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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Danish film Suicide Tourist gets many international deals

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Films and TV shows entertain people throughout the world. Hence, there’s no doubt that both these screen properties attract a lot of trade and money. The success of Game of Thrones all over the globe has meant big rewards for its production network HBO. In the case of films, the rights for overseas distribution are usually handled by different media companies. Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who played Jaime Lannister on the show, starred in a Danish film last year by the name of Suicide Tourist. It’s slated to release in the US and many other regions this year with a host of international deals, as reported by Screen Daily.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's (Jaime Lannister) Suicide Tourist gets many international deals

Charades, a Paris-based company, had acquired the world sales rights of the film; it has now made many international deals for the EFM (European Film Market) sales title. While North American rights have been acquired by Screen Media, rights for Spain, CIS and Baltics, Israel, and the Middle East are now with B-team, Paradise, Forum, and Empire respectively. That’s not all. Deals have further closed in Greece (Spentzos); Hungary, former Yugoslavia and Bulgaria (AQS); and Taiwan (Spotlight). It will release in Germany in June 2020 and its German co-producer DCM is distributing the film there. Scanbox Entertainment has distributed the film in Scandinavia.

Suicide Tourist, known as Selvmords Turisten in Denmark, is a story of an insurance investigator, Max. His search for a man leads him to a hotel. Not an ordinary one. It provides a secretive facility to commit fantasy suicides to its guests. While in the hotel, Max is torn apart by his own existential crisis and forced to question his perception of reality.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's (Jaime Lannister) Suicide Tourist gets many international deals

Jonas Alexander Arnby has directed the film written by Rasmus Birch. The producers are Eva Jakobsen, Mikkel Jersin, and Katrin Pors through their production house, Snowglobe. The ensemble cast includes Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Robert Aramayo (who played young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones).

Seth Needle, a top official at Screen Media said, “The combination of Nikolaj’s complex performance and Jonas’ vivid filmmaking makes this a film you’re unable to look away from start to finish. We’re thrilled to be working with all involved.”

The director, Jonas Arnby, also echoed the same sentiment. “I am very excited that Suicide Tourist has found its home in the US with Screen Media – a company that has great experience in elevating films for the US market and that will be a great platform for the film to reach an American audience. I look forward to the collaboration with Screen Media ahead of the US release this year,” he said.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau's (Jaime Lannister) Suicide Tourist gets many international deals

Suicide Tourist released after the end of a long run for Nikolaj with Game of Thrones. His upcoming films include the Danish drama based on the Copenhagen terrorist attacks of 2015, The Day We Died, and the American-Canadian crime thriller, The Silencing. Well, we wish him all the best! What are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments down below.


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Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones, passes away at 82

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The year 2020 has been the Red Wedding of years. As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, tragedy has struck yet once again. This time, the wretched year has taken away another gem of the entertainment industry. Diana Rigg, who played the cunning Lady Olenna Tyrell on the series Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.

Diana was a decorated and esteemed performer. She was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry and was the recipient of the famed Tony and Emmy awards. Rigg was also famous for her role as intelligence agent Emma Peel on ‘The Avengers’ in the 1960s.

Diana Rigg played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell, also known as The Queen of Thorns on HBO’s The Game of Thrones. She began in the third season in 2013. She was nominated for the esteemed Emmy awards for the category ‘Best Guest Actor’ for her work on the show, consecutively from 2013 to 2015.

Diana was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, who was Rigg’s long time friend and talent agent.

Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She spent her early childhood in India. Diana did her training as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1955-57 and made her professional stage debut in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1957. She died from cancer which was diagnosed back in March.

Her loss will be deeply felt and she will be missed all over the world. Our condolences are with her family and friends.


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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss working on adapting “Three-Body Problem” at Netflix

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Game of Thrones was a memorable experience for both the fans and the show’s crew. Rarely do we see a TV show achieve massive popularity as Game of Thrones did in the last decade. Many of the show’s crew have moved on to new projects, including showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Game of Thrones directors David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo are working together to adapt Liu Cixin’s bestseller “Three-Body Problem” for Netflix. The series will be covering all three books of the trilogy, namely, “The Three-Body Problem,” “The Dark Forest,” and “Death’s End.” The story revolves around the idea of humanity’s first contact with aliens. Netflix struck a deal with Yoozoo group for the rights to make an English adaptation of the trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss were highly impressed by the books. They said, “Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.

The Three-Body Problem is going to be the first project Benioff and Weiss will work on, since the completion of Game of Thrones. They have already proved their mettle with the amazing success of Game of Thrones. The new show is the type of fantasy genre that is right up their sleeves. Benioff and Weiss are also associated with another Netflix series, “The Chair” as executive producers.

The Netflix series does not have a release date yet. What are your expectations for the show? Let us know in the comments below.


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George R. R. Martin sues Blackstone over Werewolf novella film rights

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Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has often been in controversies due to his ‘out of the world’ writing style. This time he is in the news again for something else. It is for a lawsuit he filed for the film rights of a werewolf novella.

The complaint was filed at the Los Angeles superior court on Wednesday. According to the complaint, Mike the Pike productions were granted an option to the rights of the film in 2009. The company later assigned the option to Blackstone Manor, LLC., who are the defendant in this case. Blackstone exercised the option on September 2, 2014, which gave them 5 years to start principal photography before the rights went back to Martin.

The complaint states that Blackstone “hastily assembled” a barebones cast and crew. Just a day before the 2019 deadline to shoot “a handful of scenes” to make it appear they were still working on the project, to retain the rights for another 5 years. Martin describes the “token” production was “insufficient”. He compared the move to a “contractor hurriedly building a gazebo in lieu of the agreed-upon skyscraper when faced with a deadline”, as reported by the Los Angeles times.

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After the success of Game of Thrones, the writer is sure to have high hopes with any production house that wants to adapt his novel for the screen. The novel was published in 1988 as a part of “Night Vision 5”. It was a horror anthology that also included works of Stephen King and Dan Simmons. The story revolves around a private investigator, Randi Wade, who is looking into a series of brutal killings in her small town. This leads her to the world of werewolves and other demons.

The story won a World Fantasy Award in 1989. What is your perspective about the case? Let us know in the comments below.


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