UPDATED, 2:40 PM: 108 Media has pre-sold the Henry Rollins drama He Never Died to Take One for Scandinavia and Benelux. The AFM-bound title from writer-director Jason Krawczyck stars the legendary punk singer, author and radio host as a socially disturbed outcast. “He Never Died embodies the rare culmination of our fanboy sensibilities and mainstream marketability,” said producer Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studio. Adam J. Shully, who created and produced the Canadian TV drama The Bridge (not the FX series), also produces. He Never Died begins production November 13 at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The Outsider has a new financier. Previously with Silver Pictures, the post-WW II Japanese-based crime thriller will now be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment, it was announced today. QED International will be selling the film internationally as part of its slate at the AFM. Worldview’s reps CAA, who packaged and arranged financing, will represent domestic rights. As Deadline exclusively reported in June, Tom Hardy will star in the pic that will mark the English-language debut of Japanese director Takashi Miike. From a script by Andrew Baldwin based on an idea by John Linson, The Outsider focuses on the life a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Yakuza. Filming is set to begin in Japan early next year. Linson Entertainment’s John Linson, who will produce with Art Linson, Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and QED’s Bill Block. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will serve as EPs with Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro.
PREVIOUSLY: TrustNordisk is bringing a 3-minute promo of On The Edge to the AFM which kicks off on November 6th. The film from Danish director Christian E. Christiansen stars A Royal Affair’s Cyron Melville and Kon-Tiki’s Jakob Oftebro. It centers on two childhood friends whose relationship is put to the test when their illegal car racing results in a fatal accident. Christiansen’s credits include Danish features Life Hits and Crying For Love, and U.S. pictures The Roommate and the upcoming Where The Devil Hides. In 2007 he was nominated for an Oscar for best live action short with At Night. On The Edge (working title) is produced by the Zentropa Group in co-production with M2Film, Zentropa International Sweden and Film i Väst. Its domestic release is set for March 2014 through Nordisk Film Distribution.
Intandem Films has signed Gagarin First In Space, the story of the Russian cosmonaut who became the first human being to venture into the great unknown. Intandem will handle worldwide sales on the $10M feature which is timed to the 80th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s birth next year. The film runs 108 minutes, the exact amount of time Gagarin spent orbiting the earth in a Vostok spacecraft on April 12, 1961. Oleg Kapanets and Igor Tolstunov produced and Pavel Parkhomenko directed stars Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Pilippov and Viktor Proskurin. The film makes its market premiere at the AFM.
France’s SND has boarded supernatural thriller The Atticus Institute. Peter Safran produced the found-footage film that’s directed and written by Buried scribe Chris Sparling. The pic tells the story of a research facility where tests were conducted on individuals expressing supernatural abilities in the 1970s. When one subject outperformed the others, the government attempted to weaponize her force, soon discovering there are powers that simply cannot be controlled. SND will handle worldwide sales and French distribution. The film is currently in post-production. SND will show first footage at the AFM.
Deadline’s Nancy Tartaglioni, Dominic Patten and Jen Yamato contributed to this report.