WIND RIVER is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, WIND RIVER also stars Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan.
IMAX is reportedly expanding its dealings in Europe this week according to a new announcement from IMAX Corporation out of Cannes. The company signed a hybrid joint revenue share agreement with major cinema staple, Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, for six new IMAX® theatres – five of which will be installed in France with IMAX’s next-generation laser technology, and one IMAX theater in Holland.
The deal, finalized on Wednesday during a meeting between the parties at the Cannes Film Festival, builds on last year’s 5-theatre deal between the two firms, this adding to 28 Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé total IMAX commitment, with 17 theatres in France, seven in the Netherlands and four in Switzerland that are currently open or contracted to open.
“We’re extremely encouraged by the strong momentum and accelerated growth that IMAX continues to see in Western Europe – particularly in France, where our commercial network doubled in 2016,” said IMAX Corp. CEO Richard L. Gelfond. “Through establishing flagship IMAX locations that incorporate our laser technology, Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé has developed a winning strategy that has resulted in higher per-screen averages and has driven incremental revenue to its complexes. We look forward to building on our partnership to expand our network across Europe and offer audiences a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience they can’t get anywhere else.”
“With today’s agreement, we are expanding our partnership with IMAX to bring the world’s most immersive cinematic experience to our top-performing locations,” said Martine Odillard, Chairman of Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé. “In an unprecedented drive towards innovation, we will be deploying purpose-built IMAX theatres as new extensions at these flagship locations to deliver the most technologically advanced auditoriums in France and Europe.”
Emboldened by a string of five films, director/producer duo Alexey Sidorov and Ruben Dishdishyan are well on the way with the new war epic, T-34 which had its day at Cannes in the past week. Russian film agency Rosinko presented footage from the film ahead of its 2018 release and we now have a trailer to hint at what’s being promised here: A one-man tank war against a squad of Nazi tanks. Things go boom no matter what the odds are.
The year 1941. Young cadet Ivushkin, who’d just graduated, has to fight an uphill battle against Nazi tank ace Jager. Only few believe he’s got a chance: fighting alone against a dozen of German machines. Yet, luck favors the bold.
Their second meeting might have never happened, but the fate at wartime is really into surprises – it grants each one his own. One gets true love who will help him overcome all the obstacles. The other one gets an obsession that drives him forward, burning down from the inside.
1944, Ohrdruf tank training ground. Captive Ivushkin conceives a daring escape. On the legendary «T-34» he challenges Jager, Nazi «Panthers» and his own fate.
The film hails from Mars Media and Amedia Production and stars Alexander Petrov, Viktor Dobronravov and Irina Starshenbaum. Check out the trailer below!
He may not be Hellboy anymore beyond two great and memorable films, but Ron Perlman still stands out as one of the cinema’s best actors. Out of Cannes, the news now is he will be starring in the new drama, Asher, which XYZ Films took to Cannes over the week.
Perlman stars in the title role, former member of the Mossad now living an austere life in Brooklyn, New York City as a gun for hire. Upon a job that goes sideways, he breaks an oath he took as a young man when he meets a woman named Sophie, a preamble to Asher’s last ditch effort to kill the man he was in order to become the man he wants to be.
Also starring are Famke Janssen, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Facinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Schiff, Guy Burnet and Nadine Velazquez with Rob Roy helmer Michael Canton-Jones directing from. Jay Zaretsky’s script.
Perlman will produce via his Wing And A Prayer Pictures with Josh Crook, alongside Adam Folk of Bullet Pictures and Brian Wilkins of LINK Entertainment. Gersh and XYZ are handling domestic rights with the latter also executive producing. (Deadline)
Two really great bits of news arrived this past weekend at Cannes with Well Go USA on hand to nab itself a nifty pair of titles after just recently acquiring Jung Byoung-Gil’s The Villainess. Said titles bring actor and martial artist Max Zhang front and center for and even bigger spotlight with news on the acquisition of The Invisible Dragon and Cheung Tin-Chi, the latter which commences filming this summer.
Hailing from director Fruit Chan for a 2018 release, The Invincible Dragon casts Zhang opposite Anderson Silva in the story of a detective who, in the wake of a spate of homicides under investigation by his team, sets out to find his fianceé’s kidnapper. Also starring are Stephy Tang, Kevin Cheng and JuJu Chan; Cheung Tin-Chi still awaits production but has Zhang lined-up to reprise the title role as seen in the Donnie Yen-starring 2016 hit, Ip Man 3, and will be joined by the likes of Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2), Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: Sword Of Destiny) and Tony Jaa (xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage).
