TWC Acquires Remake Rights To Italian Comedy ‘Perfect Strangers’
The Weinstein Company is snagging the English language remake rights to the hit Italian com Perfetti Sconociuti, which translates to Perfect Strangers — a film that was released last year in the country and won a number of top film awards. It also was a local-language success when it was released last year.
The film is about seven lifelong friends — three married couples and a divorcee — and at a dinner they play a game. To prove how well they know each other, they all… Read
Bleecker Street Inks U.S. Deal For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky’, Sets August Release
Bleecker Street is partnering with Steven Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing to distribute his new comedy Logan Lucky in the U.S. An August 18 wide release is being eyed for the heist comedy, which features a killer ensemble including Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes and Daniel Craig.
The movie, set in the world of NASCAR racing, was penned by Rebecca Blunt and centers on a pair of brother (Tatum and Driver) trying to… Read
‘The Quiet One’ Documentary About Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman Rolls To Sundance Selects – Berlin
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to The Quiet One, a documentary about former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman that is being directed by Oliver Murray. The still-in-production film, made in collaboration with the Stones’ founding member, follows the highs and lows of Wyman's career and features unseen film footage he shot and photographs he took over the years, amassing a vast archive of memorabilia. He also kept a daily diary.
"My life has been an… Read
HBO Acquires David Bowie Documentary ‘The Last Five Years’
HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to David Bowie: The Last Five Years, directed and produced by Francis Whately. The documentary focuses on the final segment of Bowie’s life, when he recorded his albums The Next Day and Blackstar and co-wrote the stage musical Lazarus.
Whately directed 2013’s David Bowie: Five Years, which examined five earlier eras of Bowie’s extraordinary career, including the Ziggy Stardust period and his Berlin days.
The Last Five Years, a BBC Films… Read
Abramorama Acquires Wendy Whelan Docu; ‘Some Freaks’ Lands At Good Deed; FilmRise Nabs Sundance Pic ‘Axolotl Overkill’
Abramorama has acquired Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan, the documentary about the prima ballerina that bowed in the fall at the New York Film Festival. It will get a theatrical release beginning May 24 at Film Forum and the Elinor Bunin Theater at Lincoln Center in New York, with Los Angeles and other markets to follow. Directed and produced by Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry and Page One: Inside The New York Times), the pic centers on Whelan… Read
‘Love & Money’: The Jackal Group Preps Unscripted Series Based On Book
The Jackal Group has acquired TV rights to Ann Margaret Carrozza's upcoming book Love & Money: Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Wacky Relatives, Con Artists and Inner Demons, and will adapt it into an unscripted series. TV personality Carrozza, a former New York State assemblywoman, will serve as producer and host.
The series will pull from her book's goal of demystifying legal and financial decisions that most people find intimidating — and often costly. The book… Read
Momentum Acquires U.S. Rights To ‘6 Below’ Starring Josh Hartnett – Berlin
Entertainment One’s Momentum Pictures has taken U.S. distribution rights to Tooley Productions’ thriller 6 Below. A fact-based modern prodigal son survival story, it’s directed by Scott Waugh with Josh Hartnett playing former Olympic hockey player Eric LeMarque. A release is planned in late 2017.
Momentum focuses on distributing multiplatform film, television and special interest content in the U.S. and globally. It will additionally release 6 Below in all Barco Escape… Read
Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death Of Stalin’ Acquired By IFC Films – Berlin
IFC Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s political satire movie The Death Of Stalin in Berlin, Deadline has confirmed. IFC Films and The Orchard had been the front-runners for a domestic deal, and this one made for seven figures.
Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend, Paddy Considine, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Olga Kurylenko star in the pic, which centers on the last days of the Soviet dictator. It has been one of… Read
A24 Buys North American Rights To Muay Thai Pic ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ – Berlin
EXCLUSIVE: In a splashy Berlin sale, A24 has closed a deal for North American rights to A Prayer Before Dawn, the Jean-Stephane Sauvaire-directed action film that provides a breakout opportunity for Peaky Blinders star Joe Cole. The film is based on the true-life experience of Billy Moore, who survived his Thai prison ordeal by becoming a Muay Thai boxing champion. CAA and Hanway brokered the deal after it began showing promo footage Wednesday.
Here is the official… Read
Magnolia Acquires Sundance Docu ‘In Loco Parentis’
Magnolia Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to In Loco Parentis, the documentary that bowed at the Sundance Film Festival last month. Neasa Ní Chianáin directed and David Rane co-directed and produced the pic, which follows a year in the lives of Amanda and John Leyden, an inspirational teaching couple at Headfort, an unconventional (and the only) primary-age boarding school in the village of Kells, Ireland, and the students under their charge. It focuses on their… Read
Bridge Gate Films Shanghai Will Distribute Taylor Sheridan’s ‘Wind River’ In China
EXCLUSIVE: Director/producer Anthony Cohen’s Bridgegate Films has purchased the Taylor Sheridan-directed film Wind River for his sister company Bridge Gate Films Shangai to distribute primarily in China. Wind River stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Berthnal and Graham Green. The drama, also written by Sicario scribe Sheridan, marks his feature directorial debut.
The story follows Cory (Renner), who works for the Fish and Game Department as a hunter of coyotes and… Read
Cate Blanchett Pic ‘Manifesto’ Sells To FilmRise
FilmRise has acquired North American distribution rights to Manifesto, the Julian Rosefeldt film that just bowed at the Sundance Film Festival. A mid-2017 release date is in the works, and the film will land on Amazon Prime Video later this year.
Blanchett plays 13 separate characters —from an anchorwoman to a homeless man—performing monologues that incorporate manifestos from 20th century art movements. Before it was a feature film, Rosefeldt debuted the project at the… Read