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Focus Features is currently presenting moviegoers with a first look at Rupert Wyatt's latest comprehensive sci-fi, Captive State which you can view just above. In the meantime with the launch of Cannes this week, the film now sits as one of several titles at the center of Participant Media's new multi-year output deal with Nordisk Film Distribution for titles produced via Amblin Partners, including José Padilha’s Untitled Entebbe Project which wrapped back in February.
The global expansion of the deal will cover the Scandinavian territories of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland, building off a similar arrangement with eOne, for distribution in the United Kingdom, Benelux, Spain and Australia/New Zealand.
Per the press announcement: “Nordisk Film is a leader in the Scandinavian marketplace and we are thrilled to establish a long-term partnership with them,” said Participant's CEO David Linde. “Their talented marketing and distribution teams, combined with the increasing audience demand for a connection to real social action, will provide an even greater platform for our company.”
“We are extremely excited to have made this output agreement that strengthens our direct cooperation with Participant Media,” commented Nordisk Film Distribution’s President Kenneth Wiberg. “Their line-up is very strong and we look forward to bringing these meaningful and entertaining quality films to the Scandinavian market.”
Nordisk Film and Participant Media have had a strong relationship for years, working together on numerous past releases. Upcoming Participant titles Nordisk Film will be releasing include Wonder, starring Jacob Tremblay and Julia Roberts, and Ric Roman Waugh’s new crime thriller, Shot Caller starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; The latter will have its day on June 17 at the L.A. Film Fest before releasing on August 18 in the U.S. from Saban Films.
Today’s announcement follows Participant’s agreement to have Lionsgate represent the international rights to Participant’s upcoming slate of narrative feature films and select documentaries.
The deal was negotiated by Krista Wegener and Gabriel Brakin on behalf of Participant Media, Peter Philipsen and Christopher Seidelin for Nordisk Film Distribution, and Maitreya Yasuda and Christian Perala of Lionsgate.
Production I.G.'s longstanding Blood saga has been a mainstay in manga and on film and TV, save for Chris Nahon's own less-than-stellar effort nearly a decade ago. Since then, the animated franchise has seen its own evolution despite bearing some controversy which forbade it in both Japan and even China despite positive reviews.
That legacy extends further to Blood-C: The Last Dark, as its 2015 live-action stageplay, Blood-C: The Last Mind from director Shutaro Oku who has since moved on to a live-action setting for the upcoming spin-off, Asura Girl: Blood-C from Production I.G. and all-female animation group, CLAMP. Fujisaki Junichi, whose shared credits with the entirety of the Blood franchise date back to the 2000 Playstation game, wrote the script which will expand on the principal villain, Fumito, from the 2011 Blood-C anime now in a prequel setting. The story takes place in prewar-period Japan under the military government. The bloody battle between the tyrannical Specia…
The past three years saw plenty of fluctuating news and updates surrounding The Expendables, The ExpendaBelles and as recently as this month, a forthcoming reboot of Hellboy. All three are housed at Millenium Films for which its founder recently sold 51% of his stake in the company for $100 million dollars, and this week, Avi Lerner sat down with THR to discuss the nature of his sale with respect to his career and the current film climate and landscape in which a company like Netflix has dominated in snatching up independent titles at the film markets, among other things.
Going forward in the interview, Lerner also revived talk of the aforementioned titles; A fourth film in the Expendables franchise had been long in the works following the intial trilogy which gave moviegoers The Expendables 3 in 2014. In March, Stallone left the franchise altogether as he did with Rambo last year, and has since moved on to other projects, including a second installment and likely third for the Escap…
Whatever likes and shares that followed online notwithstanding, some folks on the internet lost their minds when they learned an Indian action star was going to reprise the lead role in a Rambo remake. It's not a bad move seeing as how actor and martial artist Tiger Shroff (Heropanti, Baaghi) has earned himself some notable starpower in the last few years.
Alas, he'll be the one playing the title role as inspired by Ted Kotchoff's 1982 adaptation of David Morrell's 1977 novel which helped catapult a younger Sylvester Stallone into Hollywood stardom. As for whether Shroff looks the part or not, he took some time over the weekend to share a preliminary poster for the film which, for what it's worth, answers the question for folks who are curious. The Indian Rambo will follow the last surviving member of an elite covert unit of the Indian Armed Forces who returns home to discover a war waging in his own land. Forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of t…