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?
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, TFS’ Dan Mecca, writer Danny King and I briefly discuss Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, before diving into a feature review of Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi drama Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson. Following that, we take a look at the films coming to [...]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out [...]
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we believe it’s our duty to highlight the recent, recommended titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of [...]
In theaters now, Ivan Reitman‘s new film, Draft Day, does quite a bit with a hard subject. Part of that is the writing, but a lot of the success on screen is due to the amassing of talent Reitman manages and the flash he implants into ordinary scenes. The life of a GM during a tumultuous and pressure-packed [...]