Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
September weekends have been packed with Specialty newcomers and this Friday is no exception. One exec at a boutique outfit commented this weekend that the marketplace cannot sustain the heavy number of new films that have hit the marketplace lately, but the momentum is continuing nevertheless. Fox Searchlight, Roadside/Lionsgate and Tribeca Film are opening Enough Said, Thanks For Sharing and A Single Shot respectively. All boast star power, though their roll out strategies differ at least initially. Thanks For Sharing is by the far the biggest opener in terms of locations. Screen Media and Focus World will bow C.O.G. which is a David Sedaris-adapted story for the big screen, while TWC will open bio-comedy Haute Cuisine, which it hopes will attract foodies and China Lion will tap its core Chinese market with My Lucky Star. Documentaries are also on tap this weekend with Oscilloscope’s After Tiller potentially drumming up attention due to its controversial look at the four remaining doctors who perform late-term abortions in the U.S. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Short Game, meanwhile, is the SXSW audience award-winner centering on 7-year-old golfers. And First Run’s Men At Lunch investigates the back story of one of the depression-era’s most famous photographs.
Director-writer: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Jessica St. Clair, Toni Collette, Catherine Keener
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
One of James Gandolfini’s final roles, Enough Said premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the romantic comedy centers on a divorced woman who decides to pursue the man who is her new friend’s ex-husband. “Everybody was happy to be presenting the film at the Elgin [in Toronto],” said Fox Searchlight Senior V.P. Frank Rodriguez. “There was great audience response and everyone came out on stage including Nicole, Julia and Catherine, but there was a big hole with James not being there.” Searchlight had been involved with the project since its early days and Rodriguez called Holofcener’s work a good fit for the distributor. “Her films have been a combination of adult drama and touching a nerve with an audience, which is what we’re always looking for,” said Rodriguez. “She is right in the wheelhouse with that market.” Rodriguez said Searchlight has treaded carefully to not overplay the fact this is one of Gandolfini’s final new onscreen performances.” Read More »
Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy and Jeffrey Wright star in the David M. Rosenthal-directed neo-noir thriller from Tribeca Film. An adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel, A Single Shot is the story of a dark and deadly game of cat and mouse, prompted by the tragic death of a young girl. Rockwell plays hunter John Moon who makes a fatal mistake that leaves him with a suitcase full of blood money and hardened killers on his trail. As the hunter becomes the hunted, Moon is forced to defend his family and fight for his life. Jones wrote the script. A Single Shot will be available nationwide On Demand beginning August 20 and opens in theaters on September 20. Check out the trailer:
British Columbia-based film production and finance group Bron Studios is launching Bron Animation to develop and produce original kids animated fare for television and films. The aim is an “emphasis on absurd comedy with an edgy tone that parents will also enjoy”. The first project in production is a pair of TV specials based on Mighty Mighty Monsters, the Sean Patrick O’Reilly book series. The books revolve around a group of classic movie monster kids — Frankenstein, Dracula and Wolfman — who are expelled from monster school and sent to a human immersion program at a “normal” human middle school. Two hour-long specials are planned. Bron Studios is currently in post-production on A Single Shot, starring Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs, Melissa Leo, and William H. Macy.
Unified Pictures, Bron Studios, Unanimous Entertainment and Media House Capital have just started production on A Single Shot, the David M. Rosenthal-directed thriller that stars Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright, Joe Anderson, Jason Isaacs, Kelly Reilly, Ophelia Lovibond, and Melissa Leo.
An adaptation of the Matthew F. Jones novel, A Single Shot is the story of a dark and deadly game of cat and mouse, prompted by the tragic death of a young girl. Rockwell plays a wild-game poacher who makes a fatal mistake that leaves him with a suitcase full of blood money and hardened killers on his trail. As the hunter becomes the hunted, John Moon is forced to defend his family and fight for his life. Jones wrote the script. Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen is producing alongside Unified Pictures’ Keith Kjarval and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert.
“It’s so rare to find a script that legitimately works in both the sense of genre and of art,” Rosenthal said. “When I first read A Single Shot, its cinematic potential blew me away. The movie literally unfurled in my mind like a long flip book and I’ve been riding a wave of excitement ever since. Add to that a cast of actors whose work I absolutely revere, and you can understand why my heart is pounding to do this film justice.” Read More »