A teaser image of Bong Joon-ho’s upcoming film “Okja” was released by U.S. video-streaming provider Netflix on Tuesday. The image features Tilda Swinton and Giancarlo Esposito on location in New York.
Netflix is investing US$50 million into the Korean director’s film, which is being co-produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
The film follows a story of a little girl named Mija, who risks everything to prevent a multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend named Okja — a massive, genetically modified pig.
Most details are unknown, but Tilda Swinton is reportedly playing a double role in the film, which also stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and Lily Collins.
“Okja is massive but kind and docile,” Bong said in an interview. “Okja and Mija’s fantastic, adventurous journey breaking through the monstrous world will fascinate viewers.”
The film will be released in 2017 on Netflix and also in a limited theatrical run in the U.S.
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Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller and Mike White are teaming up for Brad’s Status, a comedy from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment.
Stiller is in final negotiations to star in the project, which was written by White, the scribe behind School of Rock. White also will direct the movie, which is eyeing a September start.
Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment will produce with SKE and David Bernad.
The comedy centers around Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son on an East Coast tour of colleges, Brad is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure — with hilarious and poignant results.
Brad Pitt will serve as an exec producer on the project, season one of which will center on the rift between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess co-star.
Ryan Murphy is adding yet another star-studded anthology to his résumé.
The prolific producer has scored a straight-to-series order for Feud, an anthology — as its title suggests — about famous feuds, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, the eight-episode first season revolves around the legendary rift between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis that occurred during the making of 1962 feature film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? The rivalry between the two stars was paramount to the movie’s popularity at the time. (The pic scored five Oscar nominations, including one for Davis.)
Cross Creek Pictures has entered into a multi-picture development and financing deal with Romanian producer Dragos Savulescu. Under the non-exclusive agreement, Cross Creek and Savulescu will finance development for a slate of director- and star-driven commercial films in the $20M-$65M budget range. Their first project together will be with Brad Pitt’s Plan B on He Wanted The Moon. As Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr recently reported, Tony Kushner is adapting from Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoior which Pitt acquired last year. The expectation is Pitt may play Perry Baird in the story of a mid-century doctor’s descent into madness, and his daughter’s attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own. Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are producing with Plan B.
For four days cameras will be rolling at the Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School as the school will become the set for Netflix’s “The OA.”
The Monroe Woodbury School District has made an announcement on it’s website, encouraging high school students who are interested in the film industry to submit emails stating interest in participating as extras for the series by March 20.
Those interested should as be able to commit to all four days of filming, which begins March 21.
Superintendent of Schools Elsie Rodriguez, said that Netflix originally considered a nearby location, but then reached out to the district to request use of the high school because “we have a beautiful high school and a large campus they could work with,” she said.
Rodriguez also said the filming companies involved gave money to the schools and went through a long vetting process which involved district attorneys to ensure that the project would be in compliance with any applicable laws.
The actual show, titled, “The OA”, will be an hour-long drama series which has agreed to release eight episodes exclusively on Netflix later this year.
In a stunning end to the biggest and wildest book rights auction in memory, Imperative Entertainment has paid $5 million and won the right to make a movie out of David Grann book Killers Of The Flower Moon: An American Crime And The Birth Of The FBI.
Imperative partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas will be producing. Friedkin is a Houston-based entrepreneur who made his fortune through automotive and other ventures and he fully funds Imperative.
The Tracking Board is calling it the biggest bidding war of 2016 and so far a lot of Hollywood’s A-listers have put their name in the hat for rights to adapt upcoming book Killers of the Flower Moon.
The book, from New Yorker staff writer Grann, isn’t set for publication until June, 2017, but it’s already triggered a feeding frenzy on the rights market. The non-fiction chronicles the real-life 1920s mystery surrounding the suspicious deaths of several Osage Indians, who were at the time among the richest people on the planet. The story follows the twists and turns of the investigation that eventually became the first major case solved by J. Edgar Hoover’s brand new FBI.
Hollywood A-listers George Clooney and Brad Pitt have put bids in through their respected production companies to get territorial rights for the adaptation. As of last night there were at least ten offers on the table from Hollywood heavy hitters like Jerry Bruckheimer, Kathleen Kennedy (Star Wars) and Anonymous Content who are coming down from their best picture win with Spotlight. Several companies are partnering up to increase their chances.