‘Beers Of Joy’ Docu Imbibed By Gravitas Ventures; Action Thriller ‘Kiss Kiss’ To Cleopatra
Gravitas Ventures has acquired rights to Beers of Joy, a feature documentary directed by David Swift and Scott Owen that examines the history of brewing as the backdrop to tell four stories about the, er, craft. It will hit theaters in 10 cities day-and-date on March 1. The pic, done in a partnership with Anheuser-Busch, follows a brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing Co traveling across Germany and Italy to discover the secrets to brewing a true Berliner Weisse; a beer… Read
Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Acquires Surreal Drama ‘The Burial Of Kojo’, Sets Netflix Premiere Date
EXCLUSIVE: Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Releasing continues to give shine to underrepresented voices and stories by people of color and women with their latest acquisition, The Burial of Kojo from musical artist and filmmaker Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule. This marks the 22nd acquisition for ARRAY which has become an epicenter of independent film driven by inclusive storytelling. ARRAY has acquired distribution rights for the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New… Read
Netflix Lands Global Rights To ‘The Red Sea Diving Resort’ Starring Chris Evans
Netflix has obtained global distribution rights, excluding China, to The Red Sea Diving Resort, the Chris Evans-starring biopic from writer/director Gideon Raff and BRON Studios. The film, which Netflix will release later this year, is based on one of the most remarkable rescue missions in history.
It was previously reported that STXinternational had the UK and Ireland distribution rights but we hear STX sold international rights to the streamer.
The pic follows a group… Read
Ivanhoe Pictures, Sharp Independent Pictures To Produce Film About Successful Female Baccarat Player
Ivanhoe Pictures, a division of SK Global and the production company behind Crazy Rich Asians, has teamed with Jeffrey Sharp of Sharp Independent Pictures to produce The Baccarat Queen (working title), a film about Cheung Yin "Kelly" Sun, the skilled Baccarat player who is considered the most successful female gambler in modern history.
Based on Michael Kaplan’s Cigar Aficionado article, The Baccarat Machine (which is also Sun’s nickname), the predominately… Read
Sundance Winner ‘Cold Case Hammarskjöld’ Acquired By Magnolia
Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to Cold Case Hammarskjöld, the documentary from journalist Mads Brügger that delves into the investigation surrounding the death of UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld. The pic just won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival where it had its world premiere. A 2019 release date is in the works. The pic centers on the 1961 plane crash that killed Hammarskjöld, a case that remains… Read
Sci-Fi Pic ‘Clara’ To Get Day-And-Date Release Via Screen Media
After a successful festival run, Clara has been acquired by Screen Media for U.S. distribution, the company said today. Clara, starring Patrick J. Adams and Troian Bellisario, tells the story of an obsessive astronomer and a curious artist who form an unlikely bond, leading to a profound, scientific discovery. A May theatrical day-and-date release in planned.
The thriller — written and directed by Akash Sherman — premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, and went on to… Read
Karen Gillan & David Dastmalchian Thriller ‘All Creatures Here Below’ Snapped Up By Samuel Goldwyn
EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken U.S. rights to Collin Schiffli's dramatic thriller All Creatures Here Below which stars Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Karen Gillan, Bird Box’s David Dastmalchian and Once Upon a Time‘s Jennifer Morrison. The film is having its international premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival later this month and is slated for a day and date release this spring. Bleiberg Entertainment is handling worldwide sales on the film.
In the pic, Gensan… Read
‘Shooting The Mafia’ Acquired By Cohen Media Group After Sundance & Berlin Bows
Kim Longinotto's Shooting the Mafia, a documentary about photojournalist Letizia Battaglia's coverage of organized crime in Italy, has been acquired by Cohen Media Group. The film had its world premiere last month in the World Cinema Documentary competition at the Sundance Film Festival and just screened at the Berlin Film Festival. The deal is for U.S. distribution rights; no release plans were announced.
The pic uses Battaglia's black-and-white photographs and rare… Read
Magnolia Nabs Sundance Docu ‘Mike Wallace Is Here’
Magnolia Pictures has secured the North American distribution rights to Mike Wallace Is Here, the Avi Belkin-directed documentary on the veteran newsman and former lead reporter on 60 Minutes. The film had its debut at last month’s Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. documentary competition section. Magnolia is aiming for a theatrical release sometime this year.
The docu features never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault as it explores what drove and plagued… Read
Vince Gilligan’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Headed To Netflix & AMC
EXCLUSIVE: Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad movie continues to be shrouded in secrecy, but I hear it will air on Netflix and AMC, which also carries Gilligan’s Emmy-winning series.
No one would comment, but word is that the two networks might have their roles reversed, with Netflix taking first window and AMC second. The Breaking Bad series aired originally on AMC, with seasons subsequently made available for streaming on Netflix.
For Netflix and AMC to share the Breaking Bad… Read
‘Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am’: Magnolia Pictures Acquires Doc On Nobel Prize Winner
EXCLUSIVE: Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, an uplifting documentary chronicling the vibrant life and compelling works of the legendary storyteller who in 1993 became the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize.
In addition to Nobel Laureate Morrison, the film features conversations with Hilton Als, Angela Davis, Fran Lebowitz, Walter Mosley and Sonia Sanchez, as well… Read
Hulu Lands Prize-Winning Sundance Docu ‘Jawline’
EXCLUSIVE: Everyone has been back from Sundance long enough that sinuses are returning to normal and the high-altitude respiratory distress is a distant memory. But deals keep dropping for festival films. Hulu has just acquired U.S. rights to the Liza Mandelup-directed documentary Jawline, which won the Special Jury Prize for Emerging Filmmaker at Sundance. The film premiered there in the U.S. Documentary competition.
It becomes the second Sundance docu deal for Hulu… Read