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Patrick Wilson & Alec Baldwin To Star In David Hayter’s Caught Stealing
The noir mystery thriller is based on the first of three books written by Charlie Huston about Henry Thompson (Patrick Wilson), a hotshot high school baseball prospect-turned-unlucky alcoholic, going-nowhere bartender who mistakenly gets caught up in a bloody treasure hunt through New York City. It turns out that the cat Hank’s neighbor left in his care is sitting on a secret: Hidden at the bottom of its cage is a key wanted by a sadistic cop (Alec Baldwin), Russian mobsters, a Samoan hit man, and a pair of psycho brothers who dress in leather gear. Myriad Pictures will handle worldwide rights to the film and is pre-selling in Toronto this week. Myriad will work alongside APA on the U.S. sale.
UK Musical Hunky Dory Acquired By Gravitas & Variance
Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films announced they have acquired U.S. rights to the British musical drama that stars Minnie Driver. Director Marc Evans’ film had its world premiere at the London Film Festival and bowed in the U.S. at SXSW; it will bow during first-quarter 2013.
Stealth Media Bites Into Nazis & Vampires Pic Fangs Of War
After handling the Berlin Film Festival Nazis-in-space movie Iron Sky, Stealth Media Group is turning its attention to Nazi vampires. Fangs Of War, a $10M Canadian-Chinese co-production, has Harry Potter’s Tom Felton along with Sean Clement and Gia Skova already on board; lead roles will be announced shortly. Jim Donovan is directing the story that sees Dracula captured by the Nazis who are trying to extract the secret to immortality from the Dark Prince. A special forces team of soldiers is sent to Transylvania to save the day, but they find horrors beyond imagining. Geoffrey Gunn wrote the screenplay. Producers are Ken Nakamura of The Nakamura Group Advantage and Fang Yi Ning and Matt Vegh of Chengdu Pan Shi Cultural Media Company. A nine-week shoot starts in Toronto on November 5. Sales have already been completed in the UK (Anchor Bay), Benelux & Germany (Splendid), the Middle East (ECS) and the Philippines (Pioneer Films). It wasn’t a critical hit, but Iron Sky scared up an awful lot of attention in February when it debuted in the Panorama section of Berlin. The Finnish co-production also played SXSW in March and has made more than $8M to date according to Box Office Mojo. — Nancy Tartaglione
Midnight Madness Title Hellbenders Acquired
The Exchange, headed by Brian O’Shea, announced today that it has acquired international sales rights to the TIFF 2012 Midnight Madness Hellbenders. The 3D horror spoof is having its world premiere Sunday at the festival. The Exchange’s Brian O’Shea and Nat McCormick are offering the film to international buyers while Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza are handling US and Canada territories. The film stars Clancy Brown and Clifton Collins Jr, and is directed by JT Petty. It’s produced by John Denny, Circle of Confusion partner Lawrence Mattis, David Moscow, Mark L. Pederson, and Aldey Sanchez.
Multiple presales for David Michod’s The Rover
The Rover written and directed by David Michôd and starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, has generated multiple pre-sales in several key territories. The drama has now been sold in territories including the UK, Canada and Benelux to eOne, Scandinavia to Nordisk, Latin America to Sun Distribution, the Middle East to Italia Film, and Eastern Europe excluding Russia to Revolutionary Releasing. This growing list joins Village Roadshow which previously picked up the film in Australia and New Zealand. FilmNation Entertainment acquired the majority of worldwide sales rights during the Cannes Film Festival in May and will continue to introduce the film to buyers in Toronto. FilmNation is also representing the U.S. sales with UTA Independent Film Group. David Linde will produce for Lava Bear Films, while Liz Watts will produce for Porchlight Films with avid Michôd (Animal Kingdom).