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A Case Study

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A Case Study

  1. 1. Pre-production : Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  2. 2.  WORKING TITLE and STUDIOCANAL CONFIRM CASTING FOR TOMAS ALFREDSON’S TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY  September 22, 2010, London – Working Title and STUDIOCANAL today confirmed the casting for the eagerly anticipated shoot of Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY, which will commence principal photography at the end of September. Written by Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor the film is an adaptation of John le Carré’s bestselling novel of the same name and will star Gary Oldman as George Smiley with Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Jared Harris, Ciarán Hinds, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Roger Lloyd Pack and Mark Strong.
  3. 3.  Tim Bevan said "Tomas is one of the most gifted directors in the industry and we are really looking forward to working with him on such an exciting project. The timing is right for a big screen version of le Carré's classic novel. It's great for us to have Tomas onboard who has assembled a stellar cast and will bring a unique vision to the material."
  4. 4.  The film is fully financed by STUDIOCANAL, who will release it first in the UK through its subsidiary Optimum Releasing and then in France and in Germany through Kinowelt, a STUDIOCANAL company as well. Optimum will release the film in the UK on September 16, 2011. STUDIOCANAL will handle international sales for the rest of the world.  "We are very happy to continue our 10 year partnership with Working Title with TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. Tomas Alfredson is one of the most exciting directors working today and it’s a pleasure for all of us at STUDIOCANAL to be part of bringing his exciting vision of John le Carré's classic spy thriller to the screen with such an exceptional cast.” said Olivier Courson, Chairman and CEO of STUDIOCANAL.
  5. 5.  About Working Title Films  Founded in 1983, Working Title has made more than 90 films that have grossed over $4.5 billion worldwide. Its films have won six Academy Awards®, 26 BAFTA Awards and prestigious prizes at the Cannes and Berlin International Film Festivals. The company’s commercial and critical hits include The Interpreter, About a Boy, Notting Hill, Elizabeth, Fargo, Dead Man Walking, Bean, Johnny English, Billy Elliot, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Love Actually, Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Nanny McPhee, United 93, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Hot Fuzz, Atonement, The Green Zone, Burn After Reading and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.  Currently in production are Oliver Parker's Johnny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkinson as the improbable secret agent and Ken Kwapis' Everybody Loves Whales starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski. The company has also enjoyed continued success on the stage with Billy Elliot The Musical, which is currently playing to full houses in London, Broadway and Seoul.
  6. 6.  STUDIOCANAL is a European leader in production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures, and the only studio in Europe distributing all media at the source in the three largest markets: France, Great Britain (Optimum Releasing) and Germany (Kinowelt).  STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most comprehensive film libraries in the world with more than 5,000 French, British, Italian, German and American films.  The company is increasingly active in International Production having fully financed The Last Exorcism and having co-developed and co-financed The Tourist directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. STUDIOCANAL has also financed its first British films, including Rowan Joffe's Brighton Rock and Joe Cornish's Attack the Block which will both be released in 2011.
  7. 7.  Established in May 1999, Optimum Releasing is a key element within StudioCanal, the pan European film, production and sales distribution arm of French media group, Canal+. Optimum Releasing has established a reputation for an innovative approach to distribution and has enjoyed success with a varied mix of film titles across all genres. A passion for film and commitment to creativity is central to all of Optimum's activity.  Recent and current theatrical releases include Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth, Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Garth Jennings’ Son of Rambow, Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop, Anne Fontaine’s Coco avant Chanel, Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost and Chris Morris’ Four Lions.
  8. 8.  Optimum Home Entertainment, the company's stand alone DVD division, was established in 2004 and has released over 400 titles to date, with sales in excess of $70 million generated in 2008. In 2007 Optimum Releasing, StudioCanal and Lionsgate UK jointly acquired Elevation Sales. Elevation now handles the joint sales and distribution of home entertainment product for both Optimum Releasing and Lionsgate UK.  On the production front, Optimum’s ambitious plans include Rowan Joffe’s Brighton Rock starring Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Helen Mirren, which had its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival; Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block, the first project to emerge from the recently announced pact with Big Talk, and Nick Murphy’s debut feature The Awakening starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton - both in post production - and the establishment of Warp X with Warp Films, the Film Council and Film4. The first two films from Warp X are feature directorial debuts from Paddy Considine with Tyrannosaur, and from Richard Ayoade with Submarine.
  9. 9.  Working Title are currently developing with Joe Wright a live- action feature film of Hans Christian Anderson's timeless and beloved fairytale 'The Little Mermaid' This adaptation, written by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, The Iron Lady), will tell the story of the young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. The story which has captured the imagination of adults and children since it was first published in 1837, will be the first live-action feature film version to be made in the English language. The project will bring Joe Wright back into the Working Title fold having directed his first three films 'Pride & Prejudice', 'Atonement' and 'The Soloist' with the company.
  10. 10.  I've always thought of Working Title, the U.K. production company, as making frothy British romantic comedies, from The Tall Guy to Four Weddings to Love Actually and, er, Shaun of the Dead. I didn't realize how many other kinds of films Working Title has been behind, including many of the Coens' projects, last year's United 93, and the upcoming Smokin' Aces, which is about as far as you can get from romantic comedy. Nor did I realize that Working Title was behind those early, edgy films of Stephen Frears like My Beautiful Laundrette in 1985 and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in 1987. So they're not all Richard Curtis-directed films starring Hugh Grant. Their most successful films tend to be low-budget and low- concept.  Working Title has been part of Universal since 1999, when the parties signed an agreement due to expire at the end of 2007. Despite alleged offers from DreamWorks (which did so well in its partnership with another U.K. company, Aardman Animation) and Sony, Working Title co-chairs Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan just signed a new agreement on Friday to extend their stay at Universal for seven more years. The previous deal seems to have worked very well for both parties: Working Title has produced a number of low- budget sleepers and the slate does consistently well internationally. And no, it's not just because everyone likes Hugh Grant. The LA Times claims that Working Title is second only to Imagine Entertainment as "Universal's most consistent supplier of films."

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