In a statement released on Thursday, the producers announced Cary Joji Fukunaga as the movies new director saying “We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our new James Bond adventure.”
A new worldwide release date has been announced of February 14th 2020, which is only three months later than originally scheduled. The slight setback was due to Danny Boyle’s departure where the original shoot date was meant to be November.
Cary Joji Fukunaga has had a fruitful career so far, he won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the first season of True Detective and giving the crime series a cinematic look. His debut feature Sin Nombre in 2009 was critically acclaimed. In 2011, he directed Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre and then Beasts of No Nation in 2015 where he picked up a Golden Globe nomination. It’s going to be extremely interesting to see what he brings to the table for Bond 25.
We at Templeheart Films welcome the Bond team back at Pinewood Studios!
Warner Bros has dominated for the fifth weekend in a row at the North American box office. ‘The Nun’ is the latest instalment in The Conjuring franchise which easily marks the best debut in the series smashing the records of ‘The Conjuring’ which was released in 2013 that previously held the title with $41.8 million in the opening weekend. It’s also the second-highest first weekend of all time for an R-rated horror film. Warner Bros can now claim the first and second best R-rated horror openers of all time, thanks to last years ‘It’.
'The Nun' has also been a hit abroad, generating more than $77 million across its foreign markets. According to Box Office Mojo it also scored the biggest opening weekend ever for a horror movie in 19 countries. Making the film a worldwide phenomenon.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Period horrors featuring nuns look like being a firm favourite with fans this season, bringing the term 'nunsploitation' to life. Our own classy period chiller ‘Heretiks’ starring Hannah Arterton and Claire Higgins, which premiered at Frightfest last month, has received excellent audience reviews.
Watch this space for news on release dates and territories for 'Heretiks'!
Never is there a production that doesn’t have a story to tell 'behind the scenes' and Future TX was no different. Whilst the shoot went relatively smoothly, there were a couple of obstacles to overcome including the wonderful British weather.
The movie was filmed entirely in the Bournemouth and Poole area, using local cast and crew alongside Griff Rhys Jones, Doug Cockle (The Witcher), Catriona Knox (Charlie Brooker’s Screen Wipe), Nicole Faraday (Bad Girls), Christos Lawton (The Terror), Kevin Hudson (Dr Who), Laurent C Lucas (The Time of Their Lives) and Russell Biles (Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?). The two lead child stars of the film are Arran Kemp and Adele Congreve, who both make their feature film debuts.
Comedy genius Griff Rhys Jones joined the production in the middle of the shoot for a period of 7 days, where he took on the role of ‘Homeless Foley’ and his sinister twin brother. He completely embodied the roles, so much so, he had his own personal set of ‘rotten’ false teeth specially delivered to the set to complete his look! He was an absolute pleasure to work with and as you can imagine, we had a good few laughs along the way.
Arh..the British weather! Due to typically unpredictable and ever changing forecasts, we had to reschedule a whole day’s worth of filming. Due to this we didn’t have a key cast member available for some of the rescheduled scenes, involving a wonderful quirky character. So, exec producer Jan Caston stepped into the role (and fitted the costume!) which enabled us to film the scenes in their entirety. And Jan proved to be so good in the role, she now features in the film as that quirky character! Team work goes along way.
Future TX is about two kids who get their first mobile phones but they receive a call from someone who says he is from the future, and he needs their help if the world is to survive.
The cast and crew were fantastic and the team really pulled together to complete the film on schedule. We are really excited about this film and can’t wait to release further news on the post-production and screenings. Watch this space!
Templeheart Films latest movie is to be released into the festival circuit in anticipation of its general physical release. With a stellar cast, perfect locations and the quirky imagination of the whole team behind the production, we are very excited to bring you Heretiks.
Lyndon Baldock of Templeheart Films, director Paul Hyett, Producers Marcia Do Vales and Michael Riley, give us a great insight with this Q&A.
Storyline: Early in the seventeenth century, a young woman, Persephone, is falsely accused, arrested and put on trial for her life. Her fate seems sealed but for the timely intervention of a stranger, the mysterious Reverend Mother, who offers Persephone not just sanctuary, but hope. For the Reverend Mother is the self-appointed leader of a small religious retreat, a secluded Priory, where she and her fellow Sisters can devote their lives to the Lord and seek atonement for their pasts. But upon her arrival, Persephone is plagued with terrifying visions and soon realizes that it's not Salvation that awaits her, but a battle for her very soul itself.
