Netflix Bails on Cannes Over Theatrical Release Mandate

Netflix will not submit its original films to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, following a 2017 mandate that all eligible titles must get a theatrical release in France to be included in the festival’s main competition, TheWrap has learned.

Netflix’s prospective competition titles included Jeremy Saulnier’s Jeffrey Wright drama “Hold the Dark,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and potentially David Mackenzie’s Chris Pine period drama “Outlaw King.” Paul Greengrass’ “Norway” is also on the horizon at the streaming service, though not all are thought to be completed or ready for screening.

The company also had Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind” — a film the legendary director never finished before his death in 1985. Netflix did it for him, with some change they found in the couch.

The entry would have been a lock for Cannes Classics category, along with Morgan Neville’s documentary about their completing it.

The Cannes rule requiring a French theatrical release did not apply to out-of-competition sections like Cannes Classics, and Netflix could have submitted its films for consideration in those sections. But it opted not to do so.

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News of Netflix’s withdrawal was first reported in a Variety Q&A with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. A Netflix spokesperson would not comment further.

Representatives from Netflix’s feature film acquisitions team are expected to attend the festival, according to an individual familiar with their plans, thought it’s unclear if film division head Scott Stuber will be among the attendees.

The prestigious festival made its rule change following protests from European theater owners, who hit the ceiling last year when Netflix strutted titles like Tilda Swinton’s “Okja” in the main competition despite the company’s plans to only stream the film on its digital service and bypass a traditional theatrical release.

“Netflix has been avoiding French regulation and fiscal obligations. These rules allow for the financing of our strong film industry and ecosystem which in turns allows for many French and foreign movies selected at Cannes to get made,” French theater owners said in a joint statement at the time.

Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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Netflix will not submit its original films to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, following a 2017 mandate that all eligible titles must get a theatrical release in France to be included in the festival’s main competition, TheWrap has learned.

Netflix’s prospective competition titles included Jeremy Saulnier’s Jeffrey Wright drama “Hold the Dark,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and potentially David Mackenzie’s Chris Pine period drama “Outlaw King.” Paul Greengrass’ “Norway” is also on the horizon at the streaming service, though not all are thought to be completed or ready for screening.

The company also had Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind” — a film the legendary director never finished before his death in 1985. Netflix did it for him, with some change they found in the couch.

The entry would have been a lock for Cannes Classics category, along with Morgan Neville’s documentary about their completing it.

The Cannes rule requiring a French theatrical release did not apply to out-of-competition sections like Cannes Classics, and Netflix could have submitted its films for consideration in those sections. But it opted not to do so.

News of Netflix’s withdrawal was first reported in a Variety Q&A with Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. A Netflix spokesperson would not comment further.

Representatives from Netflix’s feature film acquisitions team are expected to attend the festival, according to an individual familiar with their plans, thought it’s unclear if film division head Scott Stuber will be among the attendees.

The prestigious festival made its rule change following protests from European theater owners, who hit the ceiling last year when Netflix strutted titles like Tilda Swinton’s “Okja” in the main competition despite the company’s plans to only stream the film on its digital service and bypass a traditional theatrical release.

“Netflix has been avoiding French regulation and fiscal obligations. These rules allow for the financing of our strong film industry and ecosystem which in turns allows for many French and foreign movies selected at Cannes to get made,” French theater owners said in a joint statement at the time.

Steve Pond contributed to this report.

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‘Scarface’: Mexican-Born Writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer Tapped to Rewrite Universal’s Gangster Reboot (Exclusive)

Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has been tapped to rewrite Universal Pictures’ new, original take of “Scarface,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Additionally, “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, who previously left the film, has returned.

Previous drafts of the film were written by white, American writers David Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — which could have opened up “Scarface” to charges of cultural insensitivity. The new film will reimagine the  the 1932 “Scarface” — and the 1983 Brian DePalma version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana — as the story of a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles.

Dunnet-Alcocer, originally from Queretaro, Mexico, is best known for writing the English-language adaptation of “Miss Bala” for Sony. He wrote and directed “Contrapelo,” which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards after premiering to rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Fuqua left “Scarface” in 2017, but re-entered negotiations to direct last month. Now his deal is closed, an insider told TheWrap.

Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions banner. Scott Stuber will executive produce with Martin Bergman, producer for the 1983 “Scarface.” Vice President of Production Brian Williams will oversee on behalf of Dylan Clark Productions. “Scarface” will be a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films.  The new film will be set in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, The Tribeca Film Festival announced that 1983’s “Scarface” is set for a 35th anniversary screening, followed by conversations with the film’s director Brian DePalma and cast including Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Mexican-born writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer has been tapped to rewrite Universal Pictures’ new, original take of “Scarface,” TheWrap has exclusively learned. Additionally, “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua, who previously left the film, has returned.

Previous drafts of the film were written by white, American writers David Ayer, Jonathan Herman and Joel Coen & Ethan Coen — which could have opened up “Scarface” to charges of cultural insensitivity. The new film will reimagine the  the 1932 “Scarface” — and the 1983 Brian DePalma version, which starred Al Pacino as Cuban refugee Tony Montana — as the story of a Mexican drug lord in Los Angeles.

Dunnet-Alcocer, originally from Queretaro, Mexico, is best known for writing the English-language adaptation of “Miss Bala” for Sony. He wrote and directed “Contrapelo,” which was shortlisted for the Academy Awards after premiering to rave reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Fuqua left “Scarface” in 2017, but re-entered negotiations to direct last month. Now his deal is closed, an insider told TheWrap.

Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Vice President of Production Jay Polidoro will oversee the project for Universal, with Dylan Clark producing through his Dylan Clark Productions banner. Scott Stuber will executive produce with Martin Bergman, producer for the 1983 “Scarface.” Vice President of Production Brian Williams will oversee on behalf of Dylan Clark Productions. “Scarface” will be a reimagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films.  The new film will be set in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, The Tribeca Film Festival announced that 1983’s “Scarface” is set for a 35th anniversary screening, followed by conversations with the film’s director Brian DePalma and cast including Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Dunnet-Alcocer is represented by WME.

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‘Scarface’ Remake Loses David Ayer as Director

David Ayer has parted ways with Universal’s “Scarface” reboot, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The “Suicide Squad” director joined the project in May after Antoine Fuqua dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. An individual familiar with the project said that scheduling conflicts are also at the heart of Ayer’s departure. The split was amicable, the individual noted. Ayer has been a longtime member of the Universal family, and wrote the screenplay for the original “The Fast and the Furious.”

Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) is still set to star in the reimagining of the core immigrants story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles.

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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) had polished the most recent screenplay. “Scarface” will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions and Scott Stuber. Martin Bregman, producer of the 1983 “Scarface” film, will also produce.

Ayer recently wrote and directed “Suicide Squad,” which starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and and Viola Davis. He is currently directing and producing “Bright,” which will also star Smith as well as Ike Barinholtz, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez. It debuts on Netflix this Christmas Day. He is also working on directing and producing “Gotham City Sirens,” which will star Robbie as Harley Quinn.

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Ayer is represented by CAA, Rowe PR and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

“Scarface” is still scheduled for release on August 10, 2018, and the search for a director will ramp up in the coming days.

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David Ayer has parted ways with Universal’s “Scarface” reboot, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The “Suicide Squad” director joined the project in May after Antoine Fuqua dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. An individual familiar with the project said that scheduling conflicts are also at the heart of Ayer’s departure. The split was amicable, the individual noted. Ayer has been a longtime member of the Universal family, and wrote the screenplay for the original “The Fast and the Furious.”

Diego Luna (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”) is still set to star in the reimagining of the core immigrants story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films. The new film will be set in Los Angeles.

Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (“No Country for Old Men”) had polished the most recent screenplay. “Scarface” will be produced by Dylan Clark for his Dylan Clark Productions and Scott Stuber. Martin Bregman, producer of the 1983 “Scarface” film, will also produce.

Ayer recently wrote and directed “Suicide Squad,” which starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne and and Viola Davis. He is currently directing and producing “Bright,” which will also star Smith as well as Ike Barinholtz, Noomi Rapace and Edgar Ramirez. It debuts on Netflix this Christmas Day. He is also working on directing and producing “Gotham City Sirens,” which will star Robbie as Harley Quinn.

Ayer is represented by CAA, Rowe PR and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

“Scarface” is still scheduled for release on August 10, 2018, and the search for a director will ramp up in the coming days.

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