Swedish filmmaker Jonas Åkerlund will reteam with actor Mads Mikkelsen for The Black Kaiser, a sequel to Åkerlund’s adaptation of Victor Santos’s 2012 graphic novel publication, Polar which premiered on Netflix in 2019.
Deadline‘s Andreas Wiseman is reporting that upcoming action thriller Hounds Of War has been acquired by XYZ Films for international sales for the Cannes Marche du Film. The move marks a first for filmmaker Isaac Florentine in his first partnership with the company having proliferated himself with a notable resumè of action titles he’s helmed for film and television in the last thirty five years.
BRUT FORCE Review: Domestic Terror Brings Conflict, Conspiracy And Violent Consequence In Eve Symington’s New Movie
Good noir thrillers always pack some really great punches. I have to say though, Brut Force takes you right in the gut in one of the film’s opening shots, proceeded by some solid writing and characterization in Eve Symington’s feature debut.
BRUT FORCE: XYZ Launches Poster Debut And Release Date For Eve Symington’s Neo-Noir Feature Debut Thriller
XYZ Films has acquired Brut Force, for an April 21 release on VOD, further signaling moviegoers with an official poster as of Tuesday. The new film marks a feature debut for writer/director Eve Symington, with a cast headed by Lelia Symington (Street Survivors, The Fight Within), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Truth Or Dare), Vico Escorcia (Texas Rising, Coyote Hills), and Patricia Velásquez (The Mummy, The Curse of La Llorona).
Motorrad director Vicente Amorim’s new English-language actioner, Yakuza Princess, will be sold internationally at this year’s virtual European Film Market according to an exclusive at Variety. XYZ Films has acquired worldwide sales rights apart from Latin America on the pic which stars actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, with newcomer, Japanese-American singer and songwriter Masumi in the title role.
Gareth Evans will return to the director’s chair this August for action thriller, Havoc. Todd Brown, XYZ Films’ Head of International Acquisitions, made the announcement a few weeks ago during a shared panel at the Danish Film Institute with Alexander Brøndsted, co-producer on Lorcan Finnegan’s sci-fi thriller, Vivarium.
Director Jimmy Henderson’s new actioner, The Prey, is now on par for the course as we enter a new year of festivals and market updates. As such, the production has paired up with Toronto-based Raven Banner for international sales ahead of EFM which launches on February 7 in Berlin.
AFM 2018: Lindsey Morgan Takes To SKYLINES To Complete The Alien Invasion Trilogy; Liam O’Donnell To Pen Script
Lindsey Morgan attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment’s “Pandas” at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on March 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America)
It’s pretty much Nicolas Cage’s world and were all just living in it.
Indeed, that makea three headlines this week for the upcoming 211 star whose latest attachment comes by way of Japanese auteur Sono Sion’s new post-apcolyptic actioner, Prisoners Of The Ghostland, which XYZ Films has included in its sales raft at Cannes. News comes just a day following Cage’s attachment to Millenium’s forthcoming detective noir thriller, Kill Chain.
Sono, the acclaimed helmer of such favorites as Love Exposure, Tokyo Tribe and Why Don’t You Play In Hell will make his English language debut from a script by Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai. As Patrick Hipes at Deadline reports, Prisoners Of The Ghostland sees Cage in the role of notorious criminal Hero, who is sent to rescue an abducted girl who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe. They must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence.
Safai is producing via his Black Light District Entertainment next to Laura Rister of Untitled Entertainment, Eleven Arts’ own Ko Mori, and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films.
BUYBUST locks in an INTERNATIONAL RELEASE!
Telefilm Canada, Head Gear Films, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Search Engine Films, Urban Post Production, Clique Pictures, She Wolf Films and the Harold Greenberg Fund are financing the film with AMP International selling internationally. XYZ is repping the film in the U.S..
The Official Trailer For ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Attacks The Undead With Song, Dance And Holiday Cheer!
Not to be undone by its own recent internal misgivings, Fantastic Fest is embracing its week-long run starting tomorrow with its usual diverse, wacky, bizzare and enthralling line-up of great titles from around the world. Jon McPhail’s latest comes from Scotland with Friday’s forthcoming festival premiere in tow for Anna And The Apocalypse which stars Ella Hunt in the title role with more on the film from former festival programmer Todd Brown:
Teenage Anna’s life is typical enough. Chafing against the narrow horizons of her small town, she dreams of bigger things. It’s not so much that she doesn’t love her friends and family — she does — it’s just that they’re all so… familiar. So typical. So predictable. Her childhood best friend aches for a romance that she has no interest in, no matter how close they might be. The school jock that she had a fling with is proving to be disappointingly predictable in his behavior. And it’s becoming progressively harder for Anna to conceal her disappointment with just how satisfied her widower-father is with the blue collar simplicity of his never-changing existence. And then it all goes to shit.
