EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International has boarded offshore sales on So B. It. Based on the New York Times bestseller by Sarah Weeks, the film is directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and written by Garry Williams. The YA title will have its world premiere at the LA Film Festival on June 7. Jay Cohen at Gersh is repping domestic. Alfre Woodard stars alongside 13-year-old Talitha Bateman, John Heard, Jessica Collins, Jacinda Barrett, Dash Mihok, Michael Arden and Cloris Leachman. The story centers on Heidi, who lives with her mentally challenged mother as she travels alone across the country to learn the truth about herself and her mother’s past. J Todd Harris and Orien Richman are producing, with Adam Tenenbaum and Michael Nelson executive producing.
Myriad Pictures has announced a slew of sales for The Last Word, Mark Pellington’s film starring Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried. The pic is in postproduction, and the company is showing first-look footage at Cannes. The deals cover Germany (Tobis), Spain (SecondGen), Italy (Teodora), Switzerland (Praesens), Japan (Pony Canyon), Canada (Elevation), the Middle East (Eagle Films), Greece and Turkey (Tanweer), Portugal (Cinemundo), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), South Korea (Main Title), the Philippines (ABS-CBN), Taiwan (VieVision) and airlines (Jaguar). Bleecker Street bought rights in November to the US, Scandinavia, Benelux, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. The pic follows a highly successful former businesswoman (MacLaine) who has micro-managed every single aspect of her life and assigns a local writer (Seyfried) to write her obituary. When the first draft doesn’t meet her expectations, the woman sets out to rewrite her life’s story before it’s too late.
Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, which premiered in competition at Cannes. Written by Paul Laverty, the pic centers on Daniel (Dave Johns), who has worked as a carpenter most of his life in Newcastle. Now, after a heart attack and nearly falling from a scaffold, he needs help from the state for the first time in his life. He crosses paths with a single mother, Katie (Jayley Squires), and her two young children. Her only chance to escape a one-roomed homeless hostel in London has been to accept a flat in a city she doesn’t know some 300 miles away. Daniel and Katie find themselves caught up in Britain’s welfare bureaucracy. Sundance Selects SVP of Acquistions and Productions Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers. Wild Bunch is handling international sales.
Myriad also said today that it will handle global sales on Drone, a political thriller starring Sean Bean. Based on true events, the pic from director Jason Bourque centers on Neil (Bean), a high-level private drone contractor who spends his workdays flying covert missions then returns to a family life of suburban mediocrity. Not even his wife Ellen or son know about his secret life. But Neil’s juggling act of husband, father and armchair warrior comes to a crashing halt when a whistle-blowing site exposes him to a deadly threat. Believing Neil is responsible for the deaths of his wife and child, a Pakistani businessman (Patrick Sabongui), has tracked him down. The film starts shooting this week in India and then moves to Vancouver.
Lightning Entertainment announced multiple sales at Cannes for Powder and Gold, a crime thriller from director Felix Limardo. Starring Rafael Amaya, Ricardo Chavira and Ivo Canelas, the pic explores the resurgence of the Caribbean drug trade and one couple’s violent, Bonnie and Clyde-style rise to power. It has sold to the Middle East (Eagle Films), South Korea (Jane and U Films), Taiwan (Multi Visionnaire Pictures) and the former Yugoslavia (Stars Media International).