Zhang currently co-stars in Lawrence Ah Mon’s crime drama, Dealer Healer, and will appear in this year include Jonathan Li’s The Brink and next year’s Pacific Rim: Uprising. The actor can currently be seen pictures on the set of Jeff Lau’s Heavyweight Assassin which also casts Ada Choi, Andy On and Danny Chan.
If you missed the initial trailer for The Invisible Dragon, feel free to click here to view it. (Screendaily)
I had been hearing through the grapevine in the past few months that actor and freerunning extraordinare Sébastien Foucan was being primed for a return to the big screen in some capacity. As it turns out this week with events at Cannes in full force, the facts are now finally starting to emerge thus confirming the fact with news on the new film, Bharal.
The film hails from the newly-established UK production banner BB88 with Foucan making his stellar foray into a lead role after rasing the benchmark of cinematic parkour with performances in Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale (2006) and Scott Mann’s The Tournament (2009). Foucan will star opposite Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age Of Extinction) in the story of an African refugee looking for his missing sister who garners media when uncovers an underground sex trafficking ring, making him a target London’s criminal underbelly along with the immigrant community that has taken him in.
The Antwerp Dolls helmer Jake L. Reid reunites with Foucan upon directing as well as producing via Liberal Region Productions banner with BB88 and Compos Mentis also producing. Filming is expected to begin early next year.
The news on Bharal just adds to the current slate of titles on hand for BB88 while at Cannes, making clear its ambitious m.o. for the profusion of cinema for U.K., China and international markets. Goldfinch Entertainment founder and MD Kirsty Bell and actor-producer Craig Conway founded the company, the latter who is also readying his own directorial debut with the new thriller, Kruger.
“We are very excited to announce our full slate here at Cannes,” Bell and Conway said in a joint statement. “It has taken a lot of hard work to pull together what we think is a diverse and ambitious set of projects that all have strong international and commercial appeal.
“As a new independent production company, we have been very careful, and very lucky, to choose production partners with strong track records in creating projects on this scale.
“Conversely we are just as excited to bring new filmmakers in to our productions, in keeping with the BB88 company ethos of finding and nurturing talent.
“We are eager to begin production on what will be an extremely busy 12 months, but as always we will have an eye out for new and exciting stories that fit in to our slate and the BB88 ethos.”
Others on BB88’s include – and are not limited to – revenge thriller, Vigilante with Mann producing alongside production outlet Another Bad Headache, Michael Elkin’s Break starring Bernard Hill and snooker player Jimmy White.
I can’t be too bothered with Screen Gems’s Resident Evil movies of the last…what… the last seventeen years? Personally I’ve only seen maybe four of them and as forgettable and copycat they’ve been with some of the action set-pieces I sort of stopped caring, as much as I love Milla Jovovich too.
That said, I’m sure the franchise has had plenty going for itself otherwise it wouldn’t have amassed more than $1.2 billion dollars at the global box office. Apparently however, that’s not enough for the studio who now tells Variety that a reboot with ANOTHER SIX MOVIES is in the works as confirmed by Germany-based Constantin Film chairman of the board Martin Moszkowicz while at Cannes.
The film franchise takes its cues from the 1996 Capcom video game which currently has 27 installments. Constantin had a hand in producing each of the films featuring Jovovich as nomadic superhuman warrior, Alice, who among a revolving door of heroes and anti-heroes, fought swarms of zombies originally sparked by the outbreak of a biochemical virus housed at a facility branded under the Umbrella Corporation. The involvement of Paul W.S. Anderson, who wrote all six films and directed four, remains uncertain as he prepares to helm Monster Hunter as of November.
Plot and production details on the Resident Evil reboot remain pending, and for the record, I’m not wholly against this reboot as long as these people actually decide to include a more cohesive story, as well as some original and better filmed and edited action sequences instead of spoonfeeding me re-enactments of my favorite scenes from The Matrix. Otherwise, I fear I’ll be this blunt about it for a longer time than preferred.
On a seperate note, the CG-animated Resident Evil titles look pretty badass, so I might be renting them at some point in the near future. Beyond that, what do you guys think of a live-action reboot? Comment below!
