Embankment updates Mission: Blacklist status to Summer 2013; Delivery Summer 2014; Plus where’s Sauvaire??

UPDATE: Director name still missing from Embankment site.

UPDATE: It looks like Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name has been put back onto the Embankment site!
We’ll keep you updated if there are anymore developments

screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

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screencap from EmbankmentFilms.com

Embankment Films updated their Mission: Blacklist page and there are some notable changes:

  • The film is now slated for production, late Summer 2013. That matches with the report from Eric Maddox, for an August start month.
  • The film will be ready for delivery Summer 2014.
  • Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name is removed as the director. Hmmmmmm

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the film!

Via: @BlacklistMovie

Embankment Films List “Mission:Blacklist” As Part of Their Line Up For FilmMart (Hong Kong)

Embankment Films have listed Misson:Blacklist on their line-up for Filmart.
FilmMart, Hong Kong’s International Film & TV Market, takes place between 18-23 March

MB Filmart 2013


Robert Pattinson on Mission: Blacklist: “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone.”

Metro had a chance to speak to Robert Pattinson during Breaking Dawn Part 2 promo and he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. We excerpted the portion with the mentions and bolded the ones specific to MB:

What drives him

As evidenced by recent choices — including David Cronenberg’s challenging “Cosmopolis,” which featured him getting a prostate exam — he’s not afraid of risk. “I signed up for a lot of stuff in the last year. I was really fixated on working with a lot of people who are kind of dangerous,” he says. “The business part of show business has really just taken a big s– on the show aspect of it, and so I think anyone who has any visibility should be trying to do something that is really, really subversive. I think it would be interesting trying to get really subversive stuff into the mainstream. You’re in the cinema not just as a consumer but as a participant.”

It’s that sensibility that led him to sign up for the lead in “Mission: Blacklist,” a film to be made in Iraq next year. “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone,” Pattinson offers of the film, which is based on a true story. “It’s about this guy call Eric Maddox who was an Army interrogator who almost single-handedly found Saddam Hussein. No one really knows the story of it, and the story’s absolutely amazing and kind of hilarious in some ways and bizarre.”

Comfort zones

That project teams Pattinson with French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who used real Liberian child soldiers for his last film. “I think that’s like his thing,” says Pattinson. “I wanted him to be in his comfort zone, so we were both pushing, saying we need to shoot this in Iraq — that’s the whole point.”

You can tell where his passions lie by the fact that, during this interview, the actor talks more about “Mission: Blacklist” than “Twilight.” But promotion for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ must be done. The story finds his Edward and Stewart’s Bella protecting their child from killer vampires. It’s already predicted to be the highest-grossing effort in the series. And the actor is busy lining up another high-profile project, lest he lose his ability to get the riskier ones made. “This year I’m thinking I should probably try to do a movie which at least one person will see,” he says, “so I’m trying to figure that out now.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety

VIDEO: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire talks about Robert Pattinson, filming in Iraq and Mission: Blacklist

Fantastic interview with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire by Agentinnen.Net. Tons of insight into his work ethic but he starts to talk about Mission: Blacklist, Robert Pattinson and Iraq after around 18:30.

Couple of highlights (via):

  • “My character in Mission: Blacklist is a tough character because it’s not at all what we can imagine from Robert Pattinson or what we know with this guy. It’s going to be very interesting. I’m sure it’s going to be great because he’s really intense.”
  • On Robert: “I know he’s a great actor…I’m really excited to be working with him on this film.”
  • “We’re going to do the set in Iraq. We’re going to work with Eric Maddox. It’s going to be interesting.”
  • He’s going to work with professional Iraqi actors.
  • “To do a good movie, you need to take risks and try to find different ways to do films. Not doing it the same way as everyone is doing it. We have to try and change. Try to imagine some different stuff and different way of working with the actors and shooting the film.”
  • “Going to Iraq for me is really important because it’s going to be so different from shooting there as to shooting in LA in a studio, for example, even for the actors, being there and understanding how it was and meeting the Iraqis. You need to understand the structure and everything. It’s part of the process.”
  • At 24:00, he starts to talk again about his pre-production experience with Mission: Blacklist and the prep work – 5 weeks in Iraq, sleeping in Saddam Hussein’s palace etc.
  • At 26:00 next project is Mission: Blacklist filming next year (we know it’s scheduled for summer 2013)

Rob Pattinson talks ‘Mission: Blacklist’ shooting in Iraq – “beautiful, stunning palaces look like Kubrick sets”

Robert Pattinson sat down with MTV a couple of weeks ago to promote his current film, Cosmopolis. During the interview, he discussed his future films and Mission: Blacklist was mentioned.

In case you can’t see the video, here’s the transcript of the section discussing Mission: Blacklist:

Josh Horowitz: That’s the word, that you may be shooting this film in Iraq. Are you looking forward to that? Is that the plan?

Robert Pattinson: The director is there now and I want to do it there. Obviously it’s quite difficult to shoot there. I think it’s a fascinating country. The director has been sending me pictures of the actual palaces where the US army was based and they’re beautiful. Just stunning. They look like Kubrick sets and they’re all empty just sitting there.

Starts at 1:20:


NEW: Robert Pattinson talks Mission: Blacklist – Will film entirely in Iraq; Starts in a month

In the September issue of Black Book magazine, Robert Pattinson is on the cover and in his interview, he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. The key points in the article are filming will be entirely in Iraq and Rob leaves next month.

The article was from the perspective of Rob’s heart (???) so keep that in mind when you read the excerpt:


After Twilight hit, things changed. Rob, as they say, broke. “My circle of friends narrowed pretty quickly.” Says Rob, “I like to be the parasite, not the other way around.” We stopped going out. We stopped performing at open mics. Now I hardly ever race anymore. Now, when he’s not being Edward or Eric or someone else, Rob lives like the Hermit of Silver Lake. He wakes up and makes himself some juice. He reads synopses of books on Amazon for a few hours. He makes himself soup and peruses some scripts. Largely these are just words, congealed and bland like day-old porridge, microwaved rehashes of other supernatural epics. Occasionally, I spike when something he reads intrigues me. Like his next drama by the French-Liberian director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who’s last film, Johnny Mad Dog, is about Congolese child soldiers. This one will be filmed entirely in Iraq. We leave next month. Perhaps there, the bullets whistling by, or at least the possibility that a bullet could whistle by, will cause me to throb. Until then, we’ll bide our time in the back of a car, idling at an intersection and waiting for the light to change. Jeff asks if we’d like to go anywhere in particular, but we’re not sure. “I never go anywhere.” Rob says matter-of-factly, “I don’t even know where anywhere is.”

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VIDEO: Robert Pattinson at Comic Con says Mission: Blacklist director is currently in Iraq

Robert Pattinson is in San Diego for Comic Con’s Breaking Dawn Part 2 panel on Thursday, July 12th. During an interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, he was asked about his next projects and Mission: Blacklist was discussed. Rob said that director, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, was currently in Iraq.

Check out the video! Just after 5:55

Source | Via

Meet the Director: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s early work in short film, ‘A Dios’

This series on the blog will introduce you to Jean-Stéphane Suavaire’s filmography and first up is a short film/documentary he did back in 2001, A Dios. It’s less than 5 minutes and very charming. I loved how he shot the film and seeing the boy’s world through the frame of a television. Some shots looked like they could actually be TV.

Set in Colombia, here are film descriptions I came across:

Television without electricity in South America; A kid in Colombia wanders around with his television frame.

Short and sweet, you get to see what some of Sauvaire’s earlier work looked like. Before you worry about any language barriers you might sense at the start of the film (although I was proud of myself for understanding most of the French subtitles LOL), it’s only in the beginning. The film features music and ambient sound. It’s all about the nonverbal communication. ;) Enjoy!

Thank you, TC, for the heads up! I loved this short film :)

VIDEO: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire talks about the industry, the power of cinema, and more

Mission: Black List director, Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, shared his thoughts in this video on the industry today as well as advice for future filmmakers.

YouTube video summary:

French film director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire talks briefly about the industry of modern cinema and gives advice for the aspiring filmmaker.

Sauvaire also spoke at length with The Filmlot during the promotion of his film, Johnny Mad Dog. The excerpts are mainly his views on filmmaking and you can see why Mission: Black List is a project he wanted to be attached to.

What ignited your interest in filmmaking?

Maybe it was just the desire to tell stories you’ve never seen before – to tell stories that we don’t want to see – in this case, child soldiers. No one wants to show this reality because it’s brutal; it’s quite difficult to watch. I think cinema has to show the things that we don’t always want to see. I think [cinema] doesn’t only have to be entertainment, but can also show the world as it actually is. For me, cinema has the power to not only show the reality of the world, but can sometimes change it.

Do you have any nuggets of wisdom from this last experience that you’d like to share with new filmmakers out there?

I’d say you have to be patient. It took five years to do this movie – from writing the script to the end – so you have to be dedicated and willing to sacrifice to do this job. It’s not a usual job, so it gives you a lot of happiness but it’s not so easy, and you have to sacrifice most things. Since twelve or thirteen, I dreamed about making movies… now I’m in my forties, so imagine all the time it takes to make the first feature film! It’s quite long. So the only thing is to always keep in mind what you want to do and to be patient. Anybody can make a movie if they’re patient… It’s just a question of time and patience. That’s the only advice I can give! (Laughs)

Click HERE to read the entire interview. He is speaking mainly about his work with Johnny Mad Dog but you still get a better impression of the director.

If you are interested in seeing Johnny Mad Dog, it is available in full on YouTube HERE.

EXCLUSIVE: Promotional One Sheet for ‘Mission: Blacklist’ ~ “In a world of lies, only one man could see the truth”

We just saw a sneak peek featuring Robert Patttinson’s eyes but now we can exclusively share the full promotional one-sheet for Mission: Blacklist!

GREAT tagline! :) Check out our ‘The Film‘ page to read more about the synopsis.

The Hollywood Reporter also posted about MB being one of the films shopped at Cannes Film Festival:

A slew of new titles wll be offered to foreign distributors at the Cannes Film Market. A look at some of the hot projects waiting in the wings.

Mission: Blacklist

Starring: Robert Pattinson
Director: Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (attached)
Sales Company: Embankment Films

This psychological thriller is based on the true story of the man who spearheaded the capture of Saddam Hussein. In pre-production.

This one-sheet is likely part of the promotional materials heading to Cannes. How excited are you?? :)

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