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The Hollywood Reporter has released its first daily issue for the American Film Market, which kicks off in Santa Monica on Wednesday. The issue features a look at how the streaming wars loom large on the fest, filmmakers bringing a cultural icon to the big screen via CGI and a first look at Liam Neeson’s new action-thriller.
A True Tipping Point
In the independent film industry, the words “paradigm shift” have been bandied around for a while, but the 2019 American Film Market could mark a true tipping point. This year’s AFM, which runs Wednesday-Nov. 13, is sandwiched between the launch of two potentially game-changing new global streaming services: Apple TV+, which bowed Friday, and Disney+, which will bow in select territories on Tuesday. Following closely on their heels will be WarnerMedia’s HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. THR takes a look at how streaming is the single greatest threat — and potentially the single greatest opportunity — the indie film industry has seen in decades.
An Unexpected Return to Big Screen
James Dean, who died in a 1955 car crash at the age of 24, is making an unexpected return to the big screen. The cultural icon, known for Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, has been posthumously cast in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack. THR looks into how filmmakers are now hoping that the CGI technology used to bring Dean back to life onscreen could soon be deployed on other well-known figures.
First Look at Liam Neeson’s The Minuteman
Liam Neeson takes aim in this first-look still from The Minuteman, the upcoming action-thriller from director Robert Lorenz. Being shopped internationally by Voltage Pictures, the film sees the Taken star play a retired Vietnam veteran who finds himself responsible for the life of a young boy being hunted by a cartel. CAA and UTA Independent Film Group will co-represent U.S. rights.
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