After snagging S. Craig Zahler’s Gibson/Vaughn headliner, Dragged Across Concrete, Lionsgate has reportedly snared itself the worldwide rights to Lakeshore Entertainment’s forthcoming revenge thriller, Peppermint. Pierre Morel is directing the film following his attachment to the project on May 3, and from a script by Chad St. John.
When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes up from a coma and spends years learning to become a lethal killing machine. On the 10th anniversary of her family’s death, she targets everyone she holds responsible, the gang that committed the act, the lawyers that got them off, and the corrupt cops that enabled the murderous incidents.
Production is being fast-tracked for the Fall riding a wave of buzz for the film’s liking to that of John Wick, something which is becoming more and more prolific these days for action titles. Time will tell if Morel’s handling will live up to the hype seeing as how John Wick‘s was a film made primarily by filmmakers with notable stunt and second unit backgrounds; it should be able to hold up considering his own work on films like Taken and Banlieue 13, both of which are hits.
Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright and Eric Reid are producing the film with Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Chris Tuffin executive producing. (Deadline)
Sul Kyung-Gu and Yim Si-Wan star. Watch the trailer below!
Nicolas Boukhrief’s 2004 French crime thriller Le Convoyeur, is now the center of Silver Pictures’s latest efforts toward a remake. Production details remain pending for the film aptly titled Cash Truck while it has been confirmed that Gravity star Sandra Bullock will lead the film.
Bullock will star in an intense, emotionally charged action-thriller that explores greed, revenge and the dark heart of human nature. The intrigue begins when Alex (Bullock), an American who has fallen on hard times, starts a job at a London armored car company that was the recent target of a deadly heist. She works her way into the confidence of the tight-knit crew and we discover that there is much more to Alex than it seems. As she goes to dangerous and morally complicated lengths to pursue her own mysterious agenda, an explosive secret from Alex’s past surfaces propelling the story in shocking, thrilling new directions.
Josef Wladyka (Manos Sucia, Narcos) will have his feature-length sophomore turn at the helm from a screenplay by Ethan Erwin, Albert Hughes and John Hodge. Joel Silver will produce for Silver Pictures with Hal Sadoff executive producing while IMR International presents the film to buyers at Cannes.
The Oscar-winning actress who also shares credits in the 2009 sports drama, The Blind Side and 2015 political dramedy, Our Brand Is Crisis will get her day next to an ensemble cast of actress’s in the Gary Ross-directed Ocean’s Eight for Warner Bros. Pictures slated for June 8, 2018. (Deadline)
Bloom has been on hand at the Marché du Film selling its slate, including Bone Tomahawk helmer S. Craig Zahler’s new crime thriller, Dragged Across Concrete. The film is reportedly slated to start production on July 17 in Vancouver and the word now is that Lionsgate has nabbed U.S. distribution rights with Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn starring.
What bad things will good men do for their families?
A stolid, old guard policeman, Ridgeman (Gibson) and his volatile younger partner, Anthony ( Vaughn), find themselves suspended when a video of them strong-arming a suspect becomes the media’s special du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due.
On the other side of the law, Henry Jones comes home from years in prison to find his mother and disabled brother living in squalor. The ex-convict needs a way to help and to this end, his childhood friend Biscuit introduces him to a ruthless crime boss whose ambitious plans put him and his pal in direct conflict with the two renegade officers.
In the hardboiled world of DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE, who lives, who dies, and who gets rich is a fate written in bullets.
Zahler will direct from his own script and with Unified Pictures’s Keith Kjarval, Cinestate’s Dallas Sonnier, Assemble Media’s Jack Heller and Look To The Sky’s Sefton Finchan producing. The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones along with Fantasy 6 and Victory Square Labs’ Shafin Diamond will serve as executive producers.
“We are delighted to be working again with Mel Gibson who helmed our double Oscar winnerHacksaw Ridge along with Vince Vaughn and the great production team behind this film,” said Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “It’s a double treat to have screenwriter S. Craig Zahler also direct what will be an intense film for audiences.”
China/Japan-Produced SILVERING SPEAR To Be First In Nine Unfilmed Kurosawa Screenplays Now In The Works
Late film legend and Palme d’Or winner Kurosawa Akira (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Kagemusha) left behind a widely-celebrated film legacy following his passing in 1998. It’s a legacy currently upheld by his grandson, Kato Takayuki who heads 58-year old Kurosawa Production Co., and is now sharing space on the frontlines with Chinese mobile game development firm, Jinke Entertainnent, for a new investment plan to finish out remainder of Kurosawa’s nine unfilmed screenplays, the first of which will be Chinese language actioner, Silvering Spear.
