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Old 17-12-2017, 16:24   #1
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Annihilation (Feb 2018)

Just saw the official trailer and the plotline about this film. Seems like an unusual but interesting bio sci-fi film with all all-female main cast led by Natalie Portman.
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Old 18-12-2017, 10:28   #2
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It's going straight to Netflix everywhere apart from the U.S.after test audiences found it too 'brainy' and the producers refused to change it. So Paramount refused to give it a cinema release.

We should see it late Feb/early March.
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When will they learn? Test audiences are not always right so I'm glad that filmmakers believe enough in their product to stick to their guns. It's worth remembering that Se7en got very negative feedback in its test screenings. David Fincher stuck to his guns and the rest is history.
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The Box office failure of Blade runner and Aliens probably played a part too.

But it does seem a dumb move. (Not that i'm complaining because i'll get too see it quicker.)
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When will they learn? Test audiences are not always right so I'm glad that filmmakers believe enough in their product to stick to their guns.
Exactly my opinion. I am glad the the filmmakers stuck to their guns. The test audience probably expected a couple of rampaging mutated T-Rexes and were disappointed not to get any.

I have Netflix too and am glad will get to see it quickly.
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Old 18-12-2017, 14:00   #6
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It looked damn scary from the trailer. Really looking forward to it
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Exactly my opinion. I am glad the the filmmakers stuck to their guns. The test audience probably expected a couple of rampaging mutated T-Rexes and were disappointed not to get any.

I have Netflix too and am glad will get to see it quickly.
Netflix subscriber so glad also!

I think netflix offer them their money back plus a little extra on top, so if they think it'll do badly, it's probably a good move all round. Doesn't bode well for taking a punt at the cinema with something though
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Old 18-12-2017, 14:09   #8
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It's worth remembering that Se7en got very negative feedback in its test screenings. David Fincher stuck to his guns and the rest is history.
One of my favourite, if very disturbing, films.
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If it is well received on Netflix, will Paramount or another studio change their minds about a Cinema release? Or is it more likely that the producers cave in under financial pressure and make the changes suggested by Paramount (I hope not).
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I doubt they'll be able to or be bothered to, once it's been on netflix who will want to see it at the cinema?
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I'm asking because I don't know how these things work.

So of "Annihilation" is released only on Netflix but not given a cinema release, will it mean a major financial setback for the producers? It would be sad if that were so because it will discourage those who want to make intelligent sci-fi films.
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Old 18-12-2017, 23:03   #12
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I'm guessing Netflix have paid for the films costs with a small profit for Paramount. They might be bonuses if it hits so many streams.

The films fairly low budget. (As great as Deus ex was it didn't make that much money.)

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A fair few Netflix originals are not really that at all, just stuff they've bought in. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was a series ordered by NBC (I think) which they then had a change of heart about.

I think they got the costs plus about 30%, so in a world where your show could get cancelled at any minute, they've made a decent profit and future series.

Don't quote me but I think they pay Adam Sandler about Ł80m per movie

I believe it's quite common to sell the Non USA movie rights to an external partner to help overcome the costs.

When I stayed at Richard Attenborough's house I read a book discussing the making of a Bridge Too Far, apparently he was sitting pretty whilst still filming it as it had already made a profit due to the sale of the rights in Europe.

Presumably something similar happens here, they pay for the rights to show it on netflix presumably instead of a cinema deal.
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This thread needs a trailer

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When I stayed at Richard Attenborough's house I read a book discussing the making of a Bridge Too Far, apparently he was sitting pretty whilst still filming it as it had already made a profit due to the sale of the rights in Europe.
Awesome humble brag there
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This seems to be getting good reviews. Anyone here seen it yet?
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March 12th for the UK.

It's disappointing that they chose this method but, given I was googling to see when it was playing next week, a bonus as a Netflix subscriber.
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Sounds great !

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  • Indiewire - At once a gripping jungle survival thriller and an alluring sci-fi puzzle.
  • ScreenCrush - It is tough, bleak, brutally intense, and genuinely scary - not in the cutesy cathartic way of most horror films, but in a way that makes you ponder the nature of existence and leaves you with a pit in your stomach.
  • Screen International - Able to generate dread and awe with equal skill, Annihilation is an absorbing amalgam of genres and influences, all coming together to produce a dazzling creation as vivid as the hybrid life forms our heroes encounter on their perilous journey.
  • Variety - For those willing to put in the effort, Annihilation achieves that rare feat of great genre cinema, where we are not merely thrilled (the film is both intensely scary and unexpectedly beautiful in parts) but also feel as if our minds have been expanded along the way.
  • The Guardian - Annihilation is more than mere visuals and it will shock, fascinate and haunt whatever screen it’s watched on.
  • New York Magazine - The squeamish should be warned those spectacles range from mildly disturbing, to gory and disgusting, to absolutely terrifying.
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can't wait but gutted it isn't getting a cinema release....
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