Robin Williams’ final feature film, Dito Montiel’s domestic drama Boulevard, has been picked up for international distribution by Inception Film Partners and will be sold during the American Film Market next month in Santa Monica. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. Williams officially joined the project in January 2013. Douglas Soesbe penned the script. Camellia Entertainment produced. “Robin Williams’ performance as a man in a heartbreaking struggle to find his place in the world is both heroic and poignant and Boulevard is an extraordinary coda to an indelible performer’s life,” said Inception partner Andy Reimer. He and Jim Harvey negotiated the deal on behalf of Inception, with Preferred Content and WME on behalf of the filmmakers. Preferred Content and WME are handling North American rights.
Jon Bernthal (Fury), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full Of Grace, Che), Oscar Jaenada (Cantinflas), and Mehdi Dehbi (A Most Wanted Man) are joining Catherine Zeta-Jones in drug biopic The Godmother, which Sierra/Affinity will be taking to international buyers at AFM. The true-tale biopic about Colombian cocaine queenpin Griselda Blanco stirred media interest earlier this month when Deadline broke the Zeta-Jones casting; it goes in front of the cameras next spring. Eva Sørhaug is directing from a screenplay by Frank Baldwin and Daniela Cretu is producing for First Born Films banner. Nicholas Pileggi is exec producing along with Sierra / Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg, and Kelly McCormick. Bernthal was seen recently in David Ayer’s Fury and Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street. Moreno earned an Oscar nod for playing a drug mule in Maria Full Of Grace and hit the small screen recently in Red Band Society. Jaenada starred in Lionsgate’s biopic Cantinflas and Dehbi appears on FX’s Tyrant.
Premiere Entertainment has acquired foreign sales rights to Dark Was The Night, directed by Caliber Media’s Jack Heller. Kevin Durand (The Strain) stars as a small town sheriff who springs into action when a long-dormant evil awakens in the neighboring woods. Lukas Haas co-stars in the Tyler Hisel-scripted tale, which made the 2009 Black List under the title The Trees. Pic debuted this month at LA’s ScreamFest where it won Best Visual Effects and Best Special Effects. Premiere will kick off sales at AFM pimping the film’s strong early response from the horror set. Heller produced alongside Caliber partner Dallas Sonnier, Sundial’s Stefan Nowicki and Joey Carey, and P Street’s Dylan Narang. Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Ross Dinerstein executive produced the film. Hisel and his manager Alexander Robb are also exec producers. Elias Axume negotiated the deal for Premiere Entertainment and will be handling foreign sales at AFM.