Steven Knight Scripting ‘The Helicopter Heist’ Thriller For Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: The engines appear to be revving up on Netflix’s The Helicopter Heist, a drama based on the book by Swedish author Jonas Bonnier about a daring 2009 robbery in Stockholm. I’ve learned that Peaky Blinders creator and prolific Osca…

EXCLUSIVE: The engines appear to be revving up on Netflix’s The Helicopter Heist, a drama based on the book by Swedish author Jonas Bonnier about a daring 2009 robbery in Stockholm. I’ve learned that Peaky Blinders creator and prolific Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight is penning the film. Deadline previously broke the news of Netflix boarding the project in 2016 with Jake Gyllenhaal attached to star and produce with his Nine Stories partner Riva Marker. The…

‘Aquaman’ Dives Into China With $25M Friday For Record Warner Bros & December Bow

Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/DC’s Aquaman took his first strokes in China today, grossing an estimated $24.6M (RMB 169.5M). The studio has been pulling out the stops locally as the Middle Kingdom is launching the Jason Momoa-starrer two weeks…

Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros/DC's Aquaman took his first strokes in China today, grossing an estimated $24.6M (RMB 169.5M). The studio has been pulling out the stops locally as the Middle Kingdom is launching the Jason Momoa-starrer two weeks ahead of its domestic release. The DCEU has not had the draw in China that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has enjoyed, but Aquaman is poised to hit a high-water mark for the DC brand with a possible $80M+ debut weekend. Already…

In Win For Casting Directors, Australian Film & TV Academy Inaugurates Prize Category

It’s awards week in Oz as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out its major prizes. In a departure from years past, and in a win for the métier, AACTA for the first time recognized casting directors.
At a Monday luncheon ahead …

It's awards week in Oz as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts handed out its major prizes. In a departure from years past, and in a win for the métier, AACTA for the first time recognized casting directors. At a Monday luncheon ahead of the main prizes today, the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Casting went to Allison Meadows for period drama Riot. While the category was a combined race between film and TV professionals, it marks an important step forward…

Sony’s ‘Venom’ Gets Extended China Release; Par’s ‘Bumblebee’ Sets Date

After nearly four weeks of sinking its fangs into the Chinese box office, Sony’s Venom has been granted an extended run. Through Monday, the Tom Hardy-starrer has grossed $263.6M locally, taking the past frame at No. 2 behind China breakout A Cool Fish…

After nearly four weeks of sinking its fangs into the Chinese box office, Sony's Venom has been granted an extended run. Through Monday, the Tom Hardy-starrer has grossed $263.6M locally, taking the past frame at No. 2 behind China breakout A Cool Fish. It had earlier held No. 1 during its first two weeks of play, seeing an unprecedented hold at Middle Kingdom turnstiles. Venom, which has a sizable investment from China behemoth Tencent, counts $846.9M worldwide through…

Fortitude Options Female-Driven ‘Madame Presidentess’ & ‘Starfish On Thursday’ From TaleFlick

EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has optioned two female-driven properties from recently hatched curation platform TaleFlick: historical fiction Madame Presidentess and essay collection Starfish On Thursday. Both center on strong women going up again…

EXCLUSIVE: Fortitude International has optioned two female-driven properties from recently hatched curation platform TaleFlick: historical fiction Madame Presidentess and essay collection Starfish On Thursday. Both center on strong women going up against overwhelming adversity. The company is eyeing feature adaptations of each. Madame Presidentess depicts the real life of Victoria Woodhull, the first woman who dared to run for President of the United States in 1872 but…

‘Fantastic Beasts 2’ Tops $500M WW; ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ DOA In China With $1.2M Bow – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: In a weekend dominated by holdovers and expansions, Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the international box office for the third session in a row, conjuring $40.2M in 80 markets. That brings the o…

Refresh for latest…: In a weekend dominated by holdovers and expansions, Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the international box office for the third session in a row, conjuring $40.2M in 80 markets. That brings the overseas cume to $385.3M and global across the $500M mark to $519.6M. On the other end of the spectrum, WB's Crazy Rich Asians was dead on arrival in China, mustering just $1.2M over the opening frame. The China performance of Craz…

Mercury Rising: ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocketing Across $500M WW; How Fox Marketed A Supersonic Singalong

EXCLUSIVE: As 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films’ Bohemian Rhapsody continues its supersonic trajectory, the Freddie Mercury biopic will today cross the $500 million mark worldwide. Through Thursday, the movie has hit $156.3M domestic and $341.5M at…

EXCLUSIVE: As 20th Century Fox/New Regency/GK Films' Bohemian Rhapsody continues its supersonic trajectory, the Freddie Mercury biopic will today cross the $500 million mark worldwide. Through Thursday, the movie has hit $156.3M domestic and $341.5M at the international box office for a global running cume of $497.8M. And don't stop it now, with sing-along screenings being added across the globe and Italy just bowing, the Queen backstory looks to be on a collision course…

Oscars: Can Promising Outliers Sneak Into The Category Of Best Foreign Language Film?

