This new trailer has hit the web for Toa Fraser’s New Zealand-set action-thriller ‘The Dead Lands.’ Filmed in Auckland and the central North Island, Fraser’s mystical, violent action thriller is one of a handful of films to be made entirely in the Maori language. The setting is a time before the white colonisation of New Zealand – AKA Aotearoa, or ‘long white cloud’ – and it begins with teenage boy Hongi (James Rolleston) being framed for sacrilege by cunning interloper Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka).
Hongi is spared punishment, but overnight his father and their whole peaceful tribe are wiped out in a vicious assault by Wirepa’s men. Despite being one against many, Hongi vows to avenge his father and sets off in hot pursuit – but his only hope of catching them involves passing through forbidden Dead Lands, an area ruled by a mysterious and possibly supernatural cannibal warrior. The likes of Lawrence Makoare, Xavier Horan, Rukura Turei, George Henare, Rena Owen, Pana Hema Taylor co-star. ‘The Dead Lands’ opens in New Zealand on October 30th, and it will be showing at the London Film Festival on October 9th and October 11th.
First TV Spot For Alejandro González Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’ – Starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis…
From Fox Searchlight comes this first TV spot for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s (Babel, Biutiful, 21 Grams, Amores Perros) critically acclaimed black comedy, ‘Birdman’. Iñárritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo. The film stars Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts.
‘Birdman’ tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. ‘Birdman’ hits theaters on October 17th in the US and January 2nd in the UK (hopefully that moves forward!). The film’s shot by academy award winning DP Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity, The Tree of Life).
Fan art by Huy “Wee” Dinh.
Set for December 18th, 2015, the likes of John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Crystal Clarke, Christina Chong, Pip Andersen, Gwendoline Christie, Miltos Yerolemou and Max von Sydow are joining the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. The film is planned to be the first of the third trilogy of ‘Star Wars’ films, following chronologically in the series approximately 30 years after ‘Return of the Jedi’. J. J. Abrams is directing the film from a screenplay he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan, who acted as co-writer on ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return of the Jedi’.
The Weinstein Company has debuted this new collection of character posters for writer/director Theodore Melfi’s much buzzed about ‘St. Vincent.’ Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts, Chris O’Dowd, Kimberly Quinn and Scott Adsit star in the comedic drama, which is about a young boy (Jaeden Lieberher) who finds an unlikely friend and mentor in Murray’s character, St. Vincent de Van Nuys, a misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door. The film opens in the US on October 24th and in the UK from December 5th.
Maggie (McCarthy), a single mother, moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year old son, Oliver (Lieberher). Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, Vincent (Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named Daka (Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the race track, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to: a misunderstood man with a good heart.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production banner are partnering with Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park to pick up the movie rights to ‘American Wolf’, a much buzzed about book proposal by Nate Blakeslee. ‘American Wolf’, which just sold to Crown publishing, tells the story of O-Six, who in some circles was the world’s most famous wild animal. The female alpha wolf was collared and tracked by researchers at Yellowstone National Park, gaining a huge following from not only scientists but the public as well. She was shot by a hunter in 2012 just outside the park’s boundaries, one year after the species was removed from the endangered list.
Back in July, it was first reported that Dwayne Johnson was set to produce and star in Universal’s adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s (the “Bourne” series) book ‘The Janson Directive’. Johnson has today confirmed that he’s starring in the film, while Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman will pen the script. The 2002 novel follows a former consular ops agent who, after leaving covert operations due to the high number of sanctioned serial killings, goes into business as private security consultant. Teamed with a sharpshooter, Janson only takes assignments that he believes will lead to helping those in need.
The synopsis for the book is as follows: When billionaire philanthropist Peter Novak is kidnapped by a terrorist known as The Caliph, it’s up to Paul Janson—a legend in the notorious U.S. covert agency Consular Operations—to save him. But Janson’s rescue operation goes horribly wrong…and soon Janson is marked for death, the target of a “beyond salvage” order issued from the highest level of the government. Now Janson is running for his life, pursued by Jessica Kincaid, a young agent of astonishing ability who can anticipate and counter his every move. To survive, Janson must outrace a conspiracy that has gone beyond the control of its originators. To win, he must counter it with a conspiracy of his own…