Finally the official theatrical posters of ‘Kite’ have recently surfaced on the web. Can’t wait for the movie! Check them out as below.
Locally produced anime movie, Kite, has already been snapped up by a major international distribution company ahead of its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday.
The Weinstein Company (TWC) has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the live action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s Japanese hit animation.
Kite, which is produced by Anant Singh’s Distant Horizon, will be sold to international buyers at the festival which runs on May 15-26. The film which recently wrapped production in Johannesburg features stars the likes Samuel L Jackson, India Eisley and Australian sensation, Callan McAuliffe and is directed by Ralph Ziman.
The character-driven action flick tells the story of Sawa, (India Eisley), a little girl determined to hunt down her father’s killer and teams with her father’s ex-partner to do so.
Kite co-producer, Brian Cox said: “We are delighted to have concluded this deal with TWC. Given their wide ranging experience and success in handling the action genre, we believe that the film will perform exceptionally well in the territories they have acquired.”
Source: The New Age
The Weinstein Co. acquired the worldwide rights to the live-action film adaptation of Yasuomi Umetsu’s anime Kite at this week’s Festival de Cannes. Samuel L. Jackson is starring in the film with lead actress India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, New Director).
South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) directed the film after the passing of director David R. Ellis. The film was in pre-production in Johannesburg when Ellis passed away.
According to Deadline, the Kite remake is “a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson).”
Source: Anime News Network
South African director Ralph Ziman (Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema) has taken over the live-action Kite film project after the passing of director David R. Ellis. Samuel L. Jackson is starring in the film with lead actress India Eisley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Underworld: Awakening, Maleficent) and Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four, New Director). The film was in pre-production in Johannesburg when Ellis passed away.
According to Deadline, the Kite remake will be “a character-driven action film that charts the story of Sawa (Eisley), a young woman living in a failed state after the financial collapse, where a corrupt security force profits on the trafficking of young women. When Sawa’s policeman father is killed, she vows to track the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner, Karl Aker (Jackson).”
Jackson said, “The zest and enthusiasm David Ellis had for this project led to my commitment to do it. That same commitment to David leads me to fulfill my obligation to see his dedication fulfilled.”
The film is being produced by Anant Singh and Distant Horizon’s Brian Cox with Detalle Films’ Moises Cosio and Alberto Muffelmann.
Source: Anime News Network
‘Secret Life’ thesp joins Disney live-action fantasy
India Eisley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) is set to play a younger version of Angelina Jolie’s character in Disney’s “Maleficent,” which Joe Roth is producing via his Roth Films banner.
Veteran production designer Robert Stromberg (Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful”) is making his directorial debut from a script by Linda Woolverton, who wrote Disney’s billion-dollar grosser “Alice in Wonderland.”
Live-action fantasy pic stars Jolie in the title role as Disney’s ultimate villainess. Story explores the origins of the evil fairy and what led her to curse Princess Aurora (Elle Fanning) in Disney’s animated classic “Sleeping Beauty.”
Eisley will play young Maleficent in the opening act, which establishes the character’s role in the kingdom’s hierarchy.
Sharlto Copley will co-star as Stefan, the half-human, half-fairy bastard son of the human king (Kenneth Cranham). Supporting cast also includes Sam Riley as Maleficent’s right-hand man, Miranda Richardson as Maleficent’s regal aunt, and Brit thesps Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville as pixies who care for Aurora.
“Maleficent” is skedded to start production in June, and Disney will release the pic on March 14, 2014.
Eisley, who plays Shailene Woodley’s younger sister on ABC Family’s hit series The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” was last seen playing Kate Beckinsale’s daughter in “Underworld: Awakening.” She’s repped by ICM and Justice & Ponder.
Action films are often judged based on their third acts. We’ve come to expect blood, precision and grandiosity, and most are smart enough to deliver. The problem with the bad ones, more often than not, is that they don’t do quite enough to keep us invested before the proverbial castles are stormed.Underworld: Awakening isn’t a great movie by any measure. Its 3D is practically non-existent for long stretches, and most of its characters behave according to motivations shoehorned in quickly and without sincerity. But somehow, it recovers just enough from these lulls to offer well shot graphics and choreographed action that bridge the way to a successful, fast-paced final act.
That climax, coupled with an interesting premise and a killer car chase scene, are enough to make Underworld: Awakening watchable, but because of one over-arching problem, I still can’t help wondering what-if. Arguably the best thing about the series prior to this movie has been its willingness to play both sides of the fence. Nothing was quite as it seemed, and no one single side was in the right. Like most wars, the Vampire/ Lycan feud was an escalating mess caused by two sides with fundamentally different wants and needs. The main issue with Underworld: Awakening is that it doesn’t spend enough time muddying the motivations of the opposition, which is utterly bizarre considering the film’s very plot adds two huge new wrinkles to the saga. Continue reading
Kate Beckinsale returns for the fourth installment of the series.
“Awakening” singles itself out from the rest of the films of the series by focusing less on the mythology that dominated the plot of the previous films. This installment is more action-packed, and with its fast-paced storyline and its cinematic shots and effects, it could be the best film of the franchise.
The film opens by rehashing the events of the first two films (the third one was a prequel). The war between the vampires and the lycans has been turned on its head. The existence of both has been discovered by the humans and they seek to eradicate them.
Vampire warrior Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and her hybrid lover Michael (Scott Speedman) are seeking to escape but fail. Selene is captured and remains frozen in a lab called Antigen.
Some time later she is mysteriously awakened and escapes venturing out into a world that is vastly different than the one she left behind. She returns to the pier where she was last with Michael and discovers that twelve years have passed since she was captured.
She begins seeing flashes of someone else’s vision, which leads her to lycans (who are thought to be extinct) who are hiding. There she meets a vampire named David (Theo James) and what ensues are action packed scenes of Selene dueling it out with the lycans. She discovers that the flashes are not coming from Michael but from her twelve year old hybrid daughter Eve (India Eisley).
The film begins to enter a fast-paced plot after this. It is soon discovered that the lycans have fooled the humans into believing they are extinct in hopes of carrying out their master plan, in which Eve is the key.The rest of the film features certain twists that were at times unpredictable. The ending wraps up in a way that leaves room for another installment in the series.
The film effortlessly steps away from its mythology to deliver a quick, action-packed plot, which delivers a fresh feel setting it apart from the rest of the other films.
Its one plot fault is not portraying the other side’s motive. Part of what made the other films strong was its ability to get the audience to sympathize with both the vampires and lycans. “Awakening” fails to do so. Instead, it focuses on Selene’s fight with the lycans for her daughter.
Directors Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein do an excellent job in the effects and action shots of the film. The 3D on the other hand falls flat.
Despite those flaws the film manages to come together in a way that makes it one of the better films in the series.
Source: Neon Tommy
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- (x113) Events in 2012: Underworld Awakening Los Angeles Premiere – Arriving
- (x010) Events in 2012: Underworld Awakening Los Angeles Premiere Afterparty