In a preemptive deal that knocked it out of the Toronto premieres line-up, Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to apocalyptic thiller Maggie. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator and Expendables franchises, Total Recall, Batman And Robin), Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Ender’s Game) and Joely Richardson (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Tudors, Nip/Tuck), Maggie tells the story of a deadly zombie virus that has put a plague on the world. When Maggie, a vivacious young woman becomes infected, her father brings her home to let her be with their family. As Maggie’s condition worsens, the relationship between father and daughter is tested. Henry Hobson is directing from the Black List script by John Scott 3. Bill Johnson and Ara Keshishian produced alongside Colin Bates, Joey Tufaro, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Matthew Baer and Schwarzenegger. Claudia Blumhuber and Jim Seibel are exec producers. Silver Reel and Gold Star Films financed the pic which Lionsgate plans to release theatrically in North America in early 2015. Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks and Lotus Entertainment Co-Chairs Bill Johnson and Jim Seibel produced and handled international. CAA brokered the deal. Schwarzenegger is repped by CAA and Patrick Knapp at Bloom Hergot. Maggie was scheduled to play Toronto next month before the deal was announced today, prompting speculation as to why the pic was subsequently pulled from the festival’s schedule.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Jingle Bell Rocks, a docu about the world’s most legendary Christmas music fans and makers that the distributor is eyeing for a holiday 2014 release. Mitchell Kezin directed the film, nabbing interviews with hip hop legend Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons of RUN-D.M.C., The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, filmmaker John Waters, bebopper Bob Dorough, L.A. DJ and musicologist Dr. Demento, and Calypso legend The Mighty Sparrow to present a 12-song mix tape of the weirdest and wildest Christmas songs ever made. “As lovers of great underground music and terrifically offbeat characters, we felt this film was a perfect fit for O-scope,” said Oscilloscope’s Dan Berger and David Laub. “Mitch has made a funny and endearing documentary that we think will be a holiday staple for years to come. At least for us two Jews.” Kezin produced with Daniel Cross, Mila Aung-Thwin, and Bob Moore of EyeSteelFilm Inc. and Jeffrey Kline of Darby Pop Productions.