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DEADLINE – HBO Films has released the first look at Fahrenheit 451, the adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel that stars Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. The premium network is bowing the pic directed by Ramin Bahrani in the spring.
Set in a world in which media is an opiate, history is outlawed and firemen are the people who burn books, Jordan plays Guy Montag, a fireman who forsakes his world pitting him in a battle with his mentor Beatty (Shannon). Sofia Boutella and Lilly Singh co-star.
As Bahrani said at TCA last month, while Bradbury set his story in the distant future, the movie is set in “alternate tomorrow, right here right now” — Beatty refers to “the Internet of old” in the teaser. He says the story’s themes are even more relevant today in an age when most only read the headlines.
Bahrani co-wrote the script with Amir Naderi and executive produces with Sarah Green, Jordan, Alan Gasmer and Peter Jaysen executive produce. David Coatsworth is producer.
Check out the teaser trailer above.
VARIETY – Global Road Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to Drew Pearce’s action-thriller “Hotel Artemis,” starring Jodie Foster and Sterling K. Brown.
The cast also includes Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Brian Tyree Henry, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day, and Dave Bautista. Financed by the Ink Factory in partnership with 127 Wall, the movie is produced by Marc Platt, Adam Siegel, and the Ink Factory’s Simon and Stephen Cornwell. Jeffrey Stott, Pearce, Joe Tsai, and Arthur Wang are executive producing.
Pearce, whose writing credits include “Iron Man 3” and “Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation,” directed from his own script, in which Foster plays a nurse who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals in a near-future Los Angeles that’s torn by riots. Global Road, the successor to Open Road Films, did not announce a release date.
China’s Tang Media Partners — which owns IM Global and Open Road — rebranded itself as Global Road Entertainment in October with Rob Friedman, a former top film exec at Lionsgate, Summit, and Paramount, as chairman and CEO. Global Road made a presentation Feb. 15 at the Berlin Film Festival to buyers touting an upcoming $1 billion production spend. Friedman made the announcement about “Hotel Artemis” on Thursday.
“As we continue to build Global Road’s inaugural film slate, we look for thought-provoking projects that will captivate audiences, and have strong potential for expanded content opportunities through film and television,” he said. “We have found that in ‘Hotel Artemis’ and are thrilled to add Drew’s incredible film with its unbelievably talented cast to the company’s growing roster of films. Our entire team is looking forward to working with Drew, Marc, Adam, Simon and Stephen to bring this entertaining movie to the big screen.”
The deal was negotiated by John Zois of Global Road and Endeavor Content on behalf of the filmmakers. Lionsgate International is handling international sales for the film. The news was first reported by Deadline.
VOGUE – For Sofia Boutella, a knockout body is the ultimate front row accessory. The actress turned heads today at the Roberto Cavalli show in Milan, her rumpled peroxide bob (replete with abbreviated bangs) and bold brows acting as simple preludes to the main event: a set of enviably toned arms born of a well-honed workout routine—or, more likely, a series of star turns in critically acclaimed action films that range from indies to bonafide blockbusters.
A dancer-turned-model-turned-actress, Boutella’s chosen roles are all about women’s empowerment. Last year brought The Mummy, in which Boutella—who has called her 5,000 year old anti-heroine “a feminist”—gives Tom Cruise a run for his money with a series of cardio stunts. The martial arts training she underwent for 2015’s Kingsman: Secret Service were good training for her buzzed-about role as a steely, seductive, punch-throwing French spy opposite Charlize Theron in 2017’s Atomic Blonde (not to mention that in the graphic book from which the thriller was adapted, that character was male, natch).
Simmering at Cavalli with a rimming of kohl liner, tinted pink lips and a body-hugging, strategically sheer black dress, Boutella is the best kind of reminder that there’s nothing sexier than female strength.
Directed By Ramin Bahrani; Screenplay By Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi; Based On The Novel “Fahrenheit 451,” Written By Ray Bradbury
Cast Includes Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon, Sofia Boutella, Lilly Singh
A Noruz Films, Brace Cove And Outlier Society Production; Executive Produced By Ramin Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen; Produced By David Coatsworth
HBO PR – Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”) and Michael Shannon (“The Shape of Water,” HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”; Oscar® nominee for “Nocturnal Anmals” and Revolutionary Road”) star in HBO Films’ FAHRENHEIT 451. Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“99 Homes”) and written by Bahrani & Amir Naderi (“Vegas: Based on a True Story”), the film is based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel of the same name, depicting a future where the media is an opiate, history is rewritten and “firemen” burn books. The film debuts this spring, exclusively on HBO.
Jordan portrays Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world and struggles to regain his humanity as he battles his mentor, fire captain Beatty, played by Shannon. Sofia Boutella (“The Mummy,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”) stars as Clarisse, an informant caught between the competing interests of Montag and Beatty.
The cast also includes Lilly Singh (“Bad Moms,” YouTube’s “Superwoman”) as Raven, a tabloid reporter who works with the fire department to spread the ministry’s propaganda by broadcasting its book-burning raids to fans.
“I have always loved Ray Bradbury’s prophetic novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’,” says Bahrani. “Two years ago, as I looked at the world around me, it seemed like the ideal time to do a modern interpretation. I am grateful to HBO for helping me bring my vision of the film to audiences with this incredible cast.”
The film was shot on location in Toronto. The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Kramer Morgenthau, ASC, production designer Mark Digby, costume designer Meghan Kasperlik, editor Alex Hall and composers Matteo Zingales & Antony Partos.
FAHRENHEIT 451 is an HBO Films presentation of a Noruz Films, Brace Cove, and Outlier Society production; executive producers, Ramin Bahrani, Sarah Green, Michael B. Jordan, Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen; David Coatsworth produces.
Sofia attended TCA today to promote her upcoming film on HBO, “Fahrenheit 451”.