September 6, 2013 (Toronto, Canada) — Academy Award winner Holly Hunter (“Thirteen,” “The Piano”) has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Hunter will play the female lead character opposite Academy Award winner, Al Pacino, in the title role. Chris Messina (“Argo”) and Harmony Korine (“Spring Breakers”) will also star. Green will direct the film, which is based on a screenplay by Paul Logan. Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, Molly Conners, will produce alongside Lisa Muskat, Derrick Tseng and Green. Principal photography will commence this fall in Austin, Texas.
Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce alongside Todd Labarowski, Brad Coolidge and Melissa Coolidge for Dreambridge Films, which is making an investment in the film. Jody Hill and Danny McBride will executive produce for Rough House. CAA arranged financing for the film and is representing domestic rights while WestEnd Films is handling international sales.
This is the second collaboration between Worldview Entertainment, WestEnd Films and Dreambridge Films with Green and his production team, following the drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, which made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Venice Film Festival and is making its North American debut as a Special Presentation at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
“Holly, Chris and Harmony add a tremendous amount of prestige and talent to this project and we are delighted to have them join Al to bring David’s unique story to life,” said Worldview COO, Molly Conners.
Worldview has six films premiering at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival: Academy Award nominee Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller, “Devil’s Knot,” starring Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon will make its world premiere as a Special Presentation; Eli Roth’s highly anticipated return to directing with the horror thriller, “The Green Inferno,” will make its world premiere in the Midnight Madness section; Ti West’s thriller, “The Sacrament,” presented and produced by Roth will make its North American premiere in the Vanguard Section following its world premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival; Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller, “Blood Ties,” starring Academy Award nominee Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and Academy Award nominee James Caan will make its North American premiere as a Gala Presentation after making its world premiere at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; Green’s aforementioned drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan; and Jehane Noujaim’s Egyptian revolution documentary, “The Square.”
“Manglehorn” joins Worldview’s impressive 2013 slate, which includes two studio co-financing deals: Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, “Birdman,” with Fox Searchlight and New Regency, starring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, which completed filming this spring; and Daniel Espinosa’s crime thriller, “Child 44,” with Summit/Lionsgate, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassel and Jason Clarke, which is currently filming in Prague. Worldview also completed production on two films this summer: Kate Barker Froyland’s drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; and Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” starring Braff and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson.