Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Picks Up ‘Teach Us All’ Docu, Netflix To Debut Next Month
EXCLUSIVE: With Oscar and Emmy nominations for 13th, Ava DuVernay and Netflix have had a pretty good track record together with documentaries. Now, the two are in business again with Teach Us All.
ARRAY, the film collective founded by the A Wrinkle In Time director several years ago, has acquired the timely education film by first time helmer Sonia Lowman to premiere on the streaming service on September 25, I've learned.
Turning her lens on the crisis in American public… Read
Neon Label Super LTD Eats Up Tribeca Docu ‘Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste’ In First Deal
Neon’s newly launched boutique label Super LTD has made its first deal, acquiring rights to Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste, the documentary that counts Anthony Bourdain among its executive producers and that bowed at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring. The label, which is run by Dan O’Meara and Darcy Heusel, is eyeing an October release date.
The docu, which bowed on Earth Day at Tribeca, was directed by Anna Chai and Nari Kye and produced by Bourdain’s Zero Point… Read
Quinn Shephard’s Tribeca Pic ‘Blame’ Lands At Samuel Goldwyn Films
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Blame, the teen drama written and directed by and starring Quinn Shephard, who made her feature helming debut. The pic premiered in competition at Tribeca this year and soon after Shephard landed a deal with WME for agency representation. Samuel Goldwyn also acquired Latin American rights in the deal and the film is set to hit U.S. theaters day-and-date this winter.
Nadia Alexander co-stars with Shephard as high… Read
Uni Lands Evan Spiliotopoulos Genghis Khan Tomb Hunt Script, Dwayne Johnson Exec Producer
EXCLUSIVE: Universal has acquired an untitled contemporary action adventure script about the hunt for Genghis Khan’s mysterious tomb. Studio bought a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who co-wrote the live action Beauty And The Beast, as well as The Huntsman: Winter’s War. ImageMovers’ Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine will produce along with Seven Bucks Productions production president Hiram Garcia. Seven Bucks’ Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia will be exec producers with… Read
‘Two Steps Forward’ Optioned By Fox Searchlight For A Very Good Production
EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has optioned the novel Two Steps Forward from husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist for Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Kleeman to produce through their A Very Good Production, which currently has film projects set up at Warner Bros., Disney, Lionsgate and Fox as well as a host of different TV series set up at various networks.
The latest to be brought the company’s feature slate, Two Steps Forward, is the story of midlife renewal told… Read
Faith-Based ‘I Can Only Imagine’ Picked Up By Lionsgate & Roadside Attractions
I Can Only Imagine, the faith-based film starring Dennis Quaid, Cloris Leachman, Trace Adkins and Broadway's J. Michael Finley (Les Miserables), was acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions for release on March 16. Directed by Jon and Andrew Erwin, the film is based on the true story behind “I Can Only Imagine,” the popular Christian song by Bart Millard based on his life.
The date is similar to the one the distrib chose this year to launch The Shack, the… Read
MarketCast Acquires Social Analytic Company Fizziology
In a move that sees as strengthening the market research company, MarketCast has acquired Indianapolis-based social insights and analytic company Fizziology. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fizziology will now join under the MarketCast umbrella with New York-based research and strategy agency, Insight Strategy Group, which MarketCast acquired in 2015. MarketCast’s mission has been to acquire and grow to a point that it can provide insights and client service across… Read
‘The Pathological Optimist,’ Doc About Anti-Vaccine Dr. Andrew Wakefield, Acquired By Film Arcade, Gravitas
The Pathological Optimist, the documentary about Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the man behind one of the most highly controversial, intensely debated topics in modern medicine: the anti-vaccination movement — has been acquired for theatrical and VOD release by The Film Arcade and Gravitas Ventures. The Miranda Bailey documentary will be released theatrically by The Film Arcade on September 29th followed by a VOD release via Gravitas later this year.
The film is the sophomore… Read
RLJE Films Takes North American Rights To ‘Brawl In Cell Block 99’
RLJE Films has acquired all North American rights to writer-director S. Craig Zahler’s Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn as a former boxer turned-drug courier.
RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, will release the film to theaters on Oct. 6. Brawl in Cell Block 99 will make its World Premiere at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest.
In addition to Vaughn, the cast includes… Read
Wanda’s HK-Listed Arm To Manage Theme Parks & Hotels In $1B Restructure
Shares of Wanda Hotel Development surged sharply in Hong Kong trading on Thursday, following word that the HK-listed division of China’s embattled Dalian Wanda Group would undergo what it termed “a major restructuring.” Wanda Hotel Development is to pay about $1B to acquire two businesses controlled by Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin and his family, while also disposing of offshore properties. The transactions will result in Wanda Hotel Development becoming “a strategic… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Confirms Acquisition Of Annette Bening Starrer ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’ – Update
UPDATED, 12:04 PM: Sony Pictures Classics today confirmed Deadline’s exclusive from two weeks ago that it has acquired the Annette Bening-toplined Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. Read SPC’s release below.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, July 26: One of the plum acquisition titles at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival is about to be taken off the table and will premiere in Canada with an eye toward launching in awards season. After a mad pursuit by prestige distributors, Sony… Read
‘Watch Me Disappear,’ Suspense Thriller From Janelle Brown, Optioned By The Gotham Group
EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group has just optioned Janelle Brown’s critically acclaimed suspense thriller Watch Me Disappear which debuted in mid-July on The New York Times bestseller’s list at No. 13. Compared to by critics as spellbinding and engaging as Gone Girl, the novel follows a woman who vanishes on a hike in Berkeley, CA and is presumed dead. However, the questions over her disappearance brings up an unsettling thought for her husband: how well can you ever really… Read