Hot UK Trailer: ‘How I Live Now’

Soairse Ronan stars in Last King Of Scotland helmer Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now. She plays Daisy, an American teenager who’s sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. But romance and an idyllic summer are interrupted by an escalating conflict in … Read More »

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Scoot McNairy Shores Up ‘Black Sea’ Role

By | Monday June 17, 2013 @ 6:47pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Scoot McNairy is set star with Jude Law in Black Sea, the underwater adventure film for Focus Features that Kevin Macdonald is directing. Law plays a rogue skipper who gathers a crew and a submarine … Read More »

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Focus Acquires Hot Cannes Title ‘Black Sea’ With Kevin Macdonald Directing Jude Law

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: As distributors line their coffers with big films for Cannes, Focus Features has grabbed one, acquiring worldwide rights to Black Sea, an adventure thriller that Kevin Macdonald will direct with Jude Law starring. It’s contemporary, and Law will play a submarine captain who is laid off by a salvage company and makes a deal with a shadowy backer to look for a storied sunken sub reputed to be loaded with gold at the bottom of the Black Sea. Since this find would get him even with his ex-bosses, he puts together a crew of English and Russian sailors for the task, taking off to uncharted depths with his motley crew. The closer they get to the prize, the riskier it becomes to trust one another.

Law just starred for Focus Features in Anna Karenina. Film 4 developed, co-produced and is co-financing Black Sea with Focus, and Macdonald has committed to make it next. Macdonald, who helmed the Oscar-winning docu One Day In September and Touching the Void, and who directed The Last King Of Scotland and State Of Play and The Eagle, last helmed the Saoirse Ronan/Tom Holland-starrer How I Live Now and the docu Marley. Focus holds worldwide rights — excluding the U.K. free-TV rights held by Film4, and international sales will begin at Cannes. Macdonald and Charles Steel are producing. Dennis Kelly, who recently authored the book of the acclaimed stage musical adaptation of Matilda, is writing the Black Sea script. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: Magnolia’s ‘Marley’

By | Saturday February 18, 2012 @ 6:07pm PST

Magnolia Pictures had already picked up U.S. rights to the Kevin Macdonald documentary about the reggae legend. The pic made its world premiere last weekend at the Berlin festival, where it sold a slew of territories. Magnolia has set an April 20 release for North America, and it is timed … Read More »

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‘Marley’ Doc Sold Ahead Of Berlin Bow

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 11:29pm PST

Universal Pictures Intl. Entertainment has just acquired the Bob Marley documentary Marley, for all rights within the UK and Scandinavia. Lucky Red has picked up rights for Italy and Avalon Distribution has Spain. Magnolia Pictures previously acquired U.S. rights to … Read More »

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Kevin Macdonald Jamming On Bob Marley Docu

By | Wednesday February 2, 2011 @ 1:13pm PST
Mike Fleming

Kevin Macdonald has signed on to direct Marley, a film about the late activist reggae singer. On the docu front, Macdonald directed the Oscar winning One Day In September and Touching the Void. Marley is a coproduction between Tuff Gong … Read More »

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Ridley Scott, Kevin Macdonald Set Sundance Bow For ‘Life In A Day’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 6, 2011): Academy Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) has completed work on Life In A Day, a cinematic experiment to capture life around the world in a single day. Drawing from 4,500 hours of footage sent

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Hot Trailer: ‘The Eagle’

By | Wednesday November 10, 2010 @ 1:54pm PST
Mike Fleming

Focus Features has released a trailer for The Eagle, the Kevin Macdonald-directed historical drama that stars Channing Tatum as a Roman leader who heads off into the wilds of Scotland to discover what happened to his father, who vanished along with the legion he commanded. Jamie Bell plays the slave … Read More »

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