Neil Jordan only just revealed his return to horror, Byzantium, and IFC are now taking the bite. Deadline tell us the indie distributor are making moves toward the Irish helmer’s vampire film, having sealed a 7-figure contract that will see the film’s release on what, in a much-wider deal than we’d expect from the team, is said to be “several hundred screens.”
But if they’re going to do it with any upcoming films, this may very well be the smartest pick. With Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles, Byzantium tells the story of a pair immortal, two-century-old vampires who venture into a small town and find themselves in some interesting company; IFC have a big corner already marketed. Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonny Lee Miller, and Daniel Mays (Tintin, Atonement) also star.
We ended up being quite fond of the picture when seeing it at TIFF, praising the team’s work and, even, going so far as to call it “one of the more original and involving vampire epics to come down the pike recently.” Put that quote in the trailer, people.
Also coming out of TIFF is Thanks for Sharing, a sex addiction dramedy which Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Joely Richardson all lead for Stuart Blumberg, the Kids Are All Right co-writer who’s making his directorial debut.
Now, Variety have learned that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions — making a turn not unlike the very recent acquisition of Imogene — have the picture in their hands for around $2 million. There haven’t been too many positive things uttered about Sharing up to this point — though, with this cast, it’s not outside the realm of possibility I end up enjoying myself. Let’s hope.
Will you anticipate either film? Which is of greater interest to you?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute