Animated Playmobil Movie in Development from ON Entertainment and Wild Bunch

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When The LEGO Movie came out, I cracked a joke on Twitter saying that The Asylum—the company you can count on for mockbusters—should handle a Playmobil movie.  It turns out there actually will be an animated Playmobil movie, but it will be coming from ON Entertainment and Wild Bunch.  For those who don’t know, Playmobil are like LEGO minus the fun of building and adorable minifigures.  To put it another way, it’s what a child gets for their birthday when their grandparents can’t tell the difference between LEGO and Playmobil at the toy store.

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Nicolas Winding Refn Set to Direct Horror Film THE NEON DEMON; Will Reteam with Editor Matthew Newman and Composer Cliff Martinez

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Gaumont and Wild Bunch have announced that they will reteam with filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn on the upcoming horror film The Neon Demon.  We previously reported that Refn was gearing up to shoot the horror-thriller I Walk with the Dead next year in L.A. It’s possible this is the same movie under a different title since The Neon Demon will also shoot in Los Angeles.  In a press release, Refn says, “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making DRIVE and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of THE NEON DEMON.”

Like I Walk with the Dead, there are no details about the plot for The Neon Demon, but it will reunite him with his Drive editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, so there’s even more reason to be excited for this project.  It will also be Refn’s first collaboration with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster).  Casting is expected to be announced later this year, and Gaumont and Wild Bunch will be selling the movie at the American Film Market for a 2016 release.  Hit the jump for the press release and sales poster.

2016 Release Planned for Terrence Malick’s VOYAGE OF TIME

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Given his secretive nature, filmmaker Terrence Malick and his projects have taken on almost mythic reputations.  One of the director’s longest-developing films is Voyage of Time, which was first announced years ago as an IMAX documentary that would examine the history of life in our universe and was spawned from footage Malick shot for The Tree of Life.  He’s been toiling away on the project in the ensuing time while also filming and editing three full features, and many have been wondering when (or if) we’d actually ever get to see this thing.

It appears that the film’s release is finally near, as Voyage of Time will be shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this week and next week, with the latest word being that the pic will hit theaters in 2016.  Hit the jump for more on the project.

Paul Verhoeven to Direct Adaptation of Psychological Thriller OH… For Wild Bunch

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I’m a big Paul Verhoeven fan, but lately he’s gone quiet other than the short Dutch film Tricked, which unfortunately I haven’t seen.  I like his movies because they take concepts that other people could have done poorly, and injects them with an electric mixture of weirdness and danger.  Even Showgirls, which is reviled, is celebrated for being so bad it’s good.  While his previous films Total Recall and RoboCop were watered down into forgettable remakes, Verhoeven is still willing to court controversy, and his next movie will almost certainly do that.

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SPRING BREAKERS Sequel in Development

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A sequel to last year’s buzzworthy Spring Breakers is in the works.  Ahead of the Cannes Film Festival market, where studios look to sell rights to potential projects in the hopes of getting them off the ground, ScreenDaily reports that Wild Bunch is developing Spring Breakers 2.  The story of the follow-up, titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will find the titular Spring Breakers doing battle “with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.”  Filmmaker Harmony Korine—the creative driving force behind the first film—is not attached to direct or write the sequel, and it appears that the film won’t be that closely tied to the first movie at all.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Drama MEMPHIS Moves Forward Again with Paul Greengrass and Scott Rudin

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It appears that the Martin Luther King, Jr. drama Memphis isn’t dead after all.  Director Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) wrote the script, which takes place during the final days of Dr. King’s life, and previously set the film up as a directorial project early last year alongside producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men), but Universal Pictures abruptly backed out of the pic, forcing Greengrass and Rudin to shelve the project due to a lack of financing.  Now it appears that the film is coming back around with a new backer, with Greengrass hoping to make it his next project.  Hit the jump for more about the film.

New Film from 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS Director Cristian Mungiu Likely to Debut at Cannes

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It’s been a bit of a wait for the follow up to Cristian Mungiu‘s terrific 2007 feature 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, but it looks like a festival release for his next film is on the horizon.  Deadline reports that Wild Bunch has reteamed with Mungiu for the new film, which is “set in an Orthodox convent in Romania,” and “centers on a young woman’s descent into madness, her subsequent exorcism and the police investigation it sparks.”  I’m sick to death of exorcism movies, but I’ll make an exception for Mungiu.  Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval says that the movie “has elements of 4 Months, but with a much more intense twist.”  Hopefully, that twist does not involve sending the audience to a website.

Pre-sales on the untitled film will go down in Berlin, with a possible release at Cannes in May.  Wild Bunch is also planning to submit Rufus NorrisBroken, which centers on “the father of an 11-year old girl living in North London who witnesses a violent attack which changes the way she looks at the world around her.”  The film stars Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, and Bill Milner.

Wild Bunch and Paramount Team-Up for SHADOW DANCER Starring Clive Owen; Plus First Synopsis for Film Emerges

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Last month, we brought you news of Clive Owen teaming up with Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go) and director James Marsh (Man on Wire) in an IRA spy-thriller, then titled, Shadow Dancer. Actually, it’s still titled Shadow Dancer, but we have further updates as well. In a press release sent our way, BBC Films announced that Paramount Pictures will be handling distribution in the UK while Wild Bunch tackles international sales.

Briefly, Shadow Dancer stars Owen as an MI5 agent and Riseborough as a member of the Irish Republican Army in Dublin during the 1990s. James Marsh will direct from a script written by Tom Bradby, who also wrote the novel of the same name. The film also stars Aiden Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) and will begin filming in Dublin this May. Hit the jump to check out the film’s synopsis in the full press release.

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