Filmscope secures Film and TV rights to Margaret Weis’ “Star of the Guardians”

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26th May 2015               

Filmscope signs exclusive deal with Margaret Weis and Random House for the film and television rights to “Star of the Guardians” books series.

Filmscope Entertainment (Filmscope) is pleased to announce that they have signed an exclusive deal with New York Times best selling and acclaimed author, Margaret Weis, for the film and television rights to her Sci Fi book series “Star of the Guardians”.

Margaret Weis has written over 60 published books and sold more than 35 million copies including “Star of the Guardians”, co-authoring the “Dragonlance” book series and co-creating the Dragonlance game world for RPG game play.

Filmscope’s Deidre Kitcher negotiated the rights with Random House and Margaret Weis and commented “I have been a huge fan of the series and the author Margaret Weis for many years.  I first read the books in the 90’s and what attracted me to the series in particular was the strong female protagonist, the intricate relationships between the characters and the epic scale of the story.”

Margaret Weis commented, “I am so thrilled that Filmscope Entertainment have acquired the rights to Star of the Guardians. This series has long been dear to me. The Star of the Guardians novels were the first novels I wrote and, like a first love, they remain very special. I have had the privilege of being closely involved with this project from the beginning and I can¹t wait to see my vision come to life.”

More exciting news about “Star of the Guardians” will be revealed at a special event with Margaret Weis at the world’s largest Fantasy and Sci Fi convention, DragonCon 2015, held annually in Atlanta in September.  A website (www.staroftheguardians.com) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/staroftheguardians) has also been created to keep fans of Margaret Weis and the series updated with the latest developments.

The “Star of the Guardians” book series is about a Royal Guardian who battles her ex-lover, a powerful and ruthless Warlord, in the ultimate fight to control a galaxy and to restore glory to the kingdom and the rightful heir to the throne.

Filmscope Entertainment is an Australian production company that specializes in genre films for worldwide audiences. They have produced three feature films in the last five years including The Reckoning (2014) which stars Jonathan Lapaglia, Luke Hemsworth and Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Needle (2011), which stars Travis Fimmel and Ben Mendelsohn and Crush (2009), which stars Christopher Egan and Emma Lung.

Great review of The Reckoning in FILMINK Magazine!

FILMINK REVIEW – FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE!
Writer/director John V. Soto delivers his best film yet with this tight, taut and compelling thriller.
John V. Soto is a true rarity in Australian cinema: a writer/director working exclusively in the tricky world of genre filmmaking who not only consistently gets films off the ground, but who also populates them with name actors while maintaining an admirable level of quality control. After 2009’s teen thriller, Crush, and 2010’s supernatural horror flick, Needle, Soto delivers his most mature and well balanced film yet with The Reckoning, a tight combination of the police procedural and the “found footage” sub-genres. In amongst the murders and compelling plot, however, lurks something even more interesting: a thoughtful meditation on the issues of responsibility, guilt, and the impossibility of retribution.

When Detective Jason Pearson (Luke Hemsworth) is found murdered, his boozy, unsteady ex-partner, Detective Robbie Green (a nice, slow-burning performance from Jonathan LaPaglia), is drawn into the case, which is soon revealed to involve two runaway teens (Alex Williams, Hanna Mangan Lawrence) with a handycam and a strange agenda of their own, which they intend to capture in an on-the- fly “documentary.”

Stylishly and crisply shot by Jason Thomas – who reimagines Perth as a bleak, nighttime world of blurry lights and rolling freeways – The Reckoning unfolds slowly but with great control. Soto has a strong grip on his material, punctuating this dark tale with effective, narratively sound (as opposed to cheap and exploitative) twists and turns, while also giving his characters room to breathe. The performances are uniformly excellent, but the unquestionably stardom-bound Hanna Mangan Lawrence (X, Lucky Country, Acolytes, The Square) is a smashing standout, crafting a raw, nuanced portrait of a desperate, damaged teen that is terrifying and heartbreaking at the same time. She’s a fine anchor to a fine film. Erin Free