EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford’s IM Global has added two new titles to its already robust American Film Market roster as the global-minded company continues to demonstrate a strong appetite for domestic and international fare. Joining the slate are the Theo James-Emily Ratajkowski starring Lying And Stealing and the Samantha Mathis thriller Boarding School, both of which IM Global will be selling in Santa Monica during a busy week for the sales and finance outfit.
Those titles join IM Global at a particularly notable time. Mel Gibson’s Venice Film Festival hit Hacksaw Ridge — which the company co-financed and sold — releases in domestic theaters on Friday. AFM is also the first market outing since Chinese media group Tang Media Partners took a 60% stake in the company.
James stars with Ratajkowski in thriller-romance Lying And Stealing, directed by Matt Aselton, which sees a handsome young thief pair with a beautiful actress to commit one last big daring heist. Boarding School stars Mathis, Will Patton and Sterling Kerins and is directed by Boaz Yakin. It sees a 12-year-old boy sent to a mysterious boarding school, which proves to be more sinister and twisted than he could imagine.
IM Global’s U.S. indie slate continues to offer up strong fare. This week, buyers of Martin Scorsese’s Silence were treated to a screening of the pic at AFM, and the company also is unveiling footage screenings of Susannah White’s Woman Walks Ahead, starring Jessica Chastain, and Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool, with Annette Bening, Jamie Bell and Julie Walters.
New U.S. titles up for grabs include Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Zoe, starring Lea Seydoux and Charlie Hunnam, and postapocalyptic thriller I Think We’re Alone Now, directed by Reed Morano and starring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage.
But post-Tang Media’s $200M deal, IM Global’s current international feature slate is bigger than ever. Included in its bumper Chinese slate is romantic comedy The Adventurers, starring Jean Reno, Andy Lau and The Assassin star Shu Qi and directed by Stephen Fung. That film is the first international sales partnership with CMC/Warner Bros’ joint venture Flagship. The company also is selling Bejing-based Enlight Pictures’ I Belonged to You, which took $120M at the Chinese box office.
It’s also shopping A Movie Life, starring Vincent Cassel, via its Latino film sales company Mundial Films, a project born out of IM Global’s new relationship with Orion. Plus, there’s Arabic-language title The Worthy, a unique collaboration among IM Global, the Middle East’s dominant financier ImageNation and Conjuring producer Peter Safran.
“Our international feature slate is bigger and stronger than ever, making us a relatively unique creature in the marketplace – a major U.S. indie with a huge appetite for international fare as well,” said Ford.
The team will be conducting sales out of its Santa Monica beach bungalow throughout AFM.