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The Prohibition-era drama Ezekiel Moss is moving forward, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams set to star and Philip Seymour Hoffman set to direct the pic written by Keith Bunin, whose script made the 2011 Black List. A Likely Story and Mandalay Vision, which secured the project back then, are aboard, with Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman producing with PalmStar Media Capital’s Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Brinder Singh. The story follows Iris (Adams) who, emotionally fragile by the recent loss of her husband, manages to scrape by to provide for her spirited son by running a boarding house in a small town overrun by religious fervor. Their lives are forever changed when she begins to fall in love with Ezekiel Moss (Gyllenhaal), a mysterious drifter who has the divine ability to channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead. Exclusive Media and its president of international sales and distribution Alex Walton will handle overseas sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Jessica Alba has signed on to star and Kevin Connolly has signed on to direct The Wright Girls, based on the Japanese film 2LDK. Bert V Royal wrote the screenplay and production is set to begin in the second quarter of this year in LA. The story centers on Kate and Vanessa, co-stars on a past-its-prime sitcom and roommates in real life. When they realize they are both up for the same lead role in a big movie that could catapult their careers, they go from best friends to worst enemies in the course of one action-packed night. Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsberg will produce with Atlas Entertainment’s Alex Gartner. Highland Film Group will sell it at EFM. Alba and Connolly are repped by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment. Royal is repped by Paradigm.
Dogwoof has closed a deal with A&E IndieFilms to acquire world rights to Mike Myers’ directorial debut, Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon. Dogwoof will also handle the UK theatrical release and will proffer the documentary at next week’s EFM in Berlin. Radius-TWC has North America. The movie, which premiered in Toronto, tracks the journey of music manager Shep Gordon, who colorfully steered the careers of such artists as Alice Cooper, Blondie and Anne Murray, and created the cult of “celebrity chef.” He and Myers met in the 90s and have been close friends ever since. Supermensch just landed a berth at this year’s SXSW.
London-based Kaleidoscope has received a new cash infusion from Schneider Media Investments. The “significant funding package” will be exchanged for a minority stake in the business which includes Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment (UK distribution), Kaleidoscope Film Distribution (international distribution and production) and Kaleidoscope Entertainment (UK theatrical). The latter recently released Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and documentary Which Way Is The Front Line From Here?. Coming soon is animated family pic Khumba: A Zebra’s Tale 3D with the voices of Liam Neeson, Catherine Tate, Laurence Fishburne and Steve Buscemi. The international sales and production arm has fully or partially financed 12 titles over the past two years. It’s now pre-selling IMAX pic Le Mans 3D. The group will use the new investment to broaden its acquisition strategy into more commercial genre features, higher profile television and theatrical documentaries and global production, sales, distribution and investment opportunities.