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In an eve of the market deal, Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International has acquired international rights to psychological thriller Mine starring and exec produced by Armie Hammer. Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, the team behind award-winning short Afterville, are co-directing Mine from their own script. Hammer plays a soldier who finds himself stranded in the desert after a failed assassination mission. There, he has to survive the many dangers while also battling the psychological toll of his situation. Peter Safran is producing through the Safran Company, which is also financing. Joan Mao is co-producer. Production is set to start September in the Canary Islands. Hammer, who is next up in Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., is repped by WME which is handling Mine in the U.S. along with Safran.
Studiocanal held a promo reel screening touting its market titles on Tuesday night here in Cannes. During the show, the company unveiled two new additions to its slate with top-drawer talent: Action title Bastille Day will star Idris Elba and Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Adèle Exarchopoulos. The Woman In Black helmer James Watkins is directing with Philippe Rousselet’s Vendome and Anonymous Content producing. Studiocanal is fully financing. Also new to the slate is an untitled “sexy thriller” from Italian director Luca Guadagnino. Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Margot Robbie and Matthias Schoenaerts are starring. Details are being kept under wraps, though it’s set on the Italian island of Pantelleria.
Broad Green Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution and international sales rights to Spanish director Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10,000 KM. Visit Films to present the title to international distributors in Cannes. The pic, shot in Barcelona, follows two young lovers, Natalia Tena (Game Of Thrones) and David Verdaguer, as she leaves Barcelona for a yearlong work opportunity in LA. They cling to their relationship via video chats, phone calls and email. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Kampe of Visit Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
VMI Worldwide has acquired international sales rights to The Opposite Of Sex, directed by Jennifer Finnigan and Jonathan Silverman. Geoff Stults and Mena Suvari star in the pic, which centers on New England’s most successful divorce attorney who meets his match in Jane, who has spent the last year traveling the world taking her revenge on all men for her cheating husband and ugly divorce. Producing is Chad A. Verdi of Verdi Productions, Gino Pereira of Ginper Productions, Claire Severance, Finnigan and Silverman. Kristin Chenoweth, Eric Roberts and Kenan Thompson co-star.
Canada-based Search Engine Films has unveiled a seven-figure investment by Tim Nye’s Abbolita Films Inc ahead of shopping at the Cannes Market. It is currently releasing God’s Not Dead, which has grossed more than $56M in the U.S. and Canada. Recent Abbolita titles include Life After Beth and Life Of Crime. “Tim Nye’s extensive digital experience and financial muscle is the fuel Search Engine needed to jump to the next level,” said Search Engine topper John Bain, who previously worked at Maple Pictures and Lionsgate. “We are now poised to take advantage of changing technology to reach audiences in all media.”
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