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Amazon Nears Deal for Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Without Remorse’ (Exclusive)

Amazon Studios is in final negotiations to buy worldwide rights to “Without Remorse” from Paramount Pictures, Variety has learned.The Tom Clancy thriller stars Michael B. Jordan as U.S. Navy Seal John Clark. If it closes, the pact makes sense for Amazon, which backs “Jack Ryan,” the espionage series starring John Krasinski as the titular CIA […]

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Denis Villeneuve and Roger Deakins Have a Lovely Chat About ‘Dune,’ ‘Blade Runner,’ and More

First, I will break your heart. If you didn’t know, Roger Deakins did not serve as the director of photography on Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming sci-fi epic adaptation of Dune, despite their sterling trilogy of Prisoners, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049. I know, I know. But Dune is shot by the more than wonderful Greig Fraser […]

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BFI Distribution acquires Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film for UK (exclusive)

Narrated by Tilda Swinton, ‘Last And First Men’ debuted at the Berlinale earlier this year.BFI Distribution has secured UK and Ireland rights to Last And First Men, directed by late Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, in a deal with Films Boutique.The fiction-documentary hybrid, narrated by Tilda Swinton, was completed posthumously following the death of the Arrival […]

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Denis Villeneuve Honors Jóhannsson Two Years After His Death: ‘He Was a Creative Brother’

Denis Villeneuve has emerged as one of the best directors working today, and one person moviegoers can thank for that is Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Icelandic composer was one of Villeneuve’s most important collaborators, starting with “Prisoners” and continuing to shape the tone of Villeneuve’s work in “Sicario” and “Arrival.” Jóhannsson even worked on “Blade Runner […]

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Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Posthumous Directing Debut Will Play at This Year’s Berlin Film Festival

Jóhann Jóhannson died in 2018, but as one of the most celebrated composers in Hollywood, he left behind a legacy and a body of work that included scores for Prisoners, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival, Mandy, Mary Magdalene, and more. Now there’s one more element being added to that legacy: Jóhansson’s feature directorial debut, […]

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‘The Sneider Cut’ Ep. 21: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Cats’ and The Best Movies of the Decade

On the latest episode of The Sneider Cut, Variety’s Justin Kroll joins your esteemed host Jeff Sneider, and together the two scoopers run down their Best Movies of the Decade lists, which feature a couple of the same titles, including Sicario. Elsewhere, Jeff and Justin discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and what it […]

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Gavin O’Connor in Talks to Direct ‘Fast’ at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

“The Accountant” director Gavin O’Connor is in negotiations to direct Warner Bros.’ action-thriller “Fast,” sources tell Variety.The script was penned by “Sicario” scribe Taylor Sheridan, who had also been looking to direct, but when a deal couldn’t be reached, the studio began looking for other options and eventually landed on O’Connor. Chris Pratt had been […]

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Dave Bautista Joins the Cast of Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’

Denis Villeneuve, the brilliant filmmaker behind Prisoners, Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner: 2049, is bringing Frank Herbert’s Dune back to the big screen for Legendary, potentially with a series of *at least* two movies. Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson are already on board, and Deadline reports that Dave Bautista has just joined the cast as […]

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