Grasshopper Film has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Milla, the French drama from filmmaker Valérie Massadian. The pic will bow in theaters next year followed by a VOD, home-video, and non-theatrical roll-out. It follows lovers Milla and Leo who live a clandestine life as their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by a love is neither a logic nor substitute. But such an existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is there to go in its wake? MILLA considers every dimension of love, loyalty, and grief through a poetic, startling vision that is without precedent. This is the second film for Massadian, a Franco-Armenian photographer and filmmaker whose feature debut, Nana, won Best First Feature at the 2011 Locarno International Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Grasshopper’s Ryan Krivoshey with Sophie Erbs of Cinema defacto.
Lin Shaye, who co-stars in Universal’s Insidious: The Last Key, has come aboard Ashley Hamilton’s horror film, Gothic Harvest, along with Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses), and Sofia Mattsson. Written by Chris Kobin, the pic centers on four female college students who, on break during Mardi Gras, step into a 150 year old spell cast by New Orleans voodoo sorceress Marie Laveau, which keeps a wealthy family immortal so long as they kidnap one woman each year from the festival. Kobin’s producing the film with Harvey Lowry, Rachel Meyer and Jeff Mullins.
SuVen Harris Entertainment has optioned the rights to Jeff Zentner’s YA coming-of-age novel, The Serpent King, with plans to develop the story for film and television with Magnolia Entertainment. It’s about three teens who find themselves and each other while on the cusps of graduating high school and leaving small town Tennessee behind. SuVen Harris partners Matt Sutherland and Brittany Harris have previously produced The Student Debt Project and A Larger Life.