FROM DEADLINE: Gael García Bernal and Jonás Cuarón are coming together again — this time for the reboot of Zorro in a film entitled Z Cuarón’s Desierto, which stars García Bernal, will be released by STX Entertainment later in the year. The new pairing on Zorro is being brought to Cannes after Cuarón introduced the project at Berlin earlier this year It is written and will be directed by Cuarón and is eyeing a fall start at the Pinewood Dominican Republic studios.
The picture is being done as a co-production between Lantica Pictures and Mark Amin’s Sobini Films. Sobini's Cami Winikoff is Executive Producing. It will be financed by Lantica Media and sold internationally by Pantelion Films at the upcoming Cannes film market.
“I have always loved Gael for this role,” said Amin, who is producing with Lantica’s Albert Martínez Martín. “Zorro is a hero who is charming, witty and clever. Gael possesses all those characteristic and he’s able to deliver them with a modern spin to introduce the Zorro character to a new audience.”
FROM THR: Jena Malone is set to star in A Moment to Remember, a romantic drama about a young married woman stricken with a disease that begins to wipe away her memory, forcing her husband to desperately try to give her one last memory of their love.Ben Lewin, director of the acclaimed indie drama The Sessions, will helm the film for Sobini Films from a script by Lewin and Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich).
“Jena is honest and vulnerable with an authentic presence," said Lewin.
Sobini Films' Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff are producing A Moment to Remember alongside Scott Lambert. Brian O'Shea's The Exchange is selling the film to foreign buyers.
I Live for You, Monika Wesley's feature film directorial debut, is in competition at the Dances with Films festival. The movie, produced by Sobini's Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff, and Tyler Boehm, will premiere on Wednesday, June 8th at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Tickets are on sale now.
FROM DEADLINE: Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead from Sony Classics hit a high note atop the Specialty Box Office chart this very crowded weekend, with the competition holding its own. Sony Classics’ Miles Davis biopic opened in several locations to a robust start. Directed by and starring Cheadle, Miles Ahead grossed $122,751 in four theaters, averaging $30,688. That puts Miles Ahead in the top tier of PTAs for 2016, in company with Batman V Superman and Midnight Special. The biopic will platform into other major markets in the coming weeks.
FROM DEADLINE: Will Ferrell is circling to play softcore film producer Russ Meyer in a movie about the time he collaborated with film critic Roger Ebert to make Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls. The indie project is taking shape quickly. Filmmakers including Edgar Wright are intrigued, as are actors who might play the late Ebert, a strong role for anyone from Jonah Hill to Seth Rogen and others. Mark Amin's Sobini Films and David Permut and Richard Waltzer are producing Russ & Roger Go Beyond, a script by Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons scribe Christopher Cluess.
Sobini Films' Good Kill will premiere on September 5th at the 71st Venice Film Festival and make it's North American premiere on September 9th at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Andrew Niccol and starring Ethan Hawke, will be in competition in Venice and in the Special Presentations program in Toronto.
Sobini produced and financed the movie with Voltage Pictures. Sobini's Mark Amin, and Voltage's Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman are producing. Ted Gidlow, Patrick Newall, and Sobini's Cami Winikoff will executive produce. Sobini's Tyler Boehm is the Associate Producer.
Mark Amin's Sobini Films has come aboard Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic "Miles Ahead" to produce and co-finance. The film is currently shooting in Cincinnati. Sobini's Mark Amin will Executive Produce. Cami Winikoff and Tyler Boehm are Co-Executive Producers.
Cheadle makes his directorial debut with the biopic on Davis that will focus on the musician's transition into music after a five-year hiatus—otherwise known as his "silent period"—and tumultuous relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis.
Cheadle stars alongside Ewan McGregor, who plays a Rolling Stone reporter sent to cover Davis's comeback. Cheadle is producing through his Crescendo Productions along with Bifrost's Daniel Wagner and Robert Ogden Barnum. Also producing are Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn on behalf of the Davis estate, Lenore Zerman and Pam Hirsch.
From Deadline Hollywood: Magnolia Pictures acquired North American rights to Filth, the adaptation of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s equally unsettling and rude black comedy that stars James McAvoy as a copper looking for a promotion and willing to go to any lengths to get it. The film is the second highest grossing R-rated film in the UK this year, and it also stars Jamie Bell, Imogen Poots, Eddie Marsan, Shirley Henderson, and Jim Broadbent. Jon S. Baird wrote the script and directed it and produces through his Logie Pictures banner with Ken Marshall for Steel Mill Pictures, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray for Maven Pictures, McAvoy, Christian Angermayer and Jens Meurer for Film House Germany, Mark Amin and Will Clarke.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia Director of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with CAA and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia is eyeing a theatrical release in the spring of 2014.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 86th Academy Awards® has been narrowed to eight films, of which three to five will earn Oscar® nominations.
Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 40 eligible entries and submitted their ballots to PricewaterhouseCoopers for tabulation.
The eight films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
“Facing Fear,” Jason Cohen Productions, LLC
“Jujitsu-ing Reality,” Sobini Films
“Karama Has No Walls,” Hot Spot Films
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” Reed Entertainment
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall,” Prison Terminal LLC
“Recollections,” notrac productions
“SLOMO,” Big Young Films and Runaway Films
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Los Angeles, CA – (October 8, 2013) Mark Amin’s Sobini Films is partnering with David Permut’s Permut Presentations and Richard Waltzer’s Chautauqua Entertainment to acquire RUSS & ROGER GO BEYOND, a screenplay written by Emmy winner Christopher Cluess (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, THE SIMPSONS) based on the true story of the unique relationship between provocative filmmaker Russ Meyer and legendary critic Roger Ebert while they made BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS at 20th Century- Fox.
Permut, Amin and Waltzer will produce the film with Sobini Films’ Cami Winikoff, Tyler Boehm and David Higgins and Permut Presentations' Chris Mangano Executive Producing, and Steve Longi Co-producing.
At the end of the 60’s when films like EASY RIDER and BONNIE & CLYDE were reaching new audiences, Meyer, the outlaw director of soft-core pulp films like FASTER PUSSYCAT, KILL, KILL, KILL was given the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong dream of directing a studio film by Richard Zanuck, then head of 20th Century Fox. The studio was struggling with a string of big budget failures and Zanuck thought Meyer was the solution. He offered him BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and Meyer agreed on the condition that Ebert, then the third string film critic for the Chicago Sun Times (who had written the only positive reviews of his work) would write the script. BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS became a struggle between the outsider filmmakers and the establishment studio's board of directors, particularly over the film's rating. Meyer, Ebert and Zanuck were ultimately vindicated when BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS was released in 1970 to huge box office success.
Russ Meyer passed away in September 2004, and Roger Ebert passed away earlier this year after a long public battle with cancer. Last month the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night paid tribute to Roger Ebert's life and career.
Sobini Films recently finished shooting period thriller ELIZA GRAVES directed by Brad Anderson and starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine. Sobini’s upcoming projects include A MOMENT TO REMEMBER, a remake of the hit Korean drama by the same name with Ben Lewin (THE SESSIONS) directing and a futuristic reboot of the Zorro franchise.
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