The Exchange has picked up international rights to sell The Tank, a Glacier Films horror pic from producer Steven Schneider (the Paranormal Activity and Insidious films). Written and directed by Kellie Madison in her feature directorial debut, the film is about six test subjects placed in an isolation chamber to simulate an extended space mission to Mars. The Exchange will shop The Tank in Cannes this month. Open Road has U.S. rights.
Entertainment One has secured international rights to Trumbo, the story of legendary blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo who is being played by Bryan Cranston. Helen Mirren co-stasr as his nemesis Hedda Hopper in the pic, to be directed by Jay Roach from John McNamara’s script. Additional casting is expected soon on the pic, from Michael London’s Groundswell Productions. It begins shooting September 15 in the U.S. EOne Films International will handle sales in all territories outside of the UK, Canada and Australia/New Zealand, where the company has prebought rights ahead of the Cannes Film Festival and plans to distribute directly. EOne made the deal in association with Shivani Rawat and Nimitt Mankad, through Shiv Hans Pictures. EOne’s Benedict Carver brought in the project, and EVP Filmed Entertainment Lara Thompson negotiated the deal on behalf of eOne with Mankad for Shiv Hans, Stephen Dembitzer of Dembitzer & Dembitzer and Alexis Garcia for WME.
Double Dutch International has acquired international sales rights to 4 Minute Mile, which it will introduce to buyers at the Cannes market. The inspirational sports film, directed by Charles-Olivier Michaud, landed a U.S. distribution deal yesterday via Gravitas Ventures. Kelly Blatz, Analeigh Tipton, Cam Gigandet, Kim Basinger and Richard Jenkins star in the story of Drew (Blatz), a talented high school track athlete struggling to overcome the inner-city surroundings that threaten to imprison him. He turns turns to a damaged ex-track coach (Jenkins) to reach for more within himself than he ever imagined possible. Howard Burd, Micah Sparks, Deborah Moore, Mark DiSalle and Jennifer Reibman produced. The rights deal was egotiated by Jason Moring for Double Dutch and Burd on behalf of the filmmakers.
As expected, Abel Ferrara’s controversial Welcome To New York will have its world premiere at Cannes, but it won’t officially be part of the event. Wild Bunch will hold a special screening on Saturday May 17 with stars Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset in tow. The company is also releasing the film on VOD that day in France, bypassing a theatrical release. The movie is inspired by the 2011 summer sex scandal surrounding former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Depardieu plays Mr Deveraux a man who handles billions of dollars a day, controls the economic fate of nations, and dreamed of saving the world but cannot save himself. Bisset plays his wife, Simone.
FilmsDistribution has boarded world sales on Housebound, the horror comedy crowd-pleaser that bowed at SXSW in March. XLrator Media took U.S. rights to the picture just yesterday and is planning a fall 2014 release. Paris-based FilmsDistribution will screen the movie for international buyers at Cannes next week. Gerard Johnstone’s Kiwi genre pic sees wayward teen Kylie (Morgana O-reilly) put under house-arrest in her childhood home. There, she encounters something even more terrifying than her superstitious blabbermouth mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata). Johnstone wrote and directed with Luke Sharpe producing and Ant Timpson, Daniel Story and Chris Lambert as exec producers. Housebound was funded by the New Zealand Film Commission.