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Sierra/Affinity has added two titles to its lineup for the AFM, both directed by Mike Flanagan, and both originally with the soon-to-shutter Focus Features International. The first is Flanagan’s Oculus, which premiered in Toronto and was acquired by Relativity for U.S. distribution. The other is Flanagan’s follow-up, Somnia, which will star Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane. Flanagan wrote the script with his Oculus partner Jeff Howard (the pair recently sold their original pitch, Peekers, to Lionsgate). Production starts November 11th. Somnia is about an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps. Demarest Films and MICA Entertainment are financing, with Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson Producing. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are executive producers. Bosworth is repped by CAA, Radius Entertainment, and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern. Jane is repped by Paradigm and Ziffren Brittenham. Flanagan and Howard are with APA, Affirmative Entertainment, and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to the actioner Drive Hard starring John Cusack (The Number Station, 2012) and Jane (The Punisher). The pic recently finished production in Australia and is set for a theatrical release next year. Brian Trenchard-Smith directed from a screenplay by Chad and Evan Law about a former race car driver-turned-driver’s training instructor (Jane) who is abducted by a mysterious thief (Cusack) and forced to be the wheelman for a crime that puts both in the sights of the cops and the mob and leads them all on a chase across Australia’s Gold Coast.
Myriad Pictures said it will handle worldwide sales outside the U.S. and Canada on the dramatic thriller Frontera starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, and Michael Peña. Michael Berry directed and co-wrote the script with Luis Moulinet III. CAA is repping U.S. and Canadian rights to the pic, which follows the events that take place after a former U.S. sheriff’s wife (Amy Madigan) is fatally injured while riding on her ranch property in the dangerous border area between the U.S. and Mexico.
In February of this year, the UK’s Intandem Films said it was delaying production on 10 Things I Hate About Life, a thematic spinoff of 1999 comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. A re-team of that film’s directing and producing duo, Gil Junger and Andrew Lazar, it’s gearing back up again, although Intandem is no longer involved. Polaris Pictures’ Jeremy Wall and Anne Brensley from Legacy Point Capital are now financng the completion costs of the film. Evan Rachel Wood is still aboard with Thomas McDonell co-starring in the story of a boy and girl who meet and fall in love – just when they are about to kill themselves. Vision Films has boarded the movie for worldwide sales and will be screening about 30 minutes of footage at the AFM. Filming picks up again in LA on December 11th.
Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to Ravi Dhar’s American Muscle, an action thriller from Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. The plan is to release it next year. Nick Principe, Robin Sydney, Todd Farmer, John Fallon, Trent Haaga and Malice McMunn star in the story set in California’s Yucca Valley. The pic follows a recently paroled convict hell bent on revenge against those whom he holds responsible for his incarceration…including his own brother. Fallon wrote the script and the film is the directorial debut of MTVu Award-winning commercial and music video director Dhar. Travis Stevens produced alongside Jeffrey Giles and Michael Lurie.
Double Dutch International is teaming with Fishbowl Films on sales of thriller 6 Figures. Barbara Stepansky, a 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowship winner for her script Sugar In My Veins, is directing 6 Figures from a script by Matt Harry and Dean Donofrio. Cast includes Alexa Vega (Machete Kills), Joanna Going and William Mapother. The film follows four friends stranded in the Mojave Desert where they discover a chest filled with $4M and decide to carry it out on foot in a grueling two-day trek that culminates in lies, paranoia, and murder.
Spooks: The Greater Good has added Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) and Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty). They join Peter Firth, star of the original TV series upon which the film is based (known as MI-5 in the U.S.). The espionage thriller shoots in early 2014 and will be directed by Bharat Nalluri. Harington plays an ex-MI5 operative brought back in by Ehle’s deputy chief to uncover how a terrorist escaped custody during a routine handover. Altitude Film Sales is handling international at the AFM. The UK’s Shine Pictures and Kudos are producing. Harington is repped by United Agents, CAA and managed by Gene Parseghian. Ehle is repped by ITG and ICM.
K5 International is kicking off sales on a film timed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil – part of a trend of such soccer-themed projects gearing up for next summer. Next Goal Wins is a documentary feature chronicling the American Samoa football team as it attempts to pull itself out of an unheard of losing streak. In 2001, the team suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, and remained at the bottom of FIFA’s world rankings for the next ten years, losing 30 consecutive games and scoring only twice in a decade. With the team about to embark on a World Cup qualification campaign, new coach Thomas Rongen came aboard to help transform the side. Mike Brett and Steve Jamison helmed the pic in their feature debut. WME Global is handling North American rights.
Alex Kingston, Peter Firth and Tom Cullen have joined the cast of Joan Carr-Wiggin’s comedy-drama If You See Her. They join Janet Montgomery and Sara Paxton in the Paragraph Pictures movie about secrets and weddings, and best friends forever. The film is shooting on location in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada. Paragraph’s David Gordian and Alan Latham of UK-based Green Screen Productions are producing.