‘Superman Vs The KKK’ In Works From Lotus, Paperchase & Marco Vicini
Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are teaming with financier and executive producer Marco Vicini to produce Superman vs. the KKK, a film of Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book being adapted for a general audience.
Bowers’ book (full title: Superman Versus The Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate) chronicled the creation of a real-life 1946 radio drama in which Superman took on a thinly-veiled version of the actual Klan… Read
New Village Roadshow Co-Owner Vine Acquires Manchester Film Library
Vine Alternative Investments, which earlier this month acquired controlling interest in Village Roadshow, has acquired Manchester Library Company. The deal is for the library’s 30-title slate that includes Oscar-nominated The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg, Limitless, Immortals, Dear John and more.
The catalog also includes the Rogue film library and other indie pics. The deal includes underlying remake and sequel rights to many of the titles, which Vine says grossed a… Read
Mindy Kaling & 3 Arts Option Alyssa Mastromonaco White House Memoir ‘Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?’ For TV
From the OB/GYN office to the Oval Office. The Mindy Project creator/executive producer/star Mindy Kaling has optioned the rights to Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House?, the bestselling memoir by former Barack Obama White House deputy chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastromonaco. The book, which was published last month, will be adapted as a TV series with Kaling producing alongside 3 Arts… Read
Abramorama Acquires ‘Hare Krishna!’ Documentary & Releases Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has secured theatrical rights and released the trailer for Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All, a feature documentary about Srila Prabhupada, the controversial Indian swami who championed the need for a revolution in consciousness.
The pic, which was directed by John Griesser and co-directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross, will world premiere on June 3 at Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ, followed by a… Read
Anika Noni Rose Options ‘Shadowshaper’ YA Fantasy Series For Film & TV
EXCLUSIVE: Anika Noni Rose and her production company Roaring Virgin Productions have optioned TV and film rights to Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older's bestselling YA fantasy series. It marks the second deal between Rose and Older after she acquired his urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba.
Shadowshaper, published in 2015 by Arthur A. Levine Books and named a New York Times Notable Book of that year, introduced Sierra Santiago, who lives in Brooklyn and discovers… Read
Orion & Samuel Goldwyn Nab Philippa Lowthorpe’s ‘Swallows And Amazons’
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured the North American rights to director Philippa Lowthorpe's Swallows and Amazons, the film based on the classic 1930s children’s novel by Arthur Ransome.
Rafe Spall (The Big Short) stars, along with Andrew Scott (Sherlock) and Kelly
Macdonald (No Country for Old Men) in the tale four children who escape the summer tedium by camping on a remote lake island. As Goldwyn Films describes, “But when they arrive, they discover… Read
Netflix Picks Up Alfre Woodard-Starring Drama ‘Juanita’
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has acquired global rights to the Clark Johnson-directed drama Juanita, in what is said to be a continuation of the streaming giant’s global film strategy of working directly with independent filmmakers. The pic, which is currently filming in Virginia, stars Alfre Woodard, Adam Beach, Blair Underwood, Marcus Henderson and LaTanya Richardson.
It centers on Juanita (Woodard), a woman who is fed up with her deadbeat grown kids and marginal urban existence… Read
IFC Midnight Nabs ‘Darkness Rising’; Music Box Tunes Up ‘Chavela’ Docu
IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. rights to first-time director Austin Reading’s horror pic Darkness Rising, with a planned theatrical and digital bow June 30. Written by Vikram Weet. the pic follows Madison Shaw, a young woman who decides to return to her childhood home, which is filled with horrific memories. While the visit begins innocently enough, unsettling events build until she finds themselves trapped inside the house by forces beyond comprehension, forces that may… Read
‘Forever My Girl’ Acquired By Roadside Attractions For October Bow
Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic rights to Forever My Girl, a romantic drama produced by LD Entertainment from writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf. Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe star in the pic, based on the Heidi McLaughlin novel, which now will hit theaters October 27. It’s the latest team-up for Roadside and LD, which have collaborated on seven films including 2011’s Albert Nobbs and 2010’s Javier Bardem starrer Biutiful.
Forever My Girl centers on country music… Read
Lena Khan Comedy ‘The Tiger Hunter’ Acquired For Distribution By Shout! Factory
Lena Khan's comedy feature, The Tiger Hunter has been acquired by the Shout! Factory for all distribution avenues in North America, including theatrical. Written by Sameer Gardezi and directed by Khan (who co-wrote), the film is a very timely story about a young immigrant's pursuit for success, love and the American dream.
The Tiger Hunter stars Danny Pudi (Community) , Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) , Rizwan Manji (The Wolf of Wall Street), Karen David (Once Upon a Time)… Read
Estonian Folk Tale ‘November’ Acquired By Oscilloscope – Tribeca
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights to November, the Rainer Sarnet-directed drama based on Estonian folklore that is having its international premiere this evening at the Tribeca Film Festival. A 2017 theatrical release is planned for the black-and-white pic.
Based on Andrus Kivirähk's novel Rehepapp, the film is set in 19th century Estonia, where peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans inexplicably is infatuated by the visiting… Read
Max Winkler’s Teenage Comedy ‘Flower’ Plants Itself At The Orchard – Tribeca
EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has snapped up all North American rights to Max Winkler’s dark comedy Flower which had its world premiere Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The deal came together quickly, marking the first for this year’s fest, with buyers clamoring immediately following the film’s premiere.
Flower follows 17-year old Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) and her two friends as they spend their free time making money in unconventional ways, acting as self appointed… Read