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‘Emma’ Gives A Fresh Look At Jane Austen Classic, Amazon Debuts Kristen Stewart’s ‘Seberg’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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‘Emma’ Gives A Fresh Look At Jane Austen Classic, Amazon Debuts Kristen Stewart’s ‘Seberg’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Filmmaker Autumn de Wilde is serving up a fresh new take on the Jane Austen novel with the film Emma., which opens in theaters this weekend. Complete with a stylized punctuated period in the title, the new version is a Focus Features co-production with Working Title and Blueprint Productions and joins the ranks of other Hollywood iterations of the classic story. This includes the 1996 iteration starring Gwyneth Paltrow, a modern Indian version titled Aisha in 2010 and, of course, Amy Heckerling’s way existential adaptation Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. There were also countless TV versions including the 1996 ITV film, starring Kate Beckinsale in the titular role as well as the 2009 four-part BBC miniseries starring Romola Garai. That being said, it seems like the world can’t get enough of this Austen’s comedy of “love and all its surprises”, but based on the trailer alone, de Wilde’s cracks open a
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‘And Then There Were None’: New Agatha Christie Remake to Be Written By ‘Seberg’ Writers

The old-fashioned murder mystery is back in style, and Hollywood is striking while the iron is hot. 20th Century Studios is developing a remake of acclaimed mystery author Agatha Christie’s classic novel And Then There Were None, and the studio has hired the husband and wife team of Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, the writers of […]

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Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None movie adaptation in development

Deadline has revealed that another adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novels is in development from the newly rebranded 20th Century Studios. Christie’s And Then There Were None will be written by husband-and-wife duo Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who recently co-wrote Seberg for Amazon with Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. And Then There Were […]

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‘Seberg’ Scribes Anna Waterhouse & Joe Shrapnel To Adapt Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ For 20th Century Studios

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Exclusive: Seberg screenwriters and husband-and-wife writing partners Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel have been set by 20th Century Studios to adapt the Agatha Christie classic And Then There Were None. Disney will keep the film in its pre-World War II period in which Christie wrote the novel, but with a fresh take. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps is producing alongside the Christie Estate.

Christie’s novel tells the story of 10 seemingly disparate individuals invited to an isolated island, with the house guests murdered one by one during the course of their stay. The book has sold more than 100 million copies in eight languages.

I’m told this will be a freestanding project and not a third installment of Christie’s Hercule Poirot mysteries at 20th Century that began with Murder on the Orient Express and continues with Death on the Nile, with Kenneth Branagh again directing and starring.

Shrapnel and Waterhouse
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Film News Roundup: Oscar Isaac Joins Superhero Movie ‘The Great Machine’

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Film News Roundup: Oscar Isaac Joins Superhero Movie ‘The Great Machine’
In today’s film news roundup, Oscar Isaac boards “The Great Machine,” Keira Knightley joins “Silent Night” and “The Dog Doc” finds a home. Castings

Legendary has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star in and produce superhero saga “The Great Machine.”

The project is based on Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book series “Ex Machina” with artist Tony Harris. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel are set to adapt the story. Isaac will produce alongside his longtime manager Jason Spire. Vaughan will also produce.

Ex Machina” charts the exploits of civil engineer Mitchell Hundred, who after a mysterious accident gains powers making him the world’s first and only superhero. In the wake of his actions during 9/11 he is elected mayor of New York City, turning his back on life as a masked vigilante. But his political career is threatened when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt.
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Ex Machina Comic Adaptation The Great Machine Gets Oscar Isaac in the Lead

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Ex Machina Comic Adaptation The Great Machine Gets Oscar Isaac in the Lead
Oscar Isaac has signed on to play a superhero, but not in the way one might expect. Isaac is set to star in The Great Machine. The project is set up at Legendary Pictures and serves as an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughn's award-winning comic book series Ex Machina. Isaac, in addition to starring in the lead role, is set to produce the movie alongside his manager and producing partner Jason Spire.

According to a new report, Oscar Isaac has closed a deal to star in The Great Machine. Isaac previously starred in the Oscar-winning sci-fi movie Ex Machina, which was directed by Alex Garland and released in 2015. With that being the case, Legendary Pictures decided to change the title to The Great Machine, which is the name of the superhero Isaac's character was known as in the comics. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (Seberg) are set to pen the screenplay.
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The Great Machine Movie Will Star Oscar Isaac

Mike Cecchini Jan 17, 2020

Based on DC Comics' Ex Machina, Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Ex Machina will come to the movies as The Great Machine.

Mitchell Hundred is the mayor of New York City in the early 21st Century. It's a New York City where one of the Twin Towers still stands, in a world where there has ever only been one superhero. And that hero? The Great Machine, who was none other than Mayor Mitchell Hundred before hanging up his jetpack and getting into politics. This is the basic premise of Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Ex Machina, published by DC Comics between 2004 and 2010. The book spent considerably less time on superheroics than it did on Hundred's time as mayor in an alternate recent history, and it's not talked about nearly enough in the pantheon of great comics work of the 21st century so far. That should change,
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Brian K. Vaughan's 'Ex Machina' Heading to Big Screen With 'Seberg' Writers (Exclusive)

Brian K. Vaughan's 'Ex Machina' Heading to Big Screen With 'Seberg' Writers (Exclusive)
Ex Machina, the sci-fi comic book written by Brian K. Vaughan, is heading to the big screen.

Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who wrote the recent Kristen Stewart-starring drama Seberg, have been tapped to pen the adaptation being developed by Legendary Entertainment, which will be titled The Great Machine. Vaughan will be a producer on the project.

The company has acquired the rights to Machina, with the deal falling under its three-year overall film and television pact with Vaughan, the prolific creator behind Y: The Last Man, Saga and Paper Girl. A year into that pact, Machina is getting movement.

The comic, which Vaughan made with artist ...
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #31. Rebecca – Ben Wheatley

Rebecca

A decade into feature filmmaking and Ben Wheatley has taken it upon himself to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca, which won the Best Picture Oscar and was adapted from the seminal novel by Daphne du Maurier. The Us/UK production is a Netflix property, with a script from Jane Goldman (a Kingsman and X-Men scribe), with writing credits attributed to duo Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Produced by Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan, Wheatley has assembled a curious cast with Armie Hammer (who starred in Wheatley’s 2016 title Free Fire) taking over as Maxim de Winter and Lily James (Cinderella; Mamma Mia!
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“When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time Film Actually Helps”: Dp Rachel Morrison on the Kristen Stewart-Starring Seberg

At the height of her fame, actor Jean Seberg was targeted by the FBI for her political beliefs. Clandestine surveillance and smear campaigns helped damage her career, destroy her personal relationships, and led her to doubt her sanity. In Seberg, director Benedict Andrews explores both the actor, played by Kristen Stewart, and an FBI agent assigned to her case (Jack O’Connell). The script (by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse) also shows how the Cointelpro operation helped undermine the civil rights movement. The Amazon Studios release opened theatrically December 13. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison worked with Andrews and production designer Jahmin Assa […]
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“When You Don’t Have a Lot of Time Film Actually Helps”: Dp Rachel Morrison on the Kristen Stewart-Starring Seberg

At the height of her fame, actor Jean Seberg was targeted by the FBI for her political beliefs. Clandestine surveillance and smear campaigns helped damage her career, destroy her personal relationships, and led her to doubt her sanity. In Seberg, director Benedict Andrews explores both the actor, played by Kristen Stewart, and an FBI agent assigned to her case (Jack O’Connell). The script (by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse) also shows how the Cointelpro operation helped undermine the civil rights movement. The Amazon Studios release opened theatrically December 13. Cinematographer Rachel Morrison worked with Andrews and production designer Jahmin Assa […]
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In ‘Seberg,’ Kristen Stewart Plays Jean Seberg as a Tough, Vital Woman Destroyed by Politics

In ‘Seberg,’ Kristen Stewart Plays Jean Seberg as a Tough, Vital Woman Destroyed by Politics
In Seberg, . It’s such a stellar turn that she almost redeems this well-meaning but wobbly biopic — which earns points for trying to do her justice. Someone needed to. In playing Jean Seberg, Stewart embodies the question at the core of the film: How does a college girl from Marshalltown, Iowa — who was plucked from obscurity in 1957 to play Joan of Arc in a major motion picture — end up dead in Paris 22 years later, her body found decomposing in her car with a bottle of pills by her side? It
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Kristen Stewart Can’t Help “Seberg” Rise To Its Potential

Despite being years removed from the Twilight franchise, having spent the majority of her career at this point in independent cinema, Kristen Stewart still is lumped in as someone who’s just a part of the Hollywood machine. That ignores a whole host of tremendous performances by Stewart, but the bad rap remains. Today, Stewart has another indie would be awards hopeful to share in the biopic Seberg. She is as good as she’s ever been here, but the film itself is not on her level. It’s a shame too, since in better hands, she’d be an Oscar nominee this year in Best Actress, I can all but assure you of that much. The movie is a biopic, as previously mentioned, looking at and taking inspiration from a seminal moment in the life of Jean Seberg (Stewart). Set in the late 1960’s, Seberg is an actress, darling of the French New Wave,
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‘Seberg’ Film Review: Kristen Stewart Captures the Spirit of a Martyred Icon

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‘Seberg’ Film Review: Kristen Stewart Captures the Spirit of a Martyred Icon
Pop culture creates goddesses only to offer them up for sacrifice, and over the course of her career, Kristen Stewart has no doubt gotten close enough to that pyre to smell the brimstone. So she’s a natural to play Jean Seberg in “Seberg,” about the Iowa girl who became an international movie star, only to be targeted and ultimately destroyed by the FBI because of her affiliation with the Black Panthers.

And while “Seberg” is rarely as great as its lead actress, the film does shed light on a tragic corner of American history that’s not discussed nearly enough — the U.S. citizens who had their lives shattered by J. Edgar Hoover’s secret Cointelpro (counter-intelligence program) surveillance that targeted anyone the FBI considered “subversive,” be they Vietnam War protesters, black or indigenous activists, even environmentalists.

