DEADLINE – Vertical Entertainment said Monday that it has acquired North American rights to Every Breath You Take, a psychological thriller directed by Vaughn Stein that stars Casey Affleck, Sam Claflin, Michelle Monaghan, Veronica Ferres and India Eisley. The pic will now get a U.S. theatrical release and Premium VOD bow on April 2.
Every Breath You Take centers on a psychiatrist (Affleck) whose career is thrown into jeopardy when his patient takes her own life. When he invites his patient’s surviving brother (Claflin) into his home to meet his wife (Monaghan) and daughter (Eisley), his family life is suddenly torn apart.
“With its genuinely gripping plot that unfolds masterfully as each twist is revealed, the team at Vertical Entertainment knew that Every Breath You Take was something special,” said Vertical’s Peter Jarowey. “Featuring masterclass performances from the likes of Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan and Sam Claflin at its center, the film is a pinnacle psychological thriller, and we are thrilled to offer it to Americans who still crave the elevated cinematic experience from home.”
First project for the year! Sam is set to star in the romantic comedy, Book of Love, alongside Veronica Echegui. Filming starts next month.
DEADLINE – Sam Claflin and Veronica Echegui are toplining the romantic comedy Book Of Love, which shoots next month. Sky is producing the movie as a Sky Original for its markets, with XYZ Films handling rights for the rest of the world.
The story is about two writers thrown together on a book tour in Mexico. Analeine Cal Y Mayor (Treading Water) is directing from a script by David Quantick (Veep).
Producers include Michael Knowles from North of Watford Films, Naysun Alae-Carew from Blazing Griffin, Allan Niblo from Vertigo Films, Nick Spicer and Maxime Cottray from XYZ Films and Richard Alan Reid from BuzzFeed Studios. BuzzFeed Studios and North of Watford Films developed the screenplay and BuzzFeed Studios will be a marketing partner on the film.
Sky recently unveiled its content strategy for 2021, which includes a commitment to release two original films per month this year.
THR – Sam Claflin will star opposite Riley Keough in the musical drama based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel.
Amazon’s rock-music drama Daisy Jones and the Six has found its male lead.
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, Me Before You) will star opposite Riley Keough in the series, which chronicles the rise and fall of a renowned (fictional) 1970s rock band. Amazon Studios, Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Circle of Confusion are producing the 12-episode show, which is based on Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same title.
Claflin’s character, Billy Dunne, is the band’s charismatic frontman. His increasingly complicated feelings for bandmate and songwriting partner Daisy (Keough) threaten to upend every facet of his life.
Will Graham (The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle) will serve as showrunner and executive produces with Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Brad Mendelsohn for Circle of Confusion, director Niki Caro and creators Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber. Author Reid is a producer.
Claflin played Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games films. He recently wrapped feature Every Breath You Take opposite Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan and stars with Olivia Munn in Netflix’s Love. Wedding. Repeat, due later this year.
His credits also include the most recent season of Peaky Blinders, My Cousin Rachel and The Huntsman: Winter’s War. He is repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Douglas Stone.
Daisy Jones and the Six doesn’t yet have a premiere date. It’s part of a slate of upcoming Amazon series that also includes Jack Reacher, based on Lee Child’s novels, a mega-budgeted Lord of the Rings adaptation, fantasy drama Wheel of Time and global thriller Citadel, from Avengers helmers Joe and Anthony Russo.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Season 5 of Steven Knight’s period crime saga Peaky Blinders has set a host of new cast, including Sam Claflin, Brian Gleeson and the previously announced Anya Taylor-Joy. The BAFTA winning drama that’s led by Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory and Paul Anderson is currently filming with the fifth go-round for the Shelby family expected to air in 2019, moving from its previous BBC Two home to BBC One.
Also new to the series are Neil Maskell (Happy New Year, In Darkness), Kate Dickie (The Cry, The Witch), Cosmo Jarvis (Calm With Horses, Lady Macbeth), Emmett J Scanlan (Butterfly, Safe), Elliot Cowan (The Spanish Princess), Charlene McKenna (Ripper Street), Andrew Koji (Warrior) and Daryl McCormack (A Very English Scandal). We do not yet have character descriptions.
This year’s big name additions follow on from Season 4 which included Adrien Brody and Game Of Thrones‘ Aidan Gillen.
Claflin recently starred in Baltasar Kormakur’s Adrift and is in Jennifer Kent’s Venice Film Festival award winner The Nightingale. Gleeson was last seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Taylor-Joy recently appeared in BBC/Masterpiece mini The Miniaturist and has M Night Shyamalan’s Glass on deck.
Claflin says, “From Steven Knight’s writing to the consistently brilliant production, I couldn’t feel more privileged to be invited to join this iconic show.” Gleeson adds, “Looking forward to kicking around in the mud of Northern England with an exceptional cast and crew. The scripts are wild and pertinent — a classic Peaky brew.”
The new cast join the previously announced returning cast members Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Kate Phillips, Natasha O’Keeffe, Aidan Gillen, Jack Rowan, Charlie Murphy, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Harry Kirton, Packy Lee, Ned Dennehy, Ian Peck and Benjamin Zephaniah.
Season five finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere. When Tommy Shelby MP (Murphy) is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realizes that his response will affect not just his family’s future but that of the entire nation.
The fifth season is directed by Anthony Byrne and produced by Annie Harrison-Baxter. Peaky Blinders is produced by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect Drama for BBC One; executive producers are Caryn Mandabach, Knight, Jamie Glazebrook, David Mason, Cillian Murphy, Patrick Spence and Tommy Bulfin.
The show is handled by Endemol Shine International, and has sold across 183 countries. It airs widely on Netflix internationally including in the U.S.
Claflin is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group. Gleeson is with The Agency and Paradigm.
COMING SOON – STXfilms sets a summer release date for Adrift starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin
STXfilms today announced that the upcoming film Adrift has been set for June 1, 2018. Starring Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent films) and Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games films), Adrift is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. The June 1 date currently has the film opening by itself. The week before marks the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and the week after has Ocean’s Eight and Won’t You Be My Neighbor? opening.
As the two avid sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn’t anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved.
Adrift is directed by Baltasar Kormákur from a screenplay by Aaron Kandell, Jordan Kandell, and David Branson Smith, based on the book Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea by Tami Oldham Ashcraft with Susea McGearhart. The film is produced by Baltasar Kormákur, Aaron Kandell, and Jordan Kandell.
Woodley is known for her work in the Divergent series of films. She played the lead in the young adult drama The Fault in Our Stars, and appeared in The Descendants. She played a role in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager and is currently starring in the HBO drama Big Little Lies.
Claflin is known for his work in films like the final three Hunger Games films, Me Before You with Emilia Clarke, Snow White and the Huntsman with Kristen Stewart and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. He’s appeared in the TV miniseries White Heat and the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. He played a role in the TV series Any Human Heart.
VARIETY – “Me Before You” and “Hunger Games” star Sam Claflin is in negotiations to join Shailene Woodley in STX Entertaiment’s survival drama “Adrift,” sources tell Variety.
Miles Teller was initially in talks to reunite with his “Divergent” and “Spectacular Now” co-star in the movie, but passed on the project due to scheduling conflicts.
“Adrift” is written and produced by Aaron and Jordan Kandell. Baltasar Kormákur will direct and produce the film under his RVK Studios banner, with production set to begin in June.
Woodley signed on to star in “Adrift” during the Berlin Film Festival, where STX began selling rights.
“Adrift” is based on the true story of Tami Oldham, who, after being knocked unconscious by the largest hurricane in the history of the Pacific Ocean, awakens to find her fiancé Richard Sharp badly injured, their boat in ruins, and no means of communication or navigation. She must race against the clock to save herself and the only man she’s ever loved.
Claflin recently wrapped production on the Jennifer Kent thriller “Nightingale” for Bron Studios, and can be seen next in Fox Searchlight’s “My Cousin Rachel.” He is repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.
DEADLINE – Sam Claflin is set to star in upcoming crime thriller Semper Fi, directed by Murderball’s Henry-Alex Rubin. David Lancaster (Whiplash, Nightcrawler) of Rumble Films and Karina Miller (To the Bone) from Sparkhouse Media are producing, with Sparkhouse also financing.
Cornerstone Films is handling international sales rights for the title, and co-repping U.S. rights with CAA, which packaged and financed the film. Project will be launched to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival this month.
Claflin, who has starred in projects such as Me Before You, Their Finest and The Hunger Games, will play Hopper, a straight-laced cop who fills his downtime as a Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reservists alongside a close-knit team of life-long friends – Jaeger, Daddy and Snowball. A rowdy but inseparable bunch of guys, they look out for each other no matter what, including keeping an eye out for Hopper’s younger, reckless brother Oyster.
When Oyster accidentally kills a man in a bar-room brawl and tries to flee town, Hopper stops him and forces him to face the music, resulting in him ending up in prison. But, after being deployed to Iraq, Hopper feels wracked with guilt when he returns home and he and his friends hatch a plan to break Oyster out of jail.
“I couldn’t be more excited about Semper Fi,” Miller said. “At its core, it’s about what it means to truly stand by the people you love. It’s thrilling and entertaining but also emotional.”
Claflin and Rubin are repped by CAA; Claflin is also repped by Independent Talent Group in the UK.
DEADLINE – The Santa Barbara Film Festival and EuropaCorp said today that the 32nd annual festival will close with the Lone Scherfig’s comedy drama Their Finest at the Arlington Theatre on Saturday, February 11 in advance of the film’s March 24 stateside release. The Santa Barbara Film Festival runs February 1-11.
Their Finest is written by Gaby Chiappe, based on the novel by Lissa Evans, and stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant. Pic follows a female scriptwriter (Arterton) hired by the British ministry to change the female dialogue in the country’s propaganda films during World War II. Her work is soon recognized by a charming lead scriptwriter (Claflin) who teams with her to make an epic feature about the Battle of Dunkirk starring a has-been movie star Ambrose Hilliard (Nighy).
SBIFF executive director Roger Durling said in a statement, “Lone’s deeply touching film is authentic, funny and depicts the power that cinema has to bring people together and share their stories. It was the perfect choice to close this year’s festival.”
Their Finest is produced by Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey, Finola Dwyer and Elizabeth Karlsen. Christine Langan, Ed Wethered, Robert Norris, Ivan Dunleavy, Peter Watson, Zygi Kamasa and Thorsten Schumacher serve as EPs. Pic is produced by Number 9 Films and Wildgaze Films.
Their Finest premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also played the London Film Festival. EuropaCorp bought it out of TIFF with a seven-figure P&A commitment.
VARIETY Fox Searchlight has set a May 5 limited release date for its mystery-drama “My Cousin Rachel,” starring Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin.
Roger Michell directed from his own script, adapted from the 1951 novel by Daphne du Maurier that’s mostly set on an estate in Cornwall. Kevin Loader is the producer.
Holliday Grainger, Iain Glen, and Pierfrancesco Favino also star in the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
“My Cousin Rachel” was previously adapted into a 1952 film by Nunnally Johnson and directed by Henry Koster. Olivia de Havilland starred with Richard Burton, who earned his first of his seven Academy Award acting nominations for his role as Philip Ashley.
Filming took place last spring in England and Italy. Fox Searchlight announced the news Friday on Twitter.
— My Cousin Rachel (@MyCousinRachel) October 14, 2016
PRNEWSIWRE – The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is pleased to announce honorees, guests and the complete film line-up for the 2016 Savannah Film Festival. Mahershala Ali will receive the Discovery Award, Sam Claflin and Molly Shannon will receive Spotlight Awards, and Miles Teller will receive the Vanguard Award. Held in downtown Savannah, the Festival runs from Saturday, Oct. 22 to Saturday, Oct. 29.
Sam Claflin will receive the Spotlight Award on Wednesday, Oct. 26. Claflin will participate in a Q&A following the screening of “Me Before You” with director Thea Sharrock and producer Alison Owen. Claflin’s credits include “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2,” “Friday,” “The Riot Club,” “Love, Rosie,” “The Quiet Ones,” “Snow White and the Huntsman,” “The Huntsman: Winter War,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Mary & Martha,” “White Heat,” “United,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Any Human Heart,” and “The Lost Future.” He has just finished filming “My Cousin Rachel”‘ alongside Rachel Weisz and Holliday Grainger and in 2017 will star in Lone Scherfig’s “Their Finest” alongside Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy.