Annihilation: Clash Between Producers

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well, we have finally an explanation to the delay in the release of Annihilation, and the recent agreement of Paramount with Netflix to distribute the film internationally.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, everything is due to a confrontation between the two producers of the film: Scott Rudin and David Ellison:

The movie, which wrapped shooting July 2016, had a poor test screening this summer that sources say was the root of the conflict. After the screening, Ellison became concerned that the movie was “too intellectual” and “too complicated” and wanted changes made to make it appeal to a wider audience. They included making Portman’s character more sympathetic as well as tweaking the ending.

Rudin, who executive produced Machina, sided with Garland, defending the movie and refused to take notes. Rudin was able to hold his line, according to a source, because he has final cut.

Things got testier from there, with Paramount caught in the middle. The studio ultimately decided that finding another distributor, preferably a streamer, could salvage the situation.

With Ellison not wanting to lose money after the poor performances of Geostorm, the billionaire producer is seeking to avoid a worldwide release and hopes that a digital release may be a better fit. The deal calls for Netflix to cover a good chunk of the production budget, which is in the $55 million range.

In short, if all this helps us to see the vision that Garland wanted, it will be welcome…

International Deal For Annihilation

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It seems that Paramount is negotiating with Netflix a deal to premiere internationally the film by Alex Garland on this digital platform 17 days after its premiere in USA, Canada and China, according to Deadline. This seems to indicate that there will not be releases in theatres beyond these countries. If this is confirmed, it would be a great pity for those of us who live outside the United States and we like to see the movie at the cinema. We will see as if there is something new about it in the coming days…

Family Day

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After a few days with some problems accessing the site, we finally return with news…

I don´t usually like to post family photos of Natalie in which the children are clearly portrayed, but I think this candids are worth it, perhaps because it´s one of the few times we have seen the whole family together. Natalie, Benjamin, Aleph and Amalia were spotted going to Arclight cinemas in Pasadena this weekend. Ok Magazine, via Legion Media, has the photos. It must be said that the faces of the children are clearly visible in all the photos:

Strolling in Los Feliz

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After more than a week without news in Natland, we finally have new candid photos of Natalie and her daughter Amalia. The two were seen yesterday walking through Los Feliz. Daily Mail has a couple of photos, with the blurred face, and The Quebec Post has the same, but Amalia´s face is completely visible: