The official sections for the 2016 Seattle Shorts Film Festival hve just been announced and one of films will be non other than the Seattle premiere of the amazing short “Burned” starring the wonderfully talented Maika Monroe! The festival will be screening “Burned” on Saturday November 12th 2:00pm in the Stars in Shorts block. The Seattle Shorts Film Festival runs November 11th – 13th, in Seattle Washington. Please visit their website to learn more www.seattleshort.org
Hercules Film Fund has come on-board to co-finance the sci-fi thriller “Tau,” starring Maika Monroe and Ed Skrein, alongside Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment.
Federico D’ Alessandro is directing “Tau” from a script by Noga Landau, with principal photography taking place in Serbia.
David S. Goyer, writer of The Dark Knight trilogy, and “The Birth of a Nation” producer Kevin Turen are producing under their Phantom Four banner alongside Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder for Addictive Pictures. Rhea Films will co-produce, with Terry Dougas and Jean-Luc De Fanti serving as executive producers along with Ken Kao, Dan Kao and Luc Etienne will serve as executive producers.
Bloom is handling international sales and WME is representing the U.S. rights.
Monroe is playing a street-smart grifter who’s the latest victim kidnapped and held captive in a fatal experiment. The only thing standing in the way of her freedom is an advanced artificial intelligence developed by Skrein’s character.
Monroe starred in “Independence Day: Resurgence” and Skrein starred in “Deadpool.”
Hercules Film Fund financed Tom Cruise’s “Mena,” directed by Doug Limas. The fund was set up to bring European investors, including Greek entrepreneur Paris Kasidokostas-Latsis, to Hollywood to finance wide release films.
Waypoint Entertainment recently acquired the rights to two Mark Millar properties, “American Jesus” and “Supercrooks.” It’s teamed with Bloom on Martin Zandvliet’s “The Outsider,” starring Jared Leto; Scott Cooper’s “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale; and Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s “Woodshock,” starring Kirsten Dunst.
Phantom Four produced Fox Searchlight’s “The Birth of A Nation,” which is due to open Oct. 7. Goyer is an executive producer on the film, which Nate Parker directed and stars in. Phantom Four is also developing “Miles” with Open Road and Lakeshore Entertainment and Max Landis’ “Deeper,” starring Bradley Cooper, with Addictive Pictures for MGM.
“I think it’s really good to get the adrenaline pumping,” says Maika Monroe—actress, professional kiteboarder, brave adventurer. “Do stuff that scares you on a regular basis. I think it’s good for the body and for the mind.”
Monroe is specifically talking about skydiving. She celebrated her 23rd birthday by breaking the sound-barrier from 13,000 feet. She could also, fairly, be describing her maturing roster of movies. In 2014, Monroe starred in two acclaimed horror movies back-to-back, The Guest and It Follows. This summer, she faces two different impending world-invasion apocalypses in Independence Day: Resurgence and The 5th Wave.
Before she started acting, Monroe was a professional kite-boarder—the sport where you stand on a board in the ocean, steering with a high-flying kite, and doing all sorts of jumps and tricks. “After school my dad would pick me up and we would go straight to the beach. The other thing I loved is that no other girls were doing it,” she says. “I would be the only girl out there.”
She was also one of the few women on the set of the second Independence Day, where she got along best with Jeff Goldblum. “We’re BFF, big time, oh yeah!” she says. “I think he’s a magical person, I’m pretty sure he has hidden super powers.” Even with some 18-hour days, Goldblum was a source of positivity. “He’s so positive all the time. He would sing and dance and play games, and dancing—he loves tap dancing. We would be singing Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, stuff from plays that I had no idea what they were, but he knows all the words.”
Though she’s in six movies in 2016 (six!), she found time for vacations. Or rather, by “vacations,” she means pursuing extreme sports and other high-flying adventures. For her next pursuit, she says, “I really want to go swimming with sharks.”
