NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to acclaimed filmmaker Claire Denis’ BASTARDS. The film, with a screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. The film, which made its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere next month at the 2013 New York Film Festival, following a North American Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sundance Selects is planning to release the film October 25.
EXCLUSIVE: Voltage Films and Friendly Films have set Stefano Sollima to direct the Dan Kay-scripted workplace revenge thriller I.T. Done in the vein of One Hour Photo and Fatal Attraction, the script pits a disgruntled I.T. consultant against his employer, as the consultant uses all the ins and outs of his technical expertise and inside information to torment the boss’s family. Sollima last year made his feature directing debut on the Italian film A.C.A.B: All Cops Are Bastards.
The film is produced by David Friendly, Craig J. Flores, Nicolas Chartier. Little Miss Sunshine producer Friendly hatched the idea and enlisted Kay to write it before bringing it to Voltage Pictures’ Flores and Chartier to produce and finance. They are now casting the two lead roles in hopes of getting underway this summer, with Voltage handling foreign sales on the film. Voltage is already in Berlin, after premiering two high profile films in Sundance, The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman and Don Jon’s Addiction. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:One Earth Productions has announced a March 8 release date for Greedy Lying Bastards, a searing documentary about climate change. The filmmakers say the docu investigates the reasons behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change, despite consensus in the scientific community that it not only exists but is a growing problem moving us toward the brink of disaster. Focusing on the influence of Exxon and the Koch brothers, Greedy Lying Bastards features interviews with scientists, industry experts and international political delegates including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman, as well as people personally affected by the changing climate and global warming deniers. Greedy Lying Bastards opens in 20 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Tampa, Miami, Denver, Phoenix, and San Diego. Directed by first-timer Craig Rosebraugh, the film is exec-produced by Daryl Hannah.
Bastards, a single-camera comedy from Jason Micallef, writer of the upcoming movie Butter, and Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon, has sold to Fox. Micallef will pen the project, described as an unconventional family comedy about “a family who has never met.” Gordon is attached to direct. Sony TV, Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare and Underground are producing, with Tarses, Gordon, Micallef and Underground’s Trevor Engelson and Josh McGuire executive producing. This marks Gordon’s return to Fox where he co-created and executive produced the comedy Breaking In, also produced by Sony TV.
EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures just closed a mid- against high-six-figure deal to acquire the spec script Bastards by Justin Malen. It seems to be a case of good timing for the R-rated comedy, coming on the heels of the success of Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part II, and the promiscuous misbehavior by high-profile figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards and Congressman Anthony Weiner. Montecito is producing with H2F Management.
In the spec, two brothers are raised to believe their father died when they were young. They discover that’s a lie, and their mother confesses she was a wild child in the 70s who bedded many powerful people she met at Studio 54, including politicians, athletes and movie stars. The siblings venture out on a road trip to find their real father. Deal moved quick, taking 24 hours from when Malen’s reps at Verve and H2F Management brought the spec to market. Paramount moved while other studios were mobilizing. Malen last sold Prick to New Regency, and he is writing Trophy Husbands. The attorney was Jeff Frankel.
UPDATE: I’m told the distribution deal for Mad Bastards will actually get made through Sundance Selects, a sister company to IFC Films, both owned by Rainbow Media Holdings.
EARLIER: Why wait until Sundance begins to start buying films, when you can make deals and not have to battle the snow? After breaking the story of Roadside’s acquisition of The Music Never Stopped, I’m told that IFC Films is in talks to acquire domestic on the Sundance-bound Mad Bastards, a hardscrabble road trip drama directed by Brendan Fletcher, about three generations of men in a rough and tumble family in Australia. Awaiting official confirmation of the deal, but below is a trailer from when the picture played at the Australian Film Festival:
I’m told the tête-à-tête between Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt takes place today in France. As I’ve previously reported, the actor is Quentin Tarantino’s first choice to star in his planned World War II movie Inglorious Bastards, whose script’s foreign rights are being shopped to several Hollywood studios. But I hear one reason they’re waiting to make offers is to see whether Brad is on board. Tarantino wants to start filming by October to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve confirmed Quentin Tarantino is talking to Brad Pitt to star in Inglorious Bastards, the writer/director’s newly unveiled script being shopped right now to 4 Hollywood studios: Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount and Sony. And Harvey Weinstein will produce it with Lawrence Bender… See my previous today, Tarantino Unveils ‘Inglorious Bastards’ To 4 Major Hollywood Studios.
