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December 3rd, 2018 0

‘Watership Down’ Teaser Trailer

BBC released a teaser trailer for the new adaptation of the classic Watership Down, coming to BBC One and Netflix this Christmas starring James McAvoy, Olivia Colman, John Boyega, Ben Kingsley, Nicholas Hoult, Gemma Arterton and Daniel Kaluuya.

November 26th, 2018 0

BBC One’s ‘Watership Down’ Photocall

Hello! Last Saturday (November 24) James attended in London a photocall for Watership Down, alongside fellow cast members Nicholas Hoult and Gemma Arterton.The remake is coming to Netflix and the BBC this Christmas. The series will follow the plot of Richard Adams’ 1972 book.

The five lead rabbits of Watership Down are: Fiver (played by Nicholas Hoult), Hazel (James McAvoy), Blackberry (Miles Jupp), Bigwig (John Boyega) and Dandelion (Daniel Rigby). The cast also includes Gemma Arterton (playing Clover), Olivia Colman (Strawberry), Ben Kingsley (General Woundwort), Daniel Kaluuya (Bluebell) and Rosamund Pike (Black Rabbit of Inlé).

Netflix’s summary for the new Watership Down reads:

Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home.

Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

Outside of the UK, Watership Down will be released on Sunday, December 23.

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October 22nd, 2018 0

Dark Phoenix could be Disney’s first X-Men film

Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox is getting closer and closer, and superhero fans have been wondering about the future where the MCU and X-Men universes both live under one roof.

The first step towards the union of Avengers and mutants may be underway, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be the first Fox-Marvel movie to be released by Disney. Dark Phoenix was recently delayed from February to June, a date – as the report observes – that won’t clash with any upcoming Disney releases.

In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on June 7, 2019.

Check in our gallery some pictures of James on set while re-shooting his scenes last month, plus screen captures from the trailer.

September 12th, 2018 0

‘His Dark Materials’ Gets Season 2 From the BBC

The BBC has committed to a second season of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials,” with the first season still in production.

“We are making two series of Philip Pullman’s ‘[His] Dark Materials,’” BBC director general Tony Hall said Tuesday during an appearance before a government committee. “The cost per episode is high – it’s really ambitious.”

Based on Pullman’s bestselling trilogy of young-adult fantasy novels (“The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” “The Amber Spyglass”), the show is produced by Bad Wolf with New Line Cinema for the BBC, in association with BBC Studios Distribution and Anton Capital Entertainment. It is currently in production at Bad Wolf’s studios in Cardiff, Wales. Like the first season, the second season will consist of eight episodes.

Hall revealed plans for a second season while speaking before lawmakers about the BBC’s finances. He was responding to a question about whether the pubcaster could be in danger of being priced out of the high-end drama market by deep-pocketed streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.

Hall suggested that the disparity in resources offered the BBC an opportunity to focus “on what we do best, which is U.K. content, dramas about big U.K. issues, finding new talent or giving existing talent its voice to do things they might not otherwise do.” He said “His Dark Materials” was “the sort of piece the BBC should make.”

“We’re showing ambition on that,” said Hall, adding that the fantasy series was expensive for the BBC because of the high cost of its visual effects, which are being handled by Framestore.

The production marks New Line’s first foray into British TV production. International distribution is being handled by BBC Studios.

It stars “Logan” actress Dafne Keen as young protagonist Lyra, who embarks on a dangerous journey of discovery in a parallel universe. James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson lead the adult cast.

Oscar-winner Tom Hooper serves as lead director on the series, handling the first two episodes, with Dawn Shadforth and Otto Bathurst already announced to direct later episodes of the first season. Tony- and BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne adapted the books for television. Laurie Borg serves as producer.

The ensemble cast also features Clarke Peters, Ian Gelder, Will Keen, Ariyon Bakare, Georgina Campbell, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Lucian Msamati, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell and Simon Manyonda. The young cast includes Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt and Archie Barnes.

“His Dark Materials” is executive produced by Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One; and by Pullman, Hooper and Thorne.

September 12th, 2018 0

James spot on set of “It: Chapter 2”

James schedules seems to be crazy lately. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix re-shoots taking place in Ontario and “His Dark Materials” currently being shoot in Cardiff (Wales), he was spot on set of “It: Chapter 2” earlier today alongside co-star James Ransone.

Last week /Film shared an interview with screenwriter Gary Dauberman, in which he talks about the sequel. Read it below:

“Like I said with the first one, it’s really this embarrassment of riches. It was trying to do your best job of taking what Stephen King wrote so beautifully all those years ago and try to translate it to the script page,” Dauberman shared with SlashFilm. “For me it was just really fun to be able to revisit these characters and see what they’re up to 27 years later. There was a challenge trying to get all those character introductions and “here’s where we are so far” which is fun to tackle. How can we find an elegant solution to introduce this many characters again to the audience?”

In the original novel and in the 1990 miniseries, the narrative takes place in the “present,” with the adult characters coming together to honor an oath they made as children, while using flashbacks to explore their various connections to one another. Director Andy Muschietti decided to fracture the timeline so that audiences can connect exclusively with the young characters in the first film, making for a more fulfilling emotional journey in the follow-up film.

“In the first one, they’re all together in school so you see them in a bunch but 27 years later, I don’t think it’s a spoiler they’re sort of scattered all over the country,” Dauberman noted. “So we see pieces of who they’ve become which I think is really exciting. Then of course it was great to see them return to Derry.”

The Losers’ Club reunites for the first time at a restaurant, making it a memorable scene for audiences in both the book and miniseries.

“The Jade of the Orient is such a defining and iconic scene in the book. That was something I remember as a thing I was writing towards,” the writer confessed. “It was like, ‘Okay, coming up is Jade of the Orient. That’s going to be super cool.’ It was a nice signpost to write towards which I dug.”

Writing the film wasn’t an entirely joyful experience, with Dauberman noting, “The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.”

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July 27th, 2018 0

BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Series Starts Production

BBC and Bad Wolf have officially announced the start of production on their His Dark Materials adaptation in Wales today. In addition, the remaining cast members that will be rounding out the cast of the series were officially confirmed, according to ComingSoon.

Author Philip Pullman says: “I’m delighted that the production is under way, and I’m looking forward immensely to seeing how it looks. Bad Wolf has assembled a wonderful cast and I’m sure every HDM reader is as keen as I am to see it all coming together.”

Dafne Keen (Logan) will be playing the main character Lyra with Lin Manuel-Miranda (Hamilton, Mary Poppins Returns) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Split) as Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel and Clarke Peters (The Wire) playing The Master who trains Lyra. Ian Gelder (Queers) who will be portraying Librarian Scholar Charles, Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as the glamorous Mrs. Coulter, Will Keen (Wolf Hall) as Father MacPhail, Ariyon Bakare (Life) as Lord Boreal, and Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror) as journalist Adele Starminster.

New additions to the series include Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) as Ma Costa, James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) as Farder Coram, Lucien Msamati (Richard II) as John Faa, Mat Fraser (Cast Offs) as Raymond Van Geritt, with Geoff Bell (War Horse) as Jack Verhoeven, and Simon Manyonda (King Lear) as Benjamin de Ruyter.

The young actors joining the cast include Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa, Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa and Archie Barnes as Pantalaimon.

The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will direct the eight-part series. The His Dark Materials adaptation will be produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf with New Line Cinema for BBC One.