Greenwich Entertainment Acquires Lorna Tucker Docu ‘Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist’
Outside of the fashion world, Vivienne Westwood isn’t necessarily a household name, but after Lorna Tucker’s documentary Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is released, it very well might be. Greenwich Entertainment announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the first documentary that puts the spotlight on the British fashion design icon.
Westwood premiered earlier this year at Sundance and follows the titular designer’s life, her fashion, her personality… Read
Sony Pictures Classic Picks Up Rupert Everett’s ‘The Happy Prince’ – Berlin
Another U.S. deal to heat up a freezing, cold Berlin. Fresh from the success of Call Me By Your Name, Sony Pictures Classic has picked up rights to Rupert Everett's directorial debut The Happy Prince.
The specialty label has bought North American and Latin American rights to the film, which was written and directed by and stars Everett. This comes ahead of its European premiere at the festival and follows its Sundance bow last month.
The film, which also stars Colin… Read
Gkids Acquires ‘Mirai’ From Japan’s Studio Chizu For Fall U.S. Release
Gkids, in the Animated Feature Oscar race again this year with The Breadwinner, has acquired North American distribution rights to Mirai, written and directed by Mamoru Hosada from Japan’s Studio Chizu. The distributor will release the pic theatrically in the fall in both the original Japanese language and an English-dubbed version.
The plot revolves around Kun, who feels forgotten by his family when his little sister Mirai arrives. Running away from home, he stumbles… Read
Cinestate Acquires Fangoria Magazine, Installs New Management And Strategy
Cinestate, a Texas-based entertainment company, completed the deal to acquire all the assets and trademarks of the Fangoria brand, including the horror movie magazine, from The Brooklyn Company. Fangoria Magazine will move from digital-only back to print and a new editor-in-chief with Phil Nobile, and a new publisher with a new first issue readying to drop on Halloween.
Nobile comes to Fangoria from his role as editor-at-large for the website Birth.Movies.Death. He will… Read
Robert Schwentke’s WWI Movie ‘The Captain’ Sells To Music Box
Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to The Captain, the World War II drama written and directed by Robert Schwentke that had its world premiere last fall at the Toronto Film Festival. A second-half 2018 theatrical release is planned.
Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel and Frederick Lau star in the pic, about a young German soldier (Hubacher), fighting for survival, who finds a Nazi captain's uniform in the waning moments of the war. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly… Read
Toronto Pic ‘Don’t Talk To Irene’ Lands At Gravitas Ventures
EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired U.S. rights to Don’t Talk To Irene, the comedy that bowed at last year’s Toronto Film Festival. The coming-of-age pic, written and directed by Pat Mills, stars Geena Davis, Anastasia Phillips, Scott Thompson and newcomer Michelle McLeod. A March 2 day-and-date release is planned.
The film centers on Irene (McLeod) who must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she… Read
Crystal Moselle’s ‘Skate Kitchen’ Lands At Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures is doubling down with director Crystal Moselle. After releasing her 2015 Sundance award-winning documentary, The Wolfpack, the company has scooped up the North American distribution rights to her latest Sundance film entry, Skate Kitchen. Written by Moselle, Aslihan Unaldi, and Jen Silverman, the pic, which was inspired by the real-life group of New York City female skateboarders, will get its theatrical release this summer.
Starring actual skateboarder… Read
Abramorama Picks Up ‘Love & Bananas’ For Theatrical Release In April, Unveils Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: With the ban on elephant trophy imports having been in the news this year, Abramorama just acquired a very timely story: Ashley Bell's feature documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story.
The film follows Bell and a team of elephant rescuers — led by world-renowned Asian elephant conservationist and Time magazine’s Hero of Asia, Sangdeaun Lek Chailert — as they mission 480 miles across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old partially blind trekking elephant and… Read
Boaz Yakin’s Horror Thriller ‘Boarding School’ Acquired By Momentum Pictures
EXCLUSIVE: Momentum Pictures announced today that they have acquired the domestic distribution rights to the Maven Pictures horror Boarding School from Boaz Yakin.
Written and directed by Yakin (Remember the Titans, Safe), the pic is produced by Maven Pictures’ Trudie Styler (Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Still Alice, American Honey) and Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right, Still Alice, American Honey) as well as Scott Lochmus (The Joneses, London Town), and… Read
SXSW 2017 Winner ‘Maineland’ Acquired By Abramorama For March Release; Watch The Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has acquired U.S. and Canadian theatrical distribution rights to Maineland, the documentary from Beijing Taxi filmmaker Miao Wang that bowed at last year’s SXSW, where it won a a Special Jury Award for Excellence in Observational Cinema. The docu will begin its nationwide rollout March 16 at the AMC Empire 25 in New York, with a digital release to follow on the Amazon Festival Stars platform.
The film centers on the cross-cultural experience of… Read
New Regency & Fox Team On Film Rights To Matthew Lopez’s ‘The Legend of Georgia McBride’; Jim Parsons Attached
New Regency and Fox 2000 have nabbed the film rights to Matthew Lopez's play The Legend of Georgia McBride, which will co-star Emmy-winning The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, who is also producing the project.
The story follows Casey, a young, broke, expectant father, who is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn… Read
Paul Dano’s ‘Wildlife’ Acquired By IFC Films After Sundance Bow
Paul Dano’s directorial debt Wildlife, the family drama that had its world premiere at last month’s Sundance Film Festival, has sold to IFC Films for North American rights. Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould and Bill Camp star in the pic Dano and Zoe Kazan adapted from Richard Ford's novel. IFC says it is eyeing a fall 2018 theatrical release and awards campaign.
The plot centers on 14-year-old Joe, the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf… Read