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A world of pure imagination
Golden ticket: Netflix landed the big one this week and entered into an agreement to acquire the full Roald Dahl catalog of stories, marking one of the streamer’s most significant acquisitions to date and one that the company was understood to have hunted greedily. The agreement extends a partnership that began in 2018, initially only covering animated adaptations, with projects to date, including Taika Waititi and Phil Johnston’s upcoming series based on the world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and an adaptation of Matilda The Musical with Sony and working title.
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Potential franchise: Financial details were not disclosed, but general consensus seems to be that this was a rich pact and that Netflix is investing heavily in creating a ‘universe’ (the buzzword of the year?) Of Dahl properties across a wide range of media, not only movies and TV. A press release accompanying the news quoted “games, immersive experiences, live theater and consumer products”, suggesting that Netflix’s ambition with the catalog is far-reaching.
New excavations: Of course, Netflix needs a place to house all of these productions. Appropriately, the streamer also confirmed this week that it has entered into a long-term deal to lease Britain’s Longcross Studios, adding a UK studio footprint that already sees it renting Shepperton Studios and scenes in Pinewood. The company said it would look to expand the Longcross space.
Johnny Depp attacks Cancel culture
Contaminated air: Johnny Depp has hit the headlines for many of the wrong reasons in recent years, but this week the actor was given a short respite at the San Sebastian Film Festival, where he jumped in to pick up an honorary Donostia Award, the party’s highest award. During a press conference before receiving the award, Depp went on the offensive to address ‘cancel culture’, calling it “an event in history that … essentially constitutes polluted air”. “It’s so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe,” Depp continued, urging people to “stand up” against “injustice.” “I have not done anything, I just make movies,” he added.
One-time: Depp also used the platform to take a beating against Hollywood, which has essentially dropped the actor after losing his “wife-whip” libraries in the UK. “Hollywood is certainly not what it used to be,” he said, “they realize they are as one-off as I am.” Read our full report from San Sebastian here. No rest for Depp as his $ 50 million defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard took another twist this week as the actor sued the LAPD, which dealt with their incident at home in 2016. Dominic had the report.
More from San Sebastian
Pintxos over parties: Talking about San Sebastian, the Spanish leading party ends this weekend after a hitherto smooth event that showed lots of great movies. There have not been the usual fancy drinks due to Covid restrictions in place at the party, but most Deadline attendees have spoken welcomed the chance to avoid sweaty networking conditions in favor of casual evenings chatting outside pintxos bars. Highlights from Deadlines’ coverage included an interview with Javier Bardem and his The good boss director where the actor talked about his hopes for one Dune successor and a sit-down with Laura Fernández Espeso, CEO of Mediapro Studio, who produced both The good boss and also Official competition, two of the hottest Spanish photos at the festival this year. We also had reviews from San Seb about: The good boss I want to talk about duras, fever dream, and Maixabel.
Goodbye to Roger Michell
REST IN PEACE: Last night, the industry received the shocking news of the death of Roger Michell, the South African-born British director of Notting Hill. Just three weeks ago, the filmmaker was in Telluride, showing his latest film Duke, with participants reporting that he seemed to be in good spirits. No cause of death was given. Read our obituary. “He always had a sweet smile on his face and a perfect piece of guidance to share,” he said Notting Hill star Julia Roberts.
The British are coming
Emmy nat: Britain once again dominated the Primetime Emmys this year, with Brit talent picking up more than half of the prizes on offer. Nancy had a report from a British Emmys party that contained similar Kronen creator Peter Morgan, who was a winner at night. Later in the week, the international Emmy nominations were unveiled with David Tennant, French comedy Call my agent and Israeli drama Tehran ready to fight for prizes. See the full list here.
Slight restrictions: The United States announced this week that it will ease travel restrictions and welcome fully vaccinated visitors from the UK, the EU and other countries in Asia, South America and Africa. Travelers must use proof of their vaccination and must also take a Covid test within three days of departure. The news was widely received by industry and politicians, though it comes a little late to this year’s US film market, which chose to go fully digital again this year.
“Show trial period”
Conviction: Worrying news from Rwanda this week, where Paul Rusesabagina, whose heroism during the country’s genocide was portrayed in the 2004 film Hotel Rwanda, was sentenced to 25 years in prison “for being part of a terrorist group”. International human rights organizations condemned the verdict, calling the Clooney Foundation for Justice a “show trial”.
🌶️ The heat of the week: Yesterday producer Matthew James Wilkinson joins Poldark ex-producer Tom Mullens on a TV adaptation of Iain Bank’s novel The company.
🌶️ Another: Henry Golding, Noomi Rapace, Sam Neill and Suicide Squad breakout Daniela Melchior stars in action movies Assassin Club.
Agreement executed: Sony Pictures Networks India and Zee Entertainment Enterprises are complete a merger it would create a giant combined unit in the Indian TV scene.
🍿 International ticket office: Read Nancy’s latest report, with Free guy continues to lead.
🚚 On the move: Endeavor Content enters Russian content with action drama Hope from local streamer Start.
🏆 Prize circuit: Ireland has chosen the Irish language function Shelter (Shelter) as his contribution this year to the International Oscar Race.
🎦 Trailer: Check the trailers for Spencer and Louis Wain’s electrical life.
Kabul correspondent: Hollie McKay’s latest special report for Deadline from the fighting nation Afghanistan covers the country’s problem with fake news. “One month after the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, and misinformation and misinformation continue to soar into a dizzying area – driven not only by both clumsy, opportunistic social media sharing, but also seemingly structured propaganda initiatives both inside and outside Afghanistan,” he wrote. she. Read more.
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