It took a year for the vampire western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night to really build momentum after its Sundance debut last year, but the debut feature from writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour has really made an impression on people now. We’ve talked about her as a director we’re very excited to watch going forward, and now we know Ana Lily Amirpour’s next film. She wrote and will direct The Bad Batch, a “dystopian love story set in Texas.” Even better, she’ll be backed by Vice and Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures, the same team that was behind Spring Breakers. Read More »
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Richard Linklater is using the momentum he built with Before Midnight and Boyhood to finally move forward on That’s What I’m Talking About, the film that has been described as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed & Confused. It’s not an actual sequel, but a 1980-set film that follows set of characters as they go to college. Now Megan Ellison has come on board as a producer, and Annapurna Pictures will partially back the project, with Paramount set to release it in the US. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Megan Ellison has been a huge boon to many an auteur-driven passion project over the past several years, and now she may be about to save another. Her Annapurna Pictures is reportedly in talks to finance Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s The Revenant, which is facing serious budgetary woes as backer Worldview Entertainment pulls out.
Also not helping matters from a financial standpoint is Iñárritu’s desire to shoot the film in sequence. But from a cinephile’s point of view, Iñárritu’s insistence on sticking to his guns is what makes The Revenant sound interesting. Not to mention the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, and Will Poulter are all on board to star. Hit the jump for the details.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Rooney Mara has never been one to back away from dark or difficult material, as she demonstrated with her breakout role in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Now she’s looking to tackle the dramatization of a real-life kidnapping tale in A House in the Sky.
Based on Amanda Lindhout‘s autobiographical memoir of the same title, A House in the Sky will chronicle the Canadian journalist’s abduction by terrorists in Somalia and her subsequent fifteen-month imprisonment. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures was the one that got the ball rolling on the new Terminator movie in the first place, beating out Lionsgate to pick up the rights back in 2011. And the project’s made some significant progress lately, picking up cast members and a director. But as pre-production comes along, Annapurna has decided that it no longer wants to fund the film.
The company has dropped out of Terminator: Genesis as a co-financier, although Megan Ellison will retain an executive producer credit. The picture will now be paid for by her brother David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions and distributor Paramount Pictures. More details after the jump.
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Paramount is about to add another massive franchise to its stable. Last week, sources revealed the studio reacquired the full rights to make new Friday the 13th and South Park movies and now, they’re in negotiations to acquire distribution rights for the Terminator franchise.
Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and David Ellison‘s Skydance Productions own the rights to the film series about the epic struggle between man and machine. They hired screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to write a fifth installment back in January and Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to return for a fifth film. No director is attached. Read More »
Briefly: Harmony Korine‘s latest film, Spring Breakers, is a huge success in limited release, earning a $90k per-screen average on the few screens it hit this past weekend. That may not sound like much, compared to far bigger and more excessively marketed releases, but the movie is already Korine’s most successful — the earnings from just one of this weekend’s screens are already more than Julien Donkey Boy made in its whole limited run.
With Spring Breakers set to hit 1000 theaters this week — an astounding expansion for a Harmony Korine movie — the director is already setting up his next film. He’s got one project in the works with John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions and DCM Productions, but is also developing new movies with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Productions. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Arnold Schwarzenegger took a few years off from acting so he could properly govern the state of California, but now that the hiatus is over he seems to have picked up where he left off. Like, exactly where he left off. His upcoming slate includes new sequels to Twins and Conan the Barbarian, and now he’s also confirmed that he’ll be appearing in the next installment of the Terminator franchise. Progress on the sci-fi film has been halting so far, but it recently took a big step forward as writers Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier signed on. More after the jump.
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