Netflix has announced it’s first acquisition under their first look partnership with The Stone Quarry Productions, a production company founded by Zack and Deborah Snyder and their producing partner Wesley Coller. Starring Sofia Boutella (Fahrenheit 451, The Kingsman) the film marks not only the first film under a first look deal with Netflix and The Stone Quarry, but also continues Netflix’s relationship with the company and the Snyders after the success of Army of the Dead and it’s prequel Army of Thieves, which is the current #1 film in 90+ countries.
In a 2016 documentary about his life and creative process, there is a scene where filmmaker Sion Sono shows a barely completed painting, that he had been working on for months, to the crew filming him and asks dispassionately if they think it’s good art or not. The off-camera interviewer, clearly confused by the sudden and direct question sputters out that he doesn’t know. Sono sharply responds that it doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad and that it only matters if it expresses emotion. He then chucks the large canvas across the room with as much care as one throws a soiled tissue into the trash. This peculiar moment reveals a lot about how Sono views his work and it’s all I could think about after I watched his latest directorial effort, the post-apocalyptic “East meets West” mashup, PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND.
PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND Brandishes A Shotgun-Wielding Nicolas Cage In New Stills For The Sion Sono Thriller
I’m sorry… was that a Nicolas Cage film you wanted?
Billed as an action thriller in the vein of True Romance, Charles Henri Belleville’s Simon Lewis novel adaptation, Jet Trash is finally getting a DVD and Digital release. September 4 is the date to mark with less than a week until it’s arrival courtesy of Indican Pictures.
An official trailer has already begun making the rounds for the film which stems from Simon Lewis’ 1999 novel, “Go”. Robert Sheehan, Osy Ikhile and upcoming Hotel Artemis actress Sofia Boutella star.
She joins actress Jodie Foster who leads the rip-roaring, dystopian tale now set off in the official trailer with actor Sterling K. Brown revving up the energy, and a cast that includes Charlie Day, Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Quinto, and the always rewarding Dave Bautista.
Starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon, Fahrenheit 451 is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel. In a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and “firemen” burn books, Jordan plays Montag, a young fireman who struggles with his role as law enforcer. Battling his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon, he forsakes his world in an effort to regain his humanity.
We’re literally buried by story strand after strand beginning with Dr. Henry Jekyll (Russell Crowe) taking over a newly discovered crypt during an Underground expansion in London where he stumbles onto hieroglyphs above a Templar burial and encapsulating the story of Ahmanet, the daughter of a Pharoah and her glory to be a powerful ruler of Egypt. Through her own devices, she makes a magical plea with the underworld ruler, Set, to achieve her ends. It does not go well and the incantations were never completed. She is taken far away and buried alive after killing her father, the concubine, and the concubine’s son who was to inherit the throne.
Cannes is only three weeks away from when Lionsgate will introduce its goods to buyers, which will also include Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce’s debut directorial offering, Hotel Artemis. The film has Pearce directing from his own script with actress Jodie Foster leading the film set in a futuristic Los Angeles where the head nurse of a secret medical facility for elite criminals which comes under attack.
Thus, given the latest report from Variety, it’s not yet clear where actress Sofia Boutella could fit into all this but the word now is that she is in talks for a role of her own joining foster and actor Dave Bautista. Boutella’s running high from a terrific line of credits including Kingsman: The Secret Service and Star Trek: Beyond, has an eventful summer heading in her direction with Alex Kurtzman’s The Mummy on June 9, and David Leitch’s Atomic Blonde on July 28.
Marc Platt (La La Land) is producing Hotel Artemis with Adam Siegel and The Ink Factory’s own Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell.
Lin is also making the rounds with a new teaser for the second season of the HBO series, True Detective (of which he helmed two episodes) starring Rachel McAdams and Colin Firth, which you may view below ahead of its airing this June.