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Oscar Isaac will star in World War II thriller “The Garbo Network” with Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein’s Storyscape Entertainment launching sales at the Berlin Film Festival. The script for “The Garbo Network” was written by William Wheeler and will be produced by Cooper, Saperstein, Chuck Weinstock, Jason Spire, and Isaac. The film is based on the true story of Juan Pujol Garcia, an eccentric double-agent who, with no military or covert training, somehow persuaded both the Germans and the British to hire him as a spy. His real allegiance was to England, and working closely with MI5, he created a fictional network of 27 spies said to be spread out over England, Scotland, and Ireland. The ruse helped the English to deceive the Germans about the invasion of Normandy.

Garcia is the only man in the history of World War II to receive distinguished medals of honor from opposing sides: the German Iron Cross and the Member of the Order of the British Empire.

“Juan Pujol Garcia is unlike any character we’ve seen on film – he’s a chameleon and a master manipulator, deeply haunted by his past, with an unreadable agenda… and his actions have world-changing consequences,” Cooper said.

Storyscape is also producing Michael Fassbender’s “Entering Hades,” which is set up at Broad Green, and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “War Magician,” which is set up at Studio Canal. (via variety.com)

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Mads Mikkelsen To Star In Thriller ‘Arctic’ From Armory Films
EXCLUSIVE: Mads Mikkelsen, who previously starred in NBC’s Hannibal series, has been tapped as the lead in survival thriller Arctic, with Joe Penna attached to direct for Armory Films, Union …
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EXCLUSIVE: Mads Mikkelsen, who previously starred in NBC’s Hannibal series, has been tapped as the lead in survival thriller Arctic, with Joe Penna attached to direct for Armory Films, Union Entertainment Group, and Pegasus Pictures. The pic, which is currently in production, reunites Mikkelsen with Hannibal EP Martha De Laurentiis, who is exec producing the film along with Einar Thorsteinsson and Cassian Elwes.

Penna and Ryan Morrison co-wrote the script, which follows a man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic, who is finally about to receive his long awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Armory’s Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros alongside Noah C Haeussner of Union. XYZ Films will be selling the film at the upcoming Cannes festival.

Mikkelsen is coming off of back-to-back Disney blockbusters as he was last seen in 2016’s Marvel’s Doctor Strange and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Repped by UTA and Art Management, his other film credits include Bond pic Casino Royale and The Hunt.

Penna and Morrison are repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman.

Armory  produced and financed the Sundance pic Mudbound, which Netflix purchased for $12.5M making it the biggest sale of the fest. Its Directed by Dee Rees, the film stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Garrett Hedlund, Mary J. Blige and Jonathan Banks.

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‘Outlander’s Sam Heughan Lands Male Lead In ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ | Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate is negotiating with Outlander star Sam Heughan for the male lead opposite Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis in The Spy Who Dumped Me, an Imagine Entertainment comedy that Susanna Fogel will direct from the script she wrote with David Iserson. Brian Grazer is producing. The pic shoots this summer for release on July 6, 2018.

McKinnon and Kunis will play best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. That’s where Heughan comes in. The Scottish actor has established himself in the role of Jamie Fraser in the Starz series Outlander. This becomes his first big starring role in a Hollywood feature. The film is being overseen by Lionsgate’s Peter Kang and Geoff Shaevitz and Imagine’s Erica Huggins and Julie Oh, the latter of whom brought in the project. Heughan is repped by Ruth Young at United Agents, UTA, and attorney Steve Warren.

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Eds got a new project coming out on his label gingerbread man next year. Should be good,looking forward to it.

Bandai Namco’s New Project Trailer Analysis

While its unclear whether or not this is a new From Software game this trailer does elude many secrets to observant viewers.

The Ace of Spades has a long history of thematic symbolism, and many sources brand this card as a symbol of death. Death as you know, holds deep significance in the Soulsborne games. On the other hand, this could just be Bandai Namco riding the ol’ trend train.

Next, let’s take a look at the weapon we’re shown.

Take note of the over-the-shoulder carry, a fighting style frequently used by From Software. What’s strange is that the character is only using it with one hand, the other being free. Perhaps this is a foretelling of off-hand weapon combinations utilizing guns and blades, not too unlike Bloodborne.

There’s more. Something here doesn’t quite fit. It’s the bayonet.

You see, knife bayonets weren’t popularized until WW1, as they proved to be more viable than traditional bayonets when used in modern combat. I wonder what implications this has on the game’s universe?

Regardless of the development team, this game looks like it could be quite interesting. What do you guys think?

Alright X'O...

So I know word has been spreading like wildfire that Abel has been recently working with the same producer that he worked with when he made Kissland, and I know a lot of people out there have been saying how we-as fans-are expecting another “Kissland” type project. This is just me speaking on my own opinion so please don’t take it personal: We Are Not Getting Another Kissland! It’s not happening. How many times has this man said that he never backtracks, that’s he’s always moving forward and experimenting with different sounds and wants to expand as an artist. Perhaps we may get a few feels that remind us something of Kissland, in the same fashion that the Reminder video gave us all the feels as King Of The Fall because they were both directed by the same person. True, Kissland was a beyond phenomenal project, my favorite, and no doubt one of his best, but he isn’t in the same place he was then. Kissland, as told by him, was like a nightmare, a horror movie, where he experienced the same dark, twisted and confused realities of his home life, only he wasn’t at home. He isn’t in that same place mentally or physically for that matter. So yes, some songs that he may release may in fact give us those feels, but let’s be honest with ourselves, it’ll never be Kissland…

Chris Evans set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort

Chris Evans has signed onto true-life tale Red Sea Diving Resort, which will see him co-starring with The Girl On The Train’s Haley Bennett.

Gideon Raff will direct his script, which will chronicle the evacuation of Jewish Ethiopian Civil War refugees from Sudan to Israel in the late 1970s and early ‘80s. On the orders of then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Mossad set up a secret base in a deserted Sudanese holiday camp, and orchestrated the mass extraction by sea and air. Evans is aboard to play Ari Kidron, a charming Israeli agent who assembles a team to help refugees on the ground.