Magazine article Screen International

Mister Smith Unveils Fifth Estate Footage

Magazine article Screen International

Mister Smith Unveils Fifth Estate Footage

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CineEurope round-up: recaps of Disney and Sony presentations; Harkness unveils foldable screen.

David Garrett's new sales powerhouse Mister Smith Entertainment presented for the first time at CineEurope this morning, representing the international rights to the slates of DreamWorks and Constantin. (Mister Smith has a slew of output deals for the companies with key independent distributors across Europe, and is showcasing the product here to European exhibitors)

Mister Smith, launched by former Summit executive Garrett just over a year ago, has offices in London, Paris and Los Angeles.

DreamWorks' Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider introduced their slate with a videotaped message and Spielberg said "Mister Smith has delivered....by aligning us with the best foreign distributors."

The presentation included about 15 minutes of footage from Bill Condon's Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate,starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. The company also showed the world premiere of the new trailer for Delivery Man, the family comedy starring Vince Vaughn that Ken Scott directs as the English-language remake of his French Canadian hit Starbuck. Garrett noted that the film had been testing very well in the US, where it launches Nov 22.

Mister Smith also showed behind-the-scenes footage from the making of Need For Speed, which is based on the hugely successful Electronic Arts game and counts Ford as a partner. Aaron Paul stars for director Scott Waugh, who himself comes from a family of stunt drivers. Garrett noted that all the driving stunts in the film are real, not created with CGI. It will release in 2014 and is planned as the start of a new franchise. Waugh said in his video message: "This movie eeds to be accurate and authentic to car racing culture." He added that Aaron Paul reminded him of "the next Steve McQueen."

From Constantin, Garrett welcomed actor Jamie Campbell Bower on stage in Barcelona to introduce a trailer and scene from The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. The series of young adult books by Cassandra Clare have sold more than 22 million copies. Harold Zwart directs the film, which Sony Screen Gems launches in the US on Aug 21. Lily Collins stars alongside Campbell Bower, who noted that the cast would go on a seven-territory promotional tour for the first film before starting to shoot the second.

Disney previews new Thor, Captain America films

On Wednesday afternoon, Disney's CineEurope presentation was led by a never-before-seen production featurette for Thor: The Dark World. As with The Avengers, the film will launch in Europe before the US (it starts rolling out in October). Alan Taylor (Game of Thrones) directs and Chris Hemsworth again stars as Thor.

The studio also showed footage and behind-the-scenes footage from Captain America The Winter Soldier, which launches in spring 2014. Production artwork was revealed for new villain The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. Director Joe Russo said in a taped interview: "It's going to be much greater than any Marvel movie to date."

The studio is of course also working on Star Wars Episode 7 to launch in 2015, with Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) now writing the script.

A scene from Saving Mr Banks starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson was also revealed. The film, about the author of Mary Poppins negotiating with Walt Disney on the film version, is expected to be an awards-season contender, it launches in December. …

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