×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Film News Roundup: High School Football Drama ‘Till the Whistle Blows’ in the Works

In today’s film news roundup, “Till the Whistle Blows” starts development, “All These Small Moments” is acquired, and End Cue invests in Greencard Pictures. 

DEVELOPMENT

Winter State Entertainment is producing high school football drama “Till the Whistle Blows” with plans to start shooting next year in Idaho Falls, Id.

The movie follows the story of 1967 high school football coach Vernon Ravsten, who saw his Idaho Falls team go undefeated as he battled cancer during his final season, and is based on the novel “A Promise Kept” written in 2000 by brothers Bruce K. Couch and Robert M. Couch, who both played for Ravsten.

“Till the Whistle Blows” is produced by Patrick Werksma, Mark Smith, and Winter State’s Hamid and Camille Torabpour, with the screenplay adapted by Hamid Torabpour, Werksma, and Smith. Chris Brewster will direct “Till the Whistle Blows.”

Brewster is also directing the zombie action-thriller “Outbreak Z” for Winter State. He is a stunt performer with credits including Marvel’s “Daredevil” on Netflix, “Black Panther,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

ACQUISITION

Orion Classics has acquired the North American and Latin American rights to the drama “All These Small Moments,” starring Molly Ringwald, Brian d’Arcy James, and Brendan Meyer.

The film is the directorial debut of Melissa Miller Costanzo, who also wrote the script the story about a teenage boy’s infatuation with a woman he sees on the bus — which further complicates his already tumultuous adolescence. “All These Small Moments” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim and most recently screened at Mill Valley Film Festival.

Ringwald and James play the parents of the boy, portrayed by Meyer. Jemima Kirke plays the woman on the bus. The cast includes Sam McCarthy and Harley Quinn Smith. Orion Classics will release the coming of age drama in theaters on Jan. 17 and on VOD and Digital HD on Jan. 18.

“As a stalwart supporter of some of the most memorable films in our collective lexicon, and a champion for thought provoking, character driven films, I am so thrilled to have found a partner in Orion Classics for the next chapter of this film’s journey,” said Miller Costanzo.

“All These Small Moments” was produced by Jemstone Productions’ (formerly Moving Pictures Artists) Lauren Avinoam, Jed Mellick, and Vineyard Point Productions’ Katie Leary. Executive producers include Vineyard Point Productions’ Bob Leary and Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter.

INVESTMENT

Production-development company End Cue has made an equity investment in Greencard Pictures to create a development incubator for emerging filmmakers, Variety has learned exclusively.

Together, the companies are aiming to create filmmakers by connecting talent with commercial projects and then serve as a launchpad for them to develop films. The aim is to provide the filmmakers leading-edge AI technology to reduce production costs and accelerate script creation.

Terms of the deal — which had been in the works for a year — are undisclosed.

The incubator program provides guidance from experienced directors, writers, and producers who have worked on films like “Cop Car “and Neflix’s “Print the Legend.” The companies plan to provide the incubator services to 10 directors annually.

“The power of our incubator approach is how talented young directors get direct experience building their portfolio by crafting commercials, music videos and more for world-class clients,” said Emily Wiedemann, founder of Greencard. “They learn so much so fast and quickly establish their chops to succeed in making their own art.”

New York-based Greencard Pictures was founded nearly a decade ago and is led by executive producers Emily Wiedeman and Chazz Carfora. It’s created campaigns for brands such as Google, Pepsi, Chase Bank, and American Express.

Culver City-based End Cue has created and invested in a number of companies applying artificial intelligence (AI) to the creative process. One of these companies is the recently launched RivetAI, the first suite of AI tools for storytellers. Participants in the incubator will have access to these platforms while also receiving guidance from the executives who lead them.

“Our goal at End Cue is to help talented filmmakers create great art, faster,” said Andrew Kortschak, CEO/founder of End Cue. “We believe that our approach — helping people break into the industry and providing first-of-their-kind tools to collapse the time it takes to bring something to market — will spark something magical.”

More Film

  • C'est La Vie TIFF

    French Films' Overseas Box Office Revenue Drops 51% in 2018

    After bouncing back in 2017, the overseas box office revenue of French movies plummeted by 51% to 237 million euros ($270 million) with 40 million admissions sold, a 52% year-on drop, in 2018. The provisional box office figures were unveiled by UniFrance during a reception hosted at France’s culture minister during which Eric Toledano and [...]

  • Isabela Moner Shameik Moore Kiernan Shipka

    Netflix Casts Starry Ensemble for Adaptation of John Green's 'Let It Snow'

    “Dora the Explorer’s” Isabela Moner, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s” Shameik Moore, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’s” Kiernan Shipka, “Lady Bird’s” Odeya Rush, Jacob Batalon, Miles Robbins, Mitchell Hope, Liv Hewson, Anna Akana, and Joan Cusack are set to star in the Netflix pic “Let It Snow.” The film is based on the New York Times bestselling [...]

  • Brian Tyree Henry Playback Podcast If

    Listen: From 'Beale Street' to 'Spider-Verse,' Brian Tyree Henry Was Your 2018 MVP

    Welcome to “Playback,” a Variety / iHeartRadio podcast bringing you exclusive conversations with the talents behind many of today’s hottest films. Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor Brian Tyree Henry is coming off a sensational year. A second, acclaimed season of FX’s “Atlanta” sent him headlong into a fall movie season that saw featured roles in Yann [...]

  • (L to R) SAMUEL L. JACKSON,

    How a Costume Designer Brightened M. Night Shyamalan's 'Glass'

    Paco Delgado’s costumes are as varied as his films. Contrast the drama “The Danish Girl,” the futuristic fantasy “A Wrinkle in Time” and the period musical “Les Misérables.” Now he’s in comic-book territory with M. Night Shyamalan’s newest superhero/supervillain thriller, “Glass,” which Universal releases Jan. 17. The costume designer’s career began in Barcelona and London, [...]

  • The Lego Movie 2

    'Lego Movie 2' Heading for $55 Million Opening Weekend

    Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” is heading for an opening weekend of as much as $55 million at the North American box office on Feb. 8-10, early tracking showed Thursday. Chris Pratt is returning to voice Master Builder Emmet Brickowski along with new character Rex Dangervest. The unfailingly optimistic Emmet has [...]

  • Kevin Hart Monopoly

    Kevin Hart in Talks to Star in Monopoly Movie

    Kevin Hart is in talks to star in Lionsgate and Hasbro’s Monopoly live-action movie, which he will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. Tim Story is in final negotiations to direct the film and also produce through his Story Company banner. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and oversee the pic with Carli Haney. Story Company [...]

  • Playtime Unveils Three New French Comedies

    Playtime Dives Into Different Waves of French Comedy (EXCLUSIVE)

    Playtime, the Paris-based co-production and sales company which will be presenting Francois Ozon’s anticipated “By the Grace of God” in competition at the Berlin Film Festival, has acquired three offbeat French comedies: Geraldine Nakache’s “I’ll Go Where You Go,” “The Bare Necessity” with Fanny Ardant, and Valerie Donzelli’s “Our Lady of Paris.” “Our Lady of [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content