H Collective Lands Aaron W. Sala Horror Spec ‘The Beast’
EXCLUSIVE: In a preemptive mid-six figure deal, The H Collective has acquired the Aaron W. Sala's horror thriller spec The Beast. Busted Shark Productions' Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield, Super 8) will produce alongside The H Collective, who will also fully finance the feature. After a passenger plane goes down in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a woman finds herself washed ashore and the sole survivor on a mysterious island where she faces her worst fears.
A search for a… Read
‘Tomb Raider’ Tops $105M Offshore, Digs $41M In China – International Box Office
TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: In its 2nd weekend of overseas play, Warner Bros/MGM's Tomb Raider unearthed $87.2M across 65 markets, coming in well ahead of the Sunday estimate. That includes China where the No. 1 debut was a solid $41.3M, ranking as Warner Bros' 7th biggest opener ever and landing on par with Wonder Woman and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. The full cume at the international box office is $105.2M for $129M worldwide through Sunday.
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Stars Hit PaleyFest To Tease Season 2, Trips To The Colonies, & America’s Descent Into Gilead
Returning for its highly anticipated second run on April 25, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s upcoming season was teased today at PaleyFest. On hand to discuss the series following a screening for the Dolby Theatre audience were many of the cast and crew of the Hulu original, including series creator Bruce Miller and executive producer Warren Littlefield. They were joined by stars Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella, Amanda Brugel, Madeline Brewer, Samira Wiley and O-T Fagbenle.
In The… Read
‘The Shape Of Water’ Has Fairy Tale $10M+ China Opening; Crosses $100M Overseas
Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture Oscar winner, The Shape Of Water, got off to a fairy tale start in China this weekend, grossing $10.35M (RMB 65.7M) on 17,000 screens. The score tops all comps including Fox Searchlight stablemate Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri which bowed to $2.4M (RMB 15.2M) a few weeks back. It also helps push the awards-season darling across the $100M mark at the international box office.
Few recent Best Picture winners have even been… Read
Shout! Factory & China’s Ace Film Acquire Roger Corman Library; Remakes Ahead
Shout! Factory and China-based Ace Film HK Company Limited have acquired the New Horizons Picture library from Roger and Julie Corman. The catalogue encompasses 270 Roger Corman films and an action sci-fi TV series. The partners plan on developing new content and remakes out of the vast roster that includes Rock'N'Roll High School, Piranha, Bloodfist, Black Scorpion, Eat My Dust! and Humanoids From The Deep. The deal gives Shout all rights in North America, Europe… Read
‘Baby Driver’s Eiza Gonzalez Set For ‘Paradise Hills’
EXCLUSIVE: Eiza Gonzalez is set to star with Emma Roberts and Danielle Macdonald in Paradise Hills, the directorial debut of Spanish helmer Alice Waddington. The pic is a sci-fi thriller written by Brian DeLeeuw, Nacho Vigalondo and Sofia Cuenca.
Gonzalez is coming off a breakout turn in the Edgar Wright-directed Baby Driver. A presenter at last week's Oscars, she next has the untitled Robert Zemeckis-directed Steve Carell starrer coming this fall, and she stars in the… Read
Netflix Wins Stop-Motion Animated ‘Wendell And Wild’: Henry Selick, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key Aboard
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off winning the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for his directorial debut Get Out, Jordan Peele is at the center of a most intriguing feature re-team with Keegan-Michael Key, his longtime partner on the Emmy-winning Comedy Central series Key and Peele. Netflix has committed to finance and distribute Wendell and Wild, a stop-motion animated feature to be directed by James and the Giant Peach helmer Henry Selick. Key and Peele will supply the voices for two… Read
Tim Blake Nelson To Direct Sci-Fi Actioner ‘Michael Zero’ For Millennium And Eclectic
EXCLUSIVE: He’s one hell of an actor and has been directing here and there since 1997. Tim Blake Nelson has now just been hired to direct the sci-fi actioner Michael Zero for Millennium Media and Eclectic Pictures based on a spec from Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left).
Michael Zero now marks Nelson's third collaboration with Millennium Media, having directed and co-starred in the irreverent pot comedy Leaves of Grass with Edward Norton and The Grey Zone starring Harvey… Read
Marvel Mojo? Markus & McFeely Tapped As Co-Presidents Of Story For Joe & Anthony Russo’s AGBO
Joe & Anthony Russo's AGBO has named screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to become partners in their monied studio venture. The writers will take the titles of Co-Presidents of Story, and will shepherd a growing list of projects even as they write one tent pole-sized film per year and a passion project every other year for AGBO. They are added to an exec roster that also includes COO Todd Makurath and production president Mike Larocca.
The Russos have… Read
A ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Reboot? Fox’s Gary Newman Says “When Joss Decides It’s Time, We’ll Do It” – INTV
Buffy The Vampire Slayer “is probably the most ripe show we have for bringing back,” Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman said this morning at the INTV conference in Jerusalem. He refrained from confirming such a move for fear of not being able “to get out of the building alive.” But he did allow, “It’s something we talk about frequently. Joss Whedon is one of the greatest creators we’ve ever worked for. When Joss decides it’s time, we’ll do it.”
The comments came during a… Read
‘Prospect’ Directors Built Sci-Fi Universe Piece By Piece With Ambitious Indie Debut — SXSW
As anyone who has seen the film will tell you, few directorial debuts match the level of ambition of Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell’s blockbuster indie, Prospect. Starring Jay Duplass, Sophie Thatcher and Narcos star Pedro Pascal, and based on the directors’ short of the same name, the sci-fi feature is as grand as it gets in terms of feature worldbuilding, following a teenage girl (Thatcher) and her father (Duplass) as they travel to a remote moon on the hunt for a rare… Read
Internalizing Childhood Fairy Tales, Director Fritz Böhm Makes Debut With ‘Wildling’ — SXSW
Growing up with fairy tales at bedtime from his mother, writer/director Fritz Böhm took these stories to heart. Indeed, these fairy tales were the critical influence behind the director’s feature directorial debut, the horror-fantasy thriller Wildling. Starring Liv Tyler, Troy Ruptash, and James LeGros, the SXSW-premiering film follows a blossoming teenager who uncovers a dark secret behind her traumatic childhood. In the film, as Böhm tells it, he would be able to create… Read