Thursday, February 23, 2017

SXSW adds 'Life' and David Leitch's 'Atomic Blonde'

Oh, how I wish I was going to South by Southwest (SXSW) this year. The Austin-based festival always has a terrific lineup, but this year feels like it's going to be very special. Last month, SXSW announced their first wave of titles, an eclectic mix that included films like Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, James Franco's The Disaster Artist, and Terrence Malick's Song to Song, which is set in Austin and will open the festival. In addition, rumors began to swirl that Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant would screen at the fest, sending Xenomorph fans into a frenzy. But most importantly, SXSW was also established as the location for the world premiere of Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, the latest from the acclaimed filmmaker and one of my most anticipated movies of the year. With so much incredible content, most fans didn't think that SXSW could get any better in 2017.

Guess what? It just got better.

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures

SXSW will close with Daniel Espinonsa's Life, which has been described by many as Alien meets Gravity. Originally set for a release on Memorial Day Weekend, Sony recently moved the film to March, in order to avoid competing with Ridley Scott's return to the franchise he created. Life stars Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Hiroyuki Sanada, and will be released on March 24, one week after its SXSW premiere. Stuck in a month that features a plethora of highly anticipated blockbusters, Life is going to need some serious buzz from its festival debut to stand out in the crowd.

In addition to Espinosa's sci-fi horror film, SXSW also announced that it will serve as the world premiere for David Leitch's Atomic Blonde. Leitch is one half of the team behind John Wick, and he'll be off to helm Deadpool 2 very soon. So yeah, this is a movie that should  be on everyone's radar. Atomic Blonde stars Charlize Theron, James McAvoy, and John Goodman, and follows the adventures of an MI6 femme fatale in Berlin. This sounds like an awesome action flick, and I absolutely adore the first poster that Focus Features released yesterday. Leitch (along with Chad Stahelski, of course) created an iconic action hero with John Wick- can he do it again? We'll find out when Atomic Blonde debuts on July 28.

Look for more coverage of the South by Southwest Film Festival, which kicks off on March 10 and goes through March 19.

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