EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group has ponied up to acquire international rights to Black Beauty, a new contemporary adaptation of Anna Sewel’s classic 1877 novel about a horse tamed by the love of good humans. While the original tome told the tale from the equine hero’s perspective, this version stars Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Luke Perry, X-Men‘s Bruce Davison, and Sarah Ann Schultz in the story of a 15-year-old girl who convinces her father and grandfather to rehabilitate an abused wild horse they dub Black Beauty. Daniel Zirilli wrote, directed, and produced the drama. Epic’s Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are exec producers and the company will be showing footage to buyers at AFM this week.
Magnolia Pictures has taken world rights to The Wrecking Crew, a documentary chronicling the studio musicians famous for backing some of the biggest rock and pop hits of the century during the 1960s. Known as The Wrecking Crew, they appeared on records for the likes of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, the Righteous Brothers, Simon & Garfunkle, The Monkees, Mamas and Papas, and Glen Campbell and comprised the famed Wall of Sound for superproducer Phil Spector. Denny Tedesco, whose father Tommy played guitar for the crew, directed the film which premiered way back in 2008 at SXSW and has spent the subsequent years in music clearance hell. Magnolia is plotting an early 2015 release and will be selling international at AFM. The company’s Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.