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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.
Having had a stellar festival run throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S. with last year's Fantastic Fest premiere, director Shimomura Yuji's new film, Re:Born, has seen quite the journey to its praise. The same can amply be applied to the resurgence of its star, actor Sakaguchi Tak who, given personal career circumstances, essentially had to keep off radar and thankfully, that dry patch is now over and done.
How so? Well, despite intial speculations of Re:Born being his last film, it has instead been noticeably buzzed as his return and one that stands deservedly on ceremony. Together with WAVE innovator, close quarters fighting expert Inagawa Yoshitaka and host to a story sampling from the inspired dark, reclusive tales of real-life commandos, Sakaguchi stars as a small town clerk forced to adhere to his bloodlust once again following a string of military murders and the emergence of a squad of clandestined soldiers and assassins led by his former commanding officer now seeking…
Honorary Oscar winner Jackie Chan is in Shanghai stirring a ruckus for attendees and fellow stars at the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. More news on this will rollout eventually and there will be plenty to sift over amid the buzz for Chan and his upcoming titles, and the same goes for the Fall release of the new thriller, The Foreigner, which is getting an October 13 release from STX.
The film takes its cues from Stephen Leather's novel, The Chinaman and is adapted for the screen by David Marconi with Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell directing. Chan is joined by Pierce Brosnan, Liu Tao and Katie Leung for the story of a South London restaurant owner who reverts to the lethal skillset built in his dark past, paving his own way for vengeance after an IRA terrorist attack that kills his family and the justice system fails him.
The film has already made itself a share of festival appearances with a few gamey one-sheets but we now have an official first poster for its …
Acclaimed director and film multi-hyphenate Shaun Piccinino is set to direct American Fighter for ESX Entertainment. The film is a sequel to last year's American Wrestler: The Wizard which starred actor George Kosturos in the 1980-set tale of a young Iranian teen transplanted into a new town where he's forced to face adversity from all angles after joining the high school wrestling team.
Kosturos is returning to the sequel according to a new report from Variety which also lists Tommy Flanagan, Bryan Craig, Sean Patrick Flanery and Parviz Sayyad attached to star. Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar, Christina Moore and Anna Zielinski are producing the film with a story by Afshar that now centers on a desperate teen who builds character between opponents upon competing in the underground fight circuit to save his dying mother. “Continuing down the line of a ‘Rocky’ meets ‘Karate Kid’ story, this new ‘American Wrestler’ movie remains a very heartfelt project for me,” Afshar said. “The res…