First glimpsed at 2019’s Guadalajara FICG PitchBox and now back in circulation, post-pandemic, a border-crossing reverse immigration comedy with a young nationalist Vlogger suddenly deported from the U.S. to a home country he never recognized as such. “We are trying to contrast misinformation, to show the reality that a daily mile of people in the world live in their search for a dignified life,” Fontana told Variety.
“Harem, Land of Goddesses,” (Marieta Petchanska, Spain)
After first-wave COVID-19 lifts, three female caregivers at a retirement home retreat to Spain’s stunning Cabo de Gata to reconsider and reset their lives. A series project from Cano, whose credits include Atresmedia’s “Deudas,” and Fabra, writer of Amazon’s upcoming “Un Asunto Privado.” Together,  they are currently penning a feature for Paco Plaza and a series for Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Caballo Films.
“Caregivers,” (“Cuidadoras,” Sara Cano, Paula Fabra, Spain)
Some time later, their youngest son is abducted and mysteriously disappears. Miyagi Films and showrun by its founders, Angeles Hernández and David Matamoros, co-producers of Netflix hit “The Platform” and directors of “Isaac.”  Straight-arrow, compulsive genre entertainment as a beggar who claims he can see the future warns the owners of a luxury campsite that tragedy beckons. A supernatural thriller set up at Barcelona-based Mr.
A crime drama/romance blending with the supernatural, as Cathy and her children escape to the Costa del Sol, fleeing violence past and present, only to awaken the spirit of a murdered hitman. Subject of a high-profile deal with Lionsgate, which boarded in early July as a co-producer and distributor, written by Chiappe (“The Beast Must Die,” “Their Finest,”) and Perrin (“The Level,” “Shetland” “Leonardo”), some of the highest-profile scribes at 2021’s Conecta Fiction.
“Raval,” (Victor Alonso-Berbel, Jan Matheu, Spain)
Borges and vet TV scribe Jorge (“Sedução”) co-write. Billed as a sci-fi drama, it turns on a woman who appears to find happiness via a phone app which risks, however, destroying her existence. A new series project from go-ahead Lisbon-based Santa Rita Filmes which had “Doce,” directed by company founder Sequeira, competing in International Panorama at early September’s Series Mania.
“Forget My Name,” (“Olvida Mi Nombre,” Jesica Aran, Juan Lombardi, Avi Films, Spain)
A high-concept play which looks likely to attract high-profile participation from the world of music. Petchanska asks is what she calls a sci-fi utopia/dystopia drama. A fantasy thriller set in the land of Ellah, where women reign over men, But is merciless matriarchy any better than its male counterpart?
“The Beach House,” (Jorge Hernández, Sergio Cámara, Paula Sánchez Álvarez, Mediacrest Entertainment, Spain)
A half-hour comedy: Spanish national team goalkeeper Teresa Giménez, 39, retires after winning everything in women’s soccer, except money and recognition, the logline runs. Calvillo who have carved a reputation for bathetic often celeb-themed comedy through shorts such as "Cariño, me he follado a Bunbury” and the Goya-shortlisted "Una noche con Juan Diego Botto." Positioned as the first series in Spain about women’s soccer, and hopefully spangled by cameo roles from some of Spanish soccer’s greats, the latest from writer-directors Bellón and F.
“The Stolen Kids,” (“Niños de Contrabando,” Camila Vilafrán, María De La Luz Urriola, María Wood Producciones, MegaMedia, Chile)
Synopsis: “In a future where artificial intelligence guides our species, ‘Totem 2040’ portrays the moments leading up to the most violent uprising in the history of civilization.” A sci-fi thriller from Aronak and Da Cruz, director and producer of 2016’s “Wrath,” and TV sports doc director Romero, helmer of HBO España’s “Destino Rusia 2018.”
Following, details of titles in the three main sections at Conecta Fiction: The heart of Conecta Fiction is its pitching sessions where producers and creators bring onto the market, looking for partners and sales, projects which have often flown completely under the radar.
“Totem 2040,” (Jota Aronak, Jonás Da Cruz, Eulogio Romero, Unlogic Films Studio, Spain)
The latest from Paris-based Perpetual Soup, set up by Vincent Poymiro and David Elkaïm and Jeremy Sahuel, with Poymiro and Elkaïm showrunning “In Therapy” for Arte and “Gone for Good” for Netflix. An ambitious Medieval drama set in 1347 France and Italy as a avant-garde French doctor and a young “witch” battle the Black Plague. Manneville (“In Treatment” ) and Amerell (“Dahoam Is Dahoam”) are among lead writers.
Miyagi Films, Spain) “Santafe Camping,” (Humbert Aparicio, Fernando Cajaraville, Mr.
Billed as an intimate espionaje drama thriller as a veteran Spanish Intelligence Center agent with terminal cancer sets out to find a replacement, settling on a brilliant young female thief.
“Harrogate Detective Agency,” (Juan Galonce, Fuera de Series Producciones, Spain)
“Wannabe,” (Noelia Bodas, Tatiana Chisleanschi, Spain)
Created by Durán, founder of Spain’s Alcalá de Henares-based Smaver Microfilms Studio, a video clip, fiction, commercials and branded content company. A sci-fi thriller: “Six seemingly independent stories about obsolete professions and crimes all converge in one final invention that will change everything,” the synopsis runs.
“The O’Neill,” (Tim Loane, Revolution Media, Subotica, Ireland)
      But, as Mediacrest’s Alberto Macías puts it, amor soon becomes terror. “He wants what’s best for you,” announces sarcastically  the logline of “The Beach House.” A 20-minute episode series wrapping sexual gender violence in a psychological horror tale of a teen couple who rent a house on the beach for a quiet weekend together.
“Error 404,” (Alexandre Borges, Joana Jorge, Patricia Sequeira, Santa Rita Filmes, Portugal)
On his shoulders, rests the fate of his native people. With “Games of Thrones” Aidan Gillen on board in a lead role and “Vikings” helmer Stephen Saint Leger set to direct. Teaming Jack Armstrong’s Dublin-based Revolution Media and and top Irish production house Subotica (“Michael Inside,” “Miss Julie”), a historical action drama thriller, set over 1550-1609, turning on Hugh O’Neill, raised as an English lord, but with royal Gaelic blood coursing his veins.
Recovering from a near-death experience an ex war correspondent-turned-writer seeks to leave his mark for posterity in a world of feminism, inclusiveness and social media which have converted him into a relic. Expect a high-profile Spanish protagonist announcement shortly. Written by March and Erre, head writer on the Santiago Segura hosted comedy sketch show “Hoy No, Mañana.” Described as a light drama laced by magic realism.
“Costa,” (Gaby Chiappe, Alex Perrin, Black Box Multimedia, Lionsgate, U.K.)
Penned by the writers of female stand-up show “Las que faltaban.” Chisleabnski’s credits also take in nine episodes of “Aida,” Globomedia’s Mediaset España sitcom classic and Anima Estudios’ “Cleo & Cuquin,” backed by Televisa and TVE.” /> A light period dramedy about Cris an 11-year-old who’s a lesbian, though she doesn’t yet know it – natural at her age when she lives in a village outside Madrid in 1997 Spain.
“O.K., Boomer,” (“Todo Mal,” Manu March, Fernando Erre, Spain)
“Smaver” (David Durán, Smaver Microfilms Studio, Spain)
“Life,” (“Vida,” Alberto Macías, Nicolás Romero and Caridad Fernández, Mediacrest Entertainment, Spain; White Lion Films, Troisieme Oeil, France)
“Queen of Sport,” (“Deporte Reina,” Teresa Bellón, César F. Calvillo, Spain)
A thriller set in Barcelona’s vibrant Raval back streets as a Dominican bike rider disappears and his girfriend, Sofia, a tourist guide, looks for him, discovering a modern-day criminal world and unknown aspects of herself. “Raval" has been selected for Spain’s 2021 SGAE and Tabakalera labs. From writer-director Victor Alonso-Berbel, a best Latino director winner at the DGA Student Film Awards for 2018 short “Perfectly Natural” and Jan Matheu, two young but go-to writers with projects set up together at “The Head” producer The Mediapro Studio and “Elite’s” Zeta Studios.
“Black Times,” (Alexandre Manneville, Sabrina Amerell, Georgi Milenov Angelov, Perpetual Soup, France)
“Antonio,” (Enrique Videla, Paula del Fierro, Zumbastico Studios, Pipeline Studios, Chile)
Set in a village in the mountains – which, being Spain, is likely to offer extraordinary vistas – three young girls turn detectives over what is described as the best summer of their lives. At stake: the truth behind their late grandmother’s Agatha Christie style fiction and a treasure which could allow them to keep the family house. A relatively rare Spanish play at family live action entertainment from Galonce (“Los muertos también bailan”) with Borja González Santaolalla (“Way Down”) and Ángel Agudo (“Luimelia”) joining as director and co-scribe.