“To this day I haven’t seen Jaws,” she adds. “Because I was always in the ocean, when I was a kid my mom said, ‘See the movies that you want to, but I’m telling you, do not ever see Jaws.’”
So she wants to swim with sharks, but still won’t see Jaws? “Yes. Precisely, precisely,” she says laughing. “I think it’s good to conquer the fears.”
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ makes up ground overseas with $102.1 million; elsewhere in the U.S., ‘The Shallows’ has a sharper bite than expected, while ‘Free State of Jones’ and ‘The Neon Demon’ are D.O.A.
Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence failed to ignite big fireworks at the North American office over the weekend, where it came in behind expectations with an estimated $41.6 million from 4,068 theaters.
While that’s hardly a disastrous start, the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 blockbuster will need to do sizeable business overseas to land in the black for Fox. So far, the tentpole seems to be getting its wish, debuting to $102.1 million from 57 foreign markets, including China, for a global debut of $143.7 million.
Resurgence placed No. 2 behind Finding Dory in North America. Overseas, it topped the weekend foreign chart, led by China with $37.3 million. But in China itself, it placed No. 2 behind Now You See Me 2, which raced to a dazzling $43.3 million, a record for Lionsgate and bringing that movie’s global total to $159.8 million.
Independence Day: Resurgence skewed heavily male for an all-audience tentpole (58 percent), helping to explain the subdued results, while 64 percent of ticketbuyers were over the age of 25. Generally speaking, the film underperformed on the East Coast.
Resurgence is set two decades after the events of the original pic (including the spectacular destruction of the White House and other iconic landmarks) and sees the same menacing aliens once again wreaking havoc.
Smith might be absent, but a number of other stars appearing in the first film reprised their roles, including Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum and Judd Hirsch. Newcomers include Liam Hemsworth, who plays a hot-shot military pilot whose parents died in the first alien attack and who is now dating the former first daughter (Maika Monroe), and Jessie Usher, who plays the stepson of Smith’s character, now deceased.
She’s Liam Hemsworth love interest in Independence Day: Resurgence, but it’s co-star Jeff Goldblum who sent her heart aflutter.
NAME Dillon Monroe Buckley
BORN May 29, 1993, Santa Barbara, California, USA
FILMOGRAPHY At Any Price (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), Labor Day (2014), The Guest (2014), It Follows (2014), The 5th Wave (2016), Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
1 NAME GAME
The 23-year-old US actress loved the sound of the name “Maika”, so she adopted it at an early age after learning from her mother that it was her parents’ first choice before they decided on Dillon. She has since legally changed her first name to Maika.
2 SCREAM QUEEN
Following her chilling performances in psychological thriller The Guest and supernatural horror flick It Follows, the US media promptly crowned Monroe the new “Scream Queen”, a label the pretty blonde did not identify with.
“I do like the (horror) genre but that was not planned at all,” she told Us Weekly. “These are probably the two horror movies I’ll do, but then again I can’t say never.”
3 SWITCHING GEARS
Monroe is dabbling in sci-fi now with Roland Emmerich’s Independence Day: Resurgence, the sequel to his 1996 blockbuster.
In the movie, which opens here tomorrow, she plays Patricia Whitmore, the tough cookie daughter of former US President Whitmore (Bill Pullman), who now works in the White House for the current head of state.
Monroe’s casting caused a slight online stir as fans questioned why Mae Whitman, who portrayed Patricia in the original, did not reprise her role.
“I was like, ‘Why are you guys doing this? You’re creating a problem and it’s so not necessary’. I was bummed about that,” Monroe told MTV, adding that she chooses to ignore the backlash over the replacement.
4 LOVE INTEREST
Monroe is also the love interest of Aussie hunk Liam Hemsworth’s pilot protagonist Jake, but it was another co-star – veteran US actor Jeff Goldblum – who sent her heart aflutter.
A fan of the original movie, Monroe told MTV that her most surreal moments were having conversations with Goldblum, who returns as scientist-computer expert-environmental activist David Levinson.
