Fork Films Picks Up ‘Naila And The Uprising Docu; ESPN Acquires Torin Yater-Wallace Docu ‘Back To Life’
Fork Films and THIRTEEN/WNET have picked up documentary, Naila And The Uprising, to include as part of the four-part Women, War & Peace II series, which will have its exclusive US broadcast premiere on PBS in 2018. The series, now in its second edition, highlights how women in contemporary conflict zones, in pursuit of freedom and justice, risk their lives and lift their communities. From Just Vision, creator of the Peabody award-winning My Neighbourhood, the Julia… Read
MSM Nabs ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ About Nation’s Opioid Epidemic
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Guber and Mike Tollin's MSM has optioned the rights to journalist Paul Solotaroff's in-depth account of the fentanyl epidemic which is currently devastating the suburban communities of New England. The article delves into a local DEA bureau chief's relentless pursuit to fight the war on drugs. Published yesterday in Men’s Journal, the 8,000-word piece is titled “The Needle and the Damage Done.” It will be developed as a one-hour drama designed for cable… Read
‘Heart Of The Beast’ Acquired By ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ Producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg
EXCLUSIVE: Daniela Taplin Lundberg, one of the producers of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation as well as Sundance favorite Patti Cake$, has picked up the spec Heart of the Beast from writer Cameron Alexander after a competitive bidding situation. Lundberg will produce the dramatic thriller through her New York-based company Stay Gold Features.
Heart of the Beast is about a former Navy SEAL and his retired combat dog who attempt to return to civilization after… Read
Egypt Oscar Entry ‘Sheikh Jackson’ Getting U.S. Release Via Cleopatra Entertainment
EXCLUSIVE: Cleopatra Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Sheikh Jackson, the Michael Jackson-themed pic that Egypt has selected as its entry into the Oscar Foreign Language Film race. The movie was an official selection at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, and now an early 2018 theatrical release is planned.
Co-written and directed by Amr Salama, the film follows El Feshawy, who plays an Islamic cleric obsessed with Jackson as a teenager. After hearing… Read
‘Dorothy & Alice’ Acquired By Netflix For ‘I, Tonya’ Producer
EXCLUSIVE: Netflix just scooped up the spec Dorothy & Alice in a hotly competitive bidding situation with a number of producers who were after it for its franchise potential. The project was picked up for producer Bryan Unkeless at Clubhouse Pics who is on a roll right now with the critically acclaimed I, Tonya. Written by Justin Merz, Dorothy & Alice is the fantastical friendship between two iconic figures from literature. Which makes sense as Merz is an English teacher… Read
No Trace Camping Acquires Rights To ‘The Deal Of A Lifetime’ By Fredrik Backman
EXCLUSIVE: No Trace Camping, the indie production company behind the Oscar nominated film Room has purchased the film rights to Fredrik Backman’s soon-to-be-published novella The Deal Of A Lifetime, which Atria Books is releasing on October 31. It’s about a man who sacrificed his family in the single-minded pursuit of success and the courageous little girl fighting for her life who crosses his path.
Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira of No Trace Camping will… Read
Tucker Tooley Ent., Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson Welcomes ‘Homecoming’ From Justin Hires
EXCLUSIVE: Tucker Tooley Entertainment has picked up the comedic script Homecoming from actor-comedian Justin Hires (CBS’ MacGyver). The company will produce the project with rapper-entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, marking the second collaboration between the two after Den of Thieves. Hires will also play one of the leads in the film.
The story follows three friends in their senior year at a historically African-American college who plan to celebrate their final… Read
David Arquette, Amy Acker Comedy ‘Amanda & Jack Go Glamping’ Lands At Gravitas
EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has secured the North American distribution rights to Amanda & Jack Go Glamping, a quirky, romantic comedy starring David Arquette and Amy Acker, who currently stars on Fox’s new Marvel series, The Gifted. From writer-director Brandon Dickerson, the film will premiere at the Austin Film Festival at the end of the month followed by a theatrical run and on demand release November 10.
Inspired by Dickerson ‘s own journey, the pic follows dejected… Read
Magnolia Nabs Financial Crisis Docu ‘The China Hustle’
Magnolia Pictures has picked up the worldwide distribution rights to Jed Rothstein's documentary The China Hustle, which has its world premiere at this years Toronto Film Festival. The company is aiming at an early 2018 release.
The doc centers on the 2008 financial crisis, when investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly sought new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets. With Chinese indexes demonstrating explosive growth, the… Read
‘The Anomaly’ Picked Up Pre-Emptively By The Gotham Group For Bryan Singer
EXCLUSIVE: The Gotham Group has struck pre-emptively to acquire film rights to The Anomaly, a new thriller novel by Michael Rutger (the pen name for internationally bestselling author Michael Marshall). The book, which has a street date of July 2018, will be produced by Gotham and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry with an eye towards Singer directing. The director is currently behind the camera on the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Published by Grand Central in the… Read
Rachel Okine Named VP, Acquisitions At STXInternational
STXinternational has named Rachel Okine VP of Acquisitions to lead all U.K. and European acquisitions. She will join the company Oct. 16 and report to STXinternational President David Kosse. She will focus on identifying and delivering new content for international distribution.
Since launching in 2016, STXinternational has acquired the rights to several noteworthy projects, including the U.K. rights to Breathe ,directed by Andy Serkis and starring Andrew Garfield and… Read
ITV Studios Takes Majority Stake In Italy’s Cattleya, Maker Of ‘Gomorrah’, ‘Suburra’
In its latest acquisition, ITV Studios has taken a majority stake in Italian indie Cattleya, the production company behind Gomorrah and Romanzo Criminale. Based in Rome, Cattleya was launched in 1997 by founder Riccardo Tozzi who was joined by President and Co-CEO Giovanni Stabilini and Co-CEO Marco Chimenz. Cattleya will retain full creative and production autonomy with ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributing its series where rights are available.
Financial details… Read