Starring: Hannah Arteton, Rosie Day, Ania Marsan, Michael Ironside, Claire Higgins and Freddy Carter.
We do hope you enjoy reading this interview.
Lyndon Baldock at Templeheart Films
Q. What attracted Templeheart Films to the Heretiks project?
A. Marcia Do Vales showed us the script, back in 2013, which was something we hadn't seen the likes of before. There's a couple of movies with nun's in this year, but there wasn't back then. From there, it was all about Paul Hyett and his vision for the whole movie.
Q. You've worked with both producers and the director before on other projects. Did you foresee this collaboration?
A. Not at all. Although you always hope that producers and directors will do such a great job on a project that you want to work with them time and again. This movie merged together some of my favourite guys/gals.
Q. In your opinion what made the pairing/tripling of the team the right people for the production?
A. Timing for one thing and then a passion from each one of them.
Q. As an executive producer, do you get involved in casting choices or other aspects of the film?
A. Not too much, but I really do like to be kept in the loop at all times. Once a script is approved and the director and producers are on board, it's mostly about being updated. Unless it's a budget concern. Then yes.
Q. Are you excited to see Heretiks at Frighfest?
A. 100%. This will be our third film here and it's the one everybody can't wait for. The organisers are superb and the audiences are even better!
Paul Hyett - Director
Q. What attracted you to Heretiks as a Director?
A. The chance to a period horror, set in the 17th Century, I love period horror, and it had been a while since a good British period horror had been made. I'm a fan of the Hammer and Tygon films, and I really wanted to make an old school retro horror that was about story, atmosphere, genuine creeping dread set in this Olde english 17th century setting with these poor young girls taken in by these older, stern nuns, it was the setting that sold it me though, filthy, poverty stricken and this belief and fear of witchcraft and necromancy.
Q. The cast looks fabulous. Did you get all your first choices?
A. Yes it was great, Hannah Arterton, Rosie day, Ania Marsan, Michael Ironside and Clare Higgins were a dream cast, I felt very lucky and privileged to have them in my cast.
Q. You've worked on so many projects in Special Effects Make-up and now as a director and seen films from the beginning stages through to the final product. Did Heretiks turn out as you had originally envisioned?
A. Yes, you always have a vision for the film you're directing, and I really wanted this to feel genuine, it’s hard to get period horror right, to feel authentic, but also I wanted there to be a sense of fun, it’s an exciting movie that goes full tilt, and I think we got that balance right.
Q. You've made your mark on the horror genre. Is this going to remain your number one focal point as a director?
A. I love horror and I'll always want to work in horror, but I also want to branch out and try other genres, dark drama, science fiction, thriller. It’s all about the story and characters.
Q. Were there any major obstacles you had to overcome to bring Heretiks to life?
A. I think mostly shooting in real locations, like Margam Castle and Tretower court, there could be no drilling in walls to attach anything like stunt cables, you couldn’t throw blood about in case it stained the medieval stone work, we also had to build sets within these locations but couldn’t attach or drill them into the actual location, we just couldn’t risk anything, but I think the biggest challenge was the endangered bats within the location that were a protected species. We couldn’t harass them, distress them, and certainly not harm them.
Marcia Do Vales and Michael Riley - Producers
Q. How did you find the screenplay?
A. Marcia: Around the time when the original screenplay landed in my inbox, I was turning rocks upside down to find a story with a lead role for me as my first love is acting. We came across Gregory Blair's script and even though there wasn't any role for me, I fell in love with it
A. Mike: I was given the screenplay by Paul Hyett who got it from Marcia I believe.
Q. What attracted you to Heretiks as a producer?
A. Marcia: Apart from being a period movie, which I love, once we had Paul Hyett and Michael Riley on board, I knew it was in safe hands.
A. Mike: I’ve always harboured an ambition towards making a period film set in this era. The script was interesting, the action, characterisation and dialogue very strong too. Paul’s involvement meant I knew it was going to be a happy, satisfying ride, along with Marcia’s positive presence. Having made a previous film with Templeheart I knew Lyndon would be fully committed and a pleasure to work with too.
