After making its AFM debut yesterday, Distant Horizon and The Weinstein Co.’s Samuel L. Jackson-fronted Kite has inked a batch of international sales. Adapted from the Japanese anime by Yasuomi Umetsu, the live-action revenge pic tracks Sawa, a young girl out for justice against the human traffickers she believes killed her parents. So far Kite’s inked deals with Rentrak for Japan, Tiberius in Germany, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Noori in South Korea and Vietnam, SWEN for Latin America, Forum Film for Eastern Europe and Israel, Odeon in Greece, PT Amero in Indonesia, Soundspace in Malaysia, The Tanweer Group in Turkey, All Media for Russia and the CIS, the Dagur Group in Iceland, Lusomundo in Portugal, Golden Village in Singapore, Major Cinepictures in Thailand, Captive in the Philippines, Italia Film International for the Middle East, and Star TV for Pan-Asian television. India Eisley and Callan McAuliffe also star in the pic for helmer Ralph Ziman.
Swedish filmmaker Wiktor Ericsson makes his feature debut with The Sarnos – A Life In Dirty Movies, which has been picked up by Film Movement. The docu film, set to premiere this month at DOCNYC, profiles the soft-core filmmaker Joe Sarno and his wife Peggy as the man once known as the Ingmar Bergman of 42nd Street tries to get a new erotic pic off the ground at age 88. (Sarno died in 2010.) A theatrical debut is being eyed for Spring of 2014, followed by a Q3 VOD and home vid release. Film Movement’s Adley Gartenstein and Rebeca Conget negotiated the deal with The Yellow Affair’s Miira Paasilinna.
Image Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to horror sequel Wolf Creek 2, from writer-director Greg Mclean. The original 2005 indie out of Australia premiered at Sundance with its tale of backpackers terrorized by a serial killer in the Outback. The sequel made its debut earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival. Star John Jarratt returns for the follow-up as the sadistic Mick Taylor and is joined by Shannon Ashlyn, Ryan Corr, and Phillipe Klaus as another tourist comes into Taylor’s sights in the Australian countryside. Mclean co-wrote the pic with Aaron Sterns. Mclean produced the film alongside Helen Leake and Steve Topic. Image will release Wolf Creek 2 in 2014. RLJ Entertainment’s Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Bromiley negotiated the deal with Ben Weiss at Paradigm and Peter Nelson and Joel VanderKloot at Nelson Davis Wetzstein LLP repping the filmmakers.
Carnaby International’s Rise of the Krays has pre-sold Australian rights to Jigsaw. The pic follows the early years of English gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray, who ran a crime racket called The Firm out of London’s East End in the 1950s and ’60s perpetrating armed robberies, arson, protection schemes, assaults, and murders while hobnobbing with celebs and politicians in their West End nightclub.
Origin Releasing has taken theatrical rights to Andrea Fellers’ The Truth About You. Fellers’ feature directorial debut stars Jon Robert Hall (Glee), Kasia Pilewicz (America’s Next Top Model), and Aimee-Lynn Chadwick (The Closer) in a Breakfast Club-esque romantic comedy about a group of teens who play a New Year’s Eve game where they each tell each other the things they always wanted to say. Fellers also produced the film with Casey Vandeventer co-producing, from a script by Amy Heidish. The Truth About You debuted this year at the LA Femme Film Festival and will get a theatrical release next September.
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