Antonio Banderas will play Mario Sepulveda, aka Super Mario, in The 33, the feature version of the saga of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground for 69 days in 2010. Martin Sheen and Rodrigo Santoro are also joining the ensemble. Mike Medavoy secured the miners’ exclusive life rights last year and developed the project in collaboration with the men, their rescuers and their families. Patricia Riggen (La Misma Luna) will direct with production scheduled to begin in the fall. Good Universe is handling international sales. Medavoy and Edward McGurn are producing with Carlos Eugenio Lavin and Leopoldo Enriquez exec producing.
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Radiant Films International has acquired international rights to the comedy drama Wild. Written and directed by Vivienne DeCourcy, the movie stars Ella Greenwell and Tom Hughes. It tells the story of Mary Reynolds, a visionary young garden designer who puts everything on the line in order to compete in the Chelsea Flower show. Hughes stars as Christy, an idealistic environmentalist, whom Mary enlists to help her compete at the Chelsea, the Olympics of gardening. Wild is funded by Green Earth, the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland. It will shoot in Ireland and Ethiopia over the coming months. Pic is produced by Treasure Entertainment and Crowe’s Nest in Ireland, together with Green Earth in the US. Rebecca O’Flanagan and Rob Walpole will produce from Treasure, with Sarah Johnson and Chloe Kassis Crowe exec-producing. Jay Cohen from the Gersh Agency is handling U.S. rights.
Good Universe has set Captain Phillips scribe Billy Ray to direct his script Departure. Jim Whitaker will produce the sci-fi/romance film and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Good Universe has the project on the fast-track and will begin casting right away. Based …
EXCLUSIVE: Good Universe, the upstart shingle run by former Mandate men Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane, have acquired an untitled pitch from Sascha Penn. It’s described as an action-heavy film that pits the criminal organizations the Yakuza and the Mafia against one another in a winner-take-all battle. Oasis …
Angelfall was initially self-published by author Susan Ee before it was courted by publishers and finally released in the fall by Amazon Children’s Publishing. The second book in the young-adult fantasy series is due next year. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and Good Universe have acquired multipicture rights for a feature adaptation with Raimi and Tapert producing and Good Universe’s Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane exec producing. “Susan is a brilliant writer”, Raimi said. “She has created a fantastic world with instantly engaging and real characters. I immediately connected with the material and knew that she had conceived the perfect combination for a great fantasy film.”
SANTA MONICA (October 17, 2012) – GOOD UNIVERSE, a full-service motion picture financing