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The Hollywood Reporter has released its third Berlin International Film Festival daily issue, which features an inside look at why foreign audiences are flocking to regional adaptations, Sony Pictures Classics’ move to distribute Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic and Jose Padilha’s hijacking thriller 7 Days in Entebbe, starring Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl.
“People Want to See Their Own Stars and Their Own Stories”
It’s no secret the film industry is obsessed with sequels and remakes — China’s Monster Hunt 2 smashed local records with a $97 million one-day bow at home and Fifty Shades Freed opened to $137 million worldwide — but a global business is emerging for a different kind of adaptation, in which producers make multiple sequels of the same film, in different languages and aimed at different markets. Says Sony Pictures International Productions head Laine Kline: “You can see where the trend is going: People want to see their own stars and their own stories and their own culture being exhibited to them. It’s only [going] to get stronger and stronger.”
Sony Nabs Wilde Pic
Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the rights to Everett’s directorial debut The Happy Prince for North America and Latin America. The film is screening at the fest in a special gala slot. The drama, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, sees Everett star as Oscar Wilde in the story of the writer’s final years. Everett also wrote the $13 million film. “I am absolutely thrilled, particularly because Michael and Tom distributed my first film Another Country,” Everett said in a statement, referencing Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. Sony Classics is planning a 2018 release for the film, which could prove an awards vehicle for Everett.
A Real-Life Hijacking
Ten years after he won the Golden Bear with his violent crime thriller about Rio de Janeiro’s deadly anti-dope unit, Elite Squad, Jose Padilha — who has since sparked something of a drugs renaissance on the small screen, thanks to Netflix’s Narcos (he executive produces and directed the first two episodes) — returns to Berlin with another drama based on real life. 7 Days in Entebbe chronicles the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv by pro-Palestinian militants and the successful rescue mission by the Israeli Defense Forces after the plane, and its 103 passengers, was rerouted to Uganda, then under the brutal rule of Idi Amin. Speaking to THR, Padilha explains how the behind-the-scenes battles between Israeli political rivals help illustrate the problems still hampering a peace solution and why there’s a former airlines boss in Pakistan who probably never wants to hear another word about the film.
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