“Hunting Evil,” (Moisés Menezes, Aquí y Allí Films, Spain)
A 24 hour race against the clock. A high concept thriller, with format sales potential, from Macías (“Cuéntame”), producer Romero (“Los misterios de Laura”) and Fernández (“Drug Squad: Costa del Sol”). A massive car crash. Three hospitals: Barcelona, Paris, Pamplona. Four doctors, all at personal crossroads. Their organs can save many lives. Several dead. “‘ER’ meets ’24,’” says co-creator Alberto Macías.
In “Hunting Evil,” the only survivor of a massacre in Poland hatches a diabolic revenge. One of the banner TV projects set up at Pedro Hernández’s Madrid-based Aquí y Allí Films, producer of Carlos Vermut’s San Sebastian Golden Shell winner “Magical Girl” and Antonio Mendez Esparza’s celebrated “Life and Nothing More,” an “understated indie masterwork,” Variety said.
From two of the writing stars of Chile’s fast burgeoning premium TV scene: Videla, whose credits take in Pablo Larrain’s “Prófugos,” Lucía Puenzo’s “La Jauria” and the upcoming “The Cliff,” from The Mediapro Studio and Vice Studios; and Del Fierro (Besieged, La Jauria, Dignity). A sci-fi parable for the young teen crowd backed by Zumbastico (“Paper Port”), owned by Canada’s Pipeline Studios Group. Antonio (13) can repair most anything, except for his ailing mother. But by entering a strange mechanical world, he gets a chance to make that repair as well.
Historias para no dormir”) and partner Lombardi. The latest from Arán (“Pajaro Negros,” “BOO!
Together they search for the truth and discover a conspiracy of Chilean child trafficking stretching back near 70 years. Top Chilean writer-director Matías Bize (“En La Cama,” “The Life of Fish,” “The Memory of Water,”) is on board as director, María Elena Wood (“Dignity”) and MegaMedia’s Jaime Sepúlveda produce – powerful backing for a family drama in which Aga learns that her adopted son was stolen at birth. Set between Sweden and Chile and ripe for Scandinavia-Chile co-production.
“Kicked Out,” (Jacopo Fontana, Arte Mécanica Producciones, Mexico)

Germany has been one of the territories that has displayed most interest in the project, but there are several other countries in which the film has created a great buzz, Diaz said, adding that he hoped to announce more deals in the coming days of the Toronto market.
The film was first presented at this year’s Berlinale. Set on the awe-inspiring massif of Annapurna in Nepal’s Himalayas, the pic follows a climber who’s finally about to fulfill his dream of scaling the Annapurna when he has an accident and a woman climber attempts to assist him.
“We were following ‘Beyond the Summit’ as a project from the beginning because we found exactly these qualities and more in it: a breathtaking setting, spectacular shots of a unique landscape, an exciting and at the same time moving story with involving characters about the meaning of our lives and the most fundamental human emotions and instincts, about the promises we make to our loved ones, about people who never give up despite the most difficult and dangerous circumstances,” he continued.
‘Beyond the Summit’ has become one of the strongest projects we have on our slate at the moment.” Ivan Diaz, head of international at Filmax, concurred: “We're very excited to be able to announce this first deal.
He added_ “Besides being an exciting, survival thriller, the film also has a beautiful love story woven in, which makes it very mainstream, with a wide target audience, and I'm sure it will give people a lot to talk about.”
“Spanish cinema has always been and will always be interesting and inspiring to us because of the creativity, visual quality and equally sensitive and captivating storytelling,” said Michael Müllner, SVP Acquisitions GST at Telepool.
“Beyond the Summit” is produced by Arcadia Motion Pictures, Aixerrota Films, LaZona and Dorothy Films AIE, in co-production with Noodles Production in France. It stars Javier Rey and recent Goya-winner, Patricia López Arnaiz, and is set for a release in Spain by the first quarter of 2022.
Barcelona-based production-distribution outfit Filmax has sold the German-speaking Europe rights to Telepool for ‘Beyond the Summit’ by Ibon Cormenzana (“Guilt”), marking its first international deal for the adventure thriller.
The completed film will be presented to buyers at this year's American Film Market.” />

Stanley Nelson has been set to direct a feature-length documentary on the life of Charlie Sifford, the first Black golfer to play on the PGA Tour.
The filmmaker's credits include the Emmy-winning "Freedom Riders," "Freedom Summer," "The Black Press: Soldiers Without Swords" and "Two Dollars and a Dream." history. Nelson’s recent work includes "Attica," a non-fiction film that examines the largest prison uprising in U.S. It is set to have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
to terminate the "Caucasian-only" membership clause, an achievement that allowed him to play at the age of 39. Sifford, who has been called the Jackie Robinson of golf, was instrumental in getting the biggest professional golf tournament in the U.S.
In 2000, Nelson and his wife, Marcia A. Smith, founded Firelight Media, a non-profit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes. The org also focuses on mentoring a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories. Firelight received a MacArthur Award for creative and effective institutions in 2016.
Nelson is represented by WME and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz. The Charlie Sifford Estate is co-represented by Phil Sandhaus/WME Legends and JLMP.” />
He became a full member of the PGA Tour and notched several victories, including the Greater Hartford Open in 1967 and the Los Angeles Open in 1969. Through those achievements, he won more than $1.2 million and became one of the PGA's top 60 money-winners of that decade.
Among Sifford's many accolades, he was a six-time UGA National Negro Open champion, and he received an honorary doctorate from University of St. Andrews. He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Sifford died in 2015 at the age of 92.
Whittley, Russ Crockett and Darryl Porter. In addition to directing, Nelson is producing the documentary with Keith Brown, Tirrell D.

From the get-go TMZ had always been an uneasy fit within the former Time Warner empire because so much of its business involved exposes of the Hollywood stars employed by Warner Bros. The TMZ sale comes as WarnerMedia parent AT&T has been on a campaign to sell off non-core assets to pare down its $150 billion-plus debt load. and HBO for high-gloss projects.
Fox has acquired all of the company behind the daily syndicated TV shows "TMZ" and "TMZ Live," which have aired on Fox's O&O stations since they debuted in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The TMZ production banner was founded in 2005 by Harvey Levin, the former KCBS-TV Los Angeles correspondent, and the late Telepictures executive Jim Paratore as a division of Warner Bros.' Telepictures production unit.
"Fox Entertainment is opening up a world of opportunities for TMZ to grow our current platforms and expand in every which way."” /> “We couldn't be more charged," Levin said.
"TMZ will now be more closely aligned with the distributor of the popular content they create, and WarnerMedia wishes Harvey and everyone on the team the best as they venture into a new partnership with the talented team at Fox." “Harvey Levin created a groundbreaking destination for entertainment news, and for the past 15-plus years TMZ has celebrated great success," Dungey said.
" 'TMZ' has been an impactful program for our Fox television stations and broadcast partners for many years and I know Jack Abernethy and Charlie Collier will find creative ways to utilize and expand this content in effective and compelling ways for our audiences.” “The unique and powerful brand Harvey has created in TMZ has forever changed the entertainment industry and we’re excited to welcome them to Fox,” said Lachlan Murdoch, chairman-CEO of Fox Corp.
Television Group chairman Channing Dungey offered a farewell salute to Levin and his team as the split became final. Nonetheless, Warner Bros.
Given the close ties between TMZ and Fox, insiders expressed optimism that the transition would be pretty smooth.
That website regularly generates huge traffic, particularly with its specialty of video clips of celebraties behaving badly. The deal includes all of TMZ's existing assets including the TMZ Sports digital site and its TooFab celebrity, culture and lifestyle unit that also houses
In the new configuration, he will report on day-to-day matters to Rob Wade, Fox Entertainment's president of alternative and specials and the TMZ entity itself will be added to the portfolio of Fox Entertainment chief Charlie Collier. Domestic Television Distribution. Fox's syndication arm, Fox First Run, will take over sales and distribution of the syndicated programs from Warner Bros. Levin will continue to run the company and serve as frontman for the TV shows.
aims to rev up the tempo of its digital news, sports and lifestyle offerings now that the company has completed its acquisition of TMZ from WarnerMedia at a price tag estimated at around $50 million. Fox Corp.
Fox Television Stations president Jack Abernethy will also be involved in steering TMZ to become a content engine for the company's networks, digital platforms and TV stations.

Robbins reportedly sold ViacomCBS head Shari Redstone on his vision for the studio and his plans to shift its emphasis in the direction of feeding Paramount Plus with content as it struggles to compete with streaming giants like Netflix, Disney Plus and HBO Max. Gianopulos has assembled a talented core of executives, many of whom, such as motion picture group president Emma Watts, worked with him previously during his long stint at 20th Century Fox. In his new capacity, Robbins will oversee films produced for Paramount Plus. His elevation could be destabilizing. It's unclear if they will stick around under a new regime.
Nicole Clemens, who has headed up Paramount TV since 2018, will now solely report to Nevins. In addition to Robbins' promotion, David Nevins, the longtime Showtime chief, will take on oversight of Paramount Television as the studio undergoes a restructuring and leadership change.
“I am excited about the future for Paramount Pictures, and I want to thank Bob Bakish for the opportunity to use this incredibly powerful and broad canvas to produce films for every audience and deliver them in the ways today’s consumers want to experience them.” “Jim is nothing less than legendary in this business, and I am humbled and grateful to him for his years of mentorship and friendship during our time working together,” said Robbins in his own statement.
Brian Robbins has officially been named president and CEO of Paramount Pictures, replacing Jim Gianopulos as head of the studio behind the "Mission: Impossible" and "Transformers" franchises, and setting up a new era in the oversight of one of Hollywood's big movie studios.
The media conglomerate hopes that Robbins, who boasts digital savvy and a long history in kids programming, will help guide it as it looks ahead to a future dominated by streaming giants. Gianopulos will serve in an advisory role at Paramount through the end of the year. Robbins will take the reins while continuing in his current post as head of Nickelodeon and as the chief content officer of kids and family for Paramount Plus, the streaming service launched this year by Paramount's parent company ViacomCBS.
“I’ve been privileged to be part of this amazing world of film and television for almost 40 years, and at the heart, it was always driven by two principal things: the brilliant talent of storytellers, whose visionary expression excelled in every medium and whom I did my best to empower, and a fantastic team of colleagues who helped me make that happen," he said. He sounded a valedictory note in his statement. "I’ve been honored to help guide the evolution and massive expansion of creative content, from the birth of video to global TV access, to the launch of iTunes, to ubiquitous internet availability, and now the streaming revolution. The opportunity to take the reins at Paramount and revitalize it, build first-class executive and creative teams, and restore it to both profitability and creative success has been a source of pride. I wish them all the very best success.” Brian has a long and successful career, and having worked closely with him, I know he and the team at Paramount will have great accomplishments in the future.
After rejoining Viacom in 2018, Robbins led Paramount Players, a production division that created the likes of “What Men Want” and the live-action adaptation of “Dora the Explorer.” News of Robbins' promotion leaked on Friday, stunning many studio insiders with the ouster of the well-liked Gianopulos, but a formal announcement came Monday. Robbins launched AwesomenessTV, a YouTube channel aimed at teenagers,  which he later sold to DreamWorks Animation and then Viacom. Robbins is a former child actor who once starred on ABC's "Head of the Class." He reinvented himself as a producer and director, overseeing such films as "Hardball," "Varsity Blues," and the critically pummeled "Norbit," before becoming an entrepreneur.
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At Paramount, Gianopulos restored the money-losing studio to profitability, oversaw box office hits such as "A Quiet Place" and "Sonic the Hedgehog," and guided the company through the darkest days of the pandemic, selling movies like "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and "Without Remorse" to streaming services when theaters were shuttered.
The moves we’re making today will build on Paramount’s strong momentum, ensuring it continues to engage audiences at scale while embracing viewers’ evolving tastes and habits,” said Bob Bakish, president and CEO of ViacomCBS. "Paramount is one of ViacomCBS’s crown jewels, delivering some of the most iconic moments in entertainment for more than a century. “A passionate storyteller who takes a holistic view of the entertainment ecosystem, Brian is an expert at building powerhouse global franchises by leaning into the unique strengths of new and established platforms – including theatrical releases, streaming, linear, consumer products and more.”

Though plot details, as well as Key's role, have been kept under wraps, "Wonka" serves as a prequel to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and will explore the upbringing of the man who later created the famous temple of confectionary treats.
He will star alongside Timothee Chalamet, who has been set to portray the famed chocolatier.
Keegan-Michael Key has been cast in "Wonka," a musical based on the early life of Willy Wonka.
The movie, from Warner Bros., is scheduled to debut in theaters on March 17, 2023.” />
Paul King, known for "Paddington" and its sequel, is directing "Wonka." David Heyman ("Harry Potter") will produce the film, which is expected to begin production in September.
King wrote the screenplay with Simon Farnaby, with prior writers including Simon Rich, Simon Stephenson, Jeff Nathanson, and Steven Levenson. Luke Kelly and Alexandra Derbyshire will also serve as producers and Michael Siegel will executive produce.
Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” follows a poor boy named Charlie Bucket, who wins a golden ticket to tour the world-famous and heavily guarded chocolate factory run by one Willy Wonka. Since the upcoming movie takes place before the chocolate factory opened, Charlie and his fellow golden ticket winners won’t appear in "Wonka."

Executives at Warner Bros. have since maintained Project Popcorn, the nickname given to its controversial HBO Max deal, was a "unique one-year plan" and wouldn't continue into 2022. Sources close to the production say that following the public outcry, Legendary Entertainment, the production company that co-financed a significant portion of "Dune," was given the option to wait to premiere the film, which would have pushed it out of the HBO Max window and ensured a theatrical-only release. In recent months, the studio has hammered out formal agreements with major cinema chains, including AMC, to keep its movies only in theaters for 45 days.
By keeping the film on HBO Max, "Dune" will almost certainly make less money than it would have generated with an exclusive theatrical window, but it will ensure its filmmakers and talent are compensated handsomely regardless. Had "Dune" been bumped to next year, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi opera would not have been guaranteed backend payouts.
Legendary and Villeneuve declined to comment. because it was left out of the decision to send the film to HBO Max. Since "Dune" had already been postponed three times, Villeneuve and other key stakeholders were opposed to pushing it again even though Legendary, months earlier, had considered taking legal action against Warner Bros.
The reason that so many chose to emphasize the benefit of watching the movie in theaters is because "Dune," like every 2021 Warner Bros. The positive reception toward "Dune" and its grandiose special effects sparked rumblings that Warner Bros., the studio behind the $165 million-budgeted space epic, would reverse its decision to put the film concurrently on streaming, a strategy that has proven to curb, even vivisect, box office ticket sales. release, is premiering simultaneously on HBO Max.
His latest film was "Blade Runner 2049," a sequel to the 1982 cult classic. Most movies lose money during their theatrical run. All that is to say even without an industry-altering pandemic, "Dune" may have never hit the necessary milestones to trigger the generous backend deals that are tied to ambitious box office benchmarks. In non-COVID times, studios typically only pay out backends on three or four films a year. The movie was widely praised, but was also a commercial disappointment, generating $92 million in North America and $260 million worldwide against a production budget over $150 million. Villeneuve knows the difficulty in getting audiences hyped for a film that doesn't involve comic book heroes or radioactive beasts.
However, it's unclear what Warner Bros. will deem a success in plague times. It stands to reason that the performance of "Dune: Part I" will help the studio determine the financial viability of moving forward with another big-screen installment. That means it'll be trickier than ever to conclude if Warner Bros. But when a film has fallen flat in theaters, it has gone similarly unwatched on streaming. should sink another $165 million into the interplanetary tale set in the desert land of Arrakis. Already, a spinoff TV series titled "Dune: The Sisterhood" has been set in motion at HBO Max, but the studio has not officially greenlit a sequel to the movie. Studio executives have said streaming metrics on HBO Max have been in line with ticket sales; when a Warner Bros. movie hits big at the box office, it has also seen a sizable audience on HBO Max. "Dune," which runs at two hours and 35 minutes, is the first entry in an expected two-part saga.
"Warner Bros.’ decision means 'Dune' won’t have the chance to perform financially in order to be viable and piracy will ultimately triumph," Villeneuve wrote in the days following the studio's announcement. might just have killed the 'Dune' franchise." "Warner Bros.
At the Venice Film Festival, he elaborated on the benefit of viewing "Dune" at the cinema rather than from the couch. "We tried to design it to be as immersive as possible." “When you watch this movie on the big screen, it is a physical experience," he said.
For one thing, amendments to contracts regarding its altered distribution plan have long been ironed out, which means that the studio won't face the kind of legal challenge Disney did when Scarlett Johansson sued it for releasing "Black Widow" concurrently on Disney Plus. Insiders at Warner Bros. titles for an exclusive period because HBO Max has not yet launched in those territories. say there's no chance "Dune," starring Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya and Oscar Isaac, will have any sort of exclusive theatrical window in the U.S. 22. when it debuts on Oct. Some international markets, including Asia, will have the opportunity to play "Dune" and several other Warner Bros.
That means everyone from Hugh Jackman to Denzel Washington was granted tens of millions in financial rewards despite titles like "Reminiscence" and "The Little Things" generating significantly less than the studio had expected when it greenlit the movies year prior to the pandemic. For Warner Bros., the arrangement to put its slate of films — a group that includes the musical adaptation of "In the Heights," "Space Jam: A New Legacy" and the R-rated comic book adaptation "The Suicide Squad" — on HBO Max has been a massive financial undertaking because nearly every release has fallen short of already-tempered COVID-era box office expectations. Plus, the studio, in an attempt to keep talent happy, agreed to pay its A-list actors and filmmakers the bonuses they would have received had their movies been massive theatrical hits.
"That would be a dream."” /> "I hope we can do a second one,” Chalamet, who plays the lead character Paul Atreides, told reporters at Venice Film Festival.
After "Dune," the upcoming cinematic retelling of Frank Herbert's landmark 1965 sci-fi novel, had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, critics — even those who weren't particularly enthused about the movie — made a point of saying the striking visuals demanded to be seen on the big screen.
"Our movie’s image and sound were meticulously designed to be seen in theaters." While stressing the importance of safety amid COVID-19 and the spreading delta variant, Villeneuve has made it clear he prefers moviegoers to watch "Dune" in theaters. "My team and I devoted more than three years of our lives to make it a unique big screen experience," he wrote last December.
If the film is embraced by HBO Max subscribers, they say they will move forward with a "Dune" follow-up. However, insiders say the HBO Max deal gives Villeneuve assurances that diminished box office revenues won't prohibit him from having the chance to make his follow-up film. developing other characters in its "Mortal Kombat" universe. Other films that had a hybrid release still have sequels in development, with Warner Bros.
Other movies impacted by the HBO Max release date model had completed contracts months prior. As a sign of the down-to-the-wire negotiation, the decision for "Dune" to forge ahead wasn't finalized until the middle of August, shortly before the film's debut at Venice.
In the case of "Dune," it's the type of project that has been challenged at the box office as moviegoers have favored easy-to-digest action movies rather than narratively complex sagas. The critical response to Villeneuve's take on the story about warring political dynasties that clash over access to a vital planet, has, for the most part, been positive with an 85% average on Rotten Tomatoes. "Dune," in particular, has been famously difficult to adapt; the 1984 David Lynch feature flopped in spectacular fashion because, among many reasons, it was hard to follow.
Its director Denis Villeneuve ("Arrival") was among those most vocally opposed to the film's hybrid release and the decision to move movies to streaming. this year, "Dune," a film with an enormous budget that has been hailed for offering up a truly epic slice of world-building and big-screen spectacle, would have been a prime candidate to eschew the day-and-date model on HBO Max. Of all the new titles from Warner Bros. In a column for Variety, he blasted the studio's "complete disregard" for its filmmakers and criticized its choice to "promote their streaming service" and forgo box office dollars in return.

This live-streamed panel features cast members to be announced and Goodman. in Room 405) — Writer and executive producer Sara Goodman revisits the classic thriller in a new Amazon series premiering on Oct. "I Know What You Did Last Summer" Metaverse Panel (Oct. Based on Lois Duncan's novel and following the famous 1997 film, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" tells the story of a group of teenagers haunted by a fatal car accident and stalked by a brutal killer. 8 at 4:30 p.m. 15.
7 to 10, jam-packed with in-person and virtual programming. New York Comic Con (NYCC) is taking over the city from Oct.
The East Coast's largest pop culture convention, held in none other than Gotham City, will bring fandoms together and feature special guests participating in panels, autograph signings and photo tops, including Cristina Vee, David Harbour, Erika Harlacher, George Takei, Hayden Christensen, John Cena, Afua Richardson, William Shatner and Adam Savage.
(This list will be updated as networks announce additional programming.) Since the events are live and in-person once again from New York, all times below are ET. Read a full list of the live NYCC TV programming below.
9 at 3:30 p.m. The series follows a young woman's journey to destroy Utrax, an evil organization that genetically engineered her and others to become perfect assassins.” /> "Hanna" Metaverse Panel (Oct. in Room 405) — Cast members and creators to be announced will preview Season 3 of "Hanna" in a live-streamed panel.
at the Main Stage) — In a live-streamed panel, the series cast and showrunner will discuss the new series, starring Rosamund Pike and premiering on Nov. Based on Robert Jordan's novel of the same name, "The Wheel of Time" follows Moiraine (Pike), a member of the powerful all-female organization Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a world-spanning journey full of magic, danger and prophecies. 19. "The Wheel of Time" Metaverse Panel (Oct. 8 at 2:45 p.m.
Set in a colonized solar system, "The Expanse" places the governments of Earth, Mars and the Asteroid Belt in conflict. "The Expanse" Metaverse Panel (Oct. in Room 411) — The cast and creators will give fans a first look at the sixth and final season of "The Expanse" during a live-streamed panel. 8 at 12:45 p.m. Meanwhile, the crew of an illegally salvaged warship stumbles across a vast conspiracy and mysterious alien technology that could upset the balance of power and the fate of humanity.
at the Main Stage) — In a live-streamed panel, the entire cast of "Critical Role" will discuss adapting a role-playing game campaign into a series for Amazon Prime Video and share sneak peek footage from the series. 8 at 11 a.m. "The Legend of Vox Machina" follows a band of misfits with a fondness for drinking and fighting who end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. "The Legend of Vox Machina" Metaverse Panel (Oct.
After last year's fully virtual event, NYCC is returning to in-person programming, with limited capacity, mask requirements and temperature checks in place at the Javits Center.

Prior to VICE, Gargi served as head of documentary films for Vulcan Productions where she developed and executive produced a wide range of films including "Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)," which was directed by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and permiered last summer to critical acclaim. She also worked the Academy Award-nominated documentary short, "Hunger Ward," Sundance Audience Award winner, "The Reason I Jump," and Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning "Body Team 12."

She joins the media company from Vice Studios, where she most recently held the role of vice president of documentaries. At Vice, Gargi developed documentaries such as "Flee," which won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and will be released by Neon this fall, as well as a limited series for ESPN’s "30 For 30" about the American Gladiators.
She is truly a star and we look forward to growing our robust slate of docs with her as we continue to empower creators to share their voices in unique and compelling ways.” “We could not be more excited to have Jannat join the Westbrook team,” said Mone and Carter. “Her clear creative vision, passion for impactful storytelling, and impeccable track record building a slate of premium documentary features and series is unparalleled.
Gargi will report to Westbrook Studios Co-Presidents Terence Carter, who serves as head of television, and Jon Mone, its head of features. She starts her new position at the end of September.

Jannat Gargi has been named senior vice president and head of documentaries at Westbrook, where she will be tasked with making non-fiction features and premium series.
Westbrook is the media company founded by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Its films and series include "Cobra Kai," "Red Table Talk" and "King Richard." The company was in the headlines over the weekend after news broke that it was in talks to sell itself to a media venture backed by private equity firm Blackstone and led by Disney vets Tom Staggs and Kevin Mayer.
“I am thrilled to join the talented and inventive team at Westbrook,” said Gargi. I look forward to leading the growth of building their slate of feature documentaries and premium TV docuseries at a time when documentaries are more vital than ever in connecting audiences with inspiring, relevant and authentic stories.” “In addition to their impressive film and television ventures, they are one of the most dynamic and forward leaning entertainment companies with an unmatched ability to nurture and develop inspirational, highly-anticipated content from its inception to its debut onscreen.

Current Westbrook Studios documentary projects include the recently launched "Amend: The Fight for America," a six-part, multimedia docuseries that explores the Fourteenth Amendment, and the upcoming adventure series "Welcome to Earth" for National Geographic.” />

"The Batman" is due to hit theaters in March 2022 after being delayed multiple times due to the pandemic. Robert Pattinson is taking up the mantle of the Dark Knight, with Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, and Andy Serkis also among the film's cast.
"The Batman" director Matt Reeves and the film's producer Dylan Clark would executive produce the Penguin series under their 6th & Idaho and Dylan Clark Productions banners respectively. Television would produce. Warner Bros. The show would supposedly delve into The Penguin's rise to power in the Gotham criminal underworld.
Oswald Cobblepot, is one of the most famous members of the Batman Rogues Gallery. The Penguin, a.k.a. On the live-action side, the character has previously been played by actors like Burgess Meredith, Danny DeVito, and Robin Lord Taylor.
Colin Farrell is set to play the notorious supervillain in "The Batman." According to sources, Farrell has been approached to star in the spinoff series but no deal is currently in place. Sources also say that Lauren LeFranc is attached to write the script for the project, which is in its very early stages.
He is best known for his roles in films like "In Bruges," "SWAT," "The Lobster," and "Seven Psychopaths." He is repped by CAA, Ilene Feldman Management, Hansen Jacobson, and Kovert Creative. Farrell has previously starred in television shows like "The North Water" and True Detective" Season 2.
HBO Max is developing a series about The Penguin that will be a spinoff of "The Batman" feature, Variety has learned from sources.
The streamer has already ordered a drama set within the Gotham Police Department, with Joe Barton attached as the showrunner. Should the Penguin show go forward, it would be the second spinoff series from "The Batman" at HBO Max. It is part of WarnerMedia's attempt to launch a new interconnected Batman universe across all of its platforms.
Abrams among others.” /> There are several other DC shows in the works at HBO Max, including the "Suicide Squad" spinoff "Peacemaker" starring John Cena, a "Green Lantern" series from Greg Berlanti, and a "Justice League Dark" series from J.J.
LeFranc most recently served as showrunner on the YouTube Premium original series "Impulse." Her other TV credits include "Agents of SHIELD," "Chuck," and "Hemlock Grove." She is repped by CAA, Grandview, and Hansen Jacobson.
Reps for HBO Max declined to comment.