Midway 2019

Lionsgate released the first look at Roland Emmerich’s World War II epic Midway, with a teaser for the pic that the studio picked up in a mega deal during the last Toronto Film Festival. It’s been slated for a November 8, 2020 release — that’s Veterans Day, so a four-day opening for the action pic that will bow under the Summit label.

Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Aaron Eckhart, Luke Evans, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Luke Kleintank, Keean Johnson, Etsushi Toyokawa, Tadanobu Asano and Jun Kunimura lead the cast. Wes Tooke penned the script, which relates the story of the June 1942 Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II.

The film cost a reported $100 million, and is looking at a P&A spend upwards of $35 million. The teaser today shows off the scope of the action in the film, similar in shock-and-awe value to previous Emmerich-Mark Gordon collaborations Day After Tomorrow and 2012.

Gordon’s The Mark Gordon Co. and Emmerich’s Centropolis Entertainment this one, with Emmerich and Harald Kloser producing with Gordon and MGC’s Matt Jackson. Bona Film Group came in as a co-financier when the pic launched sales at the Cannes market and has distribution rights in China.


Personally, can’t wait for this one.


The Children – BBC

A new TV movie set in 1945 has begun filming in Northern Ireland.

Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust next year, The Children is described as a “stark, moving and ultimately redemptive story.”

Written by BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Simon Block (The Eichmann Show), the one-off 90-minute special is based on the first-person testimony of some of these now elderly survivors of the Holocaust, whose filmed interviews will also be featured in the film.

The Children will star Romola Garai (The Hour), Tim McInnerny (Blackadder) and Iain Glen (Downton Abbey).

The official synopsis reads: “One summer’s night in 1945 a coach-load of children, some as young as three years old, are in transit from Carlisle airport to the Calgarth Estate in Lake Windermere, England. They are child survivors, and presumed orphans, of the Holocaust.

“With only a few meager possessions, they do not know what awaits them in Britain. They speak no English and, having spent many years living in death camps, and are deeply traumatized.

“At the end of World War II, the British government granted up to 1,000 children the right to come to the UK. Three hundred of these children were brought to Lake Windermere for their first four months to have the opportunity to recover, surrounded by nature.

“The responsibility for looking after the children is held by Oscar Friedmann (Thomas Kretschmann – The Pianist), a German-born child social worker and psychoanalyst. He and his team are in uncharted territory: their project to mass-rehabilitate a group of children has never been attempted before.”

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland commented: “The Children promises to be a beautiful and powerful drama about a little-known part of British history. The refuge given in the Lakes and determination to give children back their lives so they could begin again is both deeply moving and humbling.”

Executive producer Leanne Klein added: “The Children is a story of hope after horror, revealing how Britain and a remarkable group of adults transformed the lives of 300 child survivors of the concentration camps.

“Seventy-five years after the Holocaust ended it’s a story that feels as important and relevant as ever. I’m incredibly proud of the exceptional cast and crew we have brought together to make this film.”

The Children will air on in the UK on BBC Two and in Germany on ZDF in 2020.

All the Light We Cannot See

Netflix will do a book adaptation for its new mini-series. Together with Shawn Levy, they’ve got the adaptation rights on Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE! The book which won almost all possible book awards and spent 130 consecutive weeks on New York Times list of bestsellers tells the story of Marie Laure, a blind French teenager, and Werner, a German soldier, whose paths collide in
Netflix will adapt the WW2 bestseller

Traitors 2019 series


If you don’t know what to watch tonight, here is a suggestion for you: new period set series TRAITORS starts this very evening over at British Channel 4. With the cast lead by Keeley Hawes, Emma Appleton, Luke 

The new series starts tonight at British Channel Four

Treadaway, Matt Lauria, Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Campbell Moore, the six part spy drama, previously known as Jerusalem, will also air sometime later this year on Netflix for the audience around the globe.


of the oddly-named Feef Symonds (Emma Appleton). Feef is a “bold” young woman who joins the Civil Service in 1945 just as Clement Attlee’s

