Refresh for latest… Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures have acquired Ian Olds’ mystery thriller Burn Country, which was called The Fixer when it premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Dominic Rains, who won the Best Actor prize at that fest, stars alongside Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan. A December 9 day-and-date is planned, and Mongrel International is selling international rights at the Toronto Film Festival. Rains stars as Osman, who leaves behind his life as a fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan and ends up in a bohemian Northern California town, working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. When a friend goes missing, he is drawn deep into the backwoods and things take a dangerous turn. Olds and Paul Felten wrote the script. The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by CAA.
Vertical Entertainment has landed U.S. rights to Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams, which stars Bill Paxton, Colm Feore, Sophie Nélisse and Josh Wiggins. A day-and-date theatrical release is planned for early 2017 for the movie, which is part of the Special Presentations lineup in Toronto and screens September 13. The coming-of-age thriller centers on a courageous local farm boy Jonas (Wiggins) and the new girl next door, Casey (Nélisse), as they embark on a journey that will change their lives forever after they steal a bag full of drug money from Casey’s corrupt and abusive father (Paxton), a local cop. Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby penned the script.
Kino Lorber has acquired North American distribution rights to Oren Shai’s debut feature The Frontier, from Rocking Films and Dana Lustig Productions. A theatrical release is in the works for the pic, which bowed at SXSW 2015. Written by Shai and Webb Wilcoxen, the neo-noir thriller centers on a female drifter who discovers a violent gang of thieves at a desert motel and hatches a plan to escape with their stolen cash. Jocelin Donahue, Kelly Lynch, Jim Beaver, Izabella Miko, Jamie Harris, AJ Bowen and Liam Aiken star.