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Netflix acquires global rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’

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Netflix has acquired global rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor’s directorial debut The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the streaming giant announced Wednesday. The film, which was also written by and stars Ejiofor, is based on the bestselling book of the same name written by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind tells the story of 13-year-old William Kamkwamba (newcomer Maxwell Simba), who is thrown out of the school he loves when his family can no longer afford the pricey cost of attendance that comes with it.

After getting kicked out, William sneaks back into the school’s library and discovers a way to build a windmill using the bones of the bicycle belonging to his father Trywell (Ejiofor), which ultimately helps saves his Malawian village from famine.

“A global story, such as this, requires a global platform and I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix on bringing William’s extraordinary tale of determination and inventiveness to audiences worldwide,” Ejiofor said in a statement.

The film was shot on location in the African country of Malawi last year and also stars Aïssa Maïga, Lily Banda, Lemogang Tsipa, Philbert Falakeza, Joseph Marcell, and Noma Dumezweni.

Netflix will launch The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind globally on their streaming service in 2019 and will release the film in select theaters in the U.S. and U.K., which indicates that they are hoping it will garner some awards attention come this time next year.

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‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure

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20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.

Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.

In addition to Ford, the film’s cast ensemble cast also includes the likes of Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, Omar Sy, Bradley Whitford, Colin Woodell, Scott MacDonald, and Cara Gee.

Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.

The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.

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Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.

Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.

The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh

Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard

Rating: R for violence and language throughout

4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

  • “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
  • “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
  • “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
  • “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
  • “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
  • “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
  • “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh

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Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series

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Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.

The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.

S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.

Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.

Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.

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