Magnolia Pictures Acquires Dustin Guy Defa’s ‘Person To Person’
Magnolia Pictures has picked North American distribution rights to Dustin Guy Defa’s written and directed comedy Person To Person. The pic, which world premiered at this year’s Sundance film fest, stars Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Olivia Luccardi, George Sample III, Bene Coppersmith and Philip Baker Hall. Magnolia is planning to release Defa’s sophomore feature later this year.
Its follows a record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken… Read
Amy Pascal Wins Auction For Laura Dave Novel ‘Hello, Sunshine’; Author Scripting With ‘Spotlight’s Josh Singer
EXCLUSIVE: Amy Pascal just took the hot book du jour off the market. She is finalizing a deal for Hello, Sunshine, a novel by Laura Dave. The author will adapt it with her husband, Oscar-winning Spotlight scribe Josh Singer. Pascal will produce with Rachel O’Connor. The logline: Sunshine Mackenzie is a lifestyle guru for the modern age, beloved by millions who tune into her YouTube cooking show, and scour her website for recipes and wisdom in how to live a perfect life… Read
Jake Gyllenhaal & Daniel Espinosa Reteaming For ‘The Anarchists Vs. ISIS’
Daniel Espinosa is getting back in business with his Life star Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhall and Riva Marker’s Ninestories and Bold Films have optioned rights to Seth Harp's Rolling Stone article "The Anarchists Vs ISIS" to adapt into a movie. Gyllenhall is expected to star.
Harp’s article published last month tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in… Read
‘Wakefield’ Acquired By IFC Films For May Release
IFC Films has acquired Wakefield, the Robin Swicord-directed pic based on the E.L. Doctorow short story that stars Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. The film, which bowed at Telluride in the fall, will hit theaters beginning May 19 in New York, with a VOD date set for May 26.
Cranston plays successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield who takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage… Read
Fox Searchlight Landing Robert Redford & Casey Affleck Starrer ‘Old Man And The Gun’
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight is closing a deal for distribution rights in the U.S., Canada and UK to Old Man And The Gun, the David Lowery-directed drama that teams Robert Redford and Casey Affleck. Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter and Isiah Whitlock are also set and Tom Waits and Elizabeth Moss are negotiating to join a film that begins shooting April 3 in Cincinnati. Redford plays the title character in a film based on the true story that originated in a 2003 New Y… Read
Graphic Novel ‘The Pro’ Hooks Movie Deal At Paramount
EXCLUSIVE: A lot going on at Paramount Pictures, but they are still making deals. The studio has picked up rights to The Pro, a graphic novel by Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Erwin Stoff of 3 Arts is producing and Zoe McCarthy has been hired to write the screenplay. She is best known for her script Bitches On A Boat.
The graphic novel writers and illustrators all have stuff going on in Hollywood. Palmiotti’s graphic novel Painkiller Jane has just… Read
‘Room’s Lenny Abrahamson Lights Up FBI Siege Tale ‘Burning Rainbow Farm’
EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content, Element Pictures and Film4 have optioned the Dean Kuipers book Burning Rainbow Farm, and will develop it as a directing vehicle for Room helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Playwright Cory Finley, who made his directing debut with the Sundance pic Thoroughbred, will write the script. It is the true story of two marijuana advocates who were gunned down by the FBI after a five-day standoff. Anonymous Content's Adam Shulman and Mad Dog Films' Alix Madigan… Read
Megan Mullally & Nick Offerman Snag Movie Rights To Bestseller ‘Lincoln In The Bardo’
EXCLUSIVE: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman have acquired movie rights to Lincoln In The Bardo, the bestselling novel from George Saunders that hit shelves last month. The pair will produce the adaptation with Saunders, and no director or cast has been set.
Published by Random House, short-story writer Saunders’ first novel is set against the backdrop of the Civil War and centers on Abraham Lincoln’s grief over the death of his 11-year-old son Willie, with much of the… Read
‘The Memory Thief’ Will Come To Life At Fox Animation For Hybrid Initiative
The Memory Thief, a live-action/animated feature based on the novel written by Bryce Moore, is being planned at Fox Animation, which acquired the novel for its hybrid initiative. Working to create a slate of family films, Fox Animation’s hybrid strategy was launched last year, and Nate Hopper was hired to spearhead it.
The Memory Thief, about a boy with special powers, is being produced by Adaptive Studios and Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, who produced this year’s Best Picture… Read
Samuel Goldwyn Acquires L.A.-Set Noir Thriller ‘The Persian Connection’
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to The Persian Connection, a noir thriller written and directed by Daniel Y-Li Grove that played at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival as The Loner. Reza Sixo Safai, Helena Mattsson, Julian Sands and Parviz Sayyad star in the pic, which now will aim for a summer release in theaters and on demand.
Safai stars as Behrouz, who after surviving the Iran-Iraq War as a child soldier moved to Los Angeles to serve two decades… Read
Lionsgate Secures Charlize Theron-Seth Rogen Comedy ‘Flarsky’
Lionsgate has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Jonathan Levine-directed comedy Flarsky, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen. The Interview scribe Dan Sterling wrote the script, which is slated to begin shooting this year. Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label is handling distribution.
It centers on an unemployed journalist (Rogen), battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and babysitter who now… Read
Saban Films & DirecTV Nab SXSW Pic ‘Small Town Crime’
Saban Films and DirecTV have secured the North American distribution rights to Small Town Crime following the film’s world premiere at SXSW. The crime thriller, written and directed by Eshom and Ian Nelms, is slated for a theatrical and multi-platform release this year.
John Hawkes, Anthony Anderson, Robert Forster and Octavia Spencer star in the film about ex-cop Mike Kendall (Hawkes), who discovers the body of a young woman and, in an act of self-redemption, becomes… Read