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Radiant Films International has acquired international rights to the comedy drama Wild. Written and directed by Vivienne DeCourcy, the movie stars Ella Greenwell and Tom Hughes. It tells the story of Mary Reynolds, a visionary young garden designer who puts everything on the line in order to compete in the Chelsea Flower show. Hughes stars as Christy, an idealistic environmentalist, whom Mary enlists to help her compete at the Chelsea, the Olympics of gardening. Wild is funded by Green Earth, the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. It will shoot in Ireland and Ethiopia over the coming months. Pic is produced by Treasure Entertainment and Crowe’s Nest in Ireland, together with Green Earth in the US. Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole will produce from Treasure, with Sarah Johnson and Chloe Kassis Crowe exec-producing. Jay Cohen from the Gersh Agency is handling U.S. rights.
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Scott Di Lalla’s Ouija board thriller I Am ZoZo. The film, from Outsider Pictures and One World Studios Ltd., was written and directed by documentarian Scott Di Lalla and stars Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, and Caleb Courtney. I Am ZoZo centers on five young friends who play with a Ouija board that inadvertently summons the malevolent Ouija demon “ZoZo.” The film’s horrific account of possession is based on widely reported real experiences with this ancient and evil spirit that attaches itself to people exclusively through Ouija boards. I Am Zozo was produced by Zack Coffman and exec produced by Martin Perlberger.
Former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is set to join former James Bond Pierce Brosnan in espionage thriller November Man. Shooting starts May 20 on the story of an ex-CIA operative who’s pitted against his former pupil in a race to find a woman who holds the key to an international conspiracy. Luke Bracey and Bill Smitrovich are also aboard. Roger Donaldson is directing the movie that’s based on Bill Granger’s book. The Solution is handling international rights and CAA reps the U.S. Kurylenko is repped by CAA and Tavistock Wood Management; Bracey is repped by CAA and managed by Will Ward at ROAR; Smitrovich is repped by Pearl Wexler of The Kohner Agency and Craig Dorfman of Frontline Management.
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The Simon West-directed Heat reboot with Jason Statham has been selling like hot cakes for Sierra/Affinity. The William Goldman-scripted pic is currently in-production. The company introduced the actioner in Berlin and a day into the Cannes Market has more than 20 territories finalized including the UK (Lionsgate), Germany, Latin America, South Africa and Turkey. Michael Angarano, Sofia Vegara, Stanley Tucci, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Hope Davis, Jason Alexander, Max Casella and Anne Heche also star.
Germany’s Beta Cinema is close to selling out on Berlin Film Festival winner Child’s Pose and German Film Award winner Oh Boy. Here in Cannes, Beta has closed on Child’s Pose in such territories as Spain, Japan, Norway, Israel, Brazil, Mexico and Denmark. It’s being released in Germany by X-Verleih on May 23. Oh Boy, which won six Lolas last month, has gone to Japan, Russia, Norway, Mexico and others.
While his beloved New York Knicks won last night and are now down 3-2 to the Indiana Pacers, Spike Lee has some focus left for the movie biz. He has made a deal with Teddy Schwartzman’s Black Bear Pictures to direct Gold, the project that Michael Mann once planned to do. Schwartzman is producing with Paul Haggis and Michael Nozick, and script is by Patrick Massett & John Zinman. The Black List script has been in development for awhile, so nobody will be upset if Lee’s Knicks prevail and go on to play the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference finals, and beyond…
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to horror thriller Shiver. Directed by British helmer Julian Richards, the movie stars Danielle Harris, John Jarratt and Casper Van Dien. It follows a young secretary who becomes the target of a savage killer but, somehow fights back. It was scripted and produced by Robert Weinbach and has appeared in about two dozen festivals.
Good Universe has added Michael Meyer as EVP of international. The former Lionsgate and Mandate exec will work with international chief Helen Lee-Kim to grow the business and will have oversight of business and legal affairs and overall administration of the division. This is a re-team for Meyer with Lee-Kim and Good Universe co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane following runs together at Lionsgate and Mandate.
XLrator Media has acquired U.S. rights to Content Films’ Ironclad: Battle For Blood. Warner Bros. has also picked up the film in the UK. Other territories sold include France, Australia, Canada, Japan, China, Scandinavia and South Korea. The sequel sees a survivor of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fight to save his clan from from Celtic raiders.
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