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Anders Walter to Adapt ‘The Quest for the Time Bird’ as TV Series (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Anders Walter to Adapt ‘The Quest for the Time Bird’ as TV Series (Exclusive)
Danish filmmaker Anders Walter, who won the 2014 Oscar for live-action short film with “Helium,” is to adapt French graphic novel “The Quest for the Time Bird” as a TV series. Walter made his feature film debut last year with another adaptation of a graphic novel, “I Kill Giants,” starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots.

Kim Magnusson, who produced “Helium” and was one of the producers on “I Kill Giants,” is attached to produce the series.

“The Quest for the Time Bird” tells the story of a sorcerer’s daughter and an aging warrior who set out on an epic journey to find the Time Bird in order to make the imprisonment of a dark god last for all eternity.

The graphic novel series, created by French comic-book masters Serge Le Tendre and Régis Loisel, was first published from 1983 to 1987 and, with more than 2 million copies sold, became one
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October Horrors 2018 Day 21 – The Conjuring 2 (2016)

The Conjuring 2, 2016.

Directed by James Wan.

Starring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Simon Delaney, Franka Potente, Simon McBurney, Lauren Esposito, Robin Atkin Downes, Bob Adrian, Bonnie Aarons, Javier Botet, Patrick McAuley, and Benjamin Haigh.

Synopsis:

In Enfield, North London, Single mother Peggy Hodgson and her children find themselves victim to a vicious haunting by a demonic entity that seems determined to torture and drive them from their home. This haunting draws the attention of veteran paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who arrive in London to investigate the hauntings and hopefully help the Hodgson’s banish the entity once and for all.

The first Conjuring film is something of a rarity for a horror film in that it was a true horror blockbuster, enjoying both critical praise and box office success raking in over $300 million worldwide making it one of the most financially
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DVD Review – I Kill Giants (2017)

I Kill Giants, 2017.

Directed by Anders Walter.

Starring Madison Wolfe, Sydney Wade, Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots and Jennifer Ehle.

Synopsis:

Strange things lurk off shore in this small coastal town. Barbara (Madison Wolfe) is the self-appointed guardian keeping mile denizens at bay. Isolated, precocious and uniquely qualified, only the arrival of Sophia (Sydney Wade) and school psychologist Mrs Molle (Zoe Saldana) bring about change for this giant killer.

Films sold on their fantasy credentials are normally cut and dried. Mythical, magical and decidedly cheesy inhabit one camp, while grandiose, majestic and world building epics hide elsewhere. That this Anders Walter film sits uncomfortably in either group is testament to a movie which blindsides, confounds and surprises within its running time.

Madison Wolfe’s Barbara is a typical outsider peppered with character flaws reminiscent of The Goonies or Et with dashes of Gilliam’s Time Bandits in tone. Her pre-possession, naturalistic
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Giveaway: Win a Copy of I Kill Giants on DVD

Rlje Films released Anders Walter's adaptation of Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's graphic novel I Kill Giants on DVD and Bluray back on May 22nd. We are super late on this giveaway but we have three (3) copies on the film on DVD to hand out to our readers. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldy confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. The contest is open to U.S. residents only. To enter you only have to answer our trivia question below. Email us here with the correct...

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Wamg Giveaway – Win I Kill Giants on DVD

From the producers of Harry Potter, I Kill Giants stars Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar), Imogen Poots (“Roadies,” Green Room), Madison Wolfe (The Conjuring 2, “True Detective”), and Sydney Wade (360, Una). The film was directed by the Academy Award winning writer/director Anders Walter (Helium) and was written by Joe Kelly (Deadpool graphic novel, Big Hero 6 graphic novel, “Avengers Assemble,” “Ultimate Spider-Man”). Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldy confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. The adventure, fantasy film will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on May 22nd by Rlje Films. Now you can own I Kill Giants on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has 2 copies to give away. All
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Arizona Acquired by Rlje Films for North American Distribution, Theatrical Release Planned for This Summer

