Refresh for latest…Pacific Mercantile Bank announced today that it has provided Mike and Marty Productions with financing for Anthony Hopkins-Al Pacino legal thriller Beyond Deceit. Pacific Mercantile’s production financing package consists of gap financing and cash-flowed pre-sales. The film tells the story of an ambitious young lawyer who takes on a big case against a ruthless executive of a pharmaceutical company, only to find himself drawn into a murder case in which he is the prime suspect. Lionsgate is releasing next year. The cast also features Josh Duhamel, Alice Eve, Malin Ackerman, Byung-Hun Lee and Julie Stiles. Barry Brooker and Stan Wertlieb are the executive producers and Ryan Black is the co-executive producer.  The project was brought into the studio by Brooker and Wertlieb.  Film Bridge will handle international sales at Cannes Marche du Film.

Ross Partridge’s Lamb has been acquired by The Orchard for North American, UK and Australian/New Zealand rights. The acclaimed SXSW title follows a man who forms a bond with a young girl (Oona Laurence) and coaxes her into joining him for a week at his rural hideaway. The film was produced by Mel Eslyn, Taylor Williams and executive producers were Ross Partridge, William Ruch. The film was co-produced by Jennifer Lafleur. The deal was negotiated by The Orchard’s Danielle DiGiacomo and ICM Partners. ICM Partners also repss Ross Partridge.

Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to co-star in John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties from Little Punk and See­Saw Films. The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson and Bridesmaids‘ Matt Lucas are set to join the previously announced Elle Fanning in the adaptation of a Neil Gaiman short story from his Fragile Things collection. In the spirit of Romeo And Juliet, the birth of punk tale sees the Montagues and Capulets replaced by punks and aliens. HanWay Films is handling international sales with CAA on domestic. HanWay and Fortissimo are consulting on Asian territories. Shooting starts in the fall.

girl who brings giftsCast has been rounded out for She Who Brings Gifts, a post-apocalyptic zombie thriller that stars Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and Glenn Close. Joining as filming begins on May 17 is newcomer Sennia Nanua in the titular role of a unique child who will help decide the fate of humanity. The 2014 Brit List script has been adapted by MR Carey from his own novel, The Girl With All The Gifts. Colm McCarthy (Peaky Blinders) is making his feature directing debut. Also now aboard are Anamaria Marinca (Fury), Fisayo Akinade (Cucumber), Anthony Welsh (Starred Up) and Dominique Tipper (Vampire Academy). Altitude is selling; Warner Bros has UK rights.

neon demonNicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, a horror pic about “vicious beauty,” has secured several major deals as it nears the completion of filming in LA. Releasing next year, it will head to such territories as the UK (Icon), Germany (Koch Media), Italy (IIF), Latin America (California Filmes), Benelux (Cinéart), Korea (Double and Joy), Japan (Gaga), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and Canada (D Film), among others. Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves star in the story of an aspiring model (Fanning) who moves to LA and finds her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she’s got. Neon Demon is produced by Space Rocket Nation’s Lene Borglum in association with Gaumont and Wild Bunch.