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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.
The Greg and Colin Strause-directed, independent 2010 critical sci-fi flop, Skyline, left a huge enough dent in box office earnings to warrant some wiggle room for a sequel. Enter Liam O'Donnell, having worked his way up from VFX work on several projects, as well as co-scripting and producing the first film and now sets his sights with a sequel as his directorial debut in Beyond Skyline - a film that by some accounts probably wasn't expected to happen or even supposed to. It had been four years since the first film and so no one would see an announcement up until 2014, surprising everyone curious and keen, and not for nothing either. The added touch of throwing in people like Iko Uwais and Yayan Ruhian would certainly pepper the hype up to a certain degree for fans fond of their work on Merantau, The Raid and it's sequel; The mere thought of seeing the two for nothing short of an eyeblink in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens would be enough to ensue an outcry a year l…
We're continuing the Five-A-Day column today listing, and in no certain order, various action film titles fans may be keen on going into the new year. Here's yesterday's batch for starters and below are today's:
Legendary actress and martial artist Michelle Yeoh is reportedly the In Focus subject for the forthcoming International Film Festival & Awards Macao which takes place between December 8 through 14. It makes an even worthier note of the Star Trek: Discovery series co-star's forthcoming appearance Yuen Woo Ping's pending Ip Man spin-off, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy in which actor Max Zhang reprises Cheung Tin-Chi, the role he played opposite action star Donnie Yen in the 2016 kung fu hit, Ip Man 3. Details on all ends are pending for the film which also has Dave Bautista and Tony Jaa in its line-up.
Jimmy Henderson's third directorial offering, Jailbreak was a festival favorite among cinephiles and genre loyalists alike. Rising stars Jean-Paul Ly, Dar…
I just spent all afternoon trying really hard to understand why Alita: Battle Angel looks the way it does now...And I can't. Granted, I imagine it'll be a fun and fantastic spectacle for some when it hits theaters but I'm with the choir on this one. At first glance with actress Rosa Salazar in the title role, this might as well have been a Pixar movie.
Holy shit. Visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY) create a groundbreaking new heroine in ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an action-packed story of hope, love and empowerment.Set several centuries in the future, the abandoned Alita (Rosa Salazar) is found in the scrapyard of Iron City by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate cyber-doctor who takes the unconscious cyborg Alita to his clinic. When Alita awakens she has no memory of who she is, nor does she have any recognition of the world she finds herself in. Everything is new to Alita, every experience a first. As she learns to navigate her new lif…