Directed by Luis Prieto (Pusher) and written by Knate Lee, the film stars Berry as a single mom who is forced into action when her son is taken from her and the authorities offer little help. Doggedly pursuing the kidnappers, she gets into high-speed car chases and battles gun-toting thugs.
Berry plays Karla Dyson, a mother frantically trying to find her son, Frankie, after he’s kidnapped from a park — a hot pursuit that requires throwing her minivan into reverse on the highway to backtrack to an exit. Berry even swings a lethal shovel and utters the Schwarzenegger-esque line “You took the wrong kid.”
She’s also strong in spirit. Berry campaigned vigorously for 2013 California legislation that protects celebrities’ children from paparazzi. It’s a cause so passionate to her that Berry named her 606 Films production company after the successful state Senate bill, SB 606.
Berry acknowledges she was “feeling fiery and determined” when the “Kidnap” script arrived in 2014. The story of a mother fighting to pull her son from the clutches of predators “struck a chord,” says Berry, who produces and stars in her first leading screen role since 2013’s “The Call.” (“Kidnap’s” release was delayed by financier Relativity Media’s bankruptcy proceedings, and the film ultimately was acquired by new distributor Aviron Pictures.)
The thriller revolves entirely around Karla, who is forced to save her son on her own. The fact that Frankie is played by Sage Correa, now 9 and the same age as Berry’s daughter, Nahla, made the emotional connection even stronger.
“Being a parent, I understood this in a very visceral way. I play an ordinary mom forced to act in extraordinary ways,” says Berry, who also has a 3-year-old son, Maceo. “I got to put in a little of what Halle Berry would do in this situation. That was fun.”
Judging by this trailer for upcoming film Kidnap, it’s probably best not to tangle with Halle Berry. After her son is snatched from an amusement park, she sets off on a one-woman crusade to rescue him. This appears to send her on what can only be described as a roaring rampage of revenge, which apparently leads to high-octane car chases and brutal axe chopping, as she harnesses her inner Jason Voorhees and shows these kidnappers that you absolutely do not mess with her kid.
Personally, I think this looks pretty great and I’m a sucker for action movies where villains seriously underestimate the murderous talents of women (You’re Next is a particular fave). The film comes from director Luis Prieto, whose previous pedigree includes 2012’s underrated Pusher(produced by Nicholas Winding Refn), so there’s definitely reason to be optimistic here. At least, before you consider its production troubles.
Kidnap has had a rather tortured path to screens. It was first scheduled for release way back in October 2015, but distributors Relativity had a financial crisis. The film was then bumped back again and again (and again) until they finally lost the rights to distribute it. At that point, it was picked up by Aviron and given its current release date of August 4th.
Of course, behind the scenes shenanigans don’t necessarily affect the quality of the film itself, but I’m sure everyone involved will be happy to finally get Kidnap onto screens and out of their lives in just a few months’ time.
There’s a new trailer for Kidnap, an upcoming thriller starring Halle Berry. In the aptly titled film, the Oscar-winner stars as a mother who will stop at nothing to rescue her abducted son. The movie is directed by Luis Prieto, written by Knate Gwaltney, and also stars Sage Correa, Lew Temple and Chris McGinn.
This could be fun. It’s rare to see an Academy Award-winner take to a low-budget genre film like this. We almost get a Grindhouse vibe from this trailer, and its minimalist premise. Here’s hoping Kidnap delivers the genre thrills!
EXCLUSIVE: Just as the Cannes Film Festival is about to get underway, David Dinerstein, who founded Paramount Classics and was the architect of Fox Searchlight, is opening the doors to Aviron Pictures. The new distribution company will release up to eight wide releases a year beginning with the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap on August 4, followed by the Alec Baldwin-Salma Hayek comedy Drunk Parents in the fall, and an untitled horror film directed by Johannes Roberts in 2018 that’s a reboot of 2008’s The Strangers.
P&A funding for Aviron Pictures comes through Aviron Capital, a consortium of financiers including principal William Sadleir. Aviron Capital is an asset-backed senior lender with financing provided by BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with more than $5 trillion under management. In addition, Aviron Pictures has a deal in place with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Dinerstein was joined by former Universal Pictures acquisitions executive Jason Resnick to help build out the Aviron Pictures slate and the label will be expanding its executive team in the near future. Aviron Pictures will also explore new media models on appropriate titles and platform release those movies as they see fit.
Says Dinerstein, “Our intent has always been to let the films speak for the company, so we are proud to announce this slate of diverse pictures. For the past several months, we’ve been quietly tracking productions as we’ve been finalizing our financing. We are looking for the highest quality product and will only make a move if we are true believers in a film’s commercial potential theatrically and through all ancillary revenue opportunities. In that respect, our model is driven by creative execution and the potential for commercial excellence. We believe that these films squarely fit that bill.”
Aviron Pictures will be at the Cannes Film Festival looking for acquisitions.
Kidnap was originally set to be released by Relativity Media, and jumped around the calendar with its last date being March 10. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Erik Howsam produced Kidnap, alongside Joey Tufaro, Gregory Chou, and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Berry under the Oscar-winning actress’ 606 Films banner. Given the film’s promising test scores particularly among African Americans, the producers sought to extract the adrenaline-fueled story about a woman trying to save her kidnapped son out of Relativity and were successful. Berry’s The Call was a profitable genre hit, made for $13M and grossing $68.6M worldwide. “Kidnap is a film we really believe in,” says Dinerstein, who took all U.S. rights to the Luis Prieto-directed thriller.
“The executives at Aviron have been passionate, treated us as collaborators, and demonstrated real outside-of-the-box thinking,” said producers di Bonaventura and Berry in a statement. “We know Kidnap is in very capable hands.”
Gold Star Films and Caspian Media Capital financed the Knate Gwaltney-penned film, with CAA representing the sale.
Aviron’s second release, Drunk Parents, comes from writer-director Fred Wolf, whose credits include The House Bunny, Grown-Ups and Grown-Ups 2. Baldwin and Hayek star as a married couple who make one bad decision during a night of heavy drinking that takes their lives on a zany downward spiral. Jim Gaffigan, Tony nominee Ben Platt and Joe Manganiello also star. Wolf co-wrote the screenplay with Peter Gaulke. Bron Studios’ Aaron Gilbert and Fortitude International’s Robert Ogden Barnum produced the film, with Jason Cloth, Nadine de Barros and Daniel Wagner, and Jai Khanna serving as EPs. CAA, WME and UTA co-repped the film’s sale to Aviron Pictures.
“Drunk Parents is a film that we made a preemptive strike on and bought while it was in production,” Dinerstein tells Deadline. “We’re thrilled to be in business with Alec and Salma and it’s a comedy that I think so many people can identify with.”
Said Barnum, “We are thrilled to partner with Aviron Pictures. Aviron was very aggressive at tracking Drunk Parents and we were struck by their irreverent campaign ideas, which are perfect for this hysterical comedy.”
At script stage, Aviron acquired domestic rights to an untitled horror film that is a reboot of 2008’s The Strangers ($82M global B.O.). Bryan Bertino, who directed and wrote the original, is co-penning with Ben Ketai with Roberts directing. The helmer’s next movie is the Mandy Moore-Claire Holt shark diving thriller 47 Meters Down, due out June 15. The Strangers reboot follows a family whose road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer after the power goes out. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Casting is underway for a stateside shoot. The Fyzz Facility Pictures’ Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, Mark Lane and James Harris are producing. Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy, who produced 2008’s The Strangers, will serve as EP. Bloom is handling international sales.
Recently, Dinerstein served as an EP on the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary Winter On Fire, for which he was also nominated for an Emmy. He also executive produced the documentary Cries From Syria which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by HBO.
