The Exchange has boarded international sales on Mapplethorpe, a biopic of the controversial photographer that’s helmed by Ondi Timoner. Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Girls’ Zosia Mamet star. Timoner, a two-time Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner for documentaries Dig! and We Live In Public, wrote the script which follows the life of the artist from his rise to fame until his untimely death in 1989. The film is produced by Timoner under her Interloper Films banner; Eliza and Nate Dushku of Boston Diva Productions; and Sirad Balducci. It is made in collaboration with the Mapplethorpe Foundation. CAA and UTA are handling U.S. rights.
Jai Courtney, Brenton Thwaites and Michael Douglas are set to star in The God Four. The drama from Resistance director and Sully scripter Todd Komarnicki is adapted from Ron Irwin’s novel Flat Water Tuesday. Courtney plays a documentary filmmaker who, on the eve of his 10-year high school reunion, discovers that one member of the championship rowing crew has just committed suicide. This revelation sends him on a journey into the past and the events of their senior year. Shooting begins next month in Massachusetts. Protagonist Pictures is selling international with UTA on North America.
Minds Eye Entertainment has joined with Bridgegate Pictures and VMI Worldwide to finance and greenlight a six-film production slate of sci-fi, action and thriller films. Minds Eye will distribute in North America, while VMI Worldwide will distribute internationally. The plan is to shoot the films for the new Barco Escape three-screen, panoramic theatrical format, with portions also shot in virtual reality. The first pic in the deal is the sci-fi thriller The Recall, about five friends vacationing at a remote lake house who are unaware that Earth is under an alien invasion and mass-abduction. Kevin Dewalt and Danielle Masters are producing the six pics with Bridgegate’s Guy Griffithe, VMI’s Andre Relis and Frank White exec producing.
Myriad Pictures will handle handle international sales excluding Latin America, South Korea and airline rights for Anthony Lucero’s foodie dramedy East Side Sushi. Diana Elizabeth Torres (Inherent Vice) stars as a Mexican-American chef who dreams of working behind the male-dominated sushi bar at a Japanese restaurant. The deal was brokered with Samuel Goldwyn Films, which holds U.S. rights and releases the film theatrically in September.
Man On A Ledge helmer Asger Leth is set to direct White Dog, a drama with an undercurrent of political comment penned by Martin Zandvliet (Land Of Mine) and Anders August. Mikael Rieks is producing for Nordisk Film, which is aiming at shooting the film in Pittsburgh. The story, set in a post-9/11 society where bigotry and racism is becoming mainstream, revolves around two skinhead brothers whose paths are pointed in very different directions. The pic is the latest effort from Nordic film company Nordisk which is targeting the U.S. market with English-language films. Leth is repped by CAA and 360 Management, Zandvliet by WME and Magnolia Entertainment and August by WME.