‘The Jungle Book’ Swings Past $600M Global; Crossing $400M Overseas Today
Safe to say there’s more than the bare necessities coming to Disney this weekend. Swinging along with the international debut of Captain America: Civil War, the Mouse’s The Jungle Book is crossing $400M today overseas. That’s after the Jon Favreau-helmed Jungle-naut passed $600M globally yesterday.
The Jungle Book is winning the domestic weekend with an expected $38.8M 3rd frame. The overall totals through yesterday are $219.9M for North America, $386M for international… Read
‘Captain America: Civil War’ Shoots To $84M In 3 Days At Offshore Box Office – Saturday Update
UPDATE Saturday, 8:38 AM: With another eight international territories opening Friday, Captain America: Civil War‘s launch frame is still running on par with the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron last year and has now taken in $84M in three days of release. Team Cap and Team Iron Man are currently busting it up in 38 offshore markets. In Mexico yesterday, they beat Ultron‘s start to log the best industry opening of all time, according to Disney, with a haul of $7.3M… Read
‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ Director Dan Trachtenberg To Helm ‘Black Mirror’ Ep For Netflix
EXCLUSIVE: 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg is set to helm an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror reboot. He joins an increasingly high profile list of directors and filmmaking talent that includes Joe Wright and Jakob Verbruggen.
Created and written by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror taps into our collective unease with the modern world and each stand-alone episode is a suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. The series, which… Read
Penelope Cruz To Star In Adaptation Of Lisa Zeidner Novel ‘Layover’ – Cannes
Penelope Cruz has been set to star in Layover, an adaptation of Lisa Zeidner’s 1999 novel that will be written and directed by Toni Kalem. Cruz, Animus Films' Jim Young and Serena Films' Tatiana Kelly will produce the drama, which Fortitude International will finance and sell international rights to beginning next month in Cannes. CAA has domestic rights.
Fortitude International's Nadine de Barros and Robert Barnum are executive producers on the project, now in… Read
Why Did Comcast Buy DreamWorks Animation? Because It Can
The most powerful executive in Hollywood lives in Philadelphia, it seems. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts strengthened that case today by agreeing to pay $3.8 billion to add DreamWorks Animation to his NBCUniversal operation — which is attached to the nation’s largest collection of cable TV and broadband systems.
What does that mean for the companies? Comcast and DWA are still working out details after a whirlwind negotiation that became more urgent Tuesday night when word of… Read
Alicia Vikander Cast As Lara Croft In ‘Tomb Raider’
Alicia Vikander has been cast today as Lara Croft for MGM, Warner Bros and GK Films in Tomb Raider. The reboot will tell the story of a young and untested Lara Croft fighting to survive her first adventure. Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is directing. MGM and Warner Bros are co-producing the film with MGM overseeing production. They acquired film rights from GK Films, which had previously purchased film rights in 2011 from Square Enix LTD. Graham King is serving as producer.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ Blasts Off With $14.9M On Day One Overseas
In 15 offshore markets, Disney/Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War enlisted $14.9M on Wednesday. The opening plays were across parts of Europe and Asia with No. 1s in each. Disney caveats that while this reps only one day in a handful of markets, Cap 3 is so far opening just behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron which is Marvel’s biggest international film ever at a total $946M. At today's exchange rates in the same suite of markets that Cap 3 opens this weekend, Ultron did… Read
STX Boards ‘Mr Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail’s ‘Sequels, Remakes & Adaptations’
EXCLUSIVE: STX has boarded Mr Robot creator Sam Esmail’s Sequels, Remakes and Adaptations. This is a big get for STX, particularly with Cannes around the corner. STX has been pushing forward aggressively with its plans to become a 21st century multi-media studio. Last month, in a shock move, STX tapped the well-respected former Film4 chief and Universal Pictures international president David Kosse to STX International, a new division dedicated to identifying and executing… Read
‘Minute To Win It’s Smart Dog Media Bringing China’s ‘Super Combat Teams’ To U.S.
EXCLUSIVE: Under a deal with Small World IFT, Minute To Win It maker Smart Dog Media is developing interactive primetime stunt-battle format, Super Combat Teams, for the U.S. market. Originally a Chinese format, it’s handled internationally by Los Angeles- and London-based Small World which recently acquired rights outside Germany and China (see trailer below).
China's Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation first produced the series for Jiangsu Satellite Channel, gaining over… Read
Cannes Film Festival Finalizes Juries: Diego Luna, Ruben Ostlund Join UCR Panel
After unveiling the main Competition jury earlier this week, Cannes has rounded out the rest of the panels which will be judging the Un Certain Regard section as well as the Short Films and Cinéfondation titles and awarding the prize for best first feature, the Camera d’Or. In the UCR sidebar, Swiss actress Marthe Keller will act as president. She’s surrounded by French actress Céline Sallette, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, and Mexican actor-director-producer Diego… Read
Amazon In Advanced Talks For ‘Strange New Things’; Kevin MacDonald Directing, Matt Charman Writing For Left Bank
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is in advanced talks to come onboard Strange New Things, an event sci-fi TV series that Kevin MacDonald is directing, Matt Charman is writing and Left Bank Pictures is producing. The project is an adaptation of Michel Faber’s The Book Of Strange New Things, which was critically praised upon its release in 2014, with the Guardian newspaper calling it, “astonishing and deeply affecting.”
Iconic musician Brian Eno will provide the series’ music and… Read
‘Release The Hounds’ Creators Partner With Fremantle To Launch Dr Pluto Indie
Sam Pollard and James Abadi, co-creators of horror/game show hybrid Release The Hounds, have teamed with FremantleMedia to launch UK indie, Dr Pluto. Fremantle’s investment in the company gives it a 25% stake with the option to increase its share in the future.
Previously at Sony's now-defunct Gogglebox Entertainment, Pollard and Abadi are looking to develop concepts across all genres and platforms with a focus on diversity of mind.
"All we are interested in is content… Read