The night of the high school Christmas concert marks the arrival of the undead in Anna’s small town. And so begins a struggle to band together and survive. Future dreams are forced aside by the overwhelming need to survive the present in this winning Scottish musical-horror-comedy.
Yes, we said musical. And we mean it. John McPhail’s feature has its origins in Ryan McHenry’s BAFTA-nominated short film titled simply ZOMBIE MUSICAL. And while every film needs to stand purely on its own terms, there’s no getting around the fact that this particular film’s origins add an extra layer of poignancy to the whole affair.
Following the success of his short film, McHenry set to work on writing the script and music for the feature expansion. McHenry was well on the road to making the feature version when — still in his mid-twenties — he was diagnosed with cancer. He would achieve viral fame as the creator of the “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” videos on Vine while in the hospital before losing his battle. McHenry’s sense of humor thrived even as his body failed.
Honoring McHenry’s wishes, producer Naysun Alae-Carew refused to let the project die with its creator. Enter rising star John McPhail, whose deft directorial touch crafts what now stands as both Anna and McHenry’s statement on their own impending mortality and their stubborn refusal to let it end them even as it claims them.
The new zombie musical hails from Blazing Griffin and Parkhouse Pictures with a script by Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry, and scoring by Roddy Hart and Tommy Riley. AMP International handles the film sales internationally with XYZ Films representing domesitc.
Deadline has since exclusively debuted the first official trailer as of Wednesday which joins Hunt with Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Christopher Leveaux, Marli Siu, Ben Wiggins, Mark Benton and Paul Kaye. Check it out below.
South African premiere Western thrills are abound for folks keen on attending this year’s 41st Toronto International Film Festival. Hailing from Be Phat Motel Film Company and Game 7, Michael Matthews is emerging this year for his directorial feature debut Five Fingers Of Marseilles following a decade-long effort and now has an official trailer to show for its efforts from a script by Sean Drummond who produced the film with Matthews, and with Asger Hussain and Yaron Schwartzman.
Twenty years ago, the young ‘Five Fingers’ fought for the rural town of Marseilles, against brutal police oppression. Now, after fleeing in disgrace, Tau returns, seeking peace. Finding the town under new threat, he must reluctantly fight to free it. Will the Five Fingers stand again?
‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ fuses western influences, from classic to spaghetti and revisionist eras, into a contemporary South African drama played in local tongue by four generations of acclaimed South African stars. The great westerns always contained socio-political threads, and Five Fingers’ loose allegory on today’s South Africa is edge-of-the-seat, and starkly human.
Rounding out the cast are Vuyo Dabula, Hamilton Dhlamini, Zethu Dlomo, Kenneth Nkosi, Mduduzi Mabaso, Aubrey Poolo, Lizwi Vilakazi, Warren Masemola, Dean Fourie, Anthony Oseyemi, Brendon Daniels and Jerry Mofokeng along with Toka Mtabane, Vuyo Novokoza, Ntsika Tiyo, Sibusiso Bottoman, Abongile Sithole, Qhawe Soroshi. XYZ Films is representing the movie internationally as further news awaits on territorial releases. (ScreenAnarchy)
It was only a matter of time before we heard more from the happenings over at Kongchak Pictures who have been hitting the festival pavement this year for the new action comedy, Jailbreak. The film, directed by Jimmy Henderson and produced by Loy Te, made waves over at Hong Kong FilMart where it nabbed distribution in Korea following its local Cambodian release in January, and has since screened for attendees at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy in the past week.
The film stars martial arts exponents, actors Jean-Paul Ly, Dara Our and actress Tharothoum Sam, actor Savin Philip and debut feature film actress Céline Tran in the story of a tactical police escort unit who find themselves trapped inside a prison and forced to protect a notorious key witness from the deadly onslaught of inmates and the murderous Butterfly Gang who have descended from outside. Featuring action sequences choreographed by Ly with brilliant lensing by Godefroy Ryckewaert, the film has stood resonant among fans largely with its action sequences reflective of 2011 thriller, The Raid and its 2014 sequel, which best explains why it probably caught the attention of XYZ Films who have officially been announced as the key international sales reps and likely distributors for its U.S. release.
A due date remains pending while plans for a sequel continue to brew until validity with Henderson possibly back at the helm. Expect further trade news and official statements to confirm more details after this. (Source)