The series will later on air on Netflix worldwide

Labour Party sweeps to victory, defeating wartime leader Winston Churchill in a surprise landslide. Ambitious and determined to make something of her life, Feef is unappreciated by her family – but her American lover is a different

Keeley Hawes leads the female government workforce as Priscilla Garrick

matter. With his encouragement, she agrees to spy on her own government on behalf of the Americans, who have a hidden agenda: they want to ensure that

Emma Appleton takes the lead role of Feef in the new series

England’s ‘socialist’ leaders don’t play into Soviet hands. Struggling to work out what she stands for, and what she’s capable of, Feef must learn to think for

Luke Treadaway is Labour MP who is drawn to Feef

herself and play by her own rules at a time when knowledge becomes power and nothing and no one is what they seem!



Keeley Hawes plays Priscilla Garrick, a senior civil servant at the Cabinet Office with a fearsome reputation. She leads the female workforce. Michael Stuhlbarg joins her in the cast as Rowe, a single-minded man from the

Jamie Blackley plays Feef’s brother who hates his sister for going her own way

American intelligence services. Luke Treadaway is set to play young Labour politician Hugh Fenton, Stephen Campbell Moore will play Philip, and

Brandon P. Bell is an American soldier stationed in the UK

Matt Lauria is Feef’s lover Peter McCormick who has a wife and kids back in the USA. Jamie Blackley plays Feef’s brother Freddie who had to marry for money to save his family but is probably homosexual. Brandon P Bell plays

Michael Stuhlbarg plays an agent from American Intelligence Services

soldier and driver Jackson Cole, who signed up to the military hoping that the African American contribution in the war would ease the appalling racism back home in the US.

The Aftermath – March 15th



The Aftermath is set in postwar Germany in 1946. Rachael Morgan (Keira Knightley) arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter, to be reunited with her husband Lewis (Jason Clarke), a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. But as they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: They will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower (Alexander Skarsgård) and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

World on Fire WW2 (series) 2019

Blake Harrison has joined the cast


BBC is also casting new faces for their ambitious new WW2 series WORLD ON FIREwhich already hasLesley Manville, Jonah Hauer King, Helen Hunt and Julia Brown! Joining them now are Sean Bean,Last Kingdom’s and Halcyon’s Ewan Mitchell, Blake Harrison and Yrsa Daley Ward!


The ensemble series will follow different characters, from Harry, a young English translator in Warsaw caught up in negotiations with the Nazis and trying to smuggle his Polish lover Kasia out of the country, to Lois, the girl who is waiting for him at home, a young Mancunian factory worker who will come to take all the opportunities the war can offer to live a different kind of life. To Nancy, a female US war correspondent who can’t find peace unless her life is at risk, to the Rossler family in Berlin, worried for their

Sean Bean has also joined the seven episode WW2 series

soldier son and willing to do anything to protect their disabled daughter from the attentions of the ruling Nazi regime.

Das Boot (tv series)




Your treat are new photos and the first trailer for World War II German TV series DAS BOOTwhich will hit Sky One (in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK, Ireland, Italy) November 23rd and will later also air on Hulu in Northern America, AMC in Spain and Portugal and Epix and Viasat in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe! The series, which explores the emotional torment of life during World War Two, cost $33 million to make and is inspired by Lothar Günther Buchheim’s best selling novel which was

Das Boot series will also air on Hulu in Northern America

previously made into an Oscar nominated movie by Wolfgang Petersen! Tom Wlaschiha, Vicky Krieps, Lizzy Caplan, Vincent Kartheiser, James

These Uboat submarines were active from the first till the last day of the war

D’Arcy, Thierry Frémont, August Wittgenstein, Rainer Bock, Rick Okon, Leonard Scheicher, Robert Stadlober, Franz Dinda and Stefan Konarske, are just of the names in the international cast!

starts in the fall of 1942 in occupied France. Nazi submarine U-612 is ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including the new commander, Klaus Hoffmann

German submariners had the lowest survival rate of any branch of service of any country during World War Two. Of the some 40,000 men who served on U-boats, 33,000 were killed.

(Rick Okon). As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the French Resistance, and causing her to question everything.