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IN PRODUCTION

June 2013

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hanks to ever-present confidentiality clauses, no one is ever allowed to officially talk about what’s in production in Africa, so this monthly section is an unofficial overview of the industry’s worst-kept secrets. First, we have an update on projects in the pipeline in May. Film Afrika shot ‘Hector and The Search for Happiness,’ which starred Simon Pegg (‘Hot Fuzz’, ‘Shaun of the Dead’) as a psychiatrist searching the globe for the secret to happiness. Peter Chelsom (‘Shall We Dance’, ‘Serendipity’) directed, while IMDB lists Rosamunde Pike (‘Pride & Prejudice’), Stellan Skarsgard (‘Good Will Hunting’), Jean Reno (‘The Professional’), Toni Collette (‘United States of Tara’), and Christopher Plummer (‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’) as co-stars. It is based on Francois Lelord’s book, ‘Hector and The Search for Happiness’, and also shot in Canada, Britain, and China, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp is prepping ‘Chappie’, a robot science fiction comedy which is expected to shoot in Johannesburg. Sharlto Copley stars alongside Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er.

Zaheer Goodman-Bhyat of Light and Dark Films produced ‘Konfetti’, based on Louw Venter’s theatre show ‘The Best Man’s Speech.’ It has been described as “’The Hangover’ meets ‘The Wedding Crasher.’” Expect appearances from Casper de Vries and Casey B. Dolan, among others. ‘Black Sails,’ ‘Kite’, ‘Salvation’, ‘The Price of Sugar’ and ‘A Good Lie’ all wrapped ahead of winter’s arrival. So after a busy May, June seems relatively quiet, with just two

Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler in ‘50 First Dates’

international jobs doing the gossip circuit. Film Afrika goes into production in June in Johannesburg on navy seal-themed ‘Seal Team 8’, while Moonlighting Films will be in production at Sun City on ‘Blended,’ a romantic comedy that reunites ‘50 First Dates’ and ‘The Wedding Singer’ stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Deadline says Frank Coraci (‘Here Comes the Boom’, ‘The Waterboy’, ‘The Wedding Singer’) will direct and that Disney Channel star Bella Thorne (‘Shake It Up’) also features. There are more projects on the horizon. ‘District 9’ and ‘Elysium’ director Neill Blomkamp is prepping ‘Chappie’, a robot science fiction comedy which is expected to shoot in Johannesburg. Sharlto Copley stars alongside Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Vi$$er. Chris Roland and ZenHQ Films are prepping ‘The King’, a new comedy about a down-and-out African American (Tracy Morgan) who inherits an African kingdom, which a ruthless Texas businessman (John Cusack) wants to exploit. Spier Films and Shekinah Tribe are prepping ‘Riding with Sugar,’ to be directed by Sunu Gonera (‘Pride’). The film follows a Zimbabwean refugee in Cape Town on a quest for BMX glory. John Boyega (‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, ‘Attack The Block’), Clare Bowen (‘Nashville’, ‘Dead Man’s Burden’), and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy in ‘Harry Potter’) are attached.

‘District 9’

‘Black Sails’

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