Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange has acquired international rights to CBGB, the feature about the infamous New York City underground music club. Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) is directing the film that stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, the CBGB founder who took chances on such bands as Blondie, Television, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Freddy Rodriguez, Justin Bartha, Joel David Moore and Donal Logue also form part of the large ensemble cast. The Exchange will offer the film to overseas buyers in Cannes; Paradigm has domestic.
Deadline noted in February that Alan Rickman is set to direct British indie A Little Chaos starring Kate Winslet and Rust & Bone‘s Matthias Schoenaerts. Lionsgate UK has boarded the film as main financier as part of a drive to double its investment in local film. Rickman will also star in the love story about rival landscape gardeners who are competing to design a fountain at Versailles for Louis XIV. Principal photography starts in April. Rickman previously directed Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law in 1997′s The Winter Guest. He recently signed with ICM Partners and next plays Ronald Reagan in the Lee Daniels-directed The Butler. Winslet is next starring in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. Belgian actor Schoenaerts, who broke out in 2011′s Bullhead, just won France’s César Award for Best Male Newcomer in Jacques Audiard’s Rust & Bone.
Gail Egan, Andrea Caldrewood and Bertrand Faivre are producing with Lionsgate UK’s Zygi Kamasa exec producing. The studio will co-produce alongside BBC Films and Lipsync. Ray Cooper, Christine Langan, Julia Taylor Stanley, Norman Merry will also executive produce. Lionsgate UK will take UK rights and rep U.S. rights with Lionsgate International handling the rest of the world. Australia’s Transmission has Oz.
EXCLUSIVE: ICM Partners has signed Alan Rickman. Based on the harsh reviews I’ve seen on the latest Die Hard, they should have found a way to let his character live in that first installment after Rickman delivered one of the best villain turns in an action movie. He’s been working up a storm anyway, on screen and stage.
On stage, Rickman’s played Mark Antony opposite Helen Mirren’s Cleopatra in the Royal National Theatre’s production of Antony And Cleopatra, and he starred in Yukio Ninagawa’s Tango At The End Of Winter on London’s West End. His stage breakout came in Les Liasons Dangereuses and he most recently was onstage in the Theresa Rebeck play Seminar. Onscreen, Rickman next plays Ronald Reagan in the Lee Daniels-directed The Butler, along with the Patrice Leconte-directed A Promise, Randall Miller’s CBGB, and the Michael Hoffman remake of Gambit that stars Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz. Rickman is booked to direct A Little Chaos, starring opposite Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts. The film begins principal photography in April.