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Fredrik Bond’s Debut Avoids “Necessary Death”; Charlie Countryman Finds Home at Millennium

A good five months since it premiered at a packed Eccles house in Park City, Deadline reports that Millennium Entertainment have picked up one of the worst films presented at this year’s Sundance paying a “low seven figures” for what is essentially a hollow, dramatic exercise in existentialism that we broken down and muted, could not surprisingly pass off as components of glossy ad campaign for eau de toilette. Despite placing high on the annual Black List, Fredrik Bond’s The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman‘s stars the unaffecting Shia LaBeouf, Mads Mikkelsen and Evan Rachel Wood (who finds herself in a slump of her own when you pair this perf with another turkey in the TriBeCa preemed A Case of You). Expect a year-end or 2014 release for the rom-actioner with an additional North American festival showing prior to release.

Gist: Written by Matt Drake, this centers on the titular character (LaBeouf) who falls in love with a woman (Rachel Wood), who has already been claimed by an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal.

Worth Noting: To not totally bash out the highly talented Bond – here’s a collection of his must see commercial work.

Do We Care?: Avoid this one at all costs.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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