There are 87 titles vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this year, in what continues to be a robust lineup of talent, with rich tales to tell from faraway lands. With a number of previous winners and nominees returning for another go…

There are 87 titles vying for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award this year, in what continues to be a robust lineup of talent, with rich tales to tell from faraway lands. With a number of previous winners and nominees returning for another go-round, and some movies with a strong shot at nominations in other races, this has shaped up to be one of the richest rosters of Oscar contenders in recent memory. At this early stage, there appear to be some clear…

Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 Pounces On ‘Tigers In Red Weather’; Liza Klaussmann’s Thriller To Be Event Mini

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Garrett’s Character 7 has acquired the rights to produce the TV adaptation of Liza Klaussmann’s bestselling psychological thriller, Tigers In Red Weather. Garrett, who executive produced The Night Manager, is collaborating on the pro…

EXCLUSIVE: Stephen Garrett's Character 7 has acquired the rights to produce the TV adaptation of Liza Klaussmann's bestselling psychological thriller, Tigers In Red Weather. Garrett, who executive produced The Night Manager, is collaborating on the project with independent producer Rowena Wallace, under her company Peach Pictures. The event mini will be exec produced by Garrett and Character 7 Head of Development Michele Wolkoff in association with Wallace. Set on…

‘Peaky Blinders’: Sam Claflin Suited Up For Season 5 – First-Look Photo

Period gangster epic Peaky Blinders today completed its 50th day of shooting for Season 5, and with that comes the first look at new cast member Sam Claflin, as well as more detail about his character. Check out the photo below.
Claflin is one of a ho…

Period gangster epic Peaky Blinders today completed its 50th day of shooting for Season 5, and with that comes the first look at new cast member Sam Claflin, as well as more detail about his character. Check out the photo below. Claflin is one of a host of new recruits for the BAFTA-winning drama that’s created and written by Steven Knight. As we’ve previously reported, Brian Gleeson and Anya Taylor-Joy are also new to the mix with returning leads Cillian Murphy, Helen…

‘Luther’ Season 5 Trailer: Idris Elba’s Detective Is Back, And He’s Playing Dirty

Just in time for the holidays, Idris Elba returns to his iconic role as the titular detective in BBC crime drama Luther. BBC One has dropped the first trailer for Season 5 which will air as part of the UK broadcaster’s Festive Season lineup, whil…

Just in time for the holidays, Idris Elba returns to his iconic role as the titular detective in BBC crime drama Luther. BBC One has dropped the first trailer for Season 5 which will air as part of the UK broadcaster’s Festive Season lineup, while BBC America says the series will be back in 2019. Check out the video above for a look at the next chapter of the Neil Cross created show, and stick around until the end to catch a glimpse of another key returning…

Industry Mourns Samuel Hadida, Pays Tribute To Distributor/Producer’s Passion

The international industry is digesting the sudden news that veteran French distributor and producer Samuel Hadida died following a short illness on Monday at the age of 64. Reactions have streamed in about a man who folks agree was passionate, joyful …

The international industry is digesting the sudden news that veteran French distributor and producer Samuel Hadida died following a short illness on Monday at the age of 64. Reactions have streamed in about a man who folks agree was passionate, joyful and one-of-a-kind (see tweets below). FilmNation chief Glen Basner tells Deadline this morning, "I love Sammy and will miss him dearly. His enthusiasm and passion for all things made him larger-than-life, but it also…

‘Venom’ Crosses $800M WW; ‘Grindelwald’ Grows To $440M; ‘Ralph Breaks The Internet’ Has Brawny Bow – Intl Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Although the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t factor abroad, moviegoers took in a cornucopia of offerings at the international box office this weekend, clocking new milestones for many.
Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The C…

Refresh for latest: Although the Thanksgiving holiday doesn’t factor abroad, moviegoers took in a cornucopia of offerings at the international box office this weekend, clocking new milestones for many. Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald leads the overseas chart for the second weekend in a row as it tracks roughly on par with the previous film in the Wizarding World spinoff series. With $83.7M in the sophomore frame, the offshore cume is now $322.6M

‘Cats’: ‘Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler To Choreograph Universal-Working Title Film

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler has been set to choreograph Universal Pictures and Working Title’s big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. The three-time Tony Award winner was already part of the extended Cats f…

EXCLUSIVE: Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler has been set to choreograph Universal Pictures and Working Title’s big screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats. The three-time Tony Award winner was already part of the extended Cats family, having choreographed the recent Broadway revival. I understand he boards the project, which starts production in early December, after scheduling conflicts with the Royal Ballet arose for Wayne McGregor. Directed by Tom Hooper, Ca…

