The buzz at the party always includes news of big things coming down the pike. Some of the more salient tidbits at the Sunday night shindig include:
Bob Odenkirk, the star of Better Call Saul, is set to star in a Winnipeg-lensed movie titled Nobody, about a bystander who intervenes to help a woman being harassed by a group of men and subsequently becoming the target of a vengeful drug lord.
The film will be directed by Russian filmmaker Ilya Nayshuller, who made the amazing, relentless point-of-view action movie Hardcore Henry (2015). If that film's violent precedent holds, this film may be a bonanza for stunt performers.
Last year, Variety reported Odenkirk was set to both star in and produce the film, with John Wick scribe Derek Kolstad attached to the screenplay. The production schedule of the Directors Guild of Canada states the film will commence shooting in mid-October through to the end of November.
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Producer Juliette Hagopian was tight-lipped about a thriller she's producing for director Shawn Linden titled Hunter Hunter, scheduled to shoot throughout September.
In its very early stages, the project surfaced in 2009 as a National Screen Institute bursary winner, which described the plot being about a trapper who stumbles upon the dumping ground of a serial killer, and sets out to trap the maniac himself.
Linden shot a movie in Winnipeg in 2007… also titled Nobody.
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Nicholas Hirst, former Free Press managing editor and now Toronto-based producer with Original Pictures, shared that the recently wrapped Amazon sci-fi series Tales from the Loop (which was shot in Manitoba and whose list of directors included Jodie Foster) was looking good enough that another season was a distinct possibility.
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After making serious dramas such as Passionflower and Into Invisible Light, director Shelagh Carter revealed that she's developing a horror film, a ghost story that touches on the Holocaust with the curious title The Woman Who Swallowed West Hawk Lake.