Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’ Pulled From Berlin Film Festival Competition
Celebrated Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s latest picture, One Second, has been abruptly pulled from its competition slot at the Berlin Film Festival. A translated post on the movie’s official Weibo account reads, “One Second is not allowed to be shown at the Berlin International Film Festival for technical reasons. Our apologies.” The festival has confirmed the movie will not screen, citing technical issues in post-production, and says it will program another film in its… Read
‘Simple Wedding’ Worldwide Rights Acquired By Blue Fox Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: The worldwide rights to Simple Wedding, executive produced by and starring Rita Wilson, with Shohreh Aghdashloo and Tara Grammy, has been reached in an agreement with Blue Fox Entertainment for domestic distribution.
Blue Fox is introducing the film to buyers this week at the European Film Market in Berlin, while the domestic distribution arm is planning a late-Summer 2019 US theatrical release.
Simple Wedding was produced by Mainstay Entertainment and made… Read
‘Rabid’ Remake & ‘Project Ithaca’ Sci-Fi Thriller Rack Up Sales For Film Mode – EFM
Film Mode Entertainment racked up sales at the European Film Market in Berlin for Rabid, the Soska Sisters’ reimagining of David Cronenberg’s 1977 namesake cult classic, and for Project Ithaca, a sci-fi thriller with compelling visual effects.
Rabid stars Laura Vandervoort (Jigsaw, V) and Ben Hollingsworth (Code Black, Cult) and is the latest feature directed by the "Twisted Twins" — aka the Soska Sisters (American Mary, Dead Hooker in a Trunk). The cast includes former… Read
Stephen King Novella ‘Mile 81’ Heads To Screen With ‘1922’ Producer Campfire & Director Alistair Legrand – EFM
EXCLUSIVE: Alistair Legrand (Clinical) has been set to direct supernatural horror thriller Mile 81, based on the 2011 novella by Stephen King. Producer is Ross M. Dinerstein, who recently produced Netflix's King adaptation 1922 and the streaming service’s John Grisham inspired docuseries The Innocent Man. Paradigm is handling sales, and introducing the project at the European Film Market in Berlin.
Script comes from Legrand and Luke Harvis (The Diabolical). Production is… Read
Sara Colangelo To Direct Michael Keaton & Stanley Tucci In ‘What Is Life Worth’ – EFM
EXCLUSIVE: The Kindergarten Teacher‘s Sara Colangelo has been set to direct MadRiver Pictures’ true-life biographical drama What Is Life Worth. As Deadline reported out of the EFM last year, Michael Keaton is starring in the project; Stanley Tucci has also now joined to co-star. Principal photography is set to begin in New York in April. IMR International is handling worldwide sales; UTA and ICM Partners are on domestic.
The Black List script from Max Borenstein is based… Read
Anton Boards Scott Free Heist Pic ‘Naked Singularity’ Starring John Boyega – EFM
EXCLUSIVE: Financier/producer/distributor Anton has come aboard John Boyega-starrer Naked Singularity to co-finance with 3311 Productions and executive produce. The company is handling worldwide sales, kicking off at the EFM this week; Endeavor Content is repping domestic. IT co-writer Chase Palmer will make his feature directing debut with the heist pic that’s based on Sergio De La Pava's prize-winning novel. Scott Free Productions is producing with an early May shooting… Read
‘King Of The Jungle’: STX Nears U.S. Deal For Seth Rogen, Michael Keaton-Starrer – EFM
STXfilms is in final negotiations to acquire U.S. distribution rights on dark comedy King Of The Jungle, the movie based on the wild true story of rogue tech magnate John McAfee. As Deadline previously reported, Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are in talks to star. STX is committing to a wide theatrical release. CAA Media Finance is brokering the deal with Carolyn Steinmetz and Jordan Lichtman at STX.
Glenn Ficarra and John Requa are directing King Of The Jungle from a… Read
Lily Collins Is Joining Simon Pegg In Thriller ‘Inheritance’ – EFM
Lily Collins has been been set to star in Inheritance, a thriller starring Simon Pegg that is being directed by Pegg’s Terminal director Vaughn Stein. Kate Mara was originally in place as the female lead in the pic, but scheduling changes prompted the switch.
UTA and Highland Film Group are co-repping U.S. rights to the film this week at the European Film Market in Berlin; Highland Film Group is handling foreign sales.
From a script by Matthew Kennedy, Inheritance… Read
Annabelle Wallis Joins Nikolaj Coster-Waldau In Thriller ‘The Silencing’, Which Gets A New Director In Robin Pront – EFM
Annabelle Wallis will star alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in The Silencing, a thriller that will now be helmed by The Ardennes director Robin Pront. Production will begin in the spring in Canada, and the news comes as XYZ Films and Endeavor Content team on U.S. sales for the project at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The pic, with a Nicholl Fellowship-winning script by Micah Ranum, follows a reformed hunter (Coster-Waldau) who becomes involved in a deadly game of cat… Read
Berlin 2019 Hot Titles: Will Record Sundance Spending Spree Continue At The EFM?
On the eve of the European Film Market in Berlin, the record buying spree at Sundance is still the talk of the town. Buyers stumped up more than $120 million on almost 40 movies over in Park City. Amazon alone spent close to $50M on five films, a new high for a buyer.
“I've been going to the festival for 20 years and I can't recall a Sundance with so many deals in the high eight figures,” said one veteran deal-maker. “It was remarkable.” Noted another, “It’s definitely a… Read
‘Dreamland’: Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly To Star In Opioid Crisis Thriller – EFM
Gary Oldman, Armie Hammer and Evangeline Lilly have been set to star in thriller Dreamland, billed as the first theatrical feature to tackle the international opioid crisis. Arbitrage‘s Nicholas Jarecki will direct from his original script. Lisa Wilson is handling foreign sales through her Solution Entertainment Group; Endeavor Content is repping U.S. rights with LGNA Legal. The project will be introduced to buyers during this week’s EFM in Berlin. German actress Veronica… Read
Epic Pictures Reunites With ‘The Lodgers’ Team For ‘The Winter Lake’, Sets Cast – EFM
EXCLUSIVE: Blackbird‘s Anson Boon, Peaky Blinders‘ Charlie Murphy, Game of Thrones‘ Michael McElhatton and Sex Education‘s Emma Mackey and Mark McKenna have been cast in The Winter Lake, a new horror thriller from Epic Pictures and Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde's Tailored Films, which previously teamed on the 2017 horror drama The Lodgers. Lodgers scribe David Turpin penned the script and Phil Sheerin (North) is directing.
The pic will shoot in the west of Ireland… Read