SundanceTV has boarded the Danny Boyle-directed Babylon. The network said today it is co-producing with UK’s Channel 4 six new TV format episodes which will air on Sundance in 2015. FX had been exploring joining the comedy-drama series, which is set inside a modern London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) executive produces with Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things) and Derrin Schlesinger (Southcliffe, Four Lions) producing. Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound Of My Voice) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Millions) star. Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Old Guys, Fresh Meat), penned the script. The feature-length pilot aired on Channel 4 in the UK earlier this year with the series set to air on the UK broadcaster this fall.
I can confirm that talks are down the road with Danny Boyle on the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie at Sony, based on Walter Isaacson’s book. The deal is by no means sealed, but the studio is moving quickly to get this to the start line. A report in THR says Leonardo DiCaprio is the choice to star, and his name was in circulation at the very beginning when the book first was optioned by Sony with producers Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady, who were joined by Scott Rudin when Sorkin came aboard to adapt. DiCaprio just committed to The Revenant with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for fall, so the timing might not work. But this is a movie on a very fast track. Boyle’s repped by WME.
The Danny Boyle-directed pilot for comedy-drama series Babylon centers on a London police force in desperate need of a spruced-up public image. Brit Marling stars as Liz Garvey, a new-media savvy American brought in to revolutionize the force’s PR department; James Nesbitt plays Chief Constable Richard Miller. BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong wrote the pilot and a further six episodes have been ordered by the UK’s Channel 4 for production this year. Boyle is exec producing with Robert Jones, Armstrong and Bain. The director is keeping busy in TV on both sides of the Atlantic; he’s also teamed with FX and his Slumdog Millionaire collaborator Simon Beaufoy on World War II miniseries Telemark. The Babylon pilot airs on Channel 4 on February 9. There’s no word yet on a U.S. deal, but below is a taste of what the show will look like.
Danny Boyle is keeping busy in TV these days. In the U.S., he’s teamed with FX and his Slumdog Millionaire writer and producer Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson for 10-part WWII miniseries Telemark. Closer to home, he’s readying a pilot for Channel 4‘s straight-to-series police comedy/drama Babylon. BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are scripting the pilot which Boyle will direct. Brit Marling (Another Earth, Arbitrage) has now been cast in the lead as Liz Garvey, a new-media savvy American who’s parachuted in to revolutionize the PR department of London’s police force. James Nesbitt (The Hobbit) plays Chief Constable Richard Miller. Also in the ensemble cast are Paterson Joseph (Peep Show), Jill Halfpenny (EastEnders), Adam Deacon (Kidulthood), Daniel Kaluuya, Jonny Sweet, Andrew Brooke and Bertie Carvel. Described as “razor-sharp and visually audacious,” Babylon takes a wry look at the people and politics in the command rooms and on the frontlines of a modern police force, as it attempts to uphold the peace under constant scrutiny. The pilot shoots this fall for an early 2014 airdate and a further six episodes have been ordered for production in 2014. Boyle is exec producing with Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects), Armstrong and Bain. Producers are Jones and Derrin Schlesinger. Marling is repped by CAA, Nesbitt is repped …
FX has teamed with Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson — the Oscar-winning director-writer-producer team behind Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours — for a 10-part miniseries. Written by Beaufoy, Telemark is based on the true story of the British-trained Norwegian resistance fighters who sabotaged Hitler’s nuclear development program during World War II. “This is one of the world’s greatest stories and we want to tell it on an epic scale,” Boyle said. Telemark, produced by Cloud Eight/Decibel Films, marks Boyle, Beaufoy and Colson’s first project for American television. The trio all won Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire — Boyle for directing, Beaufoy for writing, and Colson shared in the best picture win as a producer. Telemark is the second limited series/miniseries to get a green light at FX as part of the cable network’s push in that arena. The first, Fargo, will premiere next spring.
Danny Boyle is turning to television with Channel 4 pilot Babylon. The UK network says BAFTA winners Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong are scripting the pilot. Their credits include TV series Fresh Meat and Peep Show, and the feature Four Lions. Boyle is producing and will direct. Details are being kept under wraps, but the series is said to be a contemporary police drama. The pilot will air in 2014 with casting underway for production later this year. Boyle previously collaborated with Channel 4’s Film4 on his Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire.
Here’s the latest trailer for Danny Boyle‘s psychological thriller Trance. James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson star in the story of a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. The movie premiered in London on Tuesday and releases in the UK via Pathé on March 27. Fox Searchlight opens it Stateside on April 5:
Joe Utichi contributes to Deadline’s UK coverage.
