D.J. Caruso‘s first film after I Am Number Four has found a home at ARC Entertainment. Standing Up, based on Brock Cole’s YA novel The Goats, follows an 11-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl who run away from bullies at summer camp and embark on a three-day journey of self-discovery. ARC will release the coming-of-age pic in theaters August 16 and digitally on August 20. Chandler Canterbury (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button), Annalise Basso (Bedtime Stories), and Val Kilmer star in the film which Caruso wrote and directed. The film is produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Media Talent Group’s Geyer Kosinski. Boris Teterev and Sergei Bespalov are executive producers. ARC Entertainment’s Trevor Drinkwater negotiated the deal with CAA and Aldamisa Entertainment’s Jere Haufsfater and Tim Swain on behalf of the filmmakers.
EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off her appearance both before and at the end of the Oscars, Kristin Chenoweth will reappear this week in the feature film Family Weekend. ARC Entertainment and Footprint Features said today it will release the Benjamin Epps-directed comedy on premium VOD on Thursday, and put it in theaters beginning March 29. Matthew Modine, Olesya Rulin, Joey King and Shirley Jones co-star in the pic, which follows 16-year-old Emily (Rulin) an incredibly motivated overachiever who has grown increasingly frustrated with her parents’ lack of support and guidance, and she and her siblings unite to take their parents (Chenoweth, Modine) hostage in an effort to become a family again. Matt K. Turner penned the screenplay, and Footprint’s Adam Saunders and Chris Aronoff produced in association with The Bedford Falls Co. Youmi N. Ma is executive producer.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired domestic theatrical and home entertainment rights to Family Weekend, a comedy that stars Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Modine and Olesya Rulin. Benjamin Epps directed the pic, about an overachieving 16-year-old (Rulin) who takes her parents hostage after they miss her big jump-roping competition — the latest blow that reveals her folks’ lack of support and guidance. Matt K. Turner wrote the script. Adam Saunders and Chris Aronoff produced through their Footprint Features in association with The Bedford Falls Co; Youmi N. Ma executive produced. The deal was negotiated by ARC president Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey and The Film Sales Co’s Andrew Herwitz on behalf of the filmmakers. ARC’s recent releases include Nitro Circus, The Way, Seven Days In Utopia and Senna.
ARC Entertainment acquired North American distribution rights to Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut Fat Kid Rules The World, a comedy that won the Narrative Feature Spotlight Audience Award at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. The film will be launched through a social media strategy that includes a $150,000 P&A spend raised through Kickstarter. Pic stars Jacob Wysocki, Matt O’Leary, and Billy Campbell. Lillard, last seen in The Descendants, made his directing debut on a film based on the K.L. Going novel.
The protagonist is 17, overweight, and suicidal, and when he’s about to jump in front of a bus, he’s saved by a charming street musician. The two begin an uneasy friendship when Marcus enlists the musically challenged kid to become the drummer in a new punk rock band. The youth’s father becomes increasingly concerned about his son’s new friendship.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to The Frozen, a psychological thriller that marks the directing debut of former development exec Andrew Hyatt. True Blood‘s Brit Morgan, Noah Segan (Looper) and Seth David Mitchell star. Mike (Mitchell) and Emma (Morgan) take an ill-advised winter camping trip and get stranded in the woods after a snowmobile accident. When he disappears, she is left on her own not only to battle the elements, but elude a mysterious man (Segan) who has been tracking her through the forest. ARC Entertainment’s CEO Trevor Drinkwater confirmed the deal.
“We’re excited to acquire a film that takes the audience for a ride as the protagonists fight for their survival,” says Drinkwater. “Andrew Hyatt has a unique point of view when it comes to storytelling and it is showcased in The Frozen. What an amazing achievement in his first film as a director!” Hyatt wrote the script and Fox Hill Productions’ Samantha Lusk produced. International rights on the film are represented by Roman Kopelevich’s Red Sea Media.
Freelance journalist Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney
EXCLUSIVE: Family film Red Dog took more than $21M in Australia after its release last year, landing it at number 8 on the all-time chart of home-grown grossers. Collaring North American rights, ARC Entertainment will give it a simultaneous theatrical, VOD and DVD release later this summer, producer Nelson Woss tells Deadline. In Australia, the DVD is the third best seller ever behind Avatar and Finding Nemo. Adapted from a novel by Louis de Bernières and directed by Kriv Stenders, the film was inspired by the true story of a dog in the Australian outback who travelled hundreds of miles in search of his long lost master. Josh Lucas and Rachael Taylor star. Woss is also fielding expressions of interest in remake rights from several US producers and is developing a stage musical based on the film with Australian producer John Frost. The deal was negotiated by ARC’s Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey and ICM Partners, which also represents Stenders.
