The UK’s Soda Pictures has picked up Canadian rights to Slow West, the Sundance pic that premiered over the weekend. The debut feature from John Maclean stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn and Caren Pistorius. This is the third British film acquired for Soda’s 2015 slate in Canada, a new division of the company that is now part of the wider Thunderbird Films. Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows the story of 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) as he journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas (Fassbender), a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued along the way by an outlaw named Payne (Mendelsohn). The Western is produced by Conor McCaughan of his and Fassbender’s DMC Film, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films and Rachel Gardner of Rachel Gardner Films. U.S. rights are with A24 and the UK is with Lionsgate. Hanway has world sales.
FremantleMedia International has signed a multi-series deal with Australia’s free-to-air network Channel Seven for the first four series of procedural detective drama Suspects. Created and produced by FremantleMedia UK’s Newman Street label for Channel 5, Suspects is a “fly on the wall”-style crime series. It first launched in the UK in February 2014 and was the highest-rated drama of the past five years. Starring Fay Ripley, Damien Molony and Clare-Hope Ashitey, each episode follows the team of detectives as they investigate a crime, analyze the evidence and interview their suspects.
Custom car guru Rick Dore and former wrestling superstar Chuck Palumbo are returning to build legendary cars and rebuild lives in Extreme Car Hoarders. A new season has been ordered for 2015 as they hunt for neglected classics — searching through backyards, garages and private lots of hoarders who can’t seem to let go and sifting for one privileged car to receive the ultimate tune-up. The six-part series is produced by Discovery Studios and premieres internationally on Discovery Networks International’s factual channels across more than 220 countries and territories beginning in April.
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