The German trailer for “What Happened to Monday?” has been released today and it features quite a new scenes from the film. Tommy Wirkola’s futuristic thriller has also received a German release date for September 07, 2017, and an official website. Fans from Switzerland will get a chance to see it earlier with a premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. The trailer has been added to the video archive, the German poster and screencaptures can be found in the photo gallery.
A nice interview with Noomi Rapace by The Wall Street Journal to promote the August-release of “What Happened to Monday?” in the United States: Before filming started, actress Noomi Rapace worried that her next role would be a “suicide mission.” In “What Happened to Monday?”, a Netflix film that debuts in mid-August, Ms. Rapace stars as a set of septuplets in hiding from a government that brutally enforces a one-child policy due to overpopulation. Each of the seven sisters has a very different personality, and for scenes in which they interact, Ms. Rapace filmed alongside a body double or in front of a green screen with tennis balls marking the places of her siblings. Ms. Rapace, 37, is best known for playing Lisbeth Salander, the antisocial computer-hacker heroine in the original Swedish-language “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” film series (2009), based on Stieg Larsson’s books. After that performance, she quickly learned to speak English and went on to star in Hollywood films, including “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011) and “Prometheus” (2012). In “What Happened to Monday?”, set in a dystopian future, the sisters are named for days of the week and can only leave their house on that day. Outside their apartment, they must all pretend to be the same person. After the sister named Monday disappears, the others try to figure out what happened to her. The complete interview can be read over here.
While we’re still left in the dark if “Seven Sisters” is only the French / international title and the American version will be still titled “What Happened to Monday?”, promotion continues with a first set of character posters for the film’s release, featuring Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so far. See all the new posters in the photo gallery. Fingers crossed the remaining ones will be launched soon. Edit: The remaining 4 posters have been added as well.
The French theatrical trailer for “What Happened to Monday?” – called “Seven Sisters” internationally – has been released today and it looks amazing! In a world where families are limited to one child due to overpopulation, a set of identical septuplets (all played by Noomi Rapace) must avoid being put to a long sleep by the government and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own. Rapace is joined by Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close, so that’s not bad company either. Check out the trailer in the video archive. The French poster and new production stills have been added to the photo gallery.
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”‘s Tommy Wirkola directed the feature, “Set 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.” 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 Paramount’s 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 I’d shoot it like any other scene. I didn’t focus on the fact that it was the same actress playing different roles. I didn’t want the audience pulled out of the film. Of course, the technical side is one side of it, but the other is Noomi’s performance — 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 “What Happened to Monday?” 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 wasn’t an official selection, “What Happened to Monday?” was screened to buyers at several private screenings, where it received favorable responses. CAA packaged and sold the movie. “Whatever Happened to Monday?” is directed by Tommy Wirkola (“Hansel & Gretal: Witch Hunters”) 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 (“Alex Cross”) and Max Botkin (“Robosapien: Rebooted”).
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 Hunters‘s 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. “Set 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.” 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.