Arrow Films has acquired all UK rights on Norwegian thriller Pioneer. It’s also sold to Benelux, Japan and Korea. Magnolia previously picked up the film for the U.S. Erik Skjoldbærg, whose Insomnia was remade by Christopher Nolan, directs the film which stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, Stephanie Sigman and Jonathan LaPaglia. The high-octane conspiracy thriller is inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. It will be released in Scandinavia in September. TrustNordisk handles international sales.
Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Swiss director Sophie Huber’s documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, which premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival and had its U.S. debut at SXSW. The look at the actor-singer incorporates informal musical interludes by Stanton, clips from his films, and reflections by friends and colleagues like David Lynch, Kris Kristofferson, Debbie Harry, and Sam Shepard. Christian Davi, Chiemi Karasawa, Christof Neracher and Thomas Thümena produced, Huber and DP Seamus McGarvey are exec producers. Adopt plans a fall U.S. release in time to qualify the pic for the Best Documentary Oscar.
Mugshot Films has attached The Dead director Howard J. Ford to World War II action film The Tank. Shooting starts later this year on the Tom Boyle-scripted story of a Russian tank crew that’s relentlessly pursued by a mysterious German tank during the war. Due to scheduling conflicts with Ford’s The Dead sequel, he is no longer directing thriller Indelible, the co-production between Armory Films and Mugshot which he was tipped for last year. Stealth Media, which is handling international sales, says Mark Tonderai will now direct Indelible.
Lionsgate has hit more than $250M in sales for its Cannes slate, beating last year’s record by 50%. Titles on offer included Hunger Games three- and four-quels Mockingjay 1 & 2 plus Step Up 5, Draft Day, The Last Witch Hunter, Venus In Fur, Reawakening and A Little Chaos, which Alan Rickman is directing. “Our strong performance at Cannes this year is attributable in part to the international framework we’ve set in place combining output deals around the world with self-distribution in key territories such as the UK and Latin America,” says co-chair Patrick Wachsberger. Lionsgate brought Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin, and director Francis Lawrence, to Cannes this week
LA-based Dignity Film Finance has optioned the novel The God Of Driving: How I Overcame Fear And Put Myself In The Driver’s Seat (With The Help Of A Good And Mysterious Man). The book by Vanity Fair’s Amy Fine Collins was published by Simon & Schuster in 2011. Dignity is fully financing the feature adaptation which is written by Sue Kramer (Gray Matters). Jill Footlick is producer; exec producer is Marina Grasic. The project is casting and will shoot next spring with sales to start in Berlin.
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