When Annapurna Pictures launched in 2011, it looked like it might be the savior of auteur-driven filmmaking. Founder Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison, used her considerable fortune to immediately begin funding visionary auteur filmmakers who often had trouble finding financing in a blockbuster-heavy movie landscape, which resulted in some of the best movies of the past few years.
But things at Annapurna Pictures may be more dire than expected, and a new report says Ellison is “reevaluating” the company’s film division.
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Laika, the animation studio behind Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, and their most recent movie Kubo and the Two Strings, has teamed up with Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures for their untitled fifth film, currently being referred to as “Film Five.” Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis will star, and ParaNorman director Chris Butler is at the helm. Read more about Laika’s next film below. Read More »
As you might expect from the creator of this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has been keeping busy. He hopped over into the TV world to direct the fifth episode of Justin Simien‘s excellent Netflix series Dear White People, and Jenkins is staying in that medium to write and direct a small screen adaptation of Colson Whitehead‘s best-selling novel The Underground Railroad for Amazon.
But fear not, movie lovers, because Jenkins won’t be in the TV realm for long. He’s just set up his next movie: an adaptation of James Baldwin‘s acclaimed book If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Jaume Collet-Serra, the Spanish filmmaker at the helm of movies like Orphan, Unknown, Non-Stop, and The Shallows, appears to have graduated from B-movie genre efforts to a potentially A-list prestige film. Annapurna Pictures has hired him to direct Waco, a movie about the 1993 Texas conflict that raged between the FBI and a right-wing cult group and resulted in a body count of more than 75 people.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
John Boyega first got famous battling aliens, became a household name after jetting off into outer space, and recently signed on to battle giant freakin’ sea monsters. But his latest new role will bring him back down to earth. The Star Wars breakout has been set to star in the new movie by Kathryn Bigelow, about the 1960s Detroit riots. He joins Game of Thrones actress (and fellow Brit) Hannah Murray. Read More »
Insert flashback music here: I still remember the first time I saw There Will Be Blood. I saw it on a Friday and thought it might be a masterpiece. So I went back and saw it again on Saturday. And yes, it was a masterpiece. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies, a collision of filmmaker and actor and material that sing in perfect unison. Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis coming together was a proper event, a more potent and powerful mix of talent that puts just about any typical Hollywood blockbuster to shame.
So the news that Anderson and Day-Lewis may reunite for another movie should make a cinephile’s hair stand on end. The thought of these two collaborating once more feels almost too good to be true.
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Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Angie Han
Richard Linklater‘s plans to direct Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project didn’t pan out, so he’s turning his attention to another literary adaptation that’s been on his to-do list for a while. Linklater is moving forward on Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, with Cate Blanchett now in talks to play the title character. More on the possible Richard Linklater Cate Blanchett project after the jump. Read More »
Annapurna Pictures is well-known for releasing some of the most engaging movies out there today. So in a way, it makes sense that they’d embrace a technology that itself is literally engaging. The company is opening a new virtual reality division called VRSE.FARM along with artist Chris Milk. Together, they’ll offer filmmakers the opportunities to explore virtual reality outlets and concepts for their movies like nowhere before. Read more about the Annapurna virtual reality division below. Read More »
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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 »
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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