After finding success with its first documentary, the Oscar-nominated The Square, Worldview Entertainment has come aboard to finance and produce 52, about the search for the loneliest whale on the planet. Joshua Zeman is directing the film from his own treatment, centered on the real life whale that’s been recorded sending out calls at a pitch of 52 Hertz – a sonic frequency no other individual whale has ever been documented at, leading some to believe he/she is the only one of its kind and has been sending the unreturned sonic message out into the vast ocean expanse for decades. Entourage‘s Adrian Grenier is producing for his Reckless Productions label with Alldayeveryday’s Lucy Cooper and Zeman for his Gigantic Pictures. Pic will be exec produced by Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow, Molly Conners, Sarah E. Johnson and Maria Cestone. Filming is set to begin this Fall with a seven-week expedition into the Pacific. Worldview recently signed a five-year multi-picture pact with The Weinstein Co. under which it will co-finance TWC pics Tulip Fever, The Woman In Gold, and two more upcoming films and TWC will distribute at least 20 Worldview titles.
Deadline Hollywood has been breaking news at the Cannes Film Festival for quite some time. But this year, we decided to close our laptops and turn off our phones (just for a little bit) and hold what is the first of many big splashes on the Croisette. Deadline Hollywood’s Cocktails on the Croisette — sponsored by American Express, The Consulate General of France in Los Angeles and the Film Fraternity — drew a plethora of studio executives, filmmakers and celebrities Friday afternoon at the 67th annual fest. Hosts Co-Editor-In-Chief Mike Fleming Jr., Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and International Editor Nancy Tartaglione were on hand at the exclusive La Gold Plage to raise a glass of champagne to executives from Sony Pictures Classics, Lionsgate, Cinedigm, Blumhouse Productions, Picturehouse, IM Global, Film4, Paradigm and Resolution Agency, among others. Click on a photo to launch the slideshow: