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AFM: John Cena Action Comedy ‘Freelance’ Sells Wide

Proving there is always an international market for full-octane action, global buyers have jumped aboard Freelance, a new action-comedy from Taken director Pierre Morel set to star The Suicide Squad/P…

AFM: Russian Distributor Arna Media Stocks Up With ‘Duchess of Malfi,’ ‘Black Demon’ (Exclusive)

Arna Media, the new Russian distribution company launched by Capella Film executive Nadezda Motina, has stocked up on new features ahead of its official launch next year. Motina signed deals for

AFM Goes Old School as Action, Star-Driven Titles Rule

There was a sense of 1990s nostalgia at the 2021 American Film Market. Technically this year’s AFM, with its Zoom meetings, on-demand screenings, virtual keynotes and discussions…

AFM: Upgrade Productions Looking to Capitalize on ‘Squid Game’ Effect

Over the years, Matt Brodlie and Jonathan Kier have racked up the frequent flyer miles. Brodlie, as senior vp of international content for Disney+ helped build a development slate of series…

AFM 2021: First Bloom Films on Making Female-Focused Movies

Last year, actor-producer Katherine Waddell and writer-director Em Johnson set up First Bloom Films, an independent production company with a clear social objective: to increase the participation of

AFM: Millennium Boss on Casting ‘Expendables 4’ and Small-Screen Plans (‘Rambo’ TV?)

An ever-present market flagbearer (a flag perhaps clutched by a bruised and bloodied hand), action film overlord Millennium Media appears to have emerged from the coronavirus pandemic even more

AFM: Norwegian Disaster Film ‘The North Sea’ Going to China, Australia

Buyers worldwide continue to board The North Sea. The Norwegian disaster movie, set on a North Sea oil drilling platform, racked up multiple presales for TrustNordisk unveiled during the…

AFM: Yaniv Raz on Directing Emus and John Cleese for ‘The Great Emu War’

It started as a joke. Years ago, Australian-born stand-up Monty Franklin stumbled across an entry on Wikipedia about the Great Emu War. Now all-but-forgotten, the incident refers to a month in 1932

AFM: Black Filmmakers Look to Capitalize on International Demand for More Diverse Stories

Diversity has been a Hollywood buzzword for several years now, but the real challenges faced by filmmakers from minority or marginalized communities in getting their stories made and seen came…

AFM: Will the Box Office Bounce-Back Help Indies?

For the independent film industry, the re-opening of theaters worldwide has been your classic good news/bad news type situation. The good news, according to the latest figures from box…

Biopic of Italian Designer Roberto Cavalli in Works (Exclusive)

Roberto Cavalli, the Italian fashion designer renowned for his stretch jeans and animal prints, is getting the biopic treatment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Filmmaking duo Andrea…

AFM First Look: Bruce Willis in Action Thriller Sequel ‘Fortress 2’ (Exclusive)

Bruce Willis is all tied up in this exclusive first-look photo from upcoming action thriller Fortress 2. The film — the second in the Fortress trilogy and coming quick on the heels of…