Margot Robbie’s LuckyChap & Automatik To Produce True Tale ‘Firefighters’.

LuckyChap Entertainment and Automatik have teamed with Good Films to option Firefighters, based on Jaime Lowe’s New York Times Magazine article The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires. Script will be written by Carly Wray, the Westworld and Mad Men writer/producer who recently was tapped to write one of HBO’s Game of Thrones spinoffs. Good Films will finance. The parties took the article off the table in competitive bidding.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger and Rian Cahill will produce for Automatik, and Margot Robbie, Josey McNamara and Tom Ackerley will produce for LuckyChap Entertainment, with Scott Budnick producing through Good Films. Lowe will serve as executive producer.

Film is based on the true story of a dozen female prisoners as they move from county jail to life in a Malibu fire camp. With only three weeks of training, the diverse crew must bind together not only to fight devastating blazes, but also their own personal demons and a system that seeks to keep them invisible. It is a task they signed up for, and get paid $2 an hour to risk their lives.

LuckyChap Entertainment, which produced I, Tonya and recently wrapped (with Automatik) the Robbie-starrer Dreamland, is repped by Management 360, CAA, and attorney Jeff Bernstein. Wray is repped by WME and Grandview and Lowe by UTA and The Jud Laghi Agency. Automatik is in post on the Karyn Kusama-directed Destroyer with Nicole Kidman, the Chris Weitz-directed Operation Finale with Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, and Dreamland.

Good Films was launched by Budnick to fund films that will engender social change. He recently lobbied for the state of California to hire formerly incarcerated men and women into firefighting careers, and in January, Governor Brown included this program in the state budget, the first program created in California’s history to intentionally train and place released men and woman into careers where they will be fighting wild-land fires and saving communities. Endeavor Content is a lead investor in Good Films.

Source: deadline.com/

Continue Reading

‘Peter Rabbit 2’ Set for 2020, Will Gluck Returning to Direct.

Sony Pictures has dated “Peter Rabbit 2” for Feb. 7, 2020, in the U.S. and March 27, 2020, in the U.K., and is bringing back Will Gluck to return to direct and write the sequel.

“Peter Rabbit” has taken in $115 million in the U.S. and is Sony Pictures’ biggest ever non-Bond film in the UK, with a $55.7 million total in that market after holding the top spot for four weeks in a row.

The CGI-live action comedy-drama showed staying power in North America among the family audience in the pre-summer season, taking in an impressive 4.5 multiple off its $25 million domestic opening weekend.

The movie is based on an original story and screenplay by Rob Lieber and Gluck, based on the stories of Peter Rabbit created by Beatrix Potter. The film stars Rose Byrne as Bea, Domhnall Gleeson as Thomas McGregor, Sam Neill, Daisy Ridley, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie, and James Corden.

The story involves the titular bunny — voiced by Corden, in battle with the heir to Mr. McGregor’s garden.

“Peter Rabbit” has grossed $325 million worldwide. The film notched first-place finishes in 22 territories internationally, including Australia, Russia, Germany and Spain and surpassed both “Paddington” movies. Key markets in South Korea and Japan will launch in mid-May.

Gluck’s other directing credits include “Easy A,” “Annie,” and “Friends with Benefits.”

Source: variety.com/

Continue Reading

Focus Features’ ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ Scoots To December,

Focus Features’ Working Title pic Mary Queen of Scots, is moving its limited debut from Nov. 2 to Dec. 7.

That first weekend in December is a prime launchpad for awards season fare, read that’s where Fox Searchlight launched its best picture winner The Shape of Water, and its best actress winner The Black Swan eight years ago.

Directed by Josie Rourke, and written by House of Cards Beau Willimon, Mary Queen of Scotts explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart played by Saoirse Ronan. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1 (Margot Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty.

Source: deadline.com/

Continue Reading

Cathy Yan Is Warner Bros’ Choice To Direct Margot Robbie In Next Harley Quinn Film.

