UK genre sales firm Devilworks has added two titles to its slate for the upcoming American Film Market. Matteo Rolleri's outfit has boarded world sales rights to U.S. supernatural horror The Special by B. Harrison Smith D eath House about a young man who is offered a night of pleasure beyond his wildest imagination. Davy Raphaely Camp Dread, Dave Sheridan Sky Sharks and Sarah French Ouija House star. Alexander Bafer and Doug Henderson produce for Everything's Fire Productions, Jonathan Ilchert is executive producer for Brick Top Productions. Also on the slate is Canadian horror Welcome To The Circle,written and directed by David Fowler Born In China and starring Heather Doerksen Pacific Rim, Matthew MacCaull Tomorrowland and Taylor Dianne Robinson Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Pic tells the story of a young girl and her father who fall prey to a secluded, madman-worshiping cult situated deep in a wood. Michael Khazen produced for High Deaf Productions, alongside Andrew Francis and Jeff Renfroe. Sam Vincent executive produced.
The Favourite and Vikings backer Screen Ireland is getting a funding increase of€1M, bringing the agency's annual capital budget to €17.2M for 2020. Screen Ireland chair Dr. Annie Doona said, “This additional funding together with the introduction of the regional uplift to Section 481 of 5%, announced last year, is an example of successful government policy, in terms of attracting new productions to regional areas. The uplift has allowed Screen Ireland to work with regional stakeholders to develop training opportunities and enhance skills, supporting production activity in these areas. Last year, Screen Ireland established a new TV drama production fund aimed at supporting high-end episodic TV drama. New projects emerging from this fund include Normal People, The South Westerlies and a slate of pilot TV comedies in partnership with RTÉ. Recent Irish movies backed by Screen Ireland include Lee Cronin's Hole In The Groundstarring Seana Kerslake, Extra Ordinary staring Maeve Higgins and Greta directed by Neil Jordan. International projects to have filmed on location in Ireland include Fate: The Winx Saga, Vikings, Nightfliers, Into the Badlands, The Rhythm Sectionand The Green Knight.
Fremantle has completed deals with both BBC in the UK and Mediengruppe RTL in Germany for upcoming crime series The Investigation. Produced by Fremantle's Scandinavian drama producers, Miso Film, and written and directed by Tobias Lindholm A Hijacking, the six-part series follows the complex investigation carried out by Jens Møller, the Head of Homicide for the Copenhagen Police, surrounding the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall.Søren Malling A Hijacking leads the cast as Møller, alongside Pilou Asbæk Game of Thrones as the prosecutorJakob Buch-Jepsen and Pernilla August Star Wars and Rolf Lassgård Downsizing as Kim Wall's parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall. The Investigation is produced by Fremantle's Miso Film and is currently in production in Denmark. The series was developed by Miso Film together with Tobias Lindholm. It's produced by Miso Film in co-production with Outline Film for TV 2 Danmark, SVT and Viaplay with support from The Danish Film Institute's Public Service Fund and Copenhagen Film Fund. Fremantle has international distribution rights.
What could be better than Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning playing warring royals during the Golden Age of Russia in a wickedly decadent and dark comedy? These two highbrow favorites display a kinetic chemistry in the first trailer for “The Great,” a new Hulu series which charts the rise of Russia’s longest-running woman monarch Catherine the Great. While the benevolent leader’s later years were recently dramatized by HBO with Helen Mirren, this batty new series focuses on the monarch’s youth and rise to power.
The official synopsis reads: “‘The Great’ is a satirical, comedic drama about the rise of Catherine the Great Fanning from outsider to the longest reigning female ruler in Russia’s history. Season One is a fictionalized, fun and anachronistic story of an idealistic, romantic young girl, who arrives in Russia for an arranged marriage to the mercurial Emperor Peter Hoult. Hoping for love and sunshine, she finds instead a dangerous, depraved, backward world that she resolves to change. All she has to do is kill her husband, beat the church, baffle the military and get the court onside. A very modern story about the past which encompasses the many roles she played over her lifetime as lover, teacher, ruler, friend, and fighter.”
In addition to Fanning and Hoult, “The Great” also stars Phoebe Fox, Adam Godley, Gwilym Lee, Charity Wakefield, Douglas Hodge, Sacha Dhawan, Sebastian de Souza, Bayo Gbadamosi and Belinda Bromilow.
If the tone of demonic revelry and ludicrous self-aggrandizement rings a bell, that’s because “The Great” was created, written and executive produced by Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara. McNamara penned the screenplay for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Oscar-nominated 2018 film “The Favourite,” which incidentally also featured a similarly foppish performance by Hoult.
While “The Great” does not promise as much Sapphic intrigue as “The Favourite,” the acerbic script, scrumptious design, and first-rate performances appear to put it in league with McNamara’s previous work. Seeing Hoult and Fanning duke it out in these first snippets, aided by the fast-paced editing and stirring score, promises a lively first season of the Hulu Original.
“The Great” premieres May 15 on Hulu. Check out this delectable treat of a teaser below:
The BBC has announced plans to host a coronavirus telethon on April 23, bringing together its two charity partners, Comic Relief and Children In Need, for the first time.
Produced by BBC Studios, The Big Night In will go live for three hours on BBC One and aims to cheer up the nation by spotlighting stories of kindness, humor and hope during the catastrophic coronavirus pandemic.
Along the way, the show will invite donations which will go towards vulnerable people who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Comic Relief and Children In Need will funnel the cash to local charities on the frontline.
The BBC said the show would be star-studded, but is yet to name any famous names taking part. The broadcaster’s last telethon, Sport Relief, was hosted by the likes of Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness and featured contributions from the Stranger Things cast.
The BBC added that The Big Night In will be broadcast live while respecting “all current social isolating government protocols.” Peter Davey and Colin Hopkins will executive produce. It was commissioned by BBC director of content Charlotte Moore, entertainment chief Kate Phillips and Katie Taylor.
Moore said: “BBC One will bring the nation together for this special one-off live charity event. I would like to thank both BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief for joining forces in these unprecedented times to provide their support to local charities, projects and programmes across the whole UK; and to all of the stars taking part in this unmissable night of entertainment when the country needs it most.”
The BBC’s Big Night In follows similar plans in the U.S., where Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert will front One World: Together At Home across NBC, ABC and CBS on April 18. The event, which is curated by Lady Gaga, has been put together by social action platform Global Citizen and the World Health Organization.