Liam Neeson Action Thriller ‘Retribution’ Near Sells Out International for Studiocanal – AFM (EXCLUSIVE)

At last. After a star-spangled American Film Market lineup this year was met by an initial near deafening silence from buyers, European film-TV group Studiocanal confirmed Wednesday that it has pre-sold the world, apart from the U.S. and China, on … Read more…

Topic Acquires North American Rights to Season 2 of Nordic Thriller ‘Arctic Circle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

First Look Media’s niche streaming service Topic has acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to the second season of the Nordic thriller “Arctic Circle,” which just started shooting in the icy wilderness of Lapland. Lagardère Studios Distribution, which was recently acquired … Read more…

Spain’s Wanda Films Boards Antonio Mendez Esparza’s Comedy Thriller ‘Madrid Is It’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Spanish producer-distributor Wanda Films is set to co-produce Antonio Méndez Esparza‘s “Madrid Is It,” a thriller with comedic touches produced by Pedro Hernández’s Aquí y Allí Films, the Madrid-based outfit that has backed all of the features directed by Esparza, … Read more…

Mads Mikkelsen & Armie Hammer To Star In Cold War Thriller ‘The Billion Dollar Spy’ For Director Amma Asante — AFM

Mads Mikkelsen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) have been confirmed to star in writer-director Amma Asante’s (Belle) The Billion Dollar Spy, which HanWay Films will launch sales on at the AFM. Based on … Read more…

‘Blackbird’ Flies Into Theaters, Janelle Monae Thriller ‘Antebellum’ Debuts, Merawi Gerima’s ‘Residue’ Hits Netflix – Specialty Streaming Preview

As box offices start to test the waters, Roger Michell’s family drama Blackbird starring Susan Sarandon is set to open in theaters and on demand starting today. Known for My Cousin Rachel and Notting Hill, Michell directs a script by Christian Torpe, who … Read more…

AMC Streamer Acorn TV Nabs ‘Bodyguard’ Creator Jed Mercurio’s Crime Thriller ‘Bloodlands’ (EXCLUSIVE)

AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV has acquired exclusive U.S. and Canadian rights to BBC One crime thriller series “Bloodlands” from Hat Trick International and executive producer Jed Mercurio (“Line of Duty,” “Bodyguard”). The four-part series, written by Chris Brandon … Read more…

Netflix Boards Alexandre Aja’s French Survival Thriller With Melanie Laurent

Netflix has boarded “O2,” a French survival thriller directed by Alexandre Aja, whose credits include “Crawl,” “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Piranha 3D.” The film, which marks the return of Aja to a French-speaking project after a 15-year career in … Read more…

Orange Studio Boards Female-Led Futuristic Thriller ‘Tanzanite’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Orange Studio has boarded “Tanzanite,” a female-centric thriller from Swiss-Rwandan filmmaker Kantarama Gahigiri, Variety has learned exclusively. “Tanzanite” takes place in the year 2045 in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, a lawless city where temperatures have become dangerously high and the government … Read more…

BBC Orders Second Season of Hit Surveillance Thriller ‘The Capture’

U.K. broadcaster BBC has ordered a second season of surveillance thriller “The Capture,” executive produced by “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and starring Holliday Grainger. The show’s first season, produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal Intl. Studios, will premiere in … Read more…

BBC Orders Second Season of Hit Surveillance Thriller ‘The Capture’

U.K. broadcaster BBC has ordered a second season of surveillance thriller “The Capture,” executive produced by “Harry Potter” producer David Heyman and starring Holliday Grainger. The show’s first season, produced by Heyday Television and NBCUniversal Intl. Studios, will premiere in … Read more…

Film News Roundup: Denzel Washington-Rami Malek Thriller Set for Early 2021 Release

In today’s film news roundup, a Denzel Washington-Rami Malek thriller gets a release date, “Escape Room 2” gets moved, Paramount sets a double feature, “So Cold the River” wraps and the Sonoma Film Festival unveils its lineup. RELEASE DATES Warner Bros. … Read more…

Cinephil Acquires AI-Themed Political Thriller Documentary ‘iHuman’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Tel Aviv-based Cinephil has acquired worldwide rights to Tonje Hessen Schei’s (“Drone”) “iHuman,” a political thriller documentary about artificial intelligence, power and social control. U.S.-based sales agent ro*co films is representing North America on the film which will have its … Read more…

Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine’s I Am the Night Is a Retro Noir Thriller With Nothing New to Say

Notorious cold cases tend to splinter into competing narratives, each containing fragments of an elusive truth—and few have elicited theories as odd as those that surround the lurid 1947 murder of 22-year-old Elizabeth Short, a.k.a. the Black Dahlia, in Los … Read more…