Inspired by Hollywood’s success with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla this year, and looking to reclaim the monster as its own, Toho is mounting a new feature based on the legendary giant lizard. Japan’s Cinema Today reports that Godzilla: Final Wars will be released locally in 2016. This will be the first Japanese Godzilla film since 2004, with production to begin in the summer. No director or cast has been announced. Edwards’ Godzilla reboot from Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures earned $525M worldwide and $30M in Japan, where Toho released it. A sequel is set for 2018.
After a multi-year quest to mount an adaptation of BBC Two series Sensitive Skin, Kim Cattrall saw her efforts rewarded with a six-episode order from Canada’s Corus Entertainment-owned Movie Central and Bell Media’s the Movie Network in 2012. The dramedy about a woman going through a midlife crisis ultimately ran this summer north of the border on HBO Canada, which is co-operated by Bell and Corus. The partners are moving forward with a second six-episode season after strong reviews on the first. Shooting starts in the spring. Produced by Niv Fichman and Sari Friedland for Rhombus Media in association with Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions, the Movie Network and Movie Central, the series is executive produced by Tricon Films & Television, which also handles international distribution. Erstwhile Sex And The City star Cattrall leads Sensitive Skin and is exec producer with Don McKellar, who also directs. Bob Martin will return as head writer and exec producer for the second season.
Endemol has taken international rights to new TV Land sitcoms The Jim Gaffigan Show and Impastor. The former is an 11-part half-hour single-camera comedy inspired by the comedian’s real life. Ashley Williams will play Jim’s wife, Adam Goldberg is his best friend, and Michael Ian Black will co-star as his wife’s busybody confidant. Created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan, the series will debut on TV Land in 2015. Sony TV is executive producing along with Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Alex Murray and Sandy Wernick as well as Michael Wimer of Fedora Entertainment. Impastor, from Christopher Vane, stars Michael Rosenbaum, Sara Rue, Aimee Garcia, Mircea Monroe, Mike Kosinski and David Rasche. It revolves around a gambling, pot-smoking slacker on the run from a loan shark who steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as the new gay pastor in a small, tightknit town. It launches on TV Land in 2015.
Capri, Hollywood – The International Film Festival said today that Birdman will receive the 2014 Capri Visionary Award and that Gabriele Salvatores, the Italian filmmaker whose Mediterraneo won the Foreign Language Film in 1992 will receive the festival’s Master of Cinematic Art Award. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is coming off a Gotham Award win for best feature and Best Actor for star Michael Keaton. Naples-born Salvatores’ films also include Nirvana, I’m Not Scared, Deadly Code and Invisible Boy, which opens December 18 in Italy. “We are privileged to be honoring “Birdman” and the extremely talented Gabriele Salvatores at Capri this year,” said Festival founder and producer Pascal Vicedomini. “They each reflect the best in contemporary films and filmmakers.” The festival runs December 26 to January 2.
CBS Studios International and Australian streaming service Stan have announced a non-exclusive content licensing agreement that will make more than 1,200 hours of Showtime and CBS programming available on Stan’s new SVOD service. The deal includes early seasons of the Showtime original series Ray Donovan, Dexter, Californication and Nurse Jackie and CBS’ The Good Wife and Blue Bloods. Also included are the complete series of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
The Production Guild of Great Britain has signed bilateral agreements with the Producers Guild of America and the Producers Guild of Italy to engender co-operation between the UK group and its counterparts and to support their respective members in the U.S. and Italy. The agreements focus on creating relationships for information sharing and exchanging ideas in film and television production of mutual benefit to their respective members and industries. The guilds are also looking at facilitating official delegations to each other’s countries for instructive opportunities, offering key business facilities to their members and establishing mentoring programs to allow members to intern with members of the other guilds.