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Cargo Entertainment Acquires Anna Paquin And Cam Gigandet Crime Drama ‘Free Ride’

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 1:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Cargo Entertainment has acquired international rights to Free Ride, a Shana Betz-directed crime drama that stars Anna Paquin and Twilight Saga‘s Cam Gigandet. True Blood star Paquin plays a single mom who moves to Florida with her daughters to try and make a better life but gets caught up in the drug-trade business in the late 1970s. Gigandet plays Paquin’s love interest. Betz, who’s making her directorial debut, wrote the script based on her own life story. The film also stars  Liana Liberato, Ava Acres, Drea De Matteo, Jeff Hephner and Paquin’s True Blood cohort Brit Morgan. Cerise Hallam Larkin, Susan Dynner, and Paquin are producing and Mark Larkin and Stephen Moyer are exec producers.

Lindsay called Betz’s story “riveting and awe-inspiring.” Paradigm’s Nick LoPiccolo brokered the deal with Ronald J. Levin and Cargo’s Mark Lindsay and Marina Grasic, and Featured Artists Agency’s Brian Dreyfuss reps Betz and was heavily involved in packaging the project.

This bolsters a Cargo slate at Cannes that includes an adaptation of the Stephen King novel Cell that will star John Cusack, the Thomas Jane-helmed A Magnificent Death From A Shattered Hand, and Andy Garcia’s Hemingway & Fuentes. Paradigm will broker the domestic distribution deal on Free Ride.

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Jump Street Films & Cargo Entertainment Team On Peter Cameron’s ‘Andorra’

By | Wednesday March 13, 2013 @ 5:56am PDT

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney

EXCLUSIVE: Jamie Bialkower’s Melbourne-based Jump Street Films has optioned New York writer Peter Cameron’s novel Andorra and will produce the film adaptation in partnership with Cargo Entertainment. Cameron is writing the screenplay for the saga of Alexander Fox, an elegant gent who leaves the States to start a new life in the tiny nation of Andorra. He’s quickly drawn to two women – a tall, cool Australian blonde with a giant dog, and the reserved, heartbroken daughter of the town’s matriarch. When a dead body turns up in the harbor Fox finds he’s the prime suspect. Bialkower tells Deadline production is scheduled for 2014 in Europe and Australia. No director is set yet. Andorra was originally published in 1997 and re-issued in 2009. Cameron’s novel The City Of Your Final Destination was made into a 2009 film by Merchant Ivory. The Andorra deal was negotiated with Cameron’s agent Irene Skolnick. Cargo and Jump Street pacted to co-fund films late last year, with Cargo handling international sales and Jump Street releasing 6-8 Cargo titles annually in Oz.

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