UPDATE: I’ve just confirmed that Quentin Tarantino is talking to Brad Pitt to star… And Harvey Weinstein will produce it with Lawrence Bender…
EXCLUSIVE: Quentin Tarantino has just gone out with his long-anticipated script about World War II. I hear it’s gone out to Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount, and Sony. Not only is Lawrence Bender attached to produce Inglorious Bastards, but here’s the weird thing sources are telling me: Harvey Weinstein also will be producing as well but not financing it though his The Weinstein Co wants to distribute it domestically to pocket the fee. This certainly adds fuel to those rumors that The Weinstein Co is having movie money woes. After all, one of the ways that The Weinstein Co attracted investors was by hyping its creative connection to the Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill 1 & 2 writer/director who has long made a lot of money for a lot of people. But will Harv’s investors profit from the connection? Let’s not forget that The Weinstein Co produced and financed Quentin’s last pic Grindhouse/Death Proof that tanked at the box office because of Weinstein’s own admission that he erred in releasing it in the U.S. market as half of a too-long 3-hour, 12-minute double-feature. (UPDATE: QT and Harvey Weinstein lunched very visibly at Ago on Melrose today. Just in case anyone thought they weren’t working together…)
This latest Tarantino epic, originally for Miramax and originally set for 2001, has been so long in the works that some people thought … Read More »
The Sundance Film Festival today unveiled its Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections for the 30th anniversary gathering in Park City next month. Among the selections in the out-of-competition sections is the William H. Macy-directed musical drama Rudderless, which will be the fest’s closing night film. The rock and roll themed pic is the Shameless star’s feature directorial debut and stars him as well as Selena Gomez Billy Crudup, Felicity Huffman, Anton Yelchin, and Laurence Fishburne, Rudderless will play at 6:30PM on the night of January 24th in the Eccles at the upcoming Sundance, which runs January 16-26.
EXCLUSIVE: Pierce Brosnan is set to star inI.T., a revenge thriller that Stefano Sollima will direct. Voltage Pictures is financing. Brosnan will play a successful book publisher who finds himself pitted against a young disgruntled I.T. consultant who is tech savvy and uses that to threaten the author’s family and livelihood. Sollima hails from Italy, where he helmed the film A.C.A.B.: All Cops Are Bastards, and the upcoming SkyItalia miniseries Gomorra. I.T. will be produced by David T. Friendly, Craig Flores, Nicolas Chartier and Beau St. Clair, the latter of whom is Brosnan’s producing partner in Irish DreamTime. Dan Kay wrote the script based on an idea by Friendly through his Friendly Films banner.
They are now casting the antagonist role, and aiming for a 2014 start date. Voltage, which most recently backed the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed Don Jon, is out securing a domestic studio partner and will sell the film at AFM next month. Voltage’s Dominic Rustam negotiated the deals. Brosnan and Sollima are repped by CAA, Kay by APA
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This mini-movie supporting lineup promises to be a particularly unpredictable one, with at least three of the contenders and maybe four having a legitimate claim on the golden girl. It begins with James Cromwell’s chilling portrayal of a Nazi scientist in FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum and continues with Zachary Quinto‘s performance in the same project as a psychiatrist who has a secret life as a serial killer. They will be competing with Peter Mullan for his work as the sadistic Matt in the Sundance Channel miniseries Top Of The Lake and John Benjamin Hickey, nommed for his portrayal of the dying Cathy’s brother Sean in Showtime’s The Big C: Hereafter. Finally, there is the longest shot on the board: Scott Bakula in the HBO biopic Behind The Candelabra. The five nominees for mini-movie supporting actress honor five pretty spectacular performances, as we would expect. Any of the five could go home with the trophy. Heading this impressive group is the veteran Alfre Woodard, whose 17th nomination (for her work in the Lifetime reboot of Steel Magnolias) ties her with Ed Asner and surpasses the 16 of Tyne Daly. That’s some pretty impressive company, particularly considering that the 17 come for 16 different roles. She’s also got four wins to her credit. Woodard goes up against Sarah Paulson for FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum (her second nom) and Ellen Burstyn for USA’s Political Animals (her sixth) as well as first-timers Imelda Staunton (HBO’s The Girl) and Charlotte Rampling (for the Sundance Channel mini Restless).
MINISERIES-MOVIE SUPPORTING ACTOR
JAMES CROMWELL, American Horror Story: Asylum (FX)
Emmy History: 4 noms, 0 wins.
Why He Could Win: Throughout his long and colorful career, Cromwell has remained something of a beloved figure. The irony is that he could well win here for playing against type as a sadistic Nazi scientist and torturer in Asylum. Why He Could Lose: This is annually a profoundly unpredictable category, and any of three first-time nominees could knock Cromwell off. He’s also never won in three previous noms, which may or may not be an indicator.
About Time, Director: Richard Curtis, UK
Richard Curtis adds a touch of time-travel to this hilarious romantic comedy, a perfect vehicle for the comic talents of Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams, Lindsay Duncan, and emerging star Domhnall Gleeson. A Universal Pictures release.
Abuse Of Weakness (Abus de Faiblesse), Director: Catherine Breillat, France
Catherine Breillat’s haunting film about her 2004 stroke and subsequent self-destructive relationship with star swindler Christophe Rocancourt, starring Isabelle Huppert.
Alan Patridge, Director: Declan Lowney, UK/France
In the long-awaited big-screen debut of Steve Coogan’s singular comic creation, the vain and obliviously tactless Alan Partridge must serve as an intermediary when North Norfolk Digital is seized at gunpoint by a down-sized DJ. Read More »
BREAKING: UTA has named Yale Chasin to be an agent in the UTA Independent Film Group. Chasin is a veteran international sales and distribution executive who joins the agency from Relativity. Chasin will focus on film finance strategies for domestic and international productions. He joins a department that recently expanded with the promotions of Hailey Wierengo to agent and Mikey Schwartz Wright to coordinator. Rena Ronson and Rich Klubeck continue to co-head the division which includes agents David Flynn and Bec Smith.
“Yale brings a wealth of experience in international sales and distribution that makes him a great addition as we expand our global reach,” said UTA Independent Film Group co-head Rena Ronson. Chasin joined Relativity in July, 2012 as vice president, International Sales & Distribution, where he helped structure Relativity’s international output deals and handled foreign sales in all open territories outside the U.S. Chasin also oversaw all international distribution of Relativity productions. Before that he was vice president of International Distribution for The Weinstein Company and oversaw international, distribution from TWC’s New York headquarters on films that included The Artist, The Kings Speech, The Fighter, A Single Man, Inglorious Bastards and The Reader. Chasin joined the Weinstein Company as an assistant in 2006.
Columbia Pictures is developingBad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film, but no deal is yet set with the actress. She took little upfront money the first time around and made a fortune when the bawdy film became a surprise hit.
Sony Pictures production president Hanna Minghella said the studio “loves Justin’s take on the material – it hits all the notes that made the first film such a breakthrough hit and also takes the characters in a new direction that is fresh and fun”. The original took in $216 million worldwide and hatched a half-hour series for CBS that will star Ari Graynor. The Sony Pictures Television and CBS Television Studios co-production received a 13-episode midseason order. Kasdan next helms Sex Tape for Sony, with Diaz and Jason Segel starring. Malen, script Bastards made the Black List, is repped by Verve and H2F, and Eisenberg and Stupnitsky are repped by Mosaic and WME. Kasdan is represented by WME.
Jonathan Deckter Named IM GLobal President
IM Global is heading to Cannes with a new president. Company CEO Stuart Ford has promoted Jonathan Deckter, a three-year veteran of the sales, financing and production outfit, just in time for the annual happenings on the Croisette. He was previously head of international sales and distribution. Elsewhere, IM Global also re-upped Bonnie Voland and her B. Voland company to oversee worldwide publicity and marketing and re-signed Tatyana Joffe as EVO International Sales.
Wild Bunch Names New Distribution Chief
France’s Wild Bunch Distribution has named the successor to chief Jean-Philippe Tirel who is stepping down to start his own acquisitions boutique. Former Pathé and Fox Searchlight exec Thierry Lacaze will take over leading the distributor backed up by the company’s existing team including Jérôme Rougier who runs acquisitions. The company has a slate of 22 films this year including official Cannes selection titles The Bastards from Claire Denis, La Vie D’Adèle from Abdellatif Kechiche and James Gray’s The Immigrant as well as Robert Rodriguez’ Machete Kills. Read More »
NEW YORK— APRIL 18, 2013— Award-winning producer, social justice advocate and co-owner of the St. Louis Rams, Chip Rosenbloom and NY Times best-selling author, entrepreneur and journalist, Dylan Ratigan are joining forces with award-winning director star and creator of MTV’s WORLD OF JENKS and author Andrew Jenks for an untitled documentary centered on the 2005 murder trial and controversial conviction, of college student Ryan Ferguson. Ferguson was convicted for the 2001 brutal assault and killing of Kent Heitholt, the popular sports editor for Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune. Ratigan and Rosenbloom will serve as producers on the project. Directed by Jenks, filming will begin immediately.