8/23 Indie Movie News

By Jordan August 23, 2016

STX Entertainment Acquires VR Company Surreal Inc.

Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment has acquired Surreal Inc., a VR company that will become a division of the studio.

Earlier this month, STX received a round of investment led by Chinese technology, gaming and entertainment behemoth Tencent in a move that the studio said would position it to expand well beyond movies, which it appears to have done with Tuesday’s announcement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Virtual reality is exploding, and STX sees a unique opportunity to create one-of-a-kind content by pairing the world’s biggest stars and storytellers with best-in-class VR capabilities,” STX President Sophie Watts said in a release announcing the deal. “Our seamless integration allows for a platform-agnostic exchange of ideas and talent across film, television and emerging media, such that STX will become the number one destination for talent, brands and content creators seeking a way to create programming designed to play on every VR system.” 

‘Columbus’ Announces Cast

Jon Cho of “Star Trek Beyond,” will be cast in Kogonada’s feature directorial debut, “Columbus.”

Cho will play the role of JIN, who is the estranged son of an important architectural critic who suddenly finds himself in the middle of nowhere. 

Haley Lu Richardson (forthcoming “Split,” “The Edge of Seventeen”), Parker Posey (“Café Society,” forthcoming “Mascots), Michelle Forbes (“The Killing,” “Orphan Black”) and Rory Culkin (“Gabriel”) will also star in the film.

The film is being produced by Superlative Films and Depth of Field along with Nonetheless Productions. 

New York Film Festival Announces Retrospective Selections

The New York Film festival has announced its lineup for the Retrospective section.

According to IndieWire, the two-part lineup is inspired by Bertrand Tavernier’s “My Journey Through French Cinema,” which will be screened at the festival.

The section will feature mostly French films along with Henry Hathaway’s films (who is an American director). Films included in the lineup are Jean Renoir’s “La Marsellaise,” Robert Bresson’s “Angels of Sin,” Jacques Becker’s “Antoine and Antoinette,” Julien Duvivier’s “Deadlier Than the Male.”

The festival will be held on Sept. 30 to Oct. 16 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

Ellen Page and Kate Mara Join Tali Shalom Ezer’s ‘Mercy’

Tali Shalom Ezer’s romantic comedy “Mercy” now has Ellen Page and Kate Mara attached to it.

According to Variety, Page will be playing the role of Lucy. Her character will be the daughter of man who is on Death Row and is falling in love with Mara’s character.

The film’s director, Ezer, is known for her feature debut “Princess.”

Shooting will begin in September in Cincinnati.  

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