We’ve been away, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of updating regularly. To start, some news tidbits around Annabelle!
British actress Annabelle Wallis has boarded psychological thriller Mine from writer-directors Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, the team behind award-winning short Afterville. Armie Hammer stars as Mike, a soldier who finds himself stranded in the desert after a failed assassination mission. There, he has to survive many dangers while also battling the psychological toll of his situation. Wallis will play Jenny, the girlfriend with whom Mike has a complicated relationship. The desire to reconcile with her helps him endure. Peter Safran is producing through The Safran Company. Production starts this month in the Canary Islands.
Horror movie “Annabelle” crossed the $150 million mark at the global box office this weekend.
“The Conjuring” spinoff has some of the year’s widest profit margins. It required a mere $6.7 million to produce, plus undisclosed marketing and distribution costs. Along with “The Lego Movie,” which made $468 million globally on a $60 million budget, it ranks as one of the most profitable films of the year for Warner Bros.
Through Sunday, the story of a possessed doll had snagged $166 million worldwide, with $92 million internationally and $74 million stateside. It has opened in most major territories, save Mexico where it bows next week, Japan where it opens in January and some Latin American countries.
“There’s just something about that doll,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. executive vice president of domestic distribution. “Talk about an incredible return on investment.”
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced this morning the entire six-episode first season of British crime drama “Peaky Blinders” will make its US debut exclusively via the streaming giant at the end of this month.
Starring Cillian Murphy (“Inception,” “28 Days Later”) opposite Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park”), Helen McCrory (“Hugo”) and Annabelle Wallis (“The Tudors”), the period drama is set in 1919 Birmingham, England and follows the eponymous gang as they make money on the black market from illegal bookmaking. When a crate of guns comes into the possession of gang leader Thomas Shelby (Murphy), he seizes the opportunity to gain more power, all while being pursued by a ruthless Belfast police chief (Nieill).