Cannes: Download THR's Day 2 Daily
The fest's second daily issue includes a look at how Mel Gibson could be the new Nicolas Cage and how Indie streamers are taking on Netflix at the festival.
The Hollywood Reporter has released its second Cannes Film Festival daily, which includes a look at how Mel Gibson has become the belle of the Marché ball and how indie streamers are offering an edgier alternative to Netflix.
The New Nic Cage?
A rowdy Santa Claus, a sinister grandfather and stubborn retired detective: three very different roles in three new film projects, with one name linking them all. In Cannes, where Nicolas Cage might have been the 2018 market’s dominant name, this year it’s Mel Gibson. Thanks to Fatman, Rothchild and Force of Nature — plus the action-thriller Boss Level, first announced in 2017 and still up for grabs in some territories — he appears to be the belle of the Marché ball. But any mention of the man who gave us Mad Max, Lethal Weapon and Braveheart doesn’t come without its controversy. THR looks into how Gibson is still an international draw in the market.
"We’re Not the Netflix Model of 'Sit Back and Chill'"
Even Cannes, the bastion of the big-screen cinema experience, knows streaming is inevitable. While the French film festival continues to defend the primacy of theatrical releases — and continues to ban Netflix from its competition — the independent film industry at the Cannes film market is scrambling to find a business model that will let them make money from streaming movies online. THR breaks down how regional SVOD outlets are offering a new platform for the unconventional and niche.