Ben Wheatley

Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans Team Up for ‘Free Fire’

Olivia Wilde and Luke Evans Team Up for ‘Free Fire’

Luke Evans, Olivia Wilde, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley have signed on to star in Free Fire, the latest from British filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, A Field in England).

The story is set in 1978 Boston, following a woman named Justine (Olivia Wilde) who has set up a meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang lead by Luke Evans and Armie Hammer for an arms deal. When shots are fired before the deal is made, the meeting turns into a deadly game of survival.

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‘A Field in England’ Exclusive Interview with Director Ben Wheatley

‘A Field in England’ Exclusive Interview with Director Ben Wheatley

British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is developing a diverse filmography of truly unorthodox and compelling movies that have to be seen to be believed. His films such as Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers (along with his "U is for Unearthed segment in The ABCs of Death) make it utterly clear that this is a filmmaker with a unique voice that deserves to be noticed.

His latest offering, A Field in England, which debuts in limited theaters and on VOD February 7, is incredibly different than his previous offerings, following a group of deserters in 17th Century England who are captured by a powerful alchemist, who is seeking a vast treasure buried somewhere in a massive field. I recently had the chance to chat with Ben Wheatley over the phone, during his one day off from directing the first two Season 8 episodes of Doctor Who, where he spoke about how he found the actual field they shot in, production challenges and much more.

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Tom Hiddleston Joins ‘High-Rise’

Tom Hiddleston Joins ‘High-Rise’

Director Ben Wheatley announced on his Twitter page last night that Tom Hiddleston is starring in his adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel High-Rise, while debuting a teaser poster and revealing production begins in June.

HIGHRISE. shooting June. Starring Tom Hiddleston! pic.twitter.com/ue66t3rWbT— mr_wheatley (@mr_wheatley) February 5, 2014

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Ben Wheatley to Direct the J.G. Ballard Adaptation ‘High Rise’

Ben Wheatley to Direct the J.G. Ballard Adaptation ‘High Rise’

Amy Jump (Sightseers, Kill List) wrote the screenplay adaptation, with Jeremy Thomas producing. Vincenzo Natali was previously attached to direct, but once the rights lapsed, Jeremy Thomas decided to take the project in a different direction.

Production is scheduled to begin sometime next year in the U.K.

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‘A Field in England’ Poster and Photo

‘A Field in England’ Poster and Photo

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to original horror film A Field in England. This is the fourth feature film from writer/director Ben Wheatley, whose credits include the highly acclaimed tour-de-force thriller Kill List, the Edgar Wright-produced 2012 Cannes Film Festival selection Sightseers, and a segment in the anthology horror film The ABCs of Death.

With a new feature, the 8-figure-budgeted sci-fi/action epic Freak Shift, currently in pre-production, Wheatley and producers Claire Jones & Andrew Starke assembled A Field in England with financing via Film4's talent and ideas arm Film4.0 headed up by Anna Higgs. The film stars Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen), Kill List's Michael Smiley and features Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) in a small role.

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‘The ABCs of Death’ Announces Full Director Lineup

Drafthouse Films, Magnet Pictures and Timpson Films have announced the full roster of directors signed on to participate in their international co-production The ABCs of Death, an anthology horror film featuring segments directed by over two dozen leading talents in contemporary genre film from around the world. The feature is comprised of 26 individual episodes, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet inspiring a single word about death. Currently in pre-production, the film's producers reserved the 26th director slot for a worldwide contest to find tomorrow's next great horror filmmaker. The contest ends October 1st. More submission information can be found here.

In May 2011, the film's producers announced that enlisted directors were to include Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), Ti West (The House of the Devil and the upcoming The Innkeepers), Ben Wheatley (SXSW 2011 favorite Kill List), Srdjan Spasojevic of A Serbian Film infamy, and 18 others. Joining the roster are recent signees Jon Schnepp (co-director of Adult Swim's epic animated series Metalocalypse) and Jorge Michel Grau, whose jarring 2010 cannibal drama Somos Lo Que Hay (We Are What We Are) garnered a great deal of notice and established him as one of the more fearless rising filmmakers of the era.

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‘The ABCs of Death’ Teams 26 Horror Directors

Drafthouse Films, Timpson Films and Magnet Releasing are teaming up for a project called The ABCs of Death, bringing together 26 different directors to create short films, each based on a letter of the alphabet, featuring "death in all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty." Production begins next month, with completion slated for January 2012.

The ABCs of Death was released March 8th, 2013.

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‘Kill List’ Picked Up by IFC Midnight

IFC Midnight announced tonight from the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Ben Wheatley's Kill List. The film, with a screenplay by Wheatley and Amy Jump, stars Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring and was produced by Claire Jones and Andy Starke. Barry Ryan co-produced the film for Warp X. Kill List is a Warp X/Rook Film production for the UK Film Council and Film4 in association with Screen Yorkshire.

Kill List is screening at the SXSW Film Festival in the SX Fantastic section, a sidebar programmed by the team behind the Fantastic Fest.

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