A24 is closing a $3M U.S. distribution deal along with DirecTV for Dark Places, based on the bestselling novel by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Gilles Paquet-Brenner adapted and directed the pic, which stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chlöe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Tye Sheridan and Corey Stoll.
The deal is the latest in the A24-DirecTV partnership that aims to release films exclusively on the satcaster during a 30-day window before a theatrical debut. WME Global brokered the deal.
First announced at last year’s AFM by Exclusive Media and shown to buyers this spring in Cannes, the movie centers on Libby Day (Theron), the sole survivor of a violent home invasion. She has lived with the knowledge that her testimony as a 7-year-old sentenced her brother to life in prison for the horrific crime. Twenty-five years later, crime enthusiasts convince her to re-examine the events.
The pic is a Denver & Delilah Films, Hugo Productions and Mandalay Pictures production. Cathy Schulman, Matthew Rhodes, Azim Bolkiah, Matt Jackson, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Theron and Stephane Marsil produced. Executive producers are Jeff Rice, Jose Levy, Matthias Ehrenberg, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust, Jillian Longnecker, Ginger Sledge and Peter Safran.
Other pics on the A24-DirecTV slate include the upcoming Atom Egoyan pic Captive and Son Of A Gun as well as Enemy, Life After Beth, and Revenge of The Green Dragons. Indie distributor A24 just closed a $50M line of credit for more deals like this. Its slate already includes the recent Toronto buy While We’re Young and JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, which opened AFI Fest last night. It also has Kevin Smith’s horror pic Tusk and the breakout Sundance pic Obvious Child.