Claire Forlani Meet Joe Black and Iain Glen Game Of Thrones have joined Mackenzie Foy Interstellar and Oscar-winner Kate Winslet in Constantin and JB Pictures’ movie Black Beauty.
Ashley Avis Adolescence has written the screenplay and will direct the contemporary adaptation of English author Anna Sewell's classic 19th century novel. Cameras roll this week in and around Cape Town, South Africa.
Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the modern-day reimagining of the story in which Black Beauty voiced by Winslet is a wild horse born free in the American west. As she is rounded up and taken away from her family, her story intertwines with that of a teenager, 'Jo Green' Foy, similarly grieving over the loss of her parents. The two develop a bond crafted in love, trust and healing.
Pic is a Constantin Film production, produced by Jeremy Bolt Resident Evil franchise from JB Pictures, and Constantin Film's Robert Kulzer Polar. Martin Moszkowicz, Edward Winters and Jon Brown serve as executive producers. Dylan Tarason co-produces, and Moonlighting Films president Genevieve Hofmeyr Mad Max: Fury Road is the South African producer.
The creative team includes DoP David Procter Red Sands, production designer Darryl Hammer The Widow, costume designer Neil McClean The Scorpion King: Book Of Souls and stunt rider Elbrus Ourtaev 10,000 BC who is training the horses alongside Cody Rawson-Harris The Light Between Oceans. The film will shoot for six weeks.
Forlani most recently starred in UK crime-drama series Departure. Glen recently starred as Jorah Mormont in all eight seasons of Game Of Thrones and played Dr. Isaacs in Constantin’s hit Resident Evil film franchise.
Avis said of the production, “The opportunity to bring Black Beauty to life is a merger of two great passions for me as both a filmmaker and longtime equestrian. I'm honored to embark on this journey to create a lyrically beautiful, emotionally driven film with a seminal cast, and a passionate creative team in Jeremy and Robert. I look forward to exploring the powerful messages of Anna Sewell's classic text, which inspired my love of horses decades ago, with the audiences of today.”
Producer Jeremy Bolt added, “It has been a dream of mine to make this movie for ten years and in Ashley I found the sensitivity, love of horses and emotional depth to realize the dream.”
Constantin producer Robert Kulzer commented, “We are always looking for projects that promise an immersive, emotional experience. Ashley's vision of Beauty's journey and her encounters has that potential.”
Moviegoers sheltering in place have, to no surprise, turned to Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film “Contagion” for insight? Answers? Entertainment? Who knows what drives viewing habits in these crazy times. The film details, with eerie precision, the complete breakdown of civilization amid a rapidly spreading virus. Not exactly soothing viewing material right now, but it’s nevertheless high on VOD rental charts.
But that was a movie, and this real life. In a new series of PSAs about taking care in the time of the coronavirus, cast members from the film have teamed up to record messages for all of us quarantined at home — including the film’s stars Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle. Watch the videos below.
Damon is here to tell you about social-distancing and the life-saving benefits of sitting on your couch. Fishburne urges staying at home and pushing out the noise to listen to the experts. Ehle, meanwhile, discusses the possibilities of a COVID-19 vaccine and why a solution won’t be immediate, and Winslet offers the most practical advice in showing you how to wash your hands like your life depends on it.
The initiative comes in partnership with director Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, along with scientists from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
In a recent Slate interview, screenwriter Burns, who worked with the CDC in 2009 and 2010 to research “Contagion,” condemned President Trump’s response to the coronavirus. “I listened to a press conference that the president gave where he described himself as a businessman who didn't like it when people were just sitting around,” Burns said. “Well, I wonder how he feels about the fire department. I live near a firehouse, and those people spend some time sitting around when there's no fire‚ but you can't build a fire department once your house is on fire. Unfortunately, this administration has decided that is what it wants to do, and it puts people way behind. When you look at the amount of testing this country has done compared to other countries, that's the part that is scary to me.”
Recently, Ian Lipkin, the university professor and epidemiologist who served as the medical consultant on “Contagion,” tested positive for the coronavirus. “If it can hit me, it can hit anybody,” Lipkin said.