Pure Flix Picks Up ‘A Question Of Faith’
Pure Flix has acquired distribution rights to Silver Lining Entertainment’s A Question Of Faith, which is set to bow in theaters September 29.
Directed by Kevan Otto, the faith-based drama revolves around three families from different cultures who live in the same community; they are complete strangers living vastly separate lives until a texting-and-driving accident thrusts them onto converging paths where they discover God's love, forgiveness, grace and mercy.
Sundance Jack Black Comedy ‘The Polka King’ Acquired By Netflix
Netflix has taken global rights to Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky’s comedy biopic The Polka King starring Jack Black as local Pennsylvania polka legend Jan Lewan. Deadline hears that Netflix paid high seven figures for the movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. There were several suitors since the movie premiered at the festival. Netflix was there at the beginning, and pulled ahead of the pack in recent months. WME and ICM co-repped the deal.
China 3D Fantasy Pic ‘Once Upon A Time’ To Hit U.S. Via Well Go USA
Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Once Upon A Time, the 3D fantasy romance from China’s Alibaba Pictures that IM Global acquired to handle worldwide sales at Cannes this year. The film will get an August 11 U.S. theatrical bow this summer in the original 3D format, in Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles. A digital and home video release will follow.
Co-directed by Anthony Molinara and House Of Flying Daggers' cinematographer Zhao… Read
Samuel Goldwyn & Orion Acquire SXSW Pic ‘Maya Dardel’
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have teamed for their second pickup of a SXSW film this week, acquiring North American rights to Maya Dardel, the drama co-written and co-directed by Zachary Cotler and Magdalena Zyzak and starring Lena Olin. It bowed in Austin this year under the title A Critically Endangered Species.
Olin stars as Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist who lived until 2016 in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. That’s when… Read
Focus Lands Joel Edgerton’s ‘Boy Erased’; Lucas Hedges, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman Star
It came down between Focus Features and Netflix in the chase to land Boy Erased, and Focus Features landed the star-cast package Deadline scooped on June 8. Focus, which recently worked closely with Edgerton on the Jeff Nichols-directed Loving, won the provocative film that Edgerton scripted and will direct based on the memoir by Garrard Conley. Edgerton will star with Manchester By The Sea's Lucas Hedges, and Edgerton is courting Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman for… Read
IFC Films Acquires Tribeca Pic ‘Love After Love’
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Love After Love, the debut feature from director Russell Harbaugh starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd. The pic had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film festival, where it won a cinematography prize. A release strategy is in the works.
Co-written by Harbaugh and Eric Mendelsohn, the drama documents the ways a family including a college theater professor (MacDowell) and her two sons (O’Dowd and James Adomian) move forward in the… Read
Nicolas Cage’s ‘Vengeance: A Love Story’ Lands At FilmRise
FilmRise has acquired the Nicolas Cage-starring Vengeance: A Love Story, the political thriller from Patriot Pictures directed by first-time feature helmer Johnny Martin. A fall 2017 release is in the works for the pic, based on the 2003 novel Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates. The screenplay was adapted by John Mankiewicz.
The pic begins when single mother Teena (Anna Hutchison) is brutally assaulted while walking home late at night on the Fourth of July. There is… Read
SXSW Winner ‘Most Beautiful Island’ Acquired By Orion & Samuel Goldwyn
Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have acquired North American rights to Most Beautiful Island, a psychological thriller from Glass Eye Pix directed, written, produced by and starring Ana Asensio. It won a Grand Jury Award in the narrative competition at SXSW this year.
Shot on Super 16mm, the pic chronicles one harrowing day in the life of Luciana, a young immigrant woman struggling to make ends meet in New York while striving to escape her past. As Luciana’s day… Read
Oscilloscope Says You Are Mine To Avett Brothers Docu ‘May It Last’
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American theatrical rights to May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, the music documentary from co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio that won an audience award this spring at SXSW. A nationwide release is planned for this year ahead of a 2018 bow on HBO.
Apatow and Bonfiglio, previously teamed on the ESPN 30 For 30 docu Doc & Darryl, reunited and over more than two years followed the making of the Avett… Read
Fox-Sky Deal Review Submitted To UK Government
Britain's media regulator Ofcom has formally submitted the findings of its review of 21st Century Fox's proposed £11.7B (($14.7B) takeover of pay-TV giant Sky as planned. The report, which was conducted to assess issues of media plurality, was received by UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley on Tuesday and, as expected, contents of the report have not been disclosed.
In March, Ofcom was instructed to investigate Fox's bid to acquire the 61% share of Sky which it did not… Read
Amazon Takes Global Rights To Israeli Comedy ‘The Baker And The Beauty’
Amazon has picked up worldwide rights to Israeli romantic comedy series The Baker And The Beauty, which will see the streamer make the program available to its Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.
Both seasons of the show, which is sold by Keshet International, will be made available to Amazon Prime Video members to watch via the app or online.
The Baker And The Beauty, which is currently screening in Israel, is created and writted by Assi Azar… Read
‘The Steward’ From ‘John Wick’ Screenwriter Sells As Pitch To Cristal Pictures
Cristal Pictures has acquired an original pitch entitled The Steward from John Wick screenwriter Derek Kolstad. Cristal, of course, is fully backed by China's film finance/production/distribution entity East Light Media. The company will fully finance and produce what is planned as a first installment of a potential franchise with worldwide theatrical appeal, including in China.
Kolstad is writing the screenplay for the action-thriller featuring an original central… Read