Jean Seberg’s life comes with its own built-in metaphor: She began
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Kristen Stewart Pic ‘Seberg’ To Roll Out In February Following Oscar Qualifying Run

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Kristen Stewart Pic ‘Seberg’ To Roll Out In February Following Oscar Qualifying Run
Exclusive: After making its limited qualifying run this Friday, Amazon Studios’ Seberg which stars Kristen Stewart as French New Wave icon and FBI target Jean Seberg will have a platform release starting Feb. 21.

The noir thriller directed by Benedict Andrews and written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival before continuing to Tiff, Deuville and the London Film Festival among many others.

Breathless star Seberg was the center of the FBI’s attention in the late 1960s because of her support of the civil rights movement and romantic involvement with Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), among others. Seberg’s life and career are destroyed by J. Edgar Hoover’s overreaching surveillance and harassment in an effort to suppress and discredit the actress’ activism.

Stewart executive produces with Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Yvan Attal, Stephen Root, Colm Meaney, Vince Vaughn (he plays
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‘Seberg’ screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse on Kristen Stewart ‘channeling Jean’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

‘Seberg’ screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse on Kristen Stewart ‘channeling Jean’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
At one point in “Seberg,” the new film about actress/activist Jean Seberg, a journalist asks the young star why she thinks so many people became obsessed with her after seeing “Breathless.” For the film’s screenwriters, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, it stemmed from that classic French New Wave film but it became an obsession upon learning of Seberg’s involvement with the Black Panther Party and her subsequent investigation by the FBI. As Waterhouse observes in an exclusive new interview with Gold Derby, Seberg was “so quintessentially American and yet she fits into that cool Parisian world as well. She’s just got this energy which is very, very difficult to define.” Watch the video interview with Shrapnel and Waterhouse above.

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The duo first thought about adapting Seberg’s story to the big screen 15 years ago,
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Kristen Stewart Faces Down the FBI as Jean Seberg in New Trailer

In the new trailer for Amazon Studios’ Seberg, beloved Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart stars as beloved Hollywood actress Jean Seberg as she faces down the FBI in a Cointelpro investigation.

In the late Sixties, Seberg was best known for starring as the American love interest in French New Wave films, most famously in Breathless. But she became a target of the FBI thanks to her support of the Black Panther Party and her affair with Hakim Jamal. Seberg tells her story through the lens of a historical thriller, following her
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Youth, Truth, Fight & Might In Amazon Studios Awards Slate: ‘Honey Boy’, ‘Report’, ‘Seberg’ & ‘Aeronauts’ – Contenders London

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Amazon Studios blasted off Deadline’s Contenders London this year with four of its fourth quarter titles including the Kristen Stewart feature Seberg, Scott Z. BurnsThe Report, the Felicity Jones-Eddie Redmayne period reteam The Aeronauts and Alma Har’el’s Shia Labeouf autobiographically inspired Honey Boy.

Seberg, directed by Benedict Andrews stars Stewart as Breathless actress Jean Seberg who was a target of the FBI due to her political and romantic affiliations with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie). Jack O’Connell and Zazie Beetz also star.

Andrews always had that image of Seberg in his head from Breathless, “wiping her thumb across her lips,” but it wasn’t until he read Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse’s script that he learned about this “shadowed and buried period of her life.” The pic for the filmmaker “felt like a story that speaks urgently to us now,
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‘Seberg’ Review: Dir. Benedict Andrews (2019) [Lff]

Kristen Stewart leads an impressive cast in this true story of Jean Seberg, the hugely popular French New Wave actress and Hollywood star of films such as Paint Your Wagon and Airport. This film focusses on a specific part of Seberg’s life, the late 1960s where she was targeted by the American government as part of the FBI Cointelpro investigation.

Seberg review, image courtesy of Lff

Stewart headlines as Seberg, a hugely impressive turn who meet in the openings scenes just as she’s about to board a plane to Los Angeles for a big audition in a huge Hollywood movie. On the plane she meets activist Hakim Jamal (Anthony Mackie), who she immediately strikes up a relationship with, both in terms of his ideas and political beliefs, but also a romantic one. Jamal, however, we soon learn is being pursued by the FBI, his every move monitored and ever conversation recorded.
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Film News Roundup: Kristen Stewart’s ‘Seberg’ Gets Awards Season Release

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Film News Roundup: Kristen Stewart’s ‘Seberg’ Gets Awards Season Release
In today’s film news roundup, Kristen Stewart’s “Seberg” is getting a prime release date from Amazon and John Simmons, Debra Kaufman and Joe Alves have been selected for guild honors.

Release Date

Amazon Studios has given Kristen Stewart’s independent political thriller “Seberg” an awards-season release date of Dec. 13.

Amazon bought the film at the Berlin Film Festival. Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Margaret Qualley, Colm Meaney, Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Root, and Yvan Attal are also starring. Benedict Andrews directed from a script by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse.

Stewart stars as actress Jean Seberg who clashes with the FBI as it attempts to discredit her through its Cointelpro program in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party. Those efforts included creating a false story in 1970 that the child Seberg was carrying was not fathered by her husband, but by a member of the Black Panther Party.
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