Berlin: Download THR's Day 1 Daily
A film market preview, an analysis of Donald Trump's dealmaking shadow and exclusive news of a 'Star Wars' spoof.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its first Berlin International Film Festival daily issue, which includes a preview of the film market, an analysis of Donald Trump's dealmaking shadow and exclusive news of a Star Wars spoof.
Big Dealmaking Ahead
Strikes at the Berlin airports — and in London — threw travel plans out of whack for many executives trying to make it to Berlin for the start of the European Film Market, which kicks off Thursday. But travel chaos aside, most are expecting a buoyant EFM, helped by strong business in Sundance, which produced a slew of deals. One tip: buy early, and often. Says one exec: "You can’t really build a release slate anymore just by culling through finished films at festivals."
Trump's Festival Shadow
The bellicose policies and personality of U.S. President Donald Trump are looming large over Berlin. Trumpian politics are certain to be in focus over the next two weeks at the countless screenings and press conferences, and are already of concern regarding the impact on the international film industry. One exec told THR, "We have to worry about the visa status of every person we work with, if they can travel or get back into the country. It’s insane.”
The Farce Awakens
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer — the duo known for the parody films including the Scary Movie franchise, Epic Movie and Vampires Suck, will write and direct a Star Wars spoof, Star Worlds Episode XXXIVE=MC2: The Force Awakens the Last Jedi Who Went Rogue. Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson is producing alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner. Covert Media is also financing the project, and launching worldwide sales in Berlin.