‘Swimming With Men’ To Take Dip Into U.S. Theaters Via IFC Films
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Swimming With Men, the Oliver Parker-directed comedy starring Rob Brydon, who plays an accountant who seeks to win back his wife and stumbles upon a surprising solution in the form of a male synchronized swim team. A December 2018 theatrical release is in the works.
The pic, adapted by Aschlin Ditta based on the documentary Men Who Swim, Eric (Brydon) believes he can win back his wife Heather (Jane Horrocks) by diving into the world… Read
Excel Entertainment Acquires Faith-Based ‘Jane & Emma’, Unveils Trailer
EXCLUSIVE: Utah-based distribution company Excel Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to the faith-based feature Jane & Emma, and released the first-look trailer. Directed by Chantelle Squires, the film touches on the Mormon Church’s early history of racially discriminatory practices, telling the story of two women: Emma Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and Jane Manning, one of the church’s first black members.
The pic will bow in… Read
Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Here And Now’ To Hit Theaters In November In AMBI & Paramount Deal
AMBI Distribution and Paramount Worldwide Acquisitions have teamed to acquire rights to Here and Now, the drama produced by and starring Sarah Jessica Parker that bowed at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival under the title Blue Night.
The film is directed by Fabien Constant in his feature helming debut and co-stars Simon Baker, Common, Taylor Kinney, Waleed Zuaiter along with Jacqueline Bisset and Renée Zellweger. It will hit theaters November 9 via AMBI with a commitment… Read
Alex Pettyfer’s Directorial Debut Film ‘Back Roads’ Lands At Samuel Goldwyn
Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to Back Roads, the first feature directorial outing from Elvis & Nixon actor Alex Pettyfer. Pettyfer also stars in the pic, which will be released late this year.
Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon a Time), Nicola Peltz (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Chiara Aurelia (Gerald’s Game), Hala Finley (Man With a Plan), June Carryl (Sweet November), Robert Patrick (Scorpion), and Juliette Lewis (August: Osage… Read
‘Scotty And The Secret History Of Hollywood’ Among Nine Documentaries Acquired By Starz
Starz has added nine documentaries to its slate, including Matt Tyrnauer’s critically praised Scotty and the Secret of History of Hollywood, which will premiere in early 2019.
In addition, Starz has acquired Fail State, executive produced by news legend Dan Rather, which investigates the dark side of American higher education; Half the Picture, about gender bias in Hollywood as told by leading female film directors; This is Congo, an unflinching look into Africa's longest… Read
IFC Films Nabs U.S. Rights To ‘Black 47’: Lance Daly’s Historical Thriller Recounts Dark Irish Chapter
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Black 47, director Lance Daly’s Irish historical thriller making its North American premiere at next month’s Toronto Film Festival.
Black 47, starring James Frecheville as an Irish ex-soldier waging a bloody crusade against the British in 1847, made its debut at the Berlin Film Festival. IFC will be released theatrically in the U.S. on September 28.
A premiere in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland is set for Sept. 5 through… Read
Music Box Films Acquires ‘Transit’; Grasshopper Film Lands ‘Distant Constellation’
Music Box Films has obtained the U.S. rights to Transit, a Christian Petzold directed feature which has its world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and will head to TIFF next month before it’s theatrical and home releases in 2019. Starring Franz Rogowsk and Paula Beer, the pic is based on Anna Seghers' WWII novel of the same title. Set in Marseille just after Germany's invasion, the story follows Georg (Rogowski), a German refugee who takes on the identity of a… Read
Sam Peckinpah’s Unproduced Screenplay ‘Castaway’ Acquired By Serbian Producer
Serbian producer Milos Antic said he has acquired the film rights to legendary director Sam Peckinpah's unproduced screenplay Castaway (which is a working title), which is based on James Gould Cozzen’s 1934 novella of the same name. The deal was done with the Peckinpah Estate; Antic will be producing alongside Los Angeles-based producers Katy Haber and Benni Korzen.
Antic and Haber both worked with Peckinpah on his only war film Cross of Iron in 1976 in Portoroz, Slovenia… Read
Bi Gan’s Cannes Pic ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Gets U.S. Deal Via Kino Lorber
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Chinese director Bi Gan's new film that had its world premiere this year at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The China-France co-production is playing in the Toronto and New York film festivals before getting a spring 2019 theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD bows.
The pic centers on drifter Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) who returns to Kaili, the Chinese hometown from… Read
Vision Films Gets In Corner With Boxing Pic ‘Glass Jaw’ For October Bow
Vision Films has acquired U.S. rights to Glass Jaw, an action drama directed by Jeff Celentano. Lee Kholafai, Korrina Rico, Jon Gries, Jaime Camil and Reynaldo Gallegos topline the boxing pic, which is produced by Steve Perry (True Romance) and Zeus Zamani. It will hit theaters day-and-date with VOD on October 26.
Kholafai plays a one-time boxing champ who goes to prison and loses everything. After his release, he fights to redeem his reputation, his belt and his one true… Read
Orion Classics Acquires Rights To SXSW Drama ‘Jinn’
Orion Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Jinn. Orion Classics has set a theatrical release for the drama on Nov. 15 followed by a Nov. 16 release on VOD and Digital HD.
Written and directed by Nijla Mu'min, Jinn made its world premiere at SXSW where it here it won the Special Jury Award for writing. The film also won awards at the American Black Film Festival for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Zoe Renee), the… Read
Saban Films Lands U.S. Rights To Val Kilmer Thriller ‘The Super’, Sets October Bow
EXCLUSIVE: Saban Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Super, the Stephan Rick-directed genre thriller that stars Top Gun 2‘s Val Kilmer and Chicago P.D.‘s Patrick John Flueger. The film was scripted by Black Swan’s John J. McLaughlin based on an idea by Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, who produced through his company Wolf Entertainment alongside Tom Thayer, Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes. Saban Films has set an October 19 release and the film should play… Read