The first teaser for Snowden has been released, and although it features no footage from the film, hopefully we’ll it means that a theatrical trailer will be coming sooner rather than later. I would also like to apologize for the lack of updates of late–news has been slow and unfortunately I am unable to post on set photos from Allegiant. I do have a few things planned for our third anniversary of being online, however-so stay tuned for those!
I’m a little late adding this, but if you haven’t already, be sure to check out this brand new photo of Shailene and co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the set of Snowden in Washington. Nice to see some official photography so early into the production.
VARIETY – “Insurgent” edged past “Cinderella” at the foreign box office to capture first place on the overseas charts with $47 million.
However, the princess story still managed to put up impressive numbers, picking up $41.1 million over the weekend and pushing “Cinderella” to $253.1 million globally. Among notable openings, “Cinderella” bowed to $2.5 million in South Korea, debuted to $1.2 million in Argentina and premiered to $900,000 in Colombia.
In China, “Cinderella” has made $52.4 million in two weeks, making it the second-largest Disney live-action release behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Domestically, “Insurgent” opened to $54 million, missing estimates that had it debuting to between $57 million and $60 million. The positive news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the futuristic adventure, is that its foreign numbers are topping those of its predecessor “Divergent,” outpacing the earlier film by more than 30%.
DreamWorks Animation got a jump start on its stateside rollout of “Home,” debuting the alien adventure to $19.2 million in nine markets, including the United Kingdom where it earned $9.3 million to become the studio’s biggest opening in the country. It also had strong openings in Russia with $4.2 million, Spain with $2.4 million and Australia with $2.3 million.
The company could use a hit after the failures of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” and “Penguins of Madagascar” led to costly write downs and pledges to rein in spending. “Home” touches down in the U.S. on March 27.
In China, “Taken 3? picked up $18 million, bringing its global total to $312.9 million and capturing fourth place on the foreign charts. Fifth place was nabbed by the human trafficking drama “Lost and Love,” which earned the bulk of its $16.2 million haul in China.
I’ve updated the gallery with screen captures of a very young Shailene in one of her first film roles as Ashley Hedges in Moola.
VARIETY – Open Road Films has set a Christmas release in the U.S. for Snowden with Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson joining the cast.
Production launched Friday in Munich. Shooting will take place until mid-May.
As previously announced, Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the title role as whistleblower Edward Snowden, alongside Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Olyphant.
Pathé Films, which developed the project with Stone’s longtime producing partner Moritz Borman, has retained distribution rights for France and Benelux. Wild Bunch is handling international sales in all other territories while Open Road has U.S. rights.
Snowden was charged in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Justice with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of government property, and his passport was revoked a week later by the U.S. Department of State. He was granted temporary asylum by Russia last year.
Borman is producing with Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle. Stone is directing from a script he co-wrote with Kieran Fitzgerald, based on Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man and Time of the Octopus, by Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.
Pathe will open Snowden in France on Dec. 30. Universum will launch it in Germany on Jan. 8.