Over the past two decades, Dinerstein has been a force behind on 200-plus prolific independent films, helping launch the careers of such filmmakers as Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Greengrass, Justin Lin, Sofia Coppola, Baz Luhrman, Jane Campion and Kevin Smith; and amassing 96 Oscar nominations and 15 Academy Awards. In addition to co-founding Paramount Classics and serving as one the original architects of Fox Searchlight, Dinerstein was the President of Lakeshore Entertainment and Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment, and served as Miramax’s Head of Marketing during its heyday.
Dinerstein’s distribution credits include Pulp Fiction, The Illusionist, The Full Monty, Hustle & Flow, Mad Hot Ballroom, The Virgin Suicides, You Can Count On Me, The Brothers McMullen, The Ice Storm, The Piano, The Crow; sex, lies and videotape; The Crying Game, My Left Foot, Reservoir Dogs, and Clerks. More recently he worked on the release of American Hustle and Her for Annapurna.
by Anthony D'Alessandro May 11, 2017 9:51am
Quella che è uscita dalle urne delle ultime elezioni presidenziali è un’America che ha sorpreso gli analisti di tutto il mondo, forse perché abituati a frequentare quella parte del Paese più nota ma ormai meno rappresentativa. Chi sono allora i cittadini degli Stati Uniti che hanno portato all’elezione di Donald Trump? Che cosa hanno in comune con chi vive a Los Angeles, Boston o New York?
“The Disunited States of America” è un viaggio unico nell’America profonda, distante dalle grandi metropoli. Un’osservazione senza filtri della gente comune da cui emergono paure, tensioni e speranze di due Americhe che oggi convivono ma esprimono modelli di società sempre più distanti tra loro, vere e proprie società alternative.
Il film, una produzione originale di Sky, andrà in onda domenica 19 febbraio alle 21.15 su Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Cinema Cult HD e Sky TG24 HD.
Diretto da Luis Prieto, regista spagnolo che ha appena firmato “Startup”, miglior serie tv action degli Screenings 2016, “The Disunited States of America” è un ritratto fedele e senza pregiudizi di sostenitori e oppositori sia di Donald Trump che di Hillary Clinton. Girato in tredici Stati, con oltre 500 ore di ripreserealizzate nei mesi che hanno visto l’ascesa di Trump, il film racconta la vita quotidiana dei supporter di entrambi i candidati. Nessun attore, solo storie reali.
Emerge così una fotografia genuina degli Stati Uniti meno noti, eppure così determinanti per le scelte politiche, economiche e sociali. Un film sull’America e la sua gente, in un momento cruciale della sua e della nostra storia.
“Ho iniziato la mia ricerca sulla politica Americana e sulle elezioni presidenziali del 2016 lo scorso luglio – spiega il regista Luis Prieto -, alle convention repubblicana e democratica.
Mentre i notiziari ci bombardavano con messaggi di parte su Donald Trump e Hillary Clinton, si parlava ben poco della vera America che si cela dietro a ciascuno dei candidati.
Era evidente che per offrire un ritratto genuino e dettagliato delle elezioni presidenziali avrei dovuto stare alla larga dai candidati e dalla baraonda che li circondava, e rivelare i veri protagonisti della macchina politica che stava per eleggere la prima donna presidente d’America o un mediatico uomo d’affari fino ad allora estraneo alla politica.
Ispirato da “The Americans” di Robert Frank, mi sono imbarcato in un film incentrato sull’impatto emotivo che la campagna esercitava sui cittadini americani. Volevo mostrare la passione che animava i sostenitori di ogni candidato e come le elezioni stavano influenzando la loro vita.
Ci siamo mescolati con i sostenitori di entrambe le parti e abbiamo ripreso la loro vita quotidiana.Li ho cercati negli Stati teatro della battaglia, in cui nessuno dei principali partiti politici era certo del risultato che avrebbero avuto le presidenziali. Il risultato è il ritratto di un Paese che si svela agli occhi di un outsider”.
“The Disunited States of America” fa parte del ciclo “Il racconto del reale”, ogni domenica su Sky Atlantic HD.
