Alexandre Moors will follow his Spirit Award-nominated debut feature Blue Caprice with a remake of the 2001 Korean drama Failan, about a young woman who enters into an arranged marriage with a gangster she’s never met and connects with him via a series of letters. In the English-language adaptation scripted by Jose Rivera (Motorcycle Diaries), the setting is updated to America where the young woman is now a Russian immigrant caught up in human trafficking operation run by mobsters in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The Landscape Entertainment and Beacon Pictures production will be produced by Landscape’s Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell with Beacon’s Armyan Bernstein and Suzann Ellis. Moors, who also earned a Gothams nod for Breakthrough Director for Blue Caprice, is repped by Caliber Media and CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: In a move that runs counter to the usual comics-to-screen trend of adapting material, digital comics co. Red Giant Entertainment has inked a deal to publish a graphic novel based on the Isaiah Washington-starring Blue Caprice. IFC/Sundance Selects acquired the indie drama about the duo behind the Beltway Sniper shootings out of Sundance and opened it in limited release in September. Red Giant scored the deal through the film’s producers Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof, who are also execs at the transmedia company. For the graphic novel series, screenwriter R.F.I. Porto will adapt his own film script into a quasi-prequel companion piece that further explores the motivations and legacy of convicted murderers John Muhammad and Lee Malvo.
Specialty Box Office: ‘Mother Of George,’ ‘Blue Caprice’ Solid In Single Theaters; ‘Plush’ & ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ Crash
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While the weekend’s higher profile directors tanked at the indie box office with new pics, several smaller films opened in one theater and the tactic appears to have mostly worked in their favor. Oscilloscope bowed Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother Of George in one theater, handily scoring the weekend’s top PSA with $22,456. The film about a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn lured packed crowds. “[Mother Of George] played to sold out shows throughout the weekend and drew an extremely diverse crowd on the heels of unanimously positive reviews,” said an O-scope spokesperson Sunday about the film which picked up a Cinematography prize at Sundance in January. “We look forward to expanding over the coming weeks.”
Sundance Selects‘ Blue Caprice, which bowed at Sundance and New Directors/New Films earlier this year and stars Isaiah Washington, opened IFC Center in New York, taking the weekend’s second highest PSA with $15,200. The distributor plans a slow roll out for the film which recalls the shooting spree in and around Washington, D.C. in 2002. Sundance Selects said it will expand Blue Caprice to the top 15 markets throughout September.
Also doing solid business in one run was Submarine Deluxe‘s documentary GMO OMG, reporting a $15,121 weekend gross.
Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’, ‘Blue Caprice’, ‘Informant’, ‘Herb & Dorothy 50X50′, ‘GMO OMG’, ‘Sample This’
Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Billy Bob Thornton marks his return to the director’s chair for general audiences with Jayne Mansfield’s Car, starring Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon and Robert Duvall. Isaiah Washington, meanwhile, was lured out of semi-retirement for Alexandre Moors’ Blue Caprice, which recalls a rash of shootings that terrorized the U.S. capital. Politics, genetically modified food, music and art are at the center of three documentaries that are among this weekend’s new Specialty offerings. Music Box will open Informant which looks at FBI informant Brandon Darby. Herb & Dorothy 50X50 is a follow-up to a 2008 doc that profiled a seemingly ordinary middle class couple who amassed an important collection of minimalist and conceptual art while Sample This looks at how a forgotten record helped cement hip hop on the streets of the Bronx.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car
Director-writer: Billy Bob Thornton
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Hohn Hurt, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton
Distributor: Anchor Bay Entertainment
The first narrative feature Billy Bob Thornton has directed since Daddy And Them (2001), the provocatively titled Jayne Mansfield’s Car had its debut in competition at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival. Distributor came on board the film set in 1969 Alabama soon after its premiere there. “We loved it – it has a phenomenal cast, a unique storyline and it’s Billy Bob Thornton’s return to directing,” said Anchor Bay president Bill Clark. “We knew that audiences could identify with one or more of the diverse characters in the film – everyone has an uncle, father, grandfather that embodies the aspects of each generation.” The film centers on the death of a clan’s estranged wife and mother which brings together two very different families.
