According to Bloody Disgusting, the sci-fi thriller “What Happened to Monday?”, which was filmed in July 2015 at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest, has been retitled to “Seven Sisters” for its international release, locked for France this coming August. “Dead Snow” and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters”âs Tommy Wirkola directed the feature, âSet in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.â Noomi Rapace plays all seven sisters, who are named after the days of the week. Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close also star in the film, with Marwan Kenzari, Christian Rubeck and Pal Sverre Hagen. Close plays the fierce head of the Child Allocation Bureau, Nicolette Cayman. It was produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by SND, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales. The script was written by Kerry Williamson and Max Botkin. Watch for a U.S. release as it comes in.
Norway-born helmer Tommy Wirkola moves into new territory with the upcoming sci-fi film What Happened to Monday?, starring Noomi Rapace as seven identical twins in a futuristic world where families are limited to one child because of overpopulation. The director, 36, is known for his action-heavy work, including the zombie comedy-horror cult hit Dead Snow and its sequel and Paramountâs 2013 Jeremy Renner-starrer Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. But Monday, which SND Groupe M6 has at AFM, allows Wirkola to dive into a gritty futuristic world, not to mention deal with the challenge of having his lead actress play seven characters. The L.A.-based filmmaker spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about how he juggled septuplets and what he thinks about Netflix:
What were the challenges of directing a film where one actress is playing seven characters?
There were many challenges technically and also with story: How can you do this without it being a gimmick? Shooting it would take very long. We ended up shooting in Romania, where we could get the most for our money, and we had a budget of about $20 million. We shot in 94 days, which is an extremely long shoot. The first two months, almost, it was just Noomi alone playing against herself. We had to hire seven doubles, seven good actors from Europe, so we could rehearse with them and could basically block out all the scenes with them. When we shot it, I had a rule that Iâd shoot it like any other scene. I didnât focus on the fact that it was the same actress playing different roles. I didnât want the audience pulled out of the film. Of course, the technical side is one side of it, but the other is Noomiâs performance â the nuances and differences that she added to the different characters.
The full interview can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.
German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has acquired a movie rights package from German film production and sales company Splendid Film. The multi-year agreement of which financial details have not been disclosed covers the exclusive pay-TV, pay-per-view and video-on-demand (VOD) rights for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Part of the package is the Noomi Rapace starrer “What Happened to Monday?”, which has been sold to Netflix as well and will be likely have its US premiere on demand as well. For any release, no date has been confirmed yet.
Netflix is in final negotiations to acquire âWhat Happened to Monday?â a sci-fi thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close, Variety has learned. The deal will close in the mid-seven figure range for multiple territories, including the United States. The project sold out of the Toronto Film Festival. Although it wasnât an official selection, âWhat Happened to Monday?â was screened to buyers at several private screenings, where it received favorable responses. CAA packaged and sold the movie. âWhatever Happened to Monday?â is directed by Tommy Wirkola (âHansel & Gretal: Witch Huntersâ) and co-stars Willem Dafoe. Rapace takes on six different roles in a story set in a post-apocalyptic world where families are forced to only have one child. Producers are Raffaella De Laurentiis, Philippe Rousselet and Fabrice Gianfermi. The film was written by Kerry Williamson (âAlex Crossâ) and Max Botkin (âRobosapien: Rebootedâ).
Lots of film news today, check out the following update as well. First, some news from Cannes. The 2016 film festival gets underway today with a swarm of jet-lagged but hungry buyers, and plenty of product for them to evaluate, in every genre. Among them is the anticipated “What Happened to Monday?” which will be looking for a buyer for its theatrical distribution. Fingers crossed it’ll be picked up and released soon. Funnily, “Callas” is also selling at Cannes. If you remember, last year the project was announced at the festival with Noomi in the lead role to portray the famous opera singer. Unfortunately, it’s been the first and also last news on the project so far. So, at least it’s back at Cannes again :-) In other news, the Evening Standard has interviewed John Malkovich, who’s part of the killer-cast of “Unlocked”, which stars Noomi, Toni Collette and Michael Douglas. According to the article, the film is all but finished except that Malkovich has been asked to shoot some extra scenes, rather to his annoyance given his frantic schedule. This comes as a surprise since Noomi has filmed her scenes beginning in November 2014! With no release date in sight, this might take up to three years after its inital begin to finally see the light of day.
Bloody Disgusting has posted a first promotional image for the upcoming “What Happened to Monday?”. The origin of the artwork is not mentioned, as is no release date. The great Willem Dafoe (John Wick, Antichrist) has joined Prometheus star Noomi Rapace and Glenn Close in sci-fi thriller What Happened to Monday?, which was filmed last July at the Castel Film Studios in Bucharest. Dead Snow and Hansel & Gretel: Witch Huntersâs Tommy Wirkola directed the feature, which is produced by Vendome Pictures and Raffaella Productions and fully financed by SND, which will handle French distribution rights as well as international sales. âSet in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, a resourceful set of seven identical sisters must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.â Rapace plays all seven sisters, who are named after the days of the week. Close plays the fierce head of the Child Allocation Bureau, Nicolette Cayman.
Noomi’s next film is called “What Happened to Monday?”, but any fan’s question these days might rather be what happened to Noomi? She hasn’t been since since the Cannes Film Festival in May, and the answer is simple – work. Exciting for us, exhausting for Noomi, she is currently in Romania playing seven characters in the futuristic thriller by Tommy Wirkola. On Thursday, a press conference was held with the director as well as Noomi and co-stars Willem Dafoe and Clara Read. A news segment from the Romanian TV Neptun can be watched in the video archive, a couple of snapshots have been added to the photo gallery. Many thanks to Marinka for the heads-up!