‘This Is Not a War Story’: WarnerMedia OneFifty Buys Movie for HBO Max

‘This Is Not a War Story’: WarnerMedia OneFifty Buys Movie for HBO Max

MADISON LEADER GAZETTE – WarnerMedia OneFifty and HBO Max have partnered to acquire the independent feature “This Is Not a War Story” from director Talia Lugacy and executive producer Rosario Dawson.

Lunacy wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in the film, which also features Sam Adegoke, Danny Ramirez, Brian Delate and Frances Fisher. According to a description for the project, “This Is Not a War Story” tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and paper-making keep them together, despite the specter of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.

The movie will debut in November, released both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, with special events in the works organized in partnership with OneFifty collaborators and veterans’ organizations.

“This film is not only the product of years of research and the painstaking effort of our team, but a tactile representation of trust built with our veteran partners,” Lugacy said in a statement announcing the acquisition. “Being able to distribute our film to a wide audience has always been our dream and with our partners at OneFifty and HBO Max, we will be able to release our film with the same level of care that went into making it in the first place.”

Lugacy produced the movie under her Acoustic Pictures banner alongside Noah Lang and Julian West. Dawson, Lugacy’s longtime collaborator, served as executive producer.

“This Is Not a War Story” was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient and has since played at festivals, including Cinequest, Woods Hole and San Francisco Independent, where it won the audience award for best narrative feature. The movie is also set to screen at Dances With Films, Cinelounge Presents and Whistler in the coming months.

Steven Beer brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Amanda Trokan, director of content acquisitions at HBO and HBO Max, negotiating on behalf of OneFifty and HBO Max.

“When our team saw the film, we were deeply moved by its distinctive voice and the intimacy of its storytelling,” added Axel Caballero, VP of artistic and cultural innovations and head of WarnerMedia OneFifty. “This film truly captures the vision of the artists involved, and that of OneFifty. We look forward to audiences experiencing it in theaters and on HBO Max this fall.”

“This Is Not a War Story” was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient and has since played at festivals, including Cinequest, Woods Hole and San Francisco Independent, where it won the audience award for best narrative feature. The movie is also set to screen at Dances With Films, Cinelounge Presents and Whistler in the coming months.

Steven Beer brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Amanda Trokan, director of content acquisitions at HBO and HBO Max, negotiating on behalf of OneFifty and HBO Max.

“When our team saw the film, we were deeply moved by its distinctive voice and the intimacy of its storytelling,” added Axel Caballero, VP of artistic and cultural innovations and head of WarnerMedia OneFifty. “This film truly captures the vision of the artists involved, and that of OneFifty. We look forward to audiences experiencing it in theaters and on HBO Max this fall.”

‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s Danny Ramirez To Produce & Star In Thriller ‘To Die Sane’

‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s Danny Ramirez To Produce & Star In Thriller ‘To Die Sane’

Exclusively from Deadline:

Danny Ramirez (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) has signed on to produce and star in thriller To Die Sane.

The genre pic centers on a brutally effective Mexican-American ICE agent who becomes increasingly paranoid and unhinged after a detained young immigrant commits suicide and his fellow agents fall victim one by one to El Cuco, the mythic child-snatching figure of Latino lore.

Moises Zamora and Carlos Cisco wrote the script; Ramirez will produce alongside Zamora and Bianca Quesada. A director for the project, from Zone One Productions, has not yet been disclosed.

Ramirez recently co-starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Disney+ and Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In the hit superhero series, which on Tuesday scored five Emmy nominations, he portrays Marvel character Joaquin Torres. The actor will next appear opposite Tom Cruise in anticipated Paramount sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

Ramirez recently wrapped production on the 20th Century Studios for Hulu suspense thriller No Exit, which was produced by The Queen’s Gambit co-creator Scott Frank. He is currently in production on Netflix’s dual-timeline drama Plus/Minus opposite Lili Reinhart.

The actor is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert Lead Ensemble for 20th Century Thriller ‘No Exit’

Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert Lead Ensemble for 20th Century Thriller ‘No Exit’

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTEREXCLUSIVE The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor Danny Ramirez and Dennis Haysbert, perhaps best known for his work on the long-running series 24, lead the ensemble cast of No Exit, a thriller Damien Power is directing for 20th Century Studios.

