This year’s Zurich Summit kicked off with a bang as a host of top industry execs gathered on stage to discuss one of the most challenging topics facing the independent film world today – how to finance an independent film in the streaming age? The panel inevitably was drawn to the pros and cons of going down the streaming route. Former Lionsgate film chief Patrick Wachsberger , who recently was a producer on Oscar-winning hit CODA , spoke at length about the challenges he faced when financing the project. The Pathé title was a project he helped develop at Lionsgate and took with him when he left the US studio. The film had pre-sold to a number of international territories but famously caused a stir when Apple came in and acquired the film at Sundance for $25M in a worldwide deal, causing the streamer to make buyback deals with those rights holders. “We needed equity, the budget of the movie was $14M,” he said. “There was a pandemic, there was no theatrical market … [Read more...] about How To Finance Indie Films In The Age Of The Streamers? Patrick Wachsberger, Killer Films, UTA, Memento & Walden Explain — Zurich Summit
SS Rajamouli is a name that needs no introduction all over the world. The creative director, who always has a particular way of approaching films, is someone who does work on his terms. The number of films he made throughout his career is comparatively less but the impact those films made on Indian cinema and global cinema is beyond comprehension. Rajamouli, who happened to achieve the feat of signing Hollywood-based Creative Artists Agency (CAA) , one of the largest entertainment organizations, is now back in the headlines for a crazy rumour. Although we secretly wish the rumour to turn into a reality, for now, fans of Rajamouli and Mahesh Babu are going berserk about the latest buzz. None other than Chris Hemsworth AKA Thor is now rumoured to become part of SS Rajamouli's upcoming film with Superstar Mahesh Babu. According to a few entertainment websites and Tweets, it is learned that Rajamouli, who has signed up for international collaborations, is interested … [Read more...] about Chris Hemsworth To Be Roped In For A Special Cameo In Rajamouli’s Film With Mahesh Babu?
Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu is making a comeback to the Tamil film industry after a long gap. He completed his portions in upcoming films Naai Sekar Returns and Maamannan . Recently, he visited Tiruchendur Murugan temple and media people surrounded him as usual. When they asked him for new and exclusive updates about his upcoming projects, he replied with a smiling face "I'm doing a film with Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi after completing my portions in Chandramukhi-2 ." Vijay Sethupathi on the other hand is silently doing 3 big projects in Hindi. Jawan with Shah Rukh Khan directed by Atlee, an untitled project with Katrina Kaif and a web series directed by Raj & DK. In Tamil, he completed Yaadhum Oore Yaavarum Kelir and an untitled film directed by Ponram. Coming back to this film with Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu and Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi together, a huge expectation is already created and fans of both the actors are curious to know who is directing the two … [Read more...] about Legendary Actor Vaigai Puyal Vadivelu Join Hands With Makkal Selvan Vijay Sethupathi For His Upcoming Film
The fifth season of The Crown will premiere November 9 on Netflix , the streamer said Saturday. The drama always was scheduled to launch on the that month, but following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, there had been acute sensitivity at Netflix about how to proceed. Fall TV Premiere Dates For New & Returning Series On Broadcast, Cable & Streaming Protocols were instigated back in 2016, before The Crown debuted, about how to manage transmission in the event of the much-loved monarch’s passing. Peter Morgan, the Emmy-winning drama’s creator, and Stephen Daldry, an executive producer, always adamant, as were others, that production be paused for a short period as a mark of respect. Production on filming Season 6 was indeed halted on the day of the queen ’s death. Shooting was also suspended Monday, the day of the state funeral. Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral – A Photo Gallery In an email Morgan sent to … [Read more...] about ‘The Crown’ Gets November Premiere Date After Sensitive Behind-The-Scenes Discussions Following Death Of Queen
The pressing post-pandemic issue of how to find a theatrical audience for arthouse films was the subject of a morning panel at the Zurich Summit . Among speakers were A24 acquisitions and distribution executive David Laub, Sierra/Affinity exec Kristen Figeroid and Christian Bräuer, MD of top German indie exhibition group Yorck Kinogruppe. A24’s Laub noted that there had been a box office comeback in recent months thanks to movies like Everything Everywhere All At Once and Top Gun: Maverick: “While arthouse movies remain challenged, overall, people are returning to cinemas. If people didn’t care, they would have switched off entirely after the pandemic, but they didn’t. We are very proud of Everything Everywhere All At Once . It was a movie that appealed to a younger audience, which is very important to our brand at A24. But this fall will be very telling. We have some films that skew older that played at Venice [ The Whale ] and other fall festivals. Will that older … [Read more...] about “Will That Older Audience Come Back To Cinemas After The Pandemic? Fall Will Be Very Telling”: A24 — Zurich Summit