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have chosen Cathy Yan to be the director of an untitled girl gang movie, likely the next superhero film to be graced by Suicide Squad scene-stealer Harley Quinn, in the form of Margot Robbie. A deal has to be completed, but it is expected that Yan will become the third female filmmaker to join the DC club after Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins and Ava DuVernay (for upcoming The New Gods), and the first female Asian director ever tapped to direct a superhero film.

This is a bold bet for Warner Bros’ Geoff Johns and Walter Hamada, who oversee DC under Toby Emmerich. Yan got the job over numerous well established male directors, and because she is taking this giant leap with just one small-budget indie movie under her belt. That would be Dead Pigs, a film that won the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance last January. Despite being a new talent, Yan’s presentation for Birds of Prey was exceptional, and Robbie held firm to her desire for this film to be directed by a woman.

Robbie’s LuckyChap is producing with Sue Kroll and her Kroll & Co Entertainment and Bryan Unkeless of Clubhouse Pictures. Robbie and Unkeless produced I, Tonya.

The project is based on Birds of Prey, which in the DC universe teams Quinn with several other crime fighters, namely Black Canary, Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) and Huntress. It is not confirmed if all of them will be characters in the film. What is clear is that both the main characters and most of the creative braintrust are female, remarkable for a studio-sized superhero film. The script was written by Christina Hodson, who wrote the Transformers spinoff Bumblebee, and just got hired to write the Batgirl movie.

This film looks cleared to start production by year’s end or early next year, after Robbie completes Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is negotiating to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt in the Quentin Tarantino-directed film for Sony Pictures. The other Harley Quinn films are still under construction. That includes the Suicide Squad sequel to be directed by Gavin O’Connor. Two others, Harley Quinn Vs The Joker and Gotham City Sirens with Suicide Squad helmer David Ayer, seem further in the distance.

Back to Yan. She was a Wall Street Journal reporter who worked from New York, Hong Kong and Beijing, and one of the paper’s youngest reporters to land multiple stories on the front page. She wrote and directed numerous short films before stepping up to features with Dead Pigs.

In that film, a mysterious stream of pig carcasses floats silently toward China’s populous economic hub, Shanghai. As authorities struggle to explain the phenomenon, characters intersect. They include a down-and-out pig farmer with a youthful heart struggles to make ends meet, an upwardly mobile landowner fighting gentrification against an American expat seeking a piece of the Chinese dream, a romantic busboy hides his job from his father, and a rich young woman struggling to find her independence.

Yan is repped by CAA and attorney Jerry Dasti of Sloss Eckhouse Law.

Source: deadline.com/

Continue Reading

Margot Robbie Is a Lethal Femme Fatale in First ‘Terminal’ Trailer.

The actress shows off her range as she seduces, tortures and manipulates the likes of Simon Pegg and Mike Myers.
Margot Robbie on Wednesday unveiled the first trailer for Terminal, which showed off the slick, dark, film noir world of her latest film.

The trailer opens with Robbie’s femme fatale character, Annie, sporting a black bob haircut and a British accent as she interrogates a man using extreme methods.

The rest of the cast is then introduced — including Simon Pegg, Max Irons, Mike Myers and Dexter Fletcher — as the trailer showcases a gritty world filled with neon signs, dark alleys and dangerous, seedy characters.

The film, directed by Vaughn Stein in his feature debut, follows the interwoven tales of two hit men (Irons and Fletcher), a teacher battling a terminal illness (Pegg), a janitor (Myers) and a diner waitress living a dangerous double life (Robbie).

The trailer shows Robbie flexing her range as she offers advice to Pegg’s character while taking a break from waiting tables, teases Fletcher and Irons’ hit men in a strip club and hints at her master plan behind-the-scenes to “set them upon each other like starving rats in a cage, and you can watch through the bars.”

Source: hollywoodreporter.com/

Continue Reading

Margot Robbie To Produce Female-Focused Shakespearean Drama Series With ‘Secrets & Lies’ Producer & ABC Studios Int’l.

