BREAKING: Cannes doesn’t get going until tomorrow, and already things are getting busy. CBS Films has closed a preemptive deal for U.S. distribution rights to Ends of the Earth, the action thriller written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse. The deal was done by CBS Films Co-President Wolfgang Hammer and EVP of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Scott Shooman. The film isn’t finished, but CBS Films acquired it in at a similar state as when the division bought the fright film The Woman in Black.
The film follows best friends who go on a whirlwind trip around the world. All goes well until they have an unusual encounter that will alter them forever. It is a found footage-style thriller with a vampire angle, I’m told. Chris Ferguson and Zach Lipovsky produced, back by Telefilm Canada. IM Global’s Stuart Ford, Automatik’s Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Alliance’s Charles Layton are the executive producers.
Ford, IM Global’s Jonathan Deckter, Kavanaugh-Jones and Verve combined to close the deal. IM Global is handling international territories at Cannes, with Alliance holding rights in Canada, the U.K. and Spain.
CBS Films is a distributor that buyers and sellers feel could be an active participant in the chase for domestic rights to star-driven films.