Lightning Strikes For SXSW Comedy ‘Gus’
Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to the comedy Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell and Michael Weston. It premiered at this year’s SXSW and is the feature debut of Jessie McCormack, who wrote and directed. ICM Partners reps Monaghan and Mitchell and is also repping U.S. rights to the film in Cannes, where it will make its market bow May 16. Gus centers on Lizzie (Mitchell), who longs to start a family with her husband Peter but is unable to conceive. Her best friend Andie (Monaghan), single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to give Lizzie the baby. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to be the child’s father, and before he knows it Andie has moved into the guest room for the duration of her pregnancy. When Peter invites his ne’er-do-well recovering-addict brother (Weston) to the house, chaos ensues. McCormack produces alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. Richard N. Gladstein is exec producer.
UConnect Boards ‘Close Enough’
The Avengers‘ Tom Hiddleston is attached to play photojournalist Robert Capa in Close Enough, the biopic to be directed by Song For Marion helmer Paul Andrew Williams. Hayley Atwell (Captain America) will play his companion, Gerda Taro. Sales outfit uConnect has boarded the project for international rights. Capa and Taro reinvented themselves after fleeing the Nazis and falling deeply in love, forging a new life together in Paris in 1934. There, Capa would eventually create the world’s first photo agency, Magnum, in 1947. The film is a co-production from the Netherlands’ Camera Entertainment, Spain’s Kanzaman and the UK’s Steel Mill Pictures. Sim van Veen and Laurens Geels produce. Ken Marshall, Denise O’Dell and Mark Albela are executive producers.
TrustNordisk Selling ‘Someone You Love’
Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk will start pre-sales in Cannes on Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Someone You Love. Starring Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug), Trine Dyrholm (Love Is All You Need) and Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Borgen), the movie tells the story of a self-contained musician who gets a chance to redeem himself when a tragic incident turns his life upside down. Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Vinca Wiedemann produce for Zentropa Entertainments16.