W2 Media has made a seven-figure advance for international sales on The Drummer, a biopic about the Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson that stars Aaron Eckhart. The project, which is being shopped to buyers at AFM, looks at the final six years of Wilson’s life, which ended when he drowned in Marina del Rey in 1983. Randall Miller is directing from a screenplay by Miller and Jody Savin, the pair behind Bottle Shock. They are producing with Brad Rosenberger under the group’s Unclaimed Freight banner. James William Guercio of Caribou Records and Don Mandrik of Georgia Production Finance are executive producing; Wilson’s children Carl and Jennifer are on board as co-producers. Shooting is set to start after Eckhart finishes filming Lionsgate’s I Frankenstein, and the filmmakers expect to announce the rest of the cast soon.
Jonathan Gardner of Gardner/Cohen negotiated the sales deal on behalf of the producers, while CEO John Flock and Julie Sultan negotiated on behalf of W2 Media; Sultan brought the project to the company. W2’s sales slate includes Lucky McKee’s horror pic The Woman, the comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead, and the James Franco-starring drama William Vincent.