Cannes: Download THR's Day 1 Daily

The fest's first daily issue includes a look at why indie films are struggling to survive, 'Bill & Ted 3' drawing global interest, and whether the measles outbreak is affecting fest attendees.

The Hollywood Reporter has released its first 2019 Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes a look into why indie films are struggling to survive, why Bill & Ted 3 is drawing global interest and what festival attendees are doing to protect themselves amid the measles outbreak. 

The Search for a Hit Film 

The day before the Cannes market even got underway, Glen Basner was taking meetings with prospective buyers for the FilmNation action-comedy Down Under Cover, which will star Avengers: Endgame’s Chris Hemsworth and Girls Trip’s Tiffany Haddish. Not surprisingly, the film is being courted by major studios, looking to pay around $40 million for the film given the combination of Hemsworth (soon to be heading up Sony’s Men in Black reboot) and established comedy star Haddish and the film’s franchise potential. THR takes a look at how smaller distributors are increasingly getting muscled out of the running for splashy fare, and how this year’s market, which runs from May 14-23, will likely be no exception.

'Bill & Ted' Take Over the World? 

The long-awaited reforming of Wyld Stallyns has drawn some major global interest. Bill & Ted: Face the Music, reuniting Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the iconic time-traveling metalheads for the first time in almost three decades, has been snapped up by Warner Bros. for the U.K., with MGM striking a multi-territory deal that includes Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Latin America, Greece, South America, the Middle East, India and Pan Asia Pay Television. THR breaks down the anticipated upcoming installment. 

"Just Another Bug to Avoid"

It’s the guest that no one invited. And yet there’s a legitimate fear that measles could make an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival. After all, the disease is making a deadly comeback around the world, with Europe particularly hard hit. That has prompted a number of industry people traveling to the festival and market to get pricked. THR looks into the concerns among festival attendees. 

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