James Earl Jones – one of the most distinctive voices in the history of film – appears to have made steps to step back from voicing the Star Wars character, Darth Vader , after nearly 40 years in the role. Vanity Fair reports that the actor, aged 91, has signed over the rights to his voice to filmmakers using new AI, technology, Matthew Wood of Lucasfilm told the magazine that the actor “wished to keep Vader alive” “He had mentioned he was looking into winding down this particular character,” Wood told Vanity Fair . “So how do we move forward?” Jones made his debut as the legendary Star Wars villain in the 1977 film, and followed this up with voicing the same character throughout the franchise up to this point on both the big and small screen. He most recently starred as the character for the new Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+. While actor David Prowse dressed in the distinctive black uniform of the Sith Lord for the original films, it was Jones … [Read more...] about James Earl Jones Signs Over Rights To Voice Of Darth Vader, Signalling Retirement From Legendary Role
The challenge and opportunity of transatlantic production was the subject of a session at the Zurich Summit this morning, with the panel comprising Bert Hamelinck, head of films and global MD at Belgian-U.S. film and TV group Caviar, CAA Media Finance ’s Benjamin Kramer, Elysian Film Group CEO Danny Perkins and Hype Studios founder Ilya Stewart. Russian producer Stewart is riding high with latest production Sanctuary , which this week sold to Neon label Super for the US. The genre film, starring Margaret Qualley and Christopher Abbott, is an example of a US-European collaboration. “ Sanctuary started out with Rumble Films in the U.S. We came aboard with French sales firm Charades, putting together pre-sales and equity. It was a relatively low-budget and a great festival premiere was essential.” The movie world-premiered at Toronto, where it earned strong reviews (it currently holds a 93% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes). Stewart acknowledged that another … [Read more...] about How To Succeed With Transatlantic Production? “Don’t Ever Give Up” — Zurich Summit
Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan 1 is all set to hit the screens all over the world on September 30. The movie, which has an impeccable star cast is one of the prestigious projects for the Tamil cinema industry. Based on the ficitional literary work of Kalki Krishnamurthy by the same name, the movie is releasing in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. The entire film's team are busy touring cities for the promotions of PS 1 currently. All is well for the Ponniyin Selvan 1 and the pre-release buzz is just right, catching up with the viewers of films and fans of the respective director, actors, and actresses in the film. The movie's tracks composed by AR Rahman are already super hit on the YouTube, adding to the excitement. However, being a pan-Indian project of Mani Ratnam, couple with a star studded cast- Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Sobhita Dhulipala, among others having a strong fan base in the Telugu states, the movie, if strikes … [Read more...] about Ponniyin Selvan To Have An Impact On Chiranjeevi’s Godfather And Nagarjuna’s Ghost At The Telugu BO?
Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt's epic fantasy adventure Brahmastra Part One: Shiva has become the talking point among the audience ever since it released in theatres. Besides the spectacular VFX, one of the highlights of the film is Shah Rukh Khan's cameo as the scientist Mohan Bhargava who yields the Vanarastra. Fans went crazy over his new avatar on screen and several fan theories started flowing on social media about his character. Meanwhile, post the film's release, in an interview, director Ayan Mukerji confirmed that he is planning a spin-off to SRK's character. Now, in a chat with Indian Express, the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani director has spoken at length about King Khan's cameo in Brahmastra Part One: Shiva . He said that he feels the sequence featuring the Bollywood superstar looked a bit 'Iron Man-like'. Ayan told the leading daily, "If you actually look closely, you will see the tonality of that scene is a little bit Iron Man-like. We always thought … [Read more...] about Ayan Mukerji Compares SRK’s Cameo In Brahmastra To Iron Man; Says ‘It’s A Bit Of An Item Sequence’
Just days after Gov. Jerry Brown inked an extension of California’s $330 million film and television tax incentive initiative to 2025, the program is welcoming Good Girls and You to the Golden State. Pegging its progress in no small part to the rich pickings of plucking series from other jurisdiction to the home of Hollywood, the California Film Commission announced today that the Christian Hendricks’ co-starring NBC show and the yet to debut Greg Berlanti produced Lifetime show are coming to the state for their second seasons. In fact, the proclamation from the CFC of the latest allocation awards is the first indication that the September 9 premiering You has been renewed for a Season 2. Interestingly, like Good Girls , which had its second season renewal made public back in early May , psychological thriller You has an international distribution deal with Netflix , which may have sweetened the pot for the state. Moving from the lucrative tax … [Read more...] about NBC’s ‘Good Girls’ & Lifetime’s ‘You’ Relocating To Cali Thanks To Tax Credit