Danny Boyle threatened to resign as artistic director of the opening ceremony of last year’s Olympic Games in London, he has disclosed. In an updated book of conversations with journalist Amy Raphael, to be published on April 4, Boyle claims he butted heads with Games organizers Locog over creative differences and his displeasure with certain decisions being made for the Games. He came “close to walking away” when he heard of plans for ground-to-air missile silos to be installed on buildings near the Olympic site, and became “unbelievably unpleasant” during meetings with Locog. “Occasional threats to resign were useful,” he said. “There’s a terror of bad headlines in the press, which you have to turn to your advantage.” A major point of contention was a stadium wrap being designed by the artist Damien Hirst. Hirst pulled out over a row about sponsorship from Dow Chemical and its links to the Bhopal gas disaster in India in 1984, which killed 15,000 people. “He didn’t want to be associated with Dow,” Boyle said, although Hirst did later contribute a design to the closing ceremony.
Danny Boyle made his first trip to SXSW to tease footage from his psychological thriller Trance, which opens via Fox Searchlight April 5. But in the packed Vimeo theater on Saturday, Boyle raised eyebrows by screening a pivotal last-act sequence that seemed to give away the film’s finale. The shocked audience reaction to the potential spoiler was so palpable it was the first thing moderator David Carr mentioned when the lights came up, and I hear the studio was taking pains to manage the unexpected situation following the event. “That’s not the exact ending”, Boyle insisted to Deadline following his spoilery faux pas. “It’s near the end but it’s not the exact ending, no. We showed it because there’s no point in coming to SXSW without showing something dynamic. So you show them a bit of your proper filmmaking”. Boyle says he would have preferred to screen the entire film at SXSW but distribution politics made things tricky. “Pathe distribute in the UK and France because they were the ones who gave us money to do Slumdog, so we stayed loyal to them in those two territories”, he said. (Trance world premieres in London on March 19.)
Here’s a red band trailer for Danny Boyle‘s Trance. Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, it’s about a fine art auctioneer (McAvoy) who turns to a hypnotherapist to recover a lost Goya painting. Joe Ahearne, on whose BBC telefilm the feature is based, wrote the screenplay with John Hodge. The Fox Searchlight release opens April 5:
Fox Searchlight has set an April 5 platform release for Trance, the Danny Boyle-directed psychological thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. It hits UK theaters March 27 via Pathe and Searchlight big brother 20th Century Fox. The plot follows a fine-art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost Goya painting. Joe Ahearne, on whose BBC telefilm the feature is based, wrote the screenplay with John Hodge (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave). Slumdog Millionaire‘s Christian Colson is producer. This is Boyle’s first pic since 2010′s 127 Hours, and we told you first way back in May 2011 that he was shooting Trance it just before taking time out to direct the Opening Ceremony for last summer’s hometown London Olympics. After that, he returned to complete the pic’s postproduction.
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The first trailer for Danny Boyle‘s psychological thriller Trance has dropped. The film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson and follows a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. The Pathé, Fox Searchlight, Film4 presentation of a Cloud Eight/Decibel Films production releases in the UK on March 27. A U.S. release has not been set. Boyle, who masterminded the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, recently said: “After a mad summer with London 2012, it’s great to get back to the day job; treachery and intrigue on the screen rather than behind-the-scenes!”
Pathé and 20th Century Fox have set a March 27 UK debut for Danny Boyle‘s Trance, the director’s first feature since 2010′s 127 Hours. Boyle, who most recently masterminded the London Olympics Opening Ceremony, said today: “After a mad summer with London 2012, it’s great to get back to the day job; treachery and intrigue on the screen rather than behind-the-scenes!” The psychological thriller stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson and follows a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a criminal gang who joins forces with a hypnotherapist to recover a lost painting. Joe Ahearne, on whose BBC telefilm of the same name Boyle’s feature is based, wrote the screenplay with John Hodge (Trainspotting, Shallow Grave). Slumdog Millionaire‘s Christian Colson is producer. Pathé has UK and French rights and Fox has the rest of the world on the Pathé, Fox Searchlight, Film4 presentation of a Cloud Eight/Decibel Films production. A U.S. release has not been set.
News Corp’s Australian Arm Plunges Further Into the Red
News Limited incurred an operating loss of $A457.3 million ($482.3 million) after writing down the value of its mastheads by $731. 7 million in fiscal 2012, according to accounts filed with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission. That compares with a $201.6 million loss in fiscal 2011 and $300 million in profits in 2010. The Australian company quantified job losses, mostly redundancies, for the first time, revealing the head count fell by 306 to 9,543 in the year to June 30. It reported revenue fell by nearly 10% to $2.65 billion and operating income plunged by 25.3% to $493.6 million as advertising revenues declined “driven by negative consumer sentiment”. Trying to put a positive spin on the numbers, the company pointed to the $1.94 billion acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings, which owned 25% of paybox Foxtel and 50% of Fox Sports, and online titles Business Spectator and Eureka Report, and said its publishing businesses performed solidly. The company generated $676 million in cash during the fiscal year. – Don Groves.
