for six months in London, Oxfordshire and South Africa for a 2019 launch.
Gaiman tweeted the full-size pic below and said today, "People have fallen in love with an angel… Read
‘War For The Planet Of The Apes’ Swings To Fox Record In China; Tops $430M WW; ‘It’ Hits $371M – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Two months after beginning global rollout, Fox's War For The Planet Of The Apes planted its foot in China. The debut of $62.3M on 30,000 screens scored the studio its biggest opening weekend ever in the Middle Kingdom. The result also pushed the Matt Reeves-directed threequel from Chernin Entertainment across the $400M global mark where the total to date sits at $432M. The international box office cume is now $287.9M.
With a full weekend of $62.9M in 21… Read
Alexander Payne On ‘Downsizing’ And Finding A Fictional Solution To The World’s Population Problem – Toronto Studio
Alexander Payne had the distinction of opening this year's Venice Film Festival with his new film Downsizing, which followed last year's La La Land in a first-night slot that is often seen as a launching pad for awards season titles. Starring Matt Damon, the film takes place in a world where Norwegian scientists have found a way to shrink human beings down to just a few inches in size; Damon and Kristen Wiig play a married couple who decide to go for the process so they… Read
Netflix Lands Andrew Niccol’s ‘Anon’ For $4 Million – Toronto
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired U.S. and some foreign rights to Anon, the Andrew Niccol-directed thriller that stars Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried, Colm Feore and Sonya Walger. Word around King Street is that deal came in at $4 million. The picture was one of several that CAA screened last Thursday in Toronto, just before the festival’s programmed slate got underway. Niccol directed Gattaca and wrote The Truman Show and more recently Gemini Man (which Ang Lee will direct… Read