Isaiah Washington, whose run on Grey’s Anatomy ended when he got caught up in a scandal in which cast mates said had used homophobic slurs, has just finished Blackbird, a film by writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk. Washington plays the sympathetic father of a talented teen singer who is gay and struggling with it in a small Southern Baptist town. Washington produced with Polk and Carol Ann Shine with Keith Brown the exec producer. Washington, repped by Inqlusion Entertainment and Anderson & Smith, is getting strong reviews for the Alexander Moors-directed Blue Caprice, which premiered at Sundance and gets released this week by IFC, and he recently starred in the SXSW film They Die By Dawn. He is also developing a reality-based sports and outdoor adventure show with Wayne Hubbard and Candice Price’s Urban American Adventures brand.
Isaiah Washington stars in the Beltway sniper drama from first-time director Alexandre Moors, which also co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, and Leo Fitzpatrick. Pic features breakout work by youngster Tequan Richmond as Lee Boyd Malvo AKA John Lee Malvo, the teenager whose relationship with father figure John Allen Muhammad (Washington) led to the DC-area killing spree that left ten people dead in 2002. Blue Caprice was snatched up by Sundance Selects after premiering at Sundance and is set for a September 13 release. Check out the trailer:
Will Rowbotham has joined Caliber Media as a manager in the company’s new New York office. The former partner and literary manager at Prolific Entertainment is the first hire for Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier’s east coast location, which formally opened Tuesday. I’m told that Rowbotham’s clients from Prolific are expected to follow him to his new gig. Those clients include writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Sabrina The Teenage Witch), Ian Fried (Spectral), Zak Olkewicz (Ink And Bone), RFI Porto (Blue Caprice), Jessica Conrad (SNL), and directors Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice), and Martha Pinson (Martin Scorsese-produced Tomorrow). Rowbotham was a producer on Blue Caprice, which stars Isaiah Washington and Joey Lauren Adams, both of whom are with Caliber. Blue Caprice debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and was picked up by Sundance Selects in early March. The manager also served as a producer on the upcoming QED horror pic Haunt starring Jacki Weaver.
Hot off Blue Caprice being picked up by Sundance Selects this week, lead actor Isaiah Washington has new management. Two new managers actually. Instead of having an agency, Washington and his Coalhouse Productions have signed with both Caliber Media and Inqlusion Entertainment for representation in all areas. The former Grey’s Anatomy actor was previously with APA. In the Beltway sniper saga Blue Caprice, Washington plays John Allen Muhammad, the older of the two shooters who terrorized the DC and Baltimore area in October 2002. Acting as a father figure, Muhammad instructed Lee Boyd Malvo, played by Tequan Richmond in the film, in the ways of murder. Their rampage left 10 dead and three critically wounded. Washington also served as Executive Producer on the Alexandre Moors-directed film.
BREAKING: In what I’m told is a low seven-figure minimum guarantee, Sundance Selects acquired North American and Latin American rights to Alexandre Moors’ debut feature Blue Caprice, which debuted at Sundance last January.
Pic stars Isaiah Washington, Tequan Richmond, Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson and Leo Fitzpatrick. It tells the story about an abandoned boy (Richmond) adopted by a dangerous father figure (Washington), who brings the youth into the horrific Beltway sniper attacks that terrorized the Baltimore and D.C. region. Story is told from the point of view of the two killers, whose distorted father-son relationship facilitated their long and bloody journey across America.
Script is by R.F.I. Porto, and the film’s produced by Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Ron Simons, Stephen Tedeschi, Brian O’Carroll, Kim Jackson and Will Rowbotham. The film will open Film Society of Lincoln Center and MOMA’s 2013 New Directors/New Films Festival,
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: “Alexandre Moors has made one of the most distinct and haunting American independent films of the year featuring unforgettable performances by Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond.”
Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman made the deal with John Sloss and Dana O’Keefe at Cinetic Media.