This is the movie that features Michael Fassbender wearing an enormous head throughout. The 12 Years A Slave Oscar nominee plays the title character in Frank, the mysterious and enigmatic lead singer in a band of eccentrics. Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Carla Azar also star. Lenny Abrahamson directed the film from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Frank, which Magnolia picked up after its Sundance premiere, bows May 2 in the UK and Ireland. Here’s the trailer:
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UPDATE, 3:16 PM: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed news that Deadline broke yesterday: It has acquired North American rights to Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. Read the full release below the original story.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, THURSDAY AM: Magnolia is zeroing in on a low seven-figure domestic deal for Frank, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film about a band that is led by an eclectic genius lead singer who, everywhere he goes, wears an oversized head, even on stage. Now, this has been one of the most intriguing titles, given that the actor playing him is Michael Fassbender, the hunky Irishman who was just Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave.
The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Domhnall Gleeson and the vantage point is a fledgling musician who joins the band. The film is repped by WME Global, and while the deal flow has been a bit on the slow side, that agency has managed to close a deal through all of the six days of the fest. I wrote about how Graham Taylor’s Sundance team of Mark Ankner, Liesl Copland and Alexis Garcia got minted as partners, and maybe that was the extra motivation, but they bagged the fest’s first big deal on the opening night film Whiplash, and haven’t let up. Frank first premiered last Friday night at the Eccles Theater. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Just as they prepare for tonight’s Sundance premiere of the Michael Fassbender-starrer Frank, the pic’s backers, Element Pictures, have made a first look deal with Lenny Abrahamson to hatch film and TV projects for the Frank writer/director to script, direct and produce. Frank is their latest collaboration; before that they made Adam & Paul (with Speers Film), Garage and What Richard Did, along with the TV series Prosperity.
Frank is one of the pictures most often mentioned to me by hopeful buyers. The film stars Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy; it’s an offbeat comedy about a band led by an enigmatic genius lead singer who hides himself inside an oversized fake head. The film is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board. Abrahamson and Element are putting together a slate that will include an adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel Room.
Ed Guiney said he and Element Pictures’ co-director Andrew Lowe “feel very lucky indeed to be working with Lenny, a truly unique, once in a lifetime film making talent whose international reputation is growing rapidly. Our friendship goes back almost 30 years to when we started making films together in college. We now want to formalize what has been a very successful relationship with Element over the last decade and support Lenny in his intention to make ever more impactful and … Read More »