“He’d tell stories, sing and play lots of games. And there was (tap) dancing!”
5 SUN AND SURF
Prior to becoming an actress, Monroe was a ranked competitive freestyle kiteboarder. Her dad taught her the sport when she was 13, and at 17, she moved to the Dominican Republic to train as a pro.
She will be putting her skills to good use in the upcoming The Tribes Of Palos Verde, a drama about a California beach community, which also stars Jennifer Garner and Tye Sheridan.
The 23-year-old former athlete, who got her big break in 2014’s Sundance hit ‘It Follows,’ is making the leap to tentpole with a role in ‘Resurgence.’
Up until age 17, Maika Monroe glided across a different shimmering surface than the big screen. The Santa Barbara native was living in the Dominican Republic as a top-ranked professional kiteboarder, an extreme sport that looks something like snowboarding on water. For years, Monroe had been sending out mostly ignored audition tapes to casting agents. But in 2011, she received a call about playing Zac Efron’s love interest in the family drama At Any Price. She landed the role, and her future quickly changed course. A bit part in The Bling Ring and a showy role in The Guest followed before she nabbed the lead in the Sundance horror breakout It Follows. Now, she’s making the leap to tentpole with Fox’s Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24), playing former First Daughter Patricia Whitmore. Though she’s largely shelved the board and sunblock, she still gets out on the water between roles (“It really helps me stay sane,” she says.) The actress spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about who she bonded with most on set, the perils of Hollywood and whether or not we’ve been visited by ETs.
How has kiteboarding helped you as an actress?
It taught me determination, working hard for something. There’s lots of discipline. I enjoy roles that are quite physical. That was really fun with Independence Day, being a fighter pilot, kicking some ass.
You changed your name from Dillon to Maika. Why?
When I was about 7 years old, I asked my mom other names she was going to name me, and she said “Maika” was her second choice. I was like, “That’s my name!” So I went around to all my neighbors and my teachers and said: “I’m no longer going to respond to Dillon. My name is Maika.” And it stuck.
What was the audition process like for Independence Day?
I started with I auditioned for casting agents, and then I went in and auditioned with [director] Roland [Emmerich]. Then the final audition was doing a camera test with Liam [Hemsworth] and all the producers. It was scene between Liam and I, and I’m talking to him via Skype. Liam, my fiancé in the film, is on the moon, so it’s us talking about what’s going on. My father’s going through a lot. He’s having these kind of nightmares and visions. So I’m trying to help him. It didn’t feel like an audition because we were on stages. It was really quite nice meeting everyone. It’s a really special group. People warned me, “Big films — it’s a whole different pace than the indie world.” But you could feel that there was something different about this group.
You were 3 years old when the first Independence Day came out. What do you remember?
I saw it with my dad. It was at my house on VHS. Oh my goodness, the good old days of VHS. (Laughs.) I loved it so much — the comedy that was brought into this absolutely insane situation and these iconic characters. Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum are just so memorable.
Who did you bond with the most on the set?
Jeff Goldblum. We spent a lot of time together. He does jazz nights on Wednesday nights, so now I’ll go and hang out with him there.
Who do you still get star struck by?
If I met Jack Nicholson, I would probably get a little flustered. Not going to lie. I’ve watched his movies since I was so young. Such a fan.
What is the worst thing about working in Hollywood?
The lifestyle perhaps. There’s a lot of excess. It’s just quite different for me, coming from [the world of] professional athletes. It’s just very different. It can be consuming and you have to be careful of that. I think it’s very easy for that to [fall into a lifestyle of excess]. So having people around you that are grounded is important because a lot of this is just crazy. It’s not reality.
What’s your dream project?
I’d really love to work with Quentin Tarantino. There’s so many people that I’d love to work with, but there’s something about Quentin, and one of my all-time favorite films is Kill Bill. Something along those lines would be such a blast.
After The Guest and It Follows, you were dubbed a scream queen. How do you feel about horror as a genre?