‘The ABC Murders’: John Malkovich & Rupert Grint In BBC/Amazon Drama – First-Look

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve previously had a glimpse of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in BBC One/Amazon’s upcoming The ABC Murders, and today we have a new shot of the legendary sleuth alongside key cast members including Rupert Grint as Inspector …

EXCLUSIVE: We’ve previously had a glimpse of John Malkovich as Hercule Poirot in BBC One/Amazon’s upcoming The ABC Murders, and today we have a new shot of the legendary sleuth alongside key cast members including Rupert Grint as Inspector Crome (check out the photo below). The next installment in BBC One's collection of Agatha Christie stories is adapted by Sarah Phelps from the classic 1936 title. The three-part drama marks the return of Poirot to television and…

‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Snares China Date As Hollywood Packs Year-End

With Venom still coursing through China, December is now heating up as a busy time at the Middle Kingdom box office — but, contrary to tradition, not necessarily for local films. Sony has just confirmed that sleeper hit Searching has secured a De…

With Venom still coursing through China, December is now heating up as a busy time at the Middle Kingdom box office — but, contrary to tradition, not necessarily for local films. Sony has just confirmed that sleeper hit Searching has secured a December 14 release, while anticipated animated family action adventure Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse will go on December 21. Part of what’s seen as a push to keep turnstiles spinning in the face of a lackluster crop of…

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Takes $253M WW Bow; ‘Venom’ Voracious In China Milestones – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald cast a $191M spell at the international box office this weekend for a global launch of $253M. The opening in 79 overseas markets is within the range that we were seeing…

Refresh for latest: Warner Bros' Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald cast a $191M spell at the international box office this weekend for a global launch of $253M. The opening in 79 overseas markets is within the range that we were seeing ahead of the bow and surpasses the start of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them by 2%. In 43 individual markets, Newt Scamander and crew opened bigger than their previous outing, and set a series of offshore milestones — but…

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Snatches $74M Overseas, Hits $100M WW Through Friday

SATURDAY UPDATE: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald took in $43M at the international box office on Friday, casting spells in 79 markets, 24 of which were added yesterday. The Warner Bros sequel/spinoff is currently running 14% higher than Fan…

SATURDAY UPDATE: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald took in $43M at the international box office on Friday, casting spells in 79 markets, 24 of which were added yesterday. The Warner Bros sequel/spinoff is currently running 14% higher than Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them at the same point in play and in like-for-likes. The offshore cume through Friday is $74.3M and while there's been an ease in domestic projections, the global running tally through…

‘The Favourite’ Scores Five Early British Independent Film Awards

The British Independent Film Awards has set a handful of early winners with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite scoring five prizes. Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here picked up two, while Bart Layton’s American Animals and Nick Park’s animated Earl…

The British Independent Film Awards has set a handful of early winners with Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite scoring five prizes. Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here picked up two, while Bart Layton's American Animals and Nick Park's animated Early Man took one each. Save Early Man, each of the winning movies is also nominated in the Best British Independent Film category. They are also each backed by the UK's Film4. Laureates of the main races will be announced at…

‘Venom’ Throttles $700M WW, Propels Sony To $2B+ Overseas Box Office In Best Time Since 2012

EXCLUSIVE: On the back of a record-setting opening weekend in China, Sony’s Venom is bonding with a handful of new milestones. With today’s grosses, the Tom Hardy-starrer crosses $700M worldwide, and will hit $500M overseas tomorrow. What’s more, the f…

EXCLUSIVE: On the back of a record-setting opening weekend in China, Sony's Venom is bonding with a handful of new milestones. With today's grosses, the Tom Hardy-starrer crosses $700M worldwide, and will hit $500M overseas tomorrow. What's more, the film is propelling Sony past $2B at the international box office for 2018. That benchmark, one that has not been achieved so early in the year by the Culver City studio since October 31, 2012, was topped through Monday with a…

‘Venom’ Devours $111M In China Debut, Bonds With $674M Global – International Box Office

Refresh for latest…: Thrashing to a massive China start, Sony’s Venom has reclaimed the No. 1 spot at the worldwide and international box office this weekend. Chomping on $111M in the Middle Kingdom, the Tom Hardy-starrer is the 2nd best bow ther…

Refresh for latest…: Thrashing to a massive China start, Sony's Venom has reclaimed the No. 1 spot at the worldwide and international box office this weekend. Chomping on $111M in the Middle Kingdom, the Tom Hardy-starrer is the 2nd best bow there ever for a superhero title, the 5th best for an imported film and Sony's biggest China launch of all time. As we noted on Saturday, the China performance was powering Venom across the $600M mark globally, and with $673.5M