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
‘Best F(r)iends’ Clip: Tommy Wiseau Makes Room For Another Cult Masterpiece In Bizarre Noir Thriller
EXCLUSIVE: It’s been about 15 years since Tommy Wiseau released The Room, which has since become a so-bad-that-its-good cult phenomenon that led to the critically acclaimed The Disaster Artist. Now Wiseau and his partner in crime Greg Sestero are back with Best F(r)iends, and based on the exclusive clip above, they are taking it to another level when it comes to serving us some disastrous brilliance.
Best F(r)iends touts itself as a Los Angeles-based noir thriller with… Read
Universal Wins ‘Good Boys:’ Edgy Comedy Stars Jacob Tremblay With Eisenberg & Stupnitsky Directing
EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired Good Boys, a randy comedy vehicle for Jacob Tremblay — the young star of Room and Wonder — with a script by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky and the duo set to make its directorial debut. Universal acquired a package that came with a green light and a July production start with a budget in the $20 million range.
Tremblay has proven himself to be an adorable screen presence in his first two films. This film… 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.
Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Nightmare, Stormy Daniels Has A Secret Side As Prolific Film Director With Skills
Along with the compelling stage name Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford has more sides to her than the ones for which she has become best known – porn film star and giant thorn in the side of the President of the United States.
Clifford’s lesser known side is that she is a prolific director of movies, albeit porn titles that include Sex Door Neighbors, Lust on the Prairie, and Space Nuts. At a moment where women are gaining ever greater recognition for their ability to… Read
‘Triple Frontier’ Finally Going: Affleck, Isaac, Pascal, Hunnam, Hedlund, Arjona In JC Chandor’s Lineup
Even though it needs a new title, the drama known as Triple Frontier finally gets underway next week at Netflix. Perhaps the most apt title would be The Movie That Refused to Die. Ben Affleck is back, heading the ensemble, along with Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, Garrett Hedlund and Adria Arjona.
The J.C. Chandor-directed, Charles Roven-, Alex Gartner- and Andy Horwitz-produced drama is a study in how a worthy script can stay alive, despite setbacks that… 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
‘Tomb Raider’ Review: Alicia Vikander’s In On The Action In Far-Fetched But Fun Reboot
Apparently after winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar all roads lead to Lara Croft. That certainly was the case with Angelina Jolie after she won for Girl, Interrupted in 2000 and then starred in the first of two Lara Croft Tomb Raider movies in 2001 and 2003. Now, Alicia Vikander , after picking up the same Oscar for The Danish Girl, is showing off her action-hero cred in the new reboot simply called Tomb Raider.
This one from director Roar Uthaug actually takes its… Read
‘Logan’ Team Reunites On Don Winslow’s ‘The Force:’ Scott Frank Rewriting For James Mangold
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has set Scott Frank to rewrite The Force, the adaptation of the bestselling NYPD corrupt cop thriller novel by Don Winslow. James Mangold has been developing to direct, and this reunites him with Frank after they shared a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination with Michael Green for Logan, Hugh Jackman’s farewell to his signature X-Men character Wolverine. Scott Free's Ridley Scott, The Story Factory's Shane Salerno and Kevin Walsh are… Read
Amma Asante To Direct Drama Thriller ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ For Walden Media
EXCLUSIVE: Amma Asante has been set to direct the upcoming film adaptation of David E. Hoffman's drama thriller The Billion Dollar Spy for Walden Media and Weed Road Pictures. Asante is a British writer-director whose A United Kingdom (starring David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike) won critical kudos both here and abroad.
The Billion Dollar Spy is the true story of a man who became the Pentagon's most valuable spy during the last years of the Cold War. Despite numerous rejections… 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
‘Dark Heart’: Tom Riley, Charlotte Riley Return For ITV Crime Drama’s Full Season
Shooting starts this month on the returning ITV crime thriller Dark Heart with Tom Riley as a cop haunted by the murder of his parents when he was 16. A pilot of the series, which was initially titled Wagstaffe, originally aired on ITV Encore in 2016. That two-hour pilot will make up the first episodes of the new six-part run which was ordered by ITV drama chief Polly Hill. Kate Bartlett’s Silverprint Pictures is producing.
The series is inspired by characters created by… Read