‘The Boy 2’ Adds Christopher Convery To Cast After Strong AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Convery, who recurred on Fox’s Batman prequel Gotham and is currently onscreen in Sony’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web, has been cast in The Boy 2, STXfilms’ follow-up to the 2016 horror pic. William Brent Bell returns as director and Stacey Menear the screenwriter for the sequel, which is now being toplined by Katie Holmes. Shooting is set to begin in January in Victoria, BC.
Convery will play Holmes’ son in the film, which centers on a young family… Read
IFTA Elects 8 To Board Of Directors; ‘Deep Murder’ Horror Comedy Cuts To Screen Media – AFM Briefs
The Independent Film & Television Alliance‘s annual elections has resulted in eight new members voted to the alliance’s board of directors, the organization said Monday at the American Film Market. They join the 20-member board at the indie film and TV trade association chaired by Michael Ryan of GFM Films. The newly elected members that will serve on the board for the 2018-2020 term: Alison Thompson (Cornerstone Films); Nat McCormick (The Exchange); Gene George… Read
Tate Taylor’s Allison Janney-Laura Dern Pic ‘Yuba County’ Inks Major Deals For AGC – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor’s noir-comedy Breaking News In Yuba County starring Allison Janney and Laura Dern has been one of the American Film Market’s most in-demand packages.
Stuart Ford’s AGC has inked widespread pre-sales on the movie including with marquee buyers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with Constantin Film; France with TF1; Italy with Lucky Red; Scandinavia with Svensk; Australia & New Zealand with Roadshow; Benelux with The Searchers; Latin America with Sun… Read
Amazon’s Second Headquarters Hunt May Be Near A Selection
Amazon.com is downplaying a Washington Post report that the corporation is in advanced talks with Northern Virginia officials about locating its planned second headquarters there. However, the company is not exactly denying the report’s accuracy.
Amazon Director of Economic Development- Global Public Policy Mike Grella tweeted that whomever leaked word of the Amazon interest in Crystal City, VA. as its new home is “not doing Crystal City, VA. any favors.” He also warned… Read
‘Midnight Sun’ Director Scott Speer Signs On For Dark Rom-Com ‘S21’ – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Speer, the director whose credits include Step Up Revolution, Til I See You and the Bella Thorne-Patrick Schwarzenegger romancer Midnight Sun, has come aboard to helm S21, a dark and edgy romantic comedy from Catapult Entertainment Group. The news is being announced at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, and a spring 2019 production start is being eyed.
Written by Greg Wayne, the plot of S21 is set in a not-so-distant future where clinically… Read
Kate Bosworth To Star In And Produce Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Genesis’ – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: Kate Bosworth has been set to star in the sci-fi action thriller Genesis, which she is also producing via her Make Pictures Productions with Jason Tamasco, Jerry Careccio and Zak Kristofek’s Bad Idea shingle. Mike Lè Han is directing the pic penned by Brian Michael Scully about a mother searching for her daughter in a post-apocalyptic world.
The producers are now taking the title around at the ongoing American Film Market in Santa Monica.
The actor is going… Read
Screen Media Acquires Brenton Thwaites Crime Thriller ‘A Violent Separation’ – AFM
Screen Media has acquired North American rights to A Violent Separation, the crime thriller directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz and starring Brenton Thwaites, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Ben Robson. With the deal, struck at the American Film Market with sales agent Double Dutch International, a first-half 2019 day-and-date theatrical release is planned.
Claire Holt, Francesca Eastwood, Gerald McRaney and Ted Levine also star in the pic, which is set in a small Midwestern town… Read
Brianna Hildebrand Joins Cast Of Sci-Fi Space Pic ‘Persephone’ – AFM
Deadpool‘s Brianna Hildebrand has joined Mary-Louise Parker, Emile Hirsch and Malcolm McDowell in Persephone, a sci-fi space adventure written and directed by Jeffrey Morris in his feature debut. Lance Reddick has also boarded the pic, produced by Pixomondo Studios, FutureDude and Evolutionary Films.
Producers are Anne Marie Gillen, John Adams and Diane Shorthouse. Evolutionary Films is selling rights at the American Film Market.
The plot centers on three astronauts from… Read
Nick Robinson, Michael Shannon, Britt Robertson & Alex Pettyfer To Star In Thriller ‘Echo Boomers’; Fortitude To Sell – AFM
Nick Robinson (Jurassic World), Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel), Britt Robertson (Tomorrowland), and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) are set to star in heist thriller Echo Boomers, which Fortitude International is launching sales on at the American Film Market. Production is slated to begin in January.
Seth Savoy's directorial debut, based on a true story, will follow a group of disillusioned twentysomethings who use the city as their playground by breaking into the homes… Read
David Thewlis To Star In Atom Egoyan’s ‘Guest Of Honour’ With Laysla De Oliveira & Luke Wilson – AFM
EXCLUSIVE: David Thewlis has been set to star in Oscar nominee Atom Egoyan's latest feature, Guest Of Honour. Thewlis will be joined by Laysla De Oliveira and Luke Wilson in the father-daughter drama. From a script by Egoyan, filming begins on November 5 in the Toronto area. The Film Farm's Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss are producing; Egoyan is also producing for Ego Film Arts. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Sebastien Beffa and Noah Segal are exec producers. Elevation Pictures… Read
Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Parasite’ Lands U.S. Deal With Neon – AFM
Neon has acquired North American rights to Parasite, the new film from Bong Joon-Ho. The drama marks his return to Korean-language movies after Netflix’s Okja last year and 2013’s Snowpiercer. The latter pic was released by Radius, which at the time was run by now-Neon principal Tom Quinn. The deal with CJ Entertainment, which is handling international sales and is distributing in Korea, was unveiled Wednesday at the American Film Market. A 2019 U.S. release is… Read
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Floated For ‘Altitude’ Thriller; Amcomri Film Partners Launches Fund – AFM Briefs
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is in talks to star in Altitude, a thriller set on on a runaway hot-air balloon in the works from writer-director Marc Fienberg. The pic is in preproduction and shooting is scheduled to start in January in South Africa. 13 Films is repping international rights to the project and is presenting it to buyers at the American Film Market, which kicks off Wednesday in Santa Monica. Meyers would play a man who has planned the perfect romantic proposal to his… Read