Image Entertainment has picked up all North American rights to ‘Wolf Creek 2,’ the sequel to the acclaimed 2005 Australian horror movie by Greg Mclean. Mclean is back as co-writer and director as is John Jarratt, the actor who plays psychopathic killer Mick Taylor preying on the lost and the innocent in Australia’s Outback. Shannon Ashlyn, Ryan Corr, and Phillipe Klaus co-star. “Mick Taylor is one of the most sadistic characters I have seen on screen and the sequel does not disappoint — it gets under the skin, we can’t wait to show horror fans!” said Image’s chief acquisition officer Bill Bromiley. Opening in Australia on February 20th, the film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September to rave reviews. Expect a confirmed UK and US 2014 release date shortly.
The synopsis for ‘Wolf Creek 2′ is as follows. While seeking an authentic Australian adventure, one unlucky backpacker learns the deepest, darkest secrets of the Outback’s most infamous serial killer. Lured by the promise of an Australian holiday, backpackers Rutger, Katarina, and Paul visit the notorious Wolf Creek Crater. Their dream Outback adventure soon becomes a horrific reality when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, the last man any traveler to the region ever wants to meet; Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). As the backpackers flee, Mick pursues them on an epic white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland. Only one will remain to be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. And if the last man standing is to have any hope of surviving where no one else has survived before, he’ll have to use every ounce of cunning to outwit the man behind the monster and become every bit as ruthless as the monster inside the man.
Ali Heraize has put together this new unofficial poster for ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ New Regency and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ big-screen take on the popular Ubisoft video game that has Michael Fassbender attached to star. Ubisoft’s Eli Richbourg, Frank Marshall, Fassbender and his partner Connor McCaughan are producing. The film is set for June 19th, 2015.
The plot for ‘Assassin’s Creed’ centers on a bartender who is captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors – all of them assassins – and retrieve ancient artifacts. Two years ago Ubisoft invested in launching UMP (Ubisoft Motion Pictures), headed by Jean-Julien Baronnet, former CEO of Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, to adapt the company’s games into films, TV shows and digital projects. Adaptions of the games ‘Splinter Cell’ and ‘Ghost Recon’ are also in the works, with Tom Hardy set to lead ‘Splinter Cell’ and Michael Bay attached to produce with an eye to direct, depending on scheduling and the script, ‘Ghost Recon.’
2 New Clips & Behind-The-Scenes Footage From ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ – Starring Idris Elba & Naomie Harris
Pathe has unveiled two new clips and ”B-Roll” behind-the-scenes footage from the much anticipated Nelson Mandela biopic, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.’ Based on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s autobiography of the same name, ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ is directed by Justin Chadwick (The First Grader, The Other Boleyn Girl) and produced by Anant Singh. Alongside Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela, Naomie Harris plays his wife, Winnie. The likes of Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Zolani Mkiva, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz and Terry Pheto co-star.
Anant Singh began communicating with Nelson Mandela about making a film based on his life while he was still in prison and acquired the film rights to Mandela’s book at the time of its publication in 1996 and development on the film began immediately when Academy Award Nominee, writer William Nicholson (Les Miserables, Gladiator, Shadowlands) signed on. The film tells the story of the legendary South African freedom fighter, spanning over seventy years, including his struggle against apartheid, 27 years in jail and his rise to prominence as a political leader and head-of-state. ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’ arrives in cinemas on November 28th in the US and South Africa, and January 3rd in the UK.
Marvel’s ’Thor: The Dark World’ has opened to a $86.1 million US haul as it continued its global assault, finishing the weekend with a hefty $327 million in worldwide ticket sales. Certainly an impressive start considering the first ‘Thor,’ which debuted to $65.7 million in the US in May 2011, grossed $449.3 million globally all in. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ nabbed one of the top November openings of all time in North America, although it couldn’t quite match the $88.4 million earned by ‘Skyfall’ on the same weekend a year ago.
To date, ’Thor: The Dark World’ has grossed $240.9 million internationally, where it began rolling out last weekend. It is pacing a massive 90 percent ahead of the original title, which topped out at $268 million internationally (‘Thor: The Dark World’ has already eclipsed the $192 million earned by ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’). Russia leads with $24.1 million, followed by the UK with $22.6 million and China (where it opened Friday) with $19.6 million.
Relativity Media has acquired North America distribution rights to ‘Desert Dancer,’ which stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey). Relativity plans to release the film theatrically in 2014. Richard Raymond is making his directorial debut with ‘Desert Dancer,’ which is written by Jon Croker with choreography by Akram Khan (London Olympics Opening Ceremony). Relativity president Tucker Tooley said, “’Desert Dancer’ is an important movie that was exceptionally made, and we are proud to be a part of it.”
The synopsis from Variety describes it as follows: “‘Desert Dancer’ is set in Iran – where dance is forbidden – and based on the story of Afshin Ghaffarian, who risked everything to fight for his dream of becoming a dancer. Ritchie plays Ghaffarian, whose story is set against the backdrop of the 2009 protests that ignited a movement toward greater freedoms.”
During a recent sit down with Bloomberg TV, Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert A. “Bob” Iger opened up about the studio’s decision to release ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ on December 18th, 2015 rather than in the franchise’s usual May berth. Iger cited the creative team’s needs as the reason for the change. “Well, this is obviously one of the most important films that we are working on right now. And one of the things that was very important to us is that we give the creative team, J.J. Abrams and his writing team, the time to design, write and produce the film so we can optimize quality, so they can create a great film. Very, very important.
Robert Iger continued, “And at one point we considered the summer of 2015, but it felt like, particularly with some changes we made in the writing team, that that was going to create a bit of a rush and didn’t think that was optimal for obvious reasons. So Christmas 2015 became the date. Happens to be the date which Avatar, which is the No. 1 movie of all time, was released, so we like that. Hopefully that brings good luck, even though that wasn’t our film. And Christmas is a good time we think for a film like Star Wars, which will have obvious interest for young people and old people alike. From everyone.”