EXCLUSIVE: LA-based Epic Pictures Group will finance and produce the English-language remake of François Ozon’s 2010 comedy Potiche. Catherine Deneuve starred in the original as a housewife who steps in to run her husband’s business when workers go on strike. Gérard Depardieu, Fabrice Luchini, Karin Viard, Judith Godrèche and Jérémie Renier also starred and Music Box released in the U.S. in 2011 with the alternate title Trophy Wife. The BAFTA-nominated film was based on the stage play by Pierre Barillet and Jean-Pierre Grédy and was set in a 1970s France on the verge of social and economic revolution. Epic intends to utilize the same themes and characters in the American take. Original producer Eric Altmayer of Mandarin Cinéma will exec produce. “Both the play and the movie have been extremely successful in Europe and we felt it is time to bring this universal story to the U.S. and globally,” Altmayer says. The remake will be produced by Epic’s Shaked Berenson and Patrick Ewald. Says Berenson, “It was important to François Ozon and Eric Altmayer that we are on the same page creatively. Bouncing ideas at Mandarin’s Paris offices, it felt like a natural partnership for the next step of this franchise.” Here’s the trailer for the original:
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Group is introducing Louder Than Words at the EFM here in Berlin this week. The drama is from director Anthony Fabian and stars David Duchovny and Hope Davis in the true story of John and Brenda Fareri. The real-life couple lost their youngest daughter to rabies in 1995 and went on to build a state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Valhalla, NY in her honor. Timothy Hutton also stars in the Benjamin Chapin-scripted film. Preferred Content is repping domestic rights while Epic handles international. Here’s the trailer:
EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the full official trailer for Epic Pictures Releasing‘s creature feature Big Ass Spider! The movie comes out theatrically and on demand on October 18. It premiered at SXSW in March and sees a giant arachnid terrorizing Los Angeles. Mike Mendez directs Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Lombardo Boyar and Ray Wise. Will it have, ahem, legs? You be the judge:
EXCLUSIVE: Epic Pictures Releasing is going out with three separate films this October in simultaneous U.S. VOD/theatrical releases. The first, Vikingdom, will hit on October 4. It’s based on Viking mythology and stars Dominic Purcell (Prison Break) as a man who must battle to retrieve Odin’s Horn before Thor and his army can unleash the mystical artifact’s powers to conquer the world. Conan Stevens (The Hobbit trilogy) plays Thor. Also coming up for Epic are supernatural thriller I Will Follow You Into The Dark on October 11 and creature feature Big Ass Spider! on October 18. Here’s the Vikingdom trailer:
Epic Pictures Releasing has locked an October 18, 2013 domestic release for Big Ass Spider!, the movie that features a giant arachnid terrorizing Los Angeles. Mike Mendez’s creature comedy will go out simultaneously in theaters and on VOD. Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Lombardo Boyar and Ray Wise star. Epic Pictures and Wittgenstein Entertainment produced the pic that premiered at SXSW in March. Epic Pictures Releasing is the U.S. distribution arm of Epic Pictures Group which is also now acquiring third-party elevated genre for limited theatrical releases.
Action thriller The Devil’s In The Details hails from debut feature helmer Waymon Boone. Ray Liotta stars as a psychiatrist who finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly Mexican drug war. Act Of Valor‘s Emilio Rivera and newcomer Joel Mathews also star. Epic Pictures principals Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are handling foreign sales beginning in Cannes where they’ll screen a trailer. Boone, the former lead singer of alt pop/rock band Splender, also wrote The Devil’s In The Details and is producing as are Phillip B. Goldfine and Cesar Vallacis-De Lucia. Bryan Sexton and Benjamin Sacks are executive producing.
Film production, financing and sales outfit Epic Pictures Group acquired foreign sales rights to Australian thriller Crawl which it will debut at the market that runs parallel with the Cannes Film Festival. The film will launch under the Bloody Disgusting Selects banner, a partnership between management-production entity The Collective and horror fan site, Bloody-Disgusting.com. Crawl marks the feature debut of twin brothers Paul (Writer/Director) and Benjamin (Producer) China. Crawl is a rural-set thriller in which a murder-for-hire backfires and an innocent woman winds up a hostage in her own home. A deal for UK rights is also in the process of closing.