Snow Piercer source material Le Transperceneige.
The Weinstein Company picks up Snow Piercer
The Weinstein Company purchased Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s Snow Piercer and has projected a summer 2013 release, according to Indiewire. Adapted from the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snow Piercer follows the only survivors of a post-apocalyptic future as they meet on a train. The cast includes Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Tilda Swinton, Song Kang-ho, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer and Ewen Bremner.
The Weinstein Company's slate also includes awards-buzzed films like The Master, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, The Intouchables, and Norway’s 2012 Oscar entry Kon-Tiki. With the largest production budget ever for Norway at 16.1 million, the film follows explorer Thor Heyerdahl in his real-life journey from South America to the Polynesian Islands on a wooden raft in 1947. Directed by Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Max Manus), Kon-Tiki will also be released in 2013.
Carole Lombard in Nothing Sacred. Photo: Indiewire
Kino releases David O. Selznick Collection
Kino Classics will release a 5-disc David O. Selznick Collection for the first time on Blu-ray and DVD on November 13, according to Indiewire. The set includes Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Star is Born (1937), Nothing Sacred, Bird of Paradise, and Farewell to Arms (1932). The collection ranges from 1932-1937—Selznick’s careers at MGM, RKO and his time as an independent producer. Check out more details on the collection here.
Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill Photo: Zimbio
Toy Story 3’s Arndt possible pen for future Star Wars films
Rumors have it that writer Michael Arndt (of Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3 fame) has written a treatment for Star Wars: Episode VII, according to Empire, although no official confirmation has been given. George Lucas has written outlines for three more films. Questions and rumors abound about who will write and direct the next installment of Star Wars since Disney bought LucasFilm on October 31. Disney plans a 2015 release of Star Wars: Episode VII. Sam Mendes, Zack Snyder, Steven Spielberg and Gareth Evans have made unofficial announcements that they are not interested in directing a Star Wars film, despite their fandom.
Arndt lectured on Star Wars and screenwriting at the Austin Film Festival in 2010. Arndt is working on an untitled Pixar project.
Videology's screening room comes with a full bar. Photo: Indiewire
Brooklyn’s Videology opens hybrid theater
Williamsburg video rental store Videology reopened yesterday, but this time as a hybrid movie theater that seats 45 people, according to Indiewire. Last night's opening included a screening of Leos Carax’s Holy Motors (playing through Monday at Film Society) and an after party. Videology will have nightly screenings including Grey Gardens with director Albert Maysles in person. Check out the full schedule here.
Videology will continue to rent DVDs, but the biggest revenue will come from the fully stocked bar. "With streaming on Hulu and Netflix, it became easier for people to watch things on their computers. We tried to ride it out as long as we could,” said co-founder Wendy Chamberlain. "It became obvious for us about three years ago that things weren't the way they used to be and probably would never would be again.”
First Trailer for Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmasters: