Borg/McEnroe to premiere at 2017 Toronto Film Festival

The movie will have it’s premiere on The Toronto Film Festival on September 7 and hopefully will Tuva be there!

LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard will walk the red carpet into Roy Thomson Hall for the world premiere.

The Toronto International Film Festival on Monday said Borg/McEnroe will open its 42nd edition with a world premiere Sept. 7.

Directed by Janus Metz, the film, set to be released by Neon in North America in 2018, stars Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard.

Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night,” Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, said in a statement.

LaBeouf plays tennis bad boy John McEnroe in the biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, as Borg/McEnroe traces the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and 1980s

The European title joins Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, already in the TIFF lineup. In Borg/McEnroe, Swedish actor Gudnason (A Serious Game) plays Borg and Skarsgard plays Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. Danish helmer Metz, whose war documentary Armadillo won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010, directed the pic.

The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum-throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis circuit between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of their matches. Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport.

Sweden’s SF Studios and Film Vast co-produced Borg/McEnroe together with Swedish Television and Yellow Film & TV. SF Studios is handling international sales of the film.

TIFF earlier set as its closing-night film another European title, C’est La Vie!, from directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano and starring Gilles Lellouche and Suzanne Clement. The French pic from the helming duo behind The Intouchables and Samba follows the story of a caterer planning a large wedding reception amid a series of mishaps.

Last year’s festival opened with Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Tuva to Star in Adaptation of ‘Intrigo’ Trilogy of Books

Tuva is connected to star in the the upcoming Håkan Nesser movies alongside Ben Kingsley and Benno Fürmann. It will be directed by Daniel Alfredson and will be released in 2018.

Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny also will head up the cast of the film based on the book trilogy by best-selling author Hakan Nesser.
Ben Kingsley will star in an adaptation of the book trilogy Intrigo for Enderby Entertainment and The Amazing Film Co.

Benno Furmann and Tuva Novotny also will head up the cast of the Daniel Alfredson-helmed film based on a book trilogy by best-selling author Hakan Nesser.

The books, individually titled Death of an Author, Dear Agnes and Samaria are set in an undefined country somewhere in northern Europe, where Nesser has set many of his stories. The three films share the same psychology and narrative structure, dealing with dark, hidden secrets destined to surface and with the concepts of guilt, revenge and atonement. The films will all be shot in English.

Production of Death of an Author is set to begin this week in Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Belgium, immediately followed by the other two films. All three movies are expected to wrap by the end of August. A theatrical release of the first film is targeted for the end of 2018.

The three films will be introduced to buyers at the Cannes market, which kicks off May 17.

The Amazing Film Co. will co-produce and finance the three films along with Enderby and Umedia, with Silver Reel also coming on board to co-finance. The films will be produced by Enderby’s Rick Dugdale and Thomas Peter Friedl and Uwe Schott from Amazing Film Co. Ian Hutchinson from Silver Reel will serve as executive producer, and Claudia Bluemhuber will serve as senior executive producer.

Additionally, Fox International Production has picked up all rights for German-speaking territories.

“Hakan Nesser has fascinated millions of readers all over the world with his thrilling intrigues taking place in Maardam,” Dugdale said. “With our trilogy of feature films we have chosen a unique and extraordinary concept to bring this mysterious world to the big screen.”

Added Friedl: “To shoot and post all three films ‘en bloc’ and establishing the umbrella brand Intrigo is a groundbreaking new approach to attract our audience beyond each of our three movies and will open many ways for cross marketing and overlapping rights exploitation for us and our distributors.”

Nesser’s books, published by Albert Bonniers and licensed by Bonnier Rights in Sweden, have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and are translated into more than 30 languages. The first book, Intrigo, will be published worldwide next year.

Shia LaBeouf to Play John McEnroe in ‘Borg/McEnroe’

New casting news from The Hollywood Reporter for Borg/McEnroe and this time it’s Shia LaBeouf who will star as John McEnroe.

Swedish star Sverrir Gudnason to play McEnroe’s nemesis Bjorn Borg with Stellan Skarsgard on board as Borg’s coach.

Hollywood bad boy Shia LaBeouf has signed on to play tennis bad boy John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, an upcoming biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time.

Borg/McEnroe will trace the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.

Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (A Serious Game) will play Borg. Stellan Skarsgard has signed on to play Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin.

Danish director Janus Metz, whose war documentary Armadillo won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010, will direct.

The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum-throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis tour between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of their matches. Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport.

Sweden’s SF Studios and Film Vast will co-produce Borg/McEnroe together with Swedish Television and Yellow Film & TV. SF Studios is handling international sales of the film in Cannes.

LaBeouf and Gudnason turned up in Cannes to promote the project. LaBeouf is also in town for Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, which premieres in Cannes’ competition on Sunday.

Shooting on Borg/McEnroe is set to begin this fall in Sweden, London, Monaco and New York for a planned 2017 delivery. Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog) will pen the script.

“This is a very powerful drama that plunges deep into the minds of two extremely interesting personalities living in an explosive era. I am very honored and excited to be at the reigns of it”, Metz said.

LaBeouf is represented by CAA and John Crosby Management; Gudnason, Stellan Skarsgard and Sandahl by Agentfirman Planthaber/Kilden/Mandic; and Metz by CAA and Cinetic.