‘Alice’ Sees $65M In Offshore Looking Glass; ‘Warcraft’ Scores $31.6M; ‘X-Men’ Cumes $186M – Intl Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, 11:14 AM PT: There were several moving parts to the international box office this weekend, with new entries and holdovers all jockeying for position — and new milestones in the mix. The widest newbie, Disney's live action sequel, Alice Through The Looking Glass, slid down the rabbithole into 43 material offshore markets for a $65M debut. The result mirrors the opening of last year's comp, Cinderella, in the same suite of markets and at today's exchange… Read
‘Warcraft’ Builds $16.3M Overseas War Chest Through Friday – Intl B.O. Update
UPDATE, SATURDAY AM: From Legendary and Universal Pictures, the Duncan Jones-helmed Warcraft is seeing some Orc-sized debuts in its overseas start. After taking $9.3M through Thursday (see below), it’s upped the cume to $16.3M through Friday. The vidgame-to-bigscreen transfer has invaded a total 20 markets and is No. 1 in 19. Defying some pre-weekend expectations, the adaptation is looking at an opening frame upwards of $30M. It’s still got 45 markets to go over the next… Read
Jeff Daniels, Scoot McNairy In Talks To Board Scott Frank’s ‘Godless’
EXCLUSIVE: Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank.
Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Soderbergh and Frank are… Read
Colin Firth In Talks To Board Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Kursk’
EXCLUSIVE: Colin Firth is in talks to board Thomas Vinterberg’s submarine pic Kursk opposite Matthias Schoenaerts. The fact-based survival drama, which starts production this fall, has Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat adapting the Robert Moore book A Time To Die. The film centers on the true story of the Kursk, a nuclear-powered Russian submarine that sank during a training exercise in the Barents Sea in 2000. Twenty-three sailors survive the crash and desperately… Read
Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville & Jessica Brown Findlay Are ‘Harlots’ For ITV And Hulu
EXCLUSIVE: Samantha Morton (The Last Panthers), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) and Lesley Manville (Malificent) have been set to star in Harlots, a co-production between Hulu and ITV. The eight-part drama is getting a straight-to-series order. Harlots will air on ITV Encore in the UK and stream exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu as part of the Hulu Originals slate. Alison Owen and Debra Hayward’s Monumental Pictures is producing.
Harlots is written by Moira Buffini (Ja… Read
‘Peaky Blinders’ Renewed For 4th & 5th Seasons Amid Host Of BBC Drama Orders
The Shelby clan is set to return for two more seasons with Peaky Blinders receiving a double order from BBC Two. Season 3 is currently running in the UK with the epic crime saga created by Steven Knight and starring Cillian Murphy due to bow Stateside on Netflix on May 31. There’s currently no word on Netflix’s role in Seasons 4 and 5, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see it follow suit on picking up the popular drama.
Each new season will be six episodes, all… Read
Mary J. Blige Joins Cast of ‘Mudbound’ With Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund & Carey Mulligan
EXCLUSIVE: Soul singer Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Dee Rees’ Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Carey Mulligan. The project, which starts filming soon in New Orleans, follows two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Once there, they struggle to deal with racism and adjust to postwar life.
Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson… Read
‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ Eyes Offshore Top Hat – Intl B.O. Preview
There are a number of moving parts to the international box office this weekend with two new entries, and the second frame of last week's champ, X-Men: Apocalypse. The latest from Disney, Alice Through The Looking Glass, hits more than 50 territories offshore, including China on Friday, while Universal/Legendary's Warcraft boots up in 25 with France, Germany and Russia in the mix. XMA expands to Korea.
Alice Through The Looking Glass is going day-and-date across most… Read
Miramax’s ‘Southside With You’ & ‘Louis Drax’ Land UK Distribution; BAFTA To Honor Vidgame Guru Amy Hennig – Global Briefs
Indie Soda Pictures has inked a deal with Miramax Films to distribute the Barack Obama-Michelle Obama first-date movie Southside With You and thriller The 9th Life Of Louis Drax in the UK. Southside With You will bow in October in the territory after an August 26 bow in the U.S., and Louis Drax will bow in September. Richard Tanne wrote and directed Southside With You, which stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter as the future U.S. President and First Lady on their first… Read
Nicole Kidman’s Banner Blossom Films Options Film Rights To Vampire Play ‘Cuddles’
Nicole Kidman’s producer banner Blossom Films has optioned film rights to Joseph Wilde's off-Broadway play Cuddles, which received strong critical notices, including the New York Times, which called it "a sensational little shocker.” The vampire thriller examines the strange and disturbing forms love can take and asks how you live with a monster that is your own flesh and blood. Wilde will adapt his own play. Kidman produces with Blossom partner Per Saari.
“Joe’s voice is… Read
Disney Mulling Live-Action Version Of ‘The Little Mermaid’
EXCLUSIVE: Execs at Disney are in the early stages of reviving Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid as a live-action feature. Disney produchttp://deadline.com/2016/05/disney-beauty-and-the-beast-live-action-teaser-1201761213/tion chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea. Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some with a strong connection to the… Read
Former BBC & Sky Exec Andrea Hamilton Launches Om TV With China’s 3C Media
Marking the first time a Chinese production outfit has invested in a UK company, Andrea Hamilton has entered a joint venture with the Middle Kingdom’s 3C Media to create Om TV. Based in London, Om will focus on entertainment and factual entertainment for the UK, also working closely with 3C on international co-productions.
Hamilton, who will be Om TV's CEO, has an extensive background in entertainment programming having exec produced BBC One’s hugely popular Strictly Come… Read