Lionsgate UK has set an April 1, 2016 release date for Eddie The Eagle, no foolin’. Dexter Fletcher directs the story of Great Britain’s first ski jumper to enter the Winter Olympics. Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Taron Edgerton stars as the eponymous Eddie Edwards with Hugh Jackman as his coach Bronson Peary. Fox previously boarded the film for the rest of the world and dated it domestically for April 29, 2016. Kingsman writer-director-producer Matthew Vaughn is producing via his Marv Films.
Stephen Fry is quitting QI. The UK’s resident renaissance man has hosted 180 episodes of the BBC’s comedy quiz show, and has now decided to lay down the index cards. The upcoming season will be his last. Fry was originally cast as a team captain and stepped in at the last minute for Michael Palin “just for the pilot” but ended up staying for 13 years. Far from a pop-culture quiz show, it focuses on incredibly obscure questions in random subjects with two teams of two celebrities who sometimes show off their knowledge, but mostly their comic chops. Hardly anyone is supposed to get the right answer, so points are also awarded for being interesting. The award winning show has aired on four different BBC channels. Fry said, “”For 13 years I had one of the best jobs on television. Behind the camera, squadrons of quite extraordinarily brilliant researchers, program-makers and uniquely curious (in both senses of the word) people making that job so much easier. In front of the camera, generations of lively minds and above all, of course, the wonder of nature that is Alan Davies.” Davies has been, and will continue to be, a permanent panel fixture. Fry will be replaced by Sandi Toksvig, the Danish-born writer, host, actor and comic who has frequently appeared on the show. The last season of QI starring Fry begins on BBC Two this Friday. Panelists will include Matt Lucas, Jo Brand and erstwhile BBC host Jeremy Clarkson.
The government of Malta is inviting interested parties to submit proposals to construct, redevelop, maintain, manage and operate the Malta Film Studios. The Expression of Interest will assess the willingness of a strategic partner to enter into a long-term collaboration with the Maltese government and seeks investment in the existing water facilities as well as further investments in the 94,000 square meter site as well as the construction of one or more sound stages to bring it up to an international state-of-the-art film facility. The MFS have been in operation since 1964 with recent films to shoot there including Assassin’s Creed, James Marsh’s Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project and World War Z. Deadline for the submission of the EOI is on 15th December, 2015.