Margot Robbie and her LuckyChap Entertainment (I, Tonya) is partnering with the Australian Broadcasting Company, Aussie production company Hoodlum (Secrets & Lies) and ABC Studios International on a new ten-part series, retelling the work of Shakespeare from female perspectives. The project, currently in development, will be produced in Australia, with filming expected to begin in 2018.

The untitled project will be led by a female creative team who will produce ten standalone episodes, each based on a celebrated work of Shakespeare updated to comment on our modern, global society. The project falls under the first-look deal between Hoodlum and ABC Studios International.

Hoodlum, LuckyChap and ABC Studios International will work with female writers/writer­ directors to update the Bard’s works with unique and distinct voices, and reflect different cultures and areas. Series Concept Creator Giula Sandler (Nowhere Boys) will work across the series and will also write one episode.

“We are thrilled about this Australian partnership as an opportunity to showcase unique, distinctly female voices in writing, and to demonstrate the high quality of the Australian film and television industry,” LuckyChap said in a statement.” The project will share diverse points of view, from writers representing the different cultures and areas within Australia, which many would not readily associate with works of Shakespeare.”

Robbie and Brett Hedblom will executive produce via LuckyChap with Hoodlum’s Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield, Keli Lee from ABC Studios International and Sally Riley from ABC (Australia). Aran Michael from Aran Michael Management is an associate producer.

“The ABC is thrilled to be able to develop this locally produced drama in partnership with LuckyChap Entertainment, Hoodlum and ABC Studios International,” said David Anderson, Director of Entertainment and Specialist for the ABC. “The ABC is dedicated to delivering high quality, relevant storytelling free to all Australians. We are excited that this female-led team celebrates strong female creative talent, transforming traditional classic tales from a very different era into modern and culturally diverse stories.”

Tracey Robertson from Hoodlum said: “This project will bring together leading and emerging female voices in Australian screen to re-imagine Shakespeare in a modern context. We’re delighted to partner with ABC, ABC Studios International and LuckyChap on such an ambitious and exciting project. This is an incredibly original and bold approach for a Television series and I can’t wait to see the stories that will emerge.”

“ABC Studios International is thrilled to be a partner in this unique project, added Keli Lee, Managing Director at ABC Studios International. “This production is a chance to create something classic yet boldly original and modern. The works of Shakespeare are iconic and this will present them in a way they’ve never been seen before.”

ABC Studios International, Hoodlum and the ABC previously teamed on crime drama series Harrow, which was co-created by Secrets & Lies writer Stephen M. Irwin and producer Leigh McGrath and written by Irwin.

LuckyChap was behind I, Tonya. After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Neon and 30WEST jointly acquired the title for $5M and churned out close to $30M at the domestic B.O. as well as three Oscar noms for Robbie as Best Actress, Allison Janney for Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing, with Janney winning. LuckyChap recently produced the Vaughn Stein-directed title Terminal starring Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers, and also completed Dreamland starring the actress and Travis Fimmel. The label also recently sold the comedy Dollface to Hulu. Back in December it was announced that LuckyChap closed a two-year first-look deal with Warner Bros. Television.

Disney Media Distribution will handle international distribution of the series outside of Australia.

Source: deadline.com/

Continue Reading

Margot Robbie is “mad as a hatter” in the first teaser trailer for Terminal.

The upcoming noir thriller, Terminal, follows two hitmen, Max Irons (The Riot Club) and Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), who take a risky job from a mysterious but high-paying client. Complications ensue when they encounter Annie (Margot Robbie), a “dynamic woman” who may be more connected to the job than they know.

Femme fetale Robbie narrates the mysterious first trailer in a sinister, mischievous voice and alludes to being “mad as a hatter.” Watch the teaser below.

First-time director Vaughn Stein helms Terminal, which also features the onscreen return of Mike Myers and Simon Pegg. The film is scheduled to arrive on May 11th via RLJE Films.

Source: consequenceofsound.net/

Continue Reading
1 2 3 19