ARC Entertainment has acquired the worldwide rights to Nitro Circus The Movie 3D. The company announced that the stunt adventure flick starring MTV‘s action sport gang will be released nationwide August 10 in 3D and 2D. Created by lead Nitro Travis Pastrana, along with Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, the Nitro Circus show premiered on MTV in 2009; it now airs on MTV2. Nitro Circus The Movie 3D is directed by Gregg Godfrey and Jeremy Rawle. Godfrey, Rawle and Dave Hunter of Godfrey Entertainment produced in partnership with Red Bull Media House. Executive producers include Bill Gerber, the Wasserman Media Group’s David Brooks, and Godfrey’s Jared Knight. ARC, Red Bull Media House and Wasserman Media will partner in the marketing and distribution; Dennis Rice will oversee those efforts for the combo.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has set a June 8 theatrical release for Knockdown, an action thriller starring Casey T. Evans, Tom Arnold and Bai Ling. Todd Bellanca directed and co-wrote the script with Sasha Levinson. It centers on Jack “The Ripper” Stemmons (Evans), whose boxing career is destroyed by a bookie (Arnold) who fixes the fight of Stemmons’ life. After he attacks the bookie in revenge, the boxer must escape and ends up in Bangkok under the spell of a prostitute (Ling) who is part of a gangster’s scheme to force Stemmons into the city’s notorious underground fight clubs. Tabcum Entertainment’s Sarote Tabcum Jr. and Bellanca produced. ARC just released with XLrator Media the thriller 96 Minutes as well as the Sundance doc Knuckle.
Starring Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Evan Ross (ATL), Christian Serratos (Twilight series), J. Michael Trautmann and David Oyelowo (The Help, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), 96 MINUTES is told in an interlocking structure centering around four young lives which collide in a shocking and terrifying moment with an acutely uncertain outcome. With acclaimed performances by a multicultural cast, this richly complex moral tale touches on the issues of race, class, friendship and our connections to the past.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment has acquired North American rights excluding theatrical to Seven Days In Utopia, the inspirational drama starring Robert Duvall and Melissa Leo. The film — about a down-and-out young pro golfer who becomes stranded in Utopia, Texas and befriends a rancher — was released in theaters in early September and grossed more than $4 million. Lucas Black, Deborah Ann Woll and Brian Geraghty co-star. ARC will release the movie on DVD and video-on-demand later this year. The company’s past titles include martial arts actioner Bunraku and the Sundance documentary Knuckle.
Cinedigm announced today that it has formed Indie Direct, a full-service distribution and marketing platform for indie filmmakers and distributors that will allow producers the ability to manage all facets of digital distribution to be delivered via the company’s digital-cinema system. The suite offerings include booking software, content delivery, sales, distribution strategy, marketing planning and execution, and box office recoupment. The new service already has a couple of clients: ARC Entertainment and Seven Arts Pictures. ARC will release eight titles by year’s end, including its recent Sundance pickup Knuckle. Seven Arts will bow its The Pool Boys on Sept. 30. This is the latest move by Cinedigm to sharpen the company’s focus. During the past couple of months, it has sold off noncore assets in a play to become more of a content-delivery and software company, and Indie Direct falls into that plan.
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media have teamed to acquire North American distribution rights to the rock and roll comedy Killing Bono, which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival. They plan a VOD release in October and a theatrical release a month later.
The film’s directed by Nick Hamm, stars Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter and Martin McCann and features the last performance by the late actor Pete Postlethwaite. Written by The Commitments scribes Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell, the film tells the story of young Irish rock musician Neil McCormick and his brother Ivan. They try to become rock stars in Dublin but are upstaged by four of their friends when they form the band U2 and become the biggest rock stars in the world. Pic’s an adaptation of Neil McCormick’s memoir Killing Bono: I Am Bono’s Doppelganger. ARC Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater and XLrator Media head Barry Gordon have now teamed on their fifth film acquisition. They also acquired Ironclad, John Carpenter’s The Ward, the martial arts film Bunraku and Knuckle, the documentary about rival bare knuckle boxers in Ireland that premiered at Sundance. WME Global’s Alexis Garcia and Samantha Horley from SALT Company International brokered the deal. The pic’s produced by Hamm, Ian Flooks, Mark Huffam, Piers Tempest and is co-produced by Isibeal Ballance.
“One of the freshest and funniest rock & roll movies in a long time, Killing Bono is going to thrill not …
EXCLUSIVE: ARC Entertainment and XLrator Media announced that they have acquired North American rights to the Sundance documentary Knuckle. Ian Palmer’s doc was filmed over 12 years and is about two Irish families who settle a longstanding dispute by periodically engaging in bare-knuckle bouts, focusing on two brothers, James Quinn and Michael McDonagh. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where its remake rights sparked interest from several parties; HBO landed the project, which is in development, with Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh adapting it into a drama series. The North American deal was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers and by Barry Gordon for ARC and XLrator.
ARC Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the ContentFilm International medieval action thriller Ironclad. ARC made the deal in collaboration with Barry Gordon’s XLrator Media, and will release the film theatrically in June. Directed by Jonathan English, the film is the true story of a motley crew of battle-hardened warriors who go to war to defend their country’s freedom.
Rome‘s James Purefoy, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Kate Mara, Paul Giamatti and Jason Flemyng star with Jamie Foreman, Aneurin Barnar, Mackenzie Crook, Vladimir Kulich and Charles Dance. English wrote the script with Erick Kastel and Stephen McDool, and Mythic International Entertainment’s Rick Benattar, Andrew Curtis and English produced it.
“The partnership between ARC Entertainment and XLator is the perfect team to distribute Ironclad,” said ContentFilm’s Jamie Carmichael. ContentFilm most recently generated the Ian Palmer-directed documentary Knuckle that premiered at Sundance. The film, about a longstanding dispute between two clans in Ireland that gets periodically settled through bare knuckle brawls, came away with a remake rights deal CAA made at HBO for a potential series from the Eastbound & Down team of Danny McBride, Jody Hill and David Gordon Green of Rough House Pictures.
Here’s a trailer for Ironclad: