New projects from Steve McQueen, Andrea Arnold, Ang Lee, Benedict Andrews and Ben Wheatley join Film4’s wide-ranging current slate, revealed last week in Cannes…
David Kosse, Director of Film4, says: “Film4 has an unrivalled tradition of backing the bold and the original, which we’re proud to continue with an extraordinary range of projects from some of our most distinctive visionary voices. We look forward to working with our partners to realise the ambition of these films in the coming months.”
Following the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave, Film4 is collaborating once again with Steve McQueen on Widows, a heist thriller co-written by McQueen and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn based on the 2002 British miniseries by Lynda La Plante. Film4 has worked with McQueen since the beginning of his feature filmmaking career, supporting his debut Hunger, his critically-acclaimed follow-up Shame, and the multi award-winning internationally acclaimed 12 Years A Slave. Widows is produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films for New Regency.
Continuing Film4′s support for debut filmmakers, Blackbird is the first film from acclaimed theatre director Benedict Andrews. It is adapted by David Harrower from his Olivier Award winning play of the same title. Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises) star in this provocative love story that unfolds like a thriller about two people forced to revisit a passionate yet illicit relationship they had years ago. What follows is an unflinching excavation of damaged love with shattering consequences. Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler) and Tara Fitzgerald (Game Of Thrones) co-star. Blackbird is co-produced by WestEnd Films and Jean Doumanian Productions and will begin principal photography on 13th June in the UK.
Blackbird, co-produced by WestEnd Films and Jean Doumanian Productions, with backing from Film4, Creative Scotland and WestEnd Films. Produced by Jean Doumanian and Patrick Daly alongside WestEnd, which also handles worldwide sales. Kevin Loader (In the Loop, Alan Partridge) is co-producer. Executive producers are Ron Burkle, Terry Allen Kramer and George Kaufman.
Currently in production…
American Honey, written and directed by Andrea Arnold. A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a travelling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy of New York-based Parts & Labor alongside Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa from Pulse Films and Pouya Shahbazian of Man Down Pictures. Film4 developed the film with Arnold and co-finances, with backing from BFI and Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray and Charlotte Ubben of Maven Pictures. Protagonist Pictures handle international sales.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee, starring newcomer Joe Alwyn alongside Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund. Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group, partner with Tom Rothman’s TriStar and Film4 on the adaptation of Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel. Produced by Marc Platt, Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell, Rhodri Thomas and Simon Cornwell, and Ang Lee. The film is being made in association with Film4, which developed the original draft of the script with Simon Beaufoy. The current screenplay revisions are by Jean-Christophe Castelli.
Free Fire, written and directed by Ben Wheatley, starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley. What should be a routine arms deal in a warehouse goes spectacularly wrong in an explosive gunfight. When the smoke clears, a handful of survivors fight for their lives. Produced by Andy Starke for Starke and Wheatley’s Rook Films with Film4 co-financing. Wheatley’s first US-set action pic will be exec produced by Martin Scorsese. STUDIOCANAL has UK rights. US rights are repped by WME. Protagonist Pictures handle international sales.