Havana Rose Liu, David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey and Mila Harris are also starring in the thriller, which just wrapped production in New Zealand.

Scott Frank, the co-creator of The Queen’s Gambit, is producing the movie that will stream in 2022 as a Disney direct-to-consumer original feature on Hulu in the U.S. and internationally on Disney+ as a Star feature.

Written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the script tells of a college student (Liu) stuck with a group of people at a mountain rest stop during a blizzard. Things take a turn for the dangerous when the young woman discovers a kidnapped child in a car belonging to one of the people inside, setting in motion a terrifying life-or-death struggle to discover who among them is the kidnapper.

Ramirez co-starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Winter Soldier, Disney+’s Marvel series that is generating Emmy buzz, playing Marvel character Joaquin Torres. The actor, who appeared in Netflix’s well-regarded On My Block, will next appear with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson.

Haysbert recently appeared in several episodes of Lucifer, where he played God. He also appeared with John Cena in the family comedy Playing with Fire. He is repped by Paradigm and GS Management.

Power, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment, previously directed horror movie A Killing Ground that premiered at Sundance and was released by IFC.

Hollywood Live-Action Root Letter Film’s Rights Change to Ammo Entertainment

Hollywood Live-Action Root Letter Film’s Rights Change to Ammo Entertainment

ANIME NEWS NETWORK – Akatsuki Inc. announced on June 7 that it has handed over the rights of the live-action film adaptation of Kadokawa Games’ √Letter (pronounced “Root Letter”) game to AMMO (based in Tokyo) and AMMO Entertainment (based in California).

Akatsuki Entertainment USA announced the film in November 2018. Sonja O’Hara is directing the film. David Ebeltoft wrote the screenplay. Annmarie Sairrino, Moeko Suzuki, and Kat McPhee are producing the film.

The film will star Danny Ramirez (Top Gun: Maverick), Keana Marie (Huge in France), Lydia Hearst (The Haunting of Sharon Tate), Breon Pugh (Cloak & Dagger), and Mark St. Cyr (High School Musical: The Musical – The Series).

AMMO stated that it has finished production on the film, and Akatsuki Entertainment added that the project is still “in progress.” AMMO Entertainment is currently negotiating with potential distributors for the film.

The film’s website describes the story:
After Carlos, a young man struggling with poverty and a fractured home, receives a desperate note from Sarah, a pen pal he lost touch with a year earlier, he uses her letters as a guide to solve the mystery of her disappearance, as well as crimes she may have been a part of.

Akatsuki Inc. stated it is has “[redefined] itself as an IP producer with emphasis on games” with its 10th anniversary in 2020, and has handed over the management and execution of √Letter and its other Hollywood film project Room 203 to AMMO Entertainment. AMMO Entertainment is a Tokyo-based entertainment production company that is focusing on building “strategic partnerships between Hollywood and Japanese companies to acquire, develop and produce commercially driven intellectual properties including Japanese manga and anime.” Former Akatsuki Entertainment officers founded AMMO and AMMO Entertainment.

The √Letter mystery visual novel shipped in June 2016 in Japan for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Rice Digital and PQube released the game in Europe in October 2016, and in North America in November 2016. Kadokawa Games released the game on PC via Steam in July 2017 and for iOS and Android in August 2017.

LovePlus character designer Tarō Minoboshi planned and designed the characters. Dario Fuji handled the scenario, while Takashi Nitta composed the music. Yoshimi Yasuda produced the game, and Zin Hasegawa directed the game.

The √Letter Last Answer live-action game project, which is a re-release of √Letter, launched for the PS4, PS Vita, and Nintendo Switch in December 2018. The game included an alternative live-action “Drama Mode” and four new “Explanation” scenarios.

The game’s new “Drama Mode” replaces Tarō Minoboshi’s illustrations in the original game with live-action photographs from 90 actors, and the background illustrations based on actual Shimane prefecture locations have also been replaced with photographs of the real-life locations. Players can switch between the original illustrations and the “Drama Mode” photographs.

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