Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Baltasar Kormakur-directed The Deep and the film will be released by its alternative distribution initiative Focus World. The deal was just brokered by WME Global and Focus president Andrew Karpen and execs Avy Eschenasy and Ken Sanderson.
While Kormakur is making a name for himself in Hollywood after remaking his film Reykjavik-Rotterdam into the Mark Wahlberg-starrer Contraband and currently helming the Wahlberg-Denzel Washington-starrer 2 Guns, The Deep is a film he made back home in Iceland. It is the country’s submission for the foreign-language film Oscar and will be released next year.
Kormakur directed, produced and co-wrote the dramatization of the true story of a sole survivor of a fishing boat accident. Remarkably, the man swam for hours in temperatures so cold that just about nobody could have survived them. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. The film stars Olafur Darri Olafsson, who frequently stars in Kormakur’s homegrown pics. Focus World most recently released 1Z2 Revolution.