Rooney Mara-Ben Mendelsohn Pic ‘Una’ Lands At Swen As Company Launches U.S. Arm
EXCLUSIVE: Swen, already an established distributor in Latin America, is launching its U.S. arm in a big way, snagging rights to Una, the drama that stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Riz Ahmed based on David Harrower’s provocative Olivier-winning play Blackbird.
As part of the deal, Swen has partnered with Eammon Films to handle the theatrical release and Vision Films to distribute ancillary platforms, marking the first in a slate of planned theatrical releases for… Read
‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Racks Up Near $5M In WW Deals As Momentum & Netflix Buy Sundance Film
EXCLUSIVE: In yet another preemptive deal before Sundance gets underway, eOne’s Momentum Pictures has closed North American theatrical distribution and Netflix got multi-territory SVOD rights to Fun Mom Dinner. The total deals are worth around $5 million, counting several international territory deals Voltage made previously.
The Julie Rudd-scripted picture marks the directing debut of Alethea Jones, and it stars Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Molly Shannon… Read
‘The Beach House’ From Prolific Author Jane Green Acquired By Good Deed
EXCLUSIVE: The rights for the New York Times bestselling book The Beach House by Jane Green has been acquired by Good Deed Entertainment, marking the first time any of the author’s work will be adapted for either film or TV. She has written 18 novels and 17 of them went onto the bestsellers list. Her books have been translated into 25 languages. Her latest is Falling which, yet again, also made it onto the Times’ list.
The Beach House, which will be made as a feature… Read
Gravitas Ventures Taking ‘Folk Hero & Funny Guy’ On Theater/VOD Tour
Gravitas Ventures has sealed worldwide rights to Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a comedy from first-time writer-director Jeff Grace that bowed at Tribeca. It follows a successful singer-songwriter who hatches a plan to help his friend’s struggling comedy career and broken love life by hiring him as his opening act on his solo tour. The pic will bow day-and-date on May 12.
Paul (Alex Karpovsky) and Jason (Wyatt Russell) are old friends who have drifted apart as they've reached… Read
Popular Japanese Title ‘Attack On Titan’ Eyed By Warner Bros. For ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Producer David Heyman
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. is negotiating to get the feature rights for the Japanese manga IP Attack on Titan, which was written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama and has been churned out for both TV and films in Japan. The project is for its Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them producer David Heyman.
The story follows humans living behind a wall through generations to keep themselves safe from the alien Titans. However, curious as to what is beyond the wall, they form a… Read
eOne Acquires TV Rights To ‘The Architecture Of Heaven’ Novel; Michael London Producing
In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, Entertainment One has acquired the television rights to science writer Holly Cave's upcoming novel The Architecture of Heaven, due out in 2018 from Quercus Books in the UK. Oscar-nominated producer Michael London (Sideways) will produce.
The Architecture of Heaven is set in a near-future London where humans can create artificial heavens before they die, formed from the best memories of their lives. Heaven architect Isobel… Read
Paper Kite Acquires Film Rights To YA Novel ‘Moxie’
Paper Kite, the production company formed by Amy Poehler and Brooke Posch, has acquired the feature rights to the upcoming Jennifer Mathieu YA book Moxie. The story follows a 16 year-old girl from a small Texas town who is inspired by her mother's Riot Grrrl past and starts a feminist revolution at her high school. The book will be published later this year, on Sept. 19, by Roaring Book Press (an Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group imprint).
Paper Kite, the company… Read
Vertical & Netflix Acquire Sundance Pic ‘Berlin Syndrome’
EXCLUSIVE: Another Sundance Film Festival movie has sold in the days before films begin showing late next week in Park City. Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American theatrical rights to the Cate Shortland-directed psychological thriller Berlin Syndrome. Sources said the deal was low- to mid-seven figures, and that Netflix is a big part of that purchase, and will get all rights including streaming after Vertical mounts a theatrical release.
The film, which stars… Read
Abramorama Solidifies Exec Pair; FilmRise Hires New Head Of Sales
Karol Martesko-Fenster and Evan Saxon have formalized their roles on the executive team at independent distributor Abramorama. Martesko-Fenster will be EVP & COO and based in New York, and Saxon is West Coast Head of Acquisitions & Business Development in Los Angeles. The pair will be involved in all aspects of the creation, acquisition, marketing and distribution of Abramorama projects.
During their stints at Abramorama, the two have spearheaded film release campaigns… Read
Amber Tamblyn’s ‘Paint It Black’ Acquired By Imagination Worldwide For Spring Release
EXCLUSIVE: Amber Tamblyn’s directorial debut Paint It Black has been snapped up by Imagination Worldwide, which is taking all global rights. The pic, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival and recently played the Palm Springs fest, is scheduled for an April release.
Based on the cult novel by Janet Fitch, Paint It Black tells the story of two women from different worlds who, after losing the man they both loved, are joined in shock and grief when they are drawn… Read
Ava DuVernay’s Array Acquires L.A. Film Fest Winner ‘Namour’
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off its L.A. Muse Award and world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year, coming-of-age dramedy Namour has been picked up by Ava DuVernay's film collective Array.
"Writer-director Heidi Saman’s portrayal of frustration and anxiety within the American immigrant community is heartfelt yet elegantly understated in Namour,” said Array executive director Tilane Jones today. "We're excited to introduce Saman’s stirring debut feature film to an… Read
Gravitas Tunes Up ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’; Syfy Films Sets ‘Atomica’ Release
Gravitas Ventures has scored North American rights to Score: A Film Music Documentary, which looks at the creative process of film score composition with some of the best-known artists in the field. The film, which will hit theaters in May, features Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, the late James Horner and more along with interviews of such iconic filmmakers as James Cameron… Read