Silvering Spear tells the story of a samurai named Ishigaki Jyube who demonstrates remarkable marksmanship while living during the Warring States period, a turbulent time in Japan’s history. Ishigaki Jyube searches for a way to utilize his special talents, while not exploiting them for personal gain.
The Samurai aspires to be a leader who would help to usher in a peaceful time for all. Dedicated to this lofty goal, he refuses to casually pursue his marksmanship talent as a means of subsistence. However, as circumstances in the country go from bad to worse, Ishigaki Jyube’s spear finally becomes a useful tool, when he is tricked into a scam and manipulated by a gang of bandits.
As reported on Thursday, the other eight films could very well be produced in varying languages depending on who gets involved. Casting and crewing remain pending while plans are in motion to start filming in 2018.
“My family and I are extremely pleased to work with Jinke Entertainment on the completion of my grandfather’s film Silvering Spear,” Kato said. “We look forward to giving his millions of fans around the world the chance to experience one of his final masterpieces. We hope this will be the first of many projects on which we work together with Jinke Entertainment.”
Zhang Zhengfeng, deputy general manager of Jinke Entertainment, added: “We hope to replicate the success we have achieved in the mobile gaming space in the motion picture genre. We are deeply humbled that our first film project will be that of one of the cinema world’s most revered directors. We’re pleased to have the full support of Mr. Kurosawa’s family and team on this important endeavor, and will honor the work of the Asian film master by creating a high quality production of one of his last film projects.”
The deal excludes Kurosawa’s other unfilmed script, The Masque Of The Black Death, which is currently being housed at Huayi Bros. and CKF Pictures for completion by 2020.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja—a massive animal and an even bigger friend—at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when a family-owned multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where image obsessed and self-promoting CEO Lucy Mirando has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend.
Miike Takashi’s new movie, Blade Of The Immortal, is screening at Cannes on Thursday and with more deals to be made on its distribution after inking a North American deal with Magnet Releasing. In the meantime, we finally have an English-subtitled trailer to share from HanWay Films who are representing the film internationally for buyers.
The film, produced by Jeremy Thomas, Misako Saka, and Shigeji Maeda in association with Warner Bros Japan, takes from Samurai Hiroaki’s popular manga of the same name; Oishi Tetsuya’s screenplay centers a young woman who, following the murder of her family and devastation of her dojo at the hands of a bloodthirsty martial arts school, desperately seeks vengeance with the help of an afflicted, immortal swordsman with a vendetta of his own.
Actor Kimura Takuya leads the cast along with Sugisaki Hana, and also stars Fukushi Sota, Toda Erika, Ichikawa Ibizo, Tanaka Min and Yamazaki Tsutomu.
Screendaily exclusively made the trailer debut on Thursday, and I have to say, as spoilery as a only few bits and pieces here may be, I’m still eager to see this one myself. Check it out below!
With sales kicking off at Cannes on Wednesday, Bloom has unveiled as part of its slate, Escobar: Paradise Lost helmer Andrea Di Stefano’s Three Seconds. The new action thriller, inspired by the 2015 novel from Swedish award-winning author duo Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström, is currently in pre-production and has actress Rosamund Pike (The World’s End) and actors Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad), Common (John Wick: Chapter Two) and Clive Owen (Shoot ‘Em Up) starring.
The film, written by Matt Cook with suceeding revisions by Rowan Joffé and Alex Garland, and then DiStefano sees ex-con and former spec-ops soldier Pete Hoffman who, in the last-inning struggle to free himself from the grip of crooked FBI handlers trying to infiltrate the Polish mob drug trade in New York City, finds him undercover, back behind bars, and in an explosive race against time before his identity is exposed. Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee are producing alongside financier The Fyzz Facility’s own Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane, James Harris and Ollie Madden.
Jonathan Fuhrman of Thunder Road and Shelley Browning of Magnolia Entertainment are executive producing. (Deadline)
Legendary director Dante Lam proved he could still put butts in seats for last year’s ripped-from-the-headlines action thriller, Operation Mekong, earning $173 million dollars in China. This time he’s returned and within the production of his follow-up, Operation Red Sea which is being housed at Emperor Motion Pictures who are selling the film internationally at Cannes.