Q. What made Paul Hyett the best choice of director for the movie?
A. Marcia: Lyndon Baldock sent me the DVD of 'The Seasoning House', so I could see Paul’s work as a director. I was really impressed with the film, and his directorial skills. I had no doubts that Paul could do something thrilling with the story we had.
A. Mike: Paul is a consummate professional with many years of experience in the horror/fantasy genre. His knowledge of storytelling married with his technical expertise made him ideal for this picture. While there’s very little Paul doesn’t know about VFX and special effects, he is also very sensitive towards performance, actor management and generally spreading good humour among his cast and crew.
Q. The locations for Heretiks are obviously a big part of the film. How did you find them?
A. Marcia: Tretower Court and Castle was a suggestion from our friend and filmmaker, Simons Haveland. We just fell in love with it. I remember wishing we had the cameras and actors with us in order to start filming that same day! The building is almost 600 years old and legend has it, is most certainly haunted. Do I think it is haunted? Yes, absolutely. And that is all I will say about that. Margam Castle was the second location and Julian Luxton, our set designer had worked there on 'Da Vinci's Demons’
A. Mike: We were recommended Margam Castle due to its proximity to the studios where the dressing, flats and props we adopted from another show were situated. Tretower I think was sourced by our location manager.
Q. What were the toughest obstacles to overcome from development to final product?
A. Marcia: I had to overcome my personal insecurities…. working side by side with such well accomplished professionals like Michael Riley a Paul Hyett, and now I am ready for a much bigger challenge. With passion and desire, we can get over most any obstacle.
A. Mike: Making a film is always tough. Emotionally, physically and financially. There were no particularly unique difficulties on Heretiks that couldn’t be surmounted by a supportive team, professional approach and belief in the material. And a good Bat Wrangler.
Q. How important is it to screen your movie at Frightfest?
A. Marcia: It is very important and something so many filmmakers working in this genre strive for. Frighfest is seen not only by an amazing fan base every year, but by the top distributors and sale agents that will help our films be seen worldwide. I personally love the spirit of FrightFest… even bought my Festival Pass this year… will try to watch as much movies as I can :)
A. Mike: As the foremost genre festival in the UK (and one of the most important in the world) it’s a fantastic seal of approval to be screening at FrightFest. Not only is it a meeting point for likeminded audience to generate word-of-mouth publicity, it’s also an invaluable forum for journalists and bloggers to watch new generation horror films and start spreading the news ahead of official releases.
Comedian, writer, actor and TV presenter, Griff Rhys Jones begins shooting dual roles on Future TX. Griff is set to play two characters in the movie, an absent-minded scientist and his evil twin brother, the villain of the story. Directors Danny Stack and Tim Clague commented, 'We’re massive Griff Rhys Jones fans - we grew up watching him, and his work across film & TV has been a big inspiration to us over the years. We’re naturally delighted to have him involved in Future TX and can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to the roles'.
Griff is a legend of the UK comedy scene in the television sketch shows 'Not the Nine O’clock News' and 'Alas Smith and Jones', which ran for 14 years. Since coming to national attention in the 1980’s he has gone on to develop a career as a television presenter as well as continuing with his acting work. In 1984 Griff was bestowed with the privilege of receiving the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1984 for Best Comedy Performance in Charley’s Aunt and in 1994 for Best Comedy Performance in An Absolute Turkey. Griff has taken on various roles in TV such as Agatha Christie’s Marple, Ordinary Lies and more recently Murder on the Blackpool Express.
The exciting casting news doesn’t stop there:
The talented comedy actor Catriona Knox has taken the role of Saffron a quirky bohemian mum. Catriona is making quite a name for herself having previously stormed Edinburgh with her one-woman show as well as her TV credits from BBC’s Not Going out, Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe and E4’s Damned.
Doug Cockle will play Dylan’s Dad. All you computer game fans out there will know Doug as the lead voice in the hugely successful Witcher games.
Nicole Faraday will play Dylan’s Mum. Nicole has a long line of TV credits, from Bad Girls to Casualty to Emmerdale. She also played Dawn in the film Top Dog, Kim Brookes in Kill Kane and most recently Kara in Next Door.
Not forgetting our talented child actors who return again since the Easter shoot, Aaran Kemp, Adele Congreve and James Grogan.
We look gorward to keeping you posted on further exciting news in the near future....