‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Trailer: Kenneth Branagh Steers A Trainful Of Stars, Drops A Clue
"A passenger has died,” announces Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot near the start of this new trailer for 20th Century Fox’s upcoming Murder on the Orient Express. “The murderer is on the train now. Everyone is a suspect. So let’s catch a killer.”
That’s about as efficient a bit of dialogue as you’re likely to hear in any trailer, neatly setting up the premise for this star-studded Orient Express for anyone who hasn’t read the book or seen Sidney Lumet’s 1974 screen… Read
Vincent D’Onofrio Sets Jake Schur In Title Role Of ‘The Kid’
EXCLUSIVE: Making his directorial debut on The Kid, Vincent D’Onofrio has found his title character. He has set newcomer Jake Schur to star as Rio in the Mimran Schur Pictures and Suretone Pictures co-production. He joins Ethan Hawke and Dane DeHaan in a Western that tells the story of the infamous gunfighter Billy the Kid, as seen through the eyes of a young boy who reaches out to his outlaw hero to help save his kidnapped sister.
Schur is the 13-year old son of producer… Read
‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Matthew Vaughn On Avoiding Franchise Fatigue & His Trilogy Ambition – Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: Deadline caught up with Matthew Vaughn this week, right after he premiered Kingsman: The Golden Circle in London and endured a numbing onslaught of repetitive junket interviews. The follow-up to an audacious spy film he and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted from the Mark Millar comic book, Kingsman: The Golden Circle ups the ante on its formula of 007-caliber action mixed with quirky characters and R-rated irreverence. Jeff Bridges, Halle Berry, Channing Tatu… Read
French & Saunders Reteam For BBC Special; ITV On ‘Manhunt’ – Global Briefs
Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are set for a holiday special 30th anniversary episode of their award-winning sketch show French And Saunders. BBC One will air the BBC Studios Comedy production which marks the first time in 10 years that the talents behind The Vicar Of Dibley and Absolutely Fabulous will reunite on screen. Saunders says, "We have almost deliberately stayed alive this long just to force the British Broadcorping Castration to put us on television one last… 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
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
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Scribe Simon Beaufoy Signs With WME
EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes… Read
London Film Festival Adds Pics From John Woo, Alex Gibney, Venice Winners
The BFI London Film Festival has added four titles to its lineup, including three fresh from the Venice Film Festival and one that heads to New York at the end of this month.
Alex Gibney’s No Stone Unturned will screen in LFF’s Debate strand. From Jigsaw Productions and Fine Point Films, the documentary reopens the case of the 1994 Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland. A murder mystery, it’s a true-crime investigation that uncovers a shocking case of collusion and… Read
BBC Renews J.K. Rowling Crime Series ‘Cormoran Strike’
Cormoran Strike, the BBC series based on the crime novels written by J.K. Rowling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has been renewed for a third installment, the BBC said today.
The new installment will be broadcast on BBC One in 2018. Cinemax has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the show.
Actors Tom Burke as Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger as Robin Ellacott will return for Strike – Career of Evil. The first two Strike installments – The Cuckoo's Calling and… Read