Myriad Pictures is handling all international rights on Miss Meadows, written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins. The dark satire/fairy tale stars Katie Holmes and James Badge Dale. Myriad will introduce it to buyers in Toronto. Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher who moonlights as a gun-toting vigilante. Badge Dale is the local sheriff who falls in love with her. The film is produced by Crazy Heart‘s Rob Carliner and Eric Brenner.
Northmen – A Viking Saga starts shooting on Monday in South Africa. Newly-added cast includes Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Charlie Murphy and Ed Skrein. Previously announced cast members are Ken Duken, Anatole Taubman and James Norton. The story follows a gang of Viking marauders trapped deep within enemy territory after a shipwreck. Co-produced by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group’s Elite Filmproduktion, Two Oceans Productions and Jumping Horse Film, Northmen is directed by Claudio Fäh. The Salt Company is handling worldwide sales with the UK, France, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand already sold to Entertainment One.
Submarine Entertainment is partnering with HanWay Select on world sales of feature documentary Finding Vivian Maier by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel. The film about the titular photographer world premieres in Toronto. Submarine previously sold U.S. rights to IFC Films/Sundance Selects and Canadian rights to Films We Like.
Taylor Swift is headed to Toronto in support of The Weisntein Co‘s One Chance, the rags-to-riches movie about Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts which premieres on September 9th. Swift will debut the new song that she wrote for the film, called “Sweeter Than Fiction.” Stars James Corden, Alexandra Roach and Valeria Bilello will also be in attendance with director David Frankel.
The Cinema Guild has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Manakamana, the documentary directed by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez. The film, which records a journey taken by pilgrims in a cable car high above a jungle in Nepal to worship at the legendary Manakamana temple, has its North American premiere tonight in Toronto ahead of its U.S. premiere at the New York Film Festival. It will open theatrically in 2014.