Screen Media has secured the North American rights to Robert Schwartzman’s (Dreamland) sophomore film, The Unicorn, which had its world premiere at the recent SXSW Film Festival. The romantic comedy, which will be released sometime this year, stars comedians Lauren Lapkus and Nick Rutherford as an indecisive couple thrust into the most uncomfortable night of their lives when they decide to invite a third party into their relationship. Lucy Hale, Beck Bennett, Dree Hemingway, Beverly D’Angelo, John Kapelos, Maya Kazan, Darrell Britt-Gibson, and Kyle Mooney co-star. Rutherford, a former SNL writer, co-wrote the screenplay with Kirk C. Johnson and Will Elliott. Schwartzman and Russell Wayne Grove produced the pic, while Bret Disend, Al Di, Mark Weiss, Jessica James, Bo An, Viola Du, and Nick Gross served as executive producers. Seth Needle negotiated the deal for Screen Media with ICM and Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers.
Parade Deck Films has picked up the rights to crime drama, Goodland, written and directed by Josh Doke. The film will get a limited NY/LA release on May 11 followed by a digital rollout in August. Starring Cinnamon Schultz (Winter’s Bone), Kip Niven (Magnum Force), and Matt Weiss (Elementary), the film centers on law enforcement officers of small-town Goodland, who are forced to piece together a string of events after the body of a drifter is discovered the same day a photographer arrives in town. The deal with Parade Deck was brokered by executive producer, Ben Yennie