Following its Midnight program screening at the Sundance Film Festival (read Heather Wixson's review here), the dark comedy Arizona has been acquired by Rlje Films for North American distribution this summer:

Press Release: Los Angeles, May 1, 2018 – Rlje Films, a brand of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), has acquired all North American rights to Arizona, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The directorial debut of Jonathan Watson (HBO’s “Vice Principals”), the film was written by Luke Del Tredici (Fox’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”). Arizona stars Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Rosemarie DeWitt (Poltergeist), Luke Wilson (Idiocracy), Elizabeth Gillies (CW’s “Dynasty”) and Kaitlin Olson (FX’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”). Rlje Films plans to release Arizona in theaters in summer 2018.

“Arizona was loved by audiences at the Sundance Film Festival for its unique story with a comedic twist,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Rlje Films.
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‘I Kill Giants’ Blu-ray and DVD Release Date and Details

Rlje Films has announced home video details for I Kill Giants from director Anders Walter and writer Joe Kelly, and based on the Man of Action graphic novel written by Kelly and Ken Niimura.

The release date for I Kill Giants on Blu-ray and DVD is May 22nd. The fantasy adventure starring Zoe SaldanaImogen PootsMadison Wolfe and Sydney Wade is already available to rent digitally.

I Kill Giants bonus features on either format include:

The Making of I Kill Giants

Anatomy of a Scene

I Kill Giants Graphic Novel: Chapter 1

Photo Gallery

Pre-order I Kill Giants on Blu-ray or DVD for a discounted price at Amazon.

Here's the I Kill Giants Blu-ray cover art and trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Jg-eo8nBo
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movies by or about women opening UK/Ire from Thu Apr 05

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Love, Simon [my review]

Elizabeth Berger cowrites this dramedy about a gay (male) teenager coming to terms with his sexuality. (male director)

A Quiet Place [my review]

Emily Blunt and Millicent Simmonds costar as the mother and daughter of a small family trying to survive a monster apocalypse. (male writers and director)

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I Kill Giants [my review]

Madison Wolfe stars as a girl who escapes into a rich fantasy life of magic and monsters. (male writer and director)

Maya the Bee: The Honey Games [IMDb]

Animated children’s film about a honey bee (voiced by Coco Jack Gillies) who must save her hive. (male writers and directors)

Thoroughbreds [IMDb]

Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy star in this thriller about two teenaged girls who strike up a dangerous friendship. (male writer-director)

The Hurricane Heist [my review]

Maggie Grace costars as a federal agent who must stop a robbery at a Us Treasury facility. (male writers and director)

Wonderstruck
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I Kill Giants review – a ginormous waste of time

This trashy family fantasy – in which a lonely girl hunts giants in a handily creepy forest – confuses fake jeopardy with drama

There should be a separate genre heading for this film: time-wasting droopy fantasy. It is based on a graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura and directed by the Danish film-maker Anders Walter, who won an Oscar in 2014 for his short film Helium. From the outset, there is a heart-sinking sense of deja vu. Ja Bayona’s recent movie A Monster Calls – about a child retreating from emotional pain into CGI fantasy – had a certain storytelling force. But this awfully similar confection is flaccid: a pointless parade of unearned emotion, unearned drama, unearned everything.

Madison Wolfe plays Barbara, a lonely and troubled girl who regularly roams through the nearby forest hunting for “giants”, which we periodically get to see – sub-Iron-Giant/dementors. But there is no question of us,
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Can Evrenol’s New Horror Movie Housewife Acuqired by Rlje Films for North American Distribution

After taking viewers into a hallucinogenic hell in 2015's Baskin, Can Evrenol returns with the new horror movie Housewife (read Ben Larned's Sitges review here), which has been acquired for Rlje Films for North American distribution (planned for this fall) following the film's recent festival run:

Press Release: Los Angeles, April 2, 2018 – Rlje Films, a brand of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), has acquired all North American rights to the horror film Housewife. Directed by Can Evrenol (Baskin), who also co-wrote the film with Cem Özüduru, the film stars Clementine Poidatz (Shut-In) and David Sakurai (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald). Rlje Films plans to release the film in the fall of 2018.

“We’re truly excited to bring Housewife to audiences,” said Ward. “Housewife has been well-received by horror fans in Europe and North America at various film festivals and the word of mouth has been tremendous.”

In Housewife, young
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‘I Kill Giants’ Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Zoe Saldana, Imogen Poots, Madison Wolfe, Noel Clarke, Jennifer Ehle, Sydney Wade | Written by Joe Kelly, J.M. Ken Niimura | Directed by Anders Walter

I Kill Giants is quite a name for a movie. A really good name actually because with that and the awesome artwork on its poster, I was immediately intrigued…. Based on the comic book of the same title, I Kill Giants tells the story of a troubled girl, Barbara (Madison Wolfe) who believes giants are coming to her town and she is the one to stop them. She has some help in new friend Sophia (Sydney Wade) as well as her sister Karen (Imogen Poots) and the school psychologist Mrs Molle (Zoe Saldana) who don’t initially believe what she is saying.

Those looking for a horror movie full of giant slaying might be a little disappointed to hear that this isn’t that kind of film.
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I Kill Giants movie review: the terrible burden of secret fears

MaryAnn’s quick take… A movie as thrillingly weird as its protagonist. We are totally enrapt by the wonder and the terror of her imagination, and the power of it to create joy and solace. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto) women’s participation in this film

(learn more about this)

I Kill Giants is not a fantasy movie. It’s a drama about fantasy: about the power of stories to help us understand our fears and cope with our anxieties and escape from our pain, at least for a little while. But in a rare creative conjunction, this movie is as thrillingly weird as its protagonist, 12-year-old Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe: The Conjuring 2, Joy). We have no doubt
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movies by or about women opening Us/Can from Fri Mar 23

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Pacific Rim: Uprising [my review]

Emily Carmichael and Kira Snyder cowrite this science fiction action movie about soldiers in giant robots who fight monsters. Features a gender balanced cast including Cailee Spaeny, Tian Jing, Adria Arjona, Ivanna Sakhno, and Rinko Kikuchi. (male director)

Unsane [my review]

Claire Foy stars as a woman caught up in a bureaucratic snafu at a mental hospital. (male writers and director)

Midnight Sun [my review]

Bella Thorne stars as a teenage girl who finally meets the boy of her dreams. (male writer and director)

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Beauty and the Dogs [IMDb] pictured

Kaouther Ben Hania writes and directs this drama about a young Tunisian woman (Mariam Al Ferjani) fighting for justice after she is raped.

Madame [IMDb]

Amanda Sthers writes and directs this satire about a wealthy woman (Toni Collette) and her maid (Rossy de Palma).

Elis [IMDb]

Andréia Horta stars in this biopic of Brazilian singer Elis Regina. Cowritten by Vera Egito.
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Weekly Update for March 23: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Unsane”Films About Women Opening This Week

Unsane

Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) relocates from Boston to Pennsylvania to escape the man who’s been stalking her for the last two years. While consulting with a therapist, Valentini unwittingly signs in for a voluntary 24-hour commitment to the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Her stay at the facility soon gets extended when doctors and nurses begin to question her sanity. Sawyer now believes that one of the staffers is her stalker — and she’ll do whatever it takes to stay alive and fight her way out. (Press materials)

Find screening info and tickets here.

Beauty and the Dogs — Written and Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Opens in NY and La)

“Beauty and the Dogs”

When Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani), a young Tunisian woman, is raped by police officers after leaving a party, she is propelled into a harrowing night in which she
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Writer Joe Kelly on Adapting I Kill Giants [Interview]

Originally published in 2009, Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura's graphic novel I Kill Giants introduced us to Barbara, an uncompromising teen girl dealing with some pretty big family issues while also saving her community from giants who randomly emerge to destroy her and everyone she loves.

Fast forward nearly a decade and now Kelly and NIimura's vision has been turned into a feature film directed by Oscar-winning Danish director Anders Walter, produced by Chris Columbus and starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots.

I Kill Giants is a really beautifully imagined story of a girl dealing with some heavy issues by retreating into herself and lashing out at everyone who tries to help her: from her sister, played by Poots, who has put her own life on hold to take
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Our Film Critic and the Director of a Movie He Hated Sat Down and Tried to Work Out Their Differences

Our Film Critic and the Director of a Movie He Hated Sat Down and Tried to Work Out Their Differences
Oscar-winning Danish filmmaker Anders Walter was vibrating with excitement when he boarded his flight to Canada, his debut feature was about to have its first press screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. It had been almost four years since he’d won the Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short, and the 39-year-old director had dedicated every one of them to the challenge of financing and filming “I Kill Giants.”

For all of Walter’s pedigree and potential, the project had been an uphill battle from the very beginning. It didn’t seem to matter that it was based on a popular graphic novel with a built-in fanbase, or that it would star Brie Larson and Zoe Saldana. Twice the movie was ready to roll; twice it had collapsed. But this was all behind him as he sat on the tarmac at Copenhagen Airport. When he left Denmark, his career
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I Kill Giants Interview: Madison Wolfe Discusses Her Most Challenging Role Yet

At only 15 years of age, Madison Wolfe already has a resume that demands admiration. The young actress got her start opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in The Campaign before joining such high profile projects as True Detective, Joy, Trumbo, and The Conjuring 2. Her latest sees her taking the lead as Barbara, a high school giant slayer, in Anders Walter’s feature film debut I Kill Giants, an adaptation of the graphic novels of the same name. I Kill Giants is a deeply compassionate coming-of-age fantasy that follows an imaginative young girl as she faces an all-too-harsh reality. Screen Anarchy was able to interview the film’s rapidly rising star. Screen Anarchy: How did you come to be part of I Kill Giants and what...

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Joe Kelly Interview: I Kill Giants

Writer Joe Kelly penned the script for I Kill Giants, the live-action adaptation of his 2009 graphic novel of the same name. The story of I Kill Giants follows Barbara Thorsen (Madison Wolfe), an acerbic young girl who distances herself from others in order to stay vigilant in her mission to protect her small town from the likes of villainous giants. Though her sister Karen (Imogen Poots) and school psychologist Mrs. Mollé (Zoe Saldana) try to reach out, it’s new girl Sophia (Sydney Wade) who finally connects with Barbara. Still, school bully Taylor (Rory Jackson) and the ever present threat of giants force Barbara to face some of her greatest fears.
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I Kill Giants (2018)

From the acclaimed graphic novel comes an epic adventure about a world beyond imagination. Teen Barbara Thorson (Madison Wolfe, The Conjuring 2) is the only thing that stands between terrible giants and the destruction of her small town. But as she boldly confronts her fears in increasingly dangerous ways, her new school counselor (Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy) leads her to question everything she’s always believed to be true. I Kill Giants is an intense, touching story about trust, courage and love from the producers that brought you Harry Potter.
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"I Kill Giants"

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the upcoming thriller "I Kill Giants", directed by Anders Walter and written by Joe Kelly, based on his Image Comics series (2008), starring Madison Wolfe, Zoe Saldana and Imogen Poots, opening March 23, 2018:

"... it's about a girl who's a bit of an outsider – she's funny, but totally in geekland, obsessed with 'Dungeons & Dragons'. She doesn't have a lot of friends, she's a bit of a social misfit.

"She's taken her fantasy life a little far, and really only talks about giants to people. She's convinced that giants are real and giants are coming, and it's her responsibility to stop them when they show up.

"This weird little fantasy life that she's going has started seeping into her real life, and as we see things from her point of view, we see that she sees pixies and she sees signs in the
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