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EXCLUSIVEBruce Willis has made a three-picture deal with MoviePass Films. MoviePass Films CEOs and Co-founders Randall EmmettGeorge Furla, and Ted Farnsworth set the deal.

It solidified a long relationship that Willis has had with Emmett/Furla/Oasis. He has made 14 films with them, with 10 Minutes Gone in post-production and past efforts that include the Richard Donner-directed 16 Blocks and the Stephen Frears-helmed Lay the Favorite.

The first in the new three-pic pact will be Trauma Center, written by Paul da Silva. It will begin shooting in February in Miami. Additional casting is underway on the film. Emmett, Furla and Lydia Hull will produce Trauma Center, while Ted Farnsworth, Tim Sullivan and Alex Eckert will executive produce.

Speaking on the relationship between the company and Willis, Emmett said: “We consider Bruce a part of the MoviePass family at this point. Bruce is not only one of the biggest worldwide movie stars but is also a force to be reckoned with, and we look forward to the future with him.”

Said Willis, “After 15 years, I look forward to continuing to work with Randall and George in the coming year.”

EFO is in post-production on Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman along with Willis’ 10 Minutes Gone. The Michael Polish-helmed WWII drama Axis Sally starring Al Pacino is currently in pre-production.

By Mike Flemming Jr., Deadline.com

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EXCLUSIVE: Here are some striking first look stills from the production of Medieval, the historical action-drama starring Ben FosterMichael Caine, Til Schweiger, Sophie Lowe, Matthew Goode and William Mosely.

Currently shooting in Czech Republic, director Petr Jákl’s feature is inspired by the origin story of 14th century warlord Jan Zizka of Trocnov (Ben Foster), who along with his band of mercenaries became entangled with an heiress and battled a rival King in a struggle for greater freedom for the Czech people.

Caine plays Lord Boresh who is the right hand of the Czech King Wenceslaus IV and Goode plays King Sigismund of Hungary and Croatia.

Jákl wrote the screenplay and is producing alongside Cassian Elwes, and Double Tree Entertainment LLC. The film is produced with the support of private investors, the Czech Film Fund, the Prague Film Fund and Creative Europe – Media. Additional support comes from Middle Bohemia Region, the Capital City of Prague and the President of the Senate of Parliament in the Czech Republic.

Highland Film Group handles sales.

By Andreas Wiseman, Deadline.com

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We told you over the weekend that the Greg and Colin Strause’s Skyline franchise would be continuing with Skylines, which will bring upon the return of Beyond Skyline’s Lindsey Morgan as Captain Rose Corley.

In the film, Corley is a human with extraterrestrial superpowers that mean she is the only person powerful enough to vanquish the marauders. When a virus threatens to turn earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Corley assembles an elite team of mercenaries on a mission to the alien world to save humanity.B

Beyond Skyline’s Liam O’Donnell is returning to write and produce the third film in the growing sci-fi franchise. The Strause brothers are also producing with Matthew Chausse.

Beyond Skyline starred Frank Grillo as a tough-as-nails detective who embarks on a relentless pursuit to free his son from a nightmarish alien warship

Highland Film Group and XYZ are selling the film at AFM.

Here’s a first look at the film’s sales art that teases a reverse invasion!

By Brad Miska, Bloody Disgusting

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Highland Film Group has bolstered its AFM slate with international rights to Skylines, the third entry in the Skyline sci-fi franchise that puts the focus on returning cast member and rising Latina star Lindsey Morgan.

XYZ Films represents North American and Chinese rights and also serves as executive producer to the ongoing humans versus aliens saga.

Skylines centres on Captain Rose Corley, a human with extraterrestrial superpowers that mean she is the only person powerful enough to vanquish the marauders.

When a virus threatens to turn earth-dwelling friendly alien hybrids against humans, Corley assembles an elite team of mercenaries on a mission to the alien world to save humanity.

Skyline and Beyond Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell returns to writing duties, and Matthew Chausse and O’Donnell will produce alongside franchise creators the Strause brothers. Morgan’s roles include The CW series The 100, and feature Summertime by Ed Burns.

Highland’s ADM slate includes Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts and Mel Gibson; Michael Cristofer’s The Night Clerk starring Tye Sheridan, Ana de Armas and Helen Hunt; and Marc Meyer’s thriller We Summon The Darkness with Alexandra Daddario.

By Jeremy Kay, Screendaily.com

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Amid the blur of technological change, producers at the American Film Market are seeking to become an all-encompassing destination for storytellers.

That was the prevailing sentiment that emerged Friday the panel titled the Producer and Financier Perspective at the Fairmont Hotel that drew an audience of some 500-plus. Variety‘s Asia editor Patrick Frater moderated the 45-minute session.

“We are thinking about how to be a platform for storytellers,” said Milan Popelko, chief operating officer of FilmNation. “As the lines between different forms of content bleed — the idea for us is to be a destination for storytellers. And we become an engine that powers those stories.”

He also said that the proliferation of platforms has made actors and directors less available to work on feature films.

“The biggest risk today is seeing something going on and not doing anything about it,” Popelko added. “You have to treat every film like it’s your only film; otherwise, you’re going to be out of business.”

John Friedberg, STX’s president of international sales, concurred and asserted that companies need to constantly figure out what consumers are going to want. SVOD platforms such as Hulu allow STX to operate in multiple areas on such projects as the “UglyDolls” animated movie.

“We have to continuously ask ourselves what the future is going to look like,” he said. “Consumers today are so fast, and you have to find multiple ways to tell your story. We’re always looking for stories that can connect with audiences around the world.”

Arianne Fraser, CEO of Highland Film Group, said that sales agents remain a key component of the indie business because producers need to know specific forecasts of each territory — even amid Netflix’s penchant for worldwide rights deals. “Sales agents are incredibly important,” she added.

By Dave McNary, Variety

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