I love horror movies. It’s so fun being absolutely terrified. It’s damn hard to shoot, though. I didn’t realize how difficult it was to make a horror movie as an actor. Physically and mentally, phew. It Follows was easily the hardest film I ever made, just because every day was so intense. Every day, you’re screaming, crying. And just physically, putting your body through that, going to those dark places every day for 12, 13 hours was really, really rough. After I finished shooting that, I went into hibernation.
What’s been your biggest splurge since becoming an in-demand actress?
I have to go to Tokyo for Independence Day press, and I got my mom a ticket to come with me. I’m surprising for her birthday. I want her to come along. She’ll love it.
What’s up next?
I’ll shooting a film called Tau in Serbia. I leave for that beginning of July, which will be quite interesting. I’ve been to Europe, but I haven’t been to Eastern Europe. I’m excited for the adventure. I’m [signed on] for more 5th Wave sequels? But I don’t know what they’re planning on doing with that, to be honest.
Do you believe that aliens have visited Earth?
I’d say that they have. I think there has to be something else out there. And if they’re out there, maybe they’ve visited us. Hopefully they’re nice.
Maika Monroe is going from “scream queen” to big-budget screen.
The 23-year-old actress made her film debut in 2012 alongside Zac Efron in “At Any Price,” and has since made a name for herself in indie horror flicks “The Guest” and “It Follows.” Now, she’s starring in her first summer blockbuster: “Independence Day: Resurgence.” The movie, reportedly made with a $200 million budget, marks her biggest role yet. Monroe plays a now-grown-up Patricia Whitmore, the first daughter of the President of the U.S. in the original 1996 film.
We caught up with Monroe before “Resurgence’s” Friday release to talk about working on a studio movie, acting alongside Liam Hemsworth, and what she’s working on next. With six movies already in post-production, expect to see a lot more of this up-and-comer.
WWD: What drew you to this role?
Maika Monroe: Well I was a huge fan of the original one. My dad showed it to me when I was about 10 years old. I always loved what Roland [Emmerich, the director] did with it and [how he] brought comedy to this kind of insane situation. Just the characters I feel are so iconic, with Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, so when I heard that they were making another one, I was super excited and then on top of that, my character works in the White House and also is a fighter pilot, which is very, very cool.
WWD: What was filming like? I imagine “Independence Day” was much larger in scale.
M.M.: Oh yeah, just the tiniest bit (laughs). I mean it’s a whole different pace to the very “YouTube-y,” indie world. This is a whole different beast, but I mean it’s incredible. You walk onto these sets, with these massive ships, but there’s something really fun about it because it’s almost like a play, because you’ve got green screen around you — a lot is left to the imagination.
WWD: Is it harder to act with a green screen playing such a huge part in filming?
M.M.: I mean, yes it is. It was definitely intimidating at first, but then you get used to it and actually come to like it a little bit. But it’s not easy.
WWD: Do you find yourself preferring the indie world or do you like these large-scale movie productions?
M.M.: I don’t know. Yeah I think it all depends on the project. There’s really awesome indie movies out there and there’s really fun bigger studio films, and I think if you can kind of find a balance and find projects that you really love in either world…I really do enjoy both.
WWD: Can you talk a little bit about what it was like working with Roland Emmerich and also alongside Liam Hemsworth? Did you know them before the film?
M.M.: I met all of them for the first time on the film. Roland is really amazing. He really knows how to make big movies and yet he also cares about the characters, which is definitely refreshing for a film this scale. He’s also just a blast. And also Liam, too — he has just such a good energy and positivity and is just so down to earth and cool. I feel very lucky to have worked with both of them.
WWD: What are you working on now? What’s next?
M.M.: I leave to go to Serbia in the beginning of July to shoot a film called “Tau” that I am super excited about. It’ll definitely be interesting, Serbia I mean. I’ve been to Europe, but I haven’t been to Eastern Europe.
WWD: Seems like a different ballgame.
M.M.: Yeah it’s totally different, a new adventure.