The Jiaolong Assault Team, one of the special forces of the world’s largest military force, People’s Liberation Army, is given a potentially fatal assignment, leading a small eight-man unit to evacuate Chinese residents from a North African republic in the throes of a coup d’état.
The squad strategically makes a two-pronged rescue attempt but is tragically ambushed, resulting in heavy casualties. At the same time, the terrorist leader manages to steal the incriminating evidence against him along with essential material for the manufacture of nuclear arms. The Jiaolong Assault Team is fully aware of the importance of ensuring such material is forever removed from the terrorists’ hands.
Production touts a muscular action thriller with $72 million (RMB500 million) dollar budget, with backing from Bona Film Group, Emperor affiliate Emperor Film Production, Film Fireworks, Star Dream Studio, and the Chinese military’s P.L.A. Navy Government TV Art Central of China. Lam wrote the film and produced with Bona’s Yu Dong, with Candy Leung executive producing.
Operation Red Sea reunites Operation Mekong stars Eddie Peng and Zhang Hanyu, with Zhang Yi, Duan Yihong, Huang Jingyu and Bai Bing rounding out the cast for its late 2017 release.
Check out the newly unveiled, action packed promo for the film below as exclusively revealed by Variety on Wednesday.
Although initially tapped for an immersive theatrical Barco Escape rollout as stated last year, Wednesday’s news of stunt coordinator-turned-filmmaker Brian Smrz’s sophomore action thriller, 24 Hours To Live, makes no mention of it. That’s not to say that may change, but as it stands however, expect a release in due time with the film’s reported acquisition by Saban Films at Cannes.
Zachary Dean’s script sees Hawke in the role of a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption when he is subsequently revived after being killed on his latest mission in South Africa. Mr. Six and Looper co-star, actress Xu Qing, and actors Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures producing as are financier Fundemental Films’s own Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon serve as executive producers.
“We love the film,” said Bromiley. “It’s the kind of high-octane thriller we’ve come to know and understand. We’ve been following this projejct from the script stage and are very excited we were able to make a deal.”
Fundamental Films’ Gao said: “We’re thrilled to be partnered with the team at Saban who are just as passionate and excited as we are to share this wild ride with everyone.”
Dracula Untold helmer Gary Shore isn’t ready to let go of vampire lore just yet. News right out of Cannes has the movie, Red River, attaching Shore to direct later this year hailing from 23ten, Generator Entertainment and Tempo in association with XYZ Films, who are executive producing and selling internationally.
Written by BAFTA and Oscar-nominated scribe Ronan Blaney, the film is described as a thriller set in an isolated Ireland town where a bloodthirsty drifter finds himself avenging the loved one of an immigrant family he befriends earlier on. Mark Huffam (The Martian, Alien: Covenant) will produce along with Piers Tempest (Piers Tempest) and 23ten’s own Martin Brennan and Michael B. Jackson.
“A story about a vampire hell-bent on teaching an isolated town a thing or two about its treatment of outsiders is a valuable reminder that man is capable of being the real monster,” said Shore. “I love Ronan’s script – heartbreaking, violent and touching all at once. With influences like High Plaines Drifter, Shane and Let The Right One In, it’s definitely an original in the genre with the potential to be a modern classic.”
Huffam added: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Gary on Red River. We all believe he is the perfect fit for bringing this incredible Ronan Blaney script to life.”
Hong Kong outlet Distribution Workshop is on hand for buyers at Cannes with its own package as events kick off this week. Their slate currently includes a few martial arts titles one of which hails the return of acclaimed novelist and filmmaker Xu Haofeng with the new movie, The Hidden Blade.
Legendary kung fu cinema star, actor Chen Kuan Tai (Iron Monkey, Dragon Tiger Gate), reunites with our director for another offering inspired by Xu’s own literary work, sets in 1930’s China where an elderly sword maker’s skillset continues to attract the embattled, war-ridden outside world that once forced him and his family into hiding. The actor is joined by actress Jessie Li, and in reunion with fellow Xu cohort, actor Zhang Aoyue following the 2015 martial arts period drama, The Final Master, which won Best Action Choreography at the Golden Horse Awards that year.
The other title housed currently at Distribution Workshop is Yuen Woo-Ping’s Ten Thousand Faces Of Dunjia which opens in China later this year. (Screendaily)