Some new details have emerged surrounding Sunday’s Olympics Closing Ceremony while speculation as to the content continues to swirl. Following Danny Boyle’s corker of an opener that scored ratings highs in the US and UK, music director David Arnold told The Telegraph, “To me this should be the greatest after party in the world.” A tribute to British design, fashion, fine art, poetry, playwriting and pop music, the show is titled A Symphony Of British Music. Over 4,100 performers will kick off the event at 9 PM local time on Sunday. But once again, it looks like folks in the US will have to wait at least 3 hours to catch the festivities as NBC will broadcast the ceremony starting at 7 PM local time, according to current schedules. Among the performers tipped are The Who, Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Rolling Stones, George Michael, Paul Weller, the Spice Girls, Adele, Ray Davies, Liam Gallagher, Annie Lennox, Madness, the Pet Shop Boys, Take That, Muse, One Direction and members of Queen. Over 10,000 athletes and flagbearers are expected to march with the men’s marathon medal ceremony a feature. Stephen Daldry is exec producer of the ceremonies. Arnold, the composer who has handled scores for recent Bond films Quantum Of Solace and Casino Royale and TV shows including Sherlock and Little Britain USA, says he’s been working for two years to put together …
As expected, Danny Boyle’s Olympics Opening Ceremony was a big ratings hit for the BBC last night, handily outperforming any other Games curtain-raiser in recent memory. The program captured an average 22.4M viewers and an 82.5% audience share. The average rating is the highest for the channel since 1998. Athens’ 2004 Opening Ceremony scored an average audience of 8.7M for a 41% share in primetime while the lauded Beijing opener in 2008 had a 51% share, but only 5.1M average viewers given it aired in the middle of the UK day. Last night’s opener began at 9pm local time and peaked for 5 minutes at 9:45pm with 26.9M tuning in to see Boyle’s Isles Of Wonder which featured a parachuting Queen, flying Mary Poppinses, a Mr Bean/Chariots Of Fire montage and a performance by Paul McCartney. The BBC’s most recent comparable 5-minute peak was 23.2M viewers during the England v Italy Euro 2012 match in June. Online viewing was 1M+, the BBC said.
“London 2012: Time to find out who we are” reads a headline in today’s Guardian. I’m not so sure about that, but the world will find out tonight what Danny Boyle’s had up his sleeve during his long months of preparing the Olympics Opening Ceremony. A shroud of secrecy has hung around the build-up to the event and around two dress rehearsals Boyle held earlier this week. What did leak was news that the hashtag #SaveTheSurprise had been projected on screens around the stadium during the rehearsals. Seems to have worked.
What we also know is that the warm-up show will start in London at 8:12 local time tonight (20:12 in military time), kicking off in earnest at 9 PM and running to 12:30 AM. Folks in the U.S. will have to wait until several hours later since NBC made the decision to slot the opening and closing ceremonies in primetime. Yesterday, NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell praised Boyle’s extravaganza, saying it has “amazing moments including one of the more astonishing and memorable in opening ceremony history.”
You have to wonder if London 2012 organizers are whispering to each other, “Be careful what you wish for.” With the weather still a question mark after weeks of inclemency comes a report that Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony has hit a rough patch – along with news that UK border staff are threatening a walk out on the eve of the Games. Rehearsals for Boyle’s £27M July 27 curtain-raiser, titled Isles of Wonder in reference to a speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, have been disrupted by strife between Boyle and the Olympic Broadcasting Services, The Guardian reports. Boyle’s own crew is said to be clashing with that of the OBS which is responsible for the pool feed used by international broadcasters. Although organizers told The Guardian that the teams were “working very well together,” a source told the paper that extra security has been placed around Boyle’s trailer due to strained relations. The atmosphere “is miserable” one person told The Guardian. Boyle “is not filming a sporting event. He is a creative and he is trying to create something that is like a drama, which is why he brought in his own people,” the person reportedly said. Independent production company Done and Dusted is providing the creative coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, but OBS will film the athletes’ entrance. According to The Guardian, Boyle wanted to bring in 30 cameras, but has not been …
As the Summer Olympics draw near, Danny Boyle has unveiled more details of the opening ceremony for London 2012. In his role as artistic director for the opener that’s titled Isles Of Wonder, the British filmmaker said “The ceremony is an attempt to capture a picture of ourselves as a nation, where we have come from and where we want to be.”
For the Tempest-inspired gala, the whole of the Olympic Stadium’s field of play will be transformed into the rolling British countryside. The set will include meadows, fields and rivers, and feature picnicking families, folks playing sports on village greens and farmers tilling the soil. There will also be live animals grazing including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.