Chi sono i cittadini degli Stati Uniti che hanno portato all’elezione di Donald Trump? Che cosa hanno in comune con chi vive a Los Angeles, Boston o New York? 'The Disunited States of America' è un viaggio unico nell'America profonda, distante dalle grandi metropoli. Un’osservazione senza filtri della gente comune da cui emergono paure, tensioni, e speranze di due Americhe che oggi convivono ma esprimono modelli di società sempre più distanti tra loro, vere e proprie società alternative. Girato da Luis Prieto in tredici Stati, con oltre 500 ore di riprese realizzate nei mesi che hanno visto l’ascesa di Trump, il film racconta la vita quotidiana dei supporter di entrambi i candidati. Nessun attore, solo storie reali: un viaggio sociologico in cui si racconta la vita di sei nuclei familiari americani nei 45 giorni precedenti alle ultime elezioni ma non con il taglio del doc politico tradizionale. Nella clip una ragazza spiega perché non vuole che il suo fidanzato giri armato: due suoi amici alle medie si sono sparati per sbaglio. Il film, una produzione originale di Sky Italia, andrà in onda domenica 19 febbraio alle 21.15 su Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Cinema Cult HD e Sky TG24 HD.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media’s Halle Berry thriller Kidnap is now scheduled to be released on March 10, 2017. But Deadline also hears that the movie is being shopped around town to potential distributors. That news comes in the wake of Relativity today pulling Kidnap off its most recent December 2 release date.
Kidnap is directed by Luis Prieto and written by Knate Lee and follows a mother who is hellbent on rescuing her kidnapped son. We hear the test scores on the film have been quite high, in the realm of Berry’s The Call ($17.1 million opening, $51.9M domestic, $69M worldwide B.O.), particularly among African Americans. We understand Relativity was hoping to release the movie, but couldn’t get the P&A together for December 2. A trailer for Kidnap dropped in late August.
Relativity’s last two movies since it emerged from bankruptcy deep-sixed on the fall schedule: Masterminds ($17.4M) and The Disappointments Room ($2.4M), which earned a D CinemaScore.
Deadline reported last month that Relativity was desperately trying to refinance and could be approaching a Chapter 7 (liquidation) filing before the end of the year; also that Lionsgate was kicking the tires on the studio’s 40-title-plus library.
The absence of Kidnap on December 2 currently leaves the Blumhouse High Top horror title Incarnate standing as the sole wide release in the slow period that follows the Thanksgiving/Black Friday stretch. Should Kidnap not be snapped up by a new distributor and remain at Relativity, it will face off with Warner Bros/Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island on March 10.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces, Luis Prieto helms, Lotus handles international sales
Lotus Entertainment is launching international sales at Cannes. CAA packaged “Kidnap” and reps domestic rights.
“Kidnap” follows a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son.
Joey Tufaro and Colin Bates, and Claudia Blumhuber and Florian Dargel of Silver Reel along with Lotus’ Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel will executive produce.
In addition, Berry will also executive produce with her producing partner, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, via their 606 Films production label.
Johnson and Seibel said: “Lorenzo is a renowned producer in the blockbuster action world, and we’re very excited to be working on such an exciting high concept project with him.”
They added: We look forward to seeing him join forces with the incredible talent of Halle Berry and Luis Prieto on a project that is sure to appeal to audiences worldwide.”
Spanish helmer Prieto had a big-hit with the Italian romantic meller “I Want You,” then helmed Brit crime thriller “Pusher.”
Di Bonaventura, Lotus and Silver Reel previously collaborated on the remake of Korean hit actioner “Sympathy for Mr.Vengeance,” currently in development.
Berry is repped by CAA, Vincent Cirrincione Associates and attorney Doug Stone with Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder. Prieto is represented by CAA.
The Cannes slate of Lotus includes “Grace of Monaco,” plus Tom Tykwer’s “A Hologram For a King,” Scott Hicks’ “Fallen,” based on the best-selling YA novel, which are both in production. Other titles include Henry Hobson’s “Maggie,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger; Craig Zobel’s “Z for Zachariah,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Stephen Gaghan’s “Candy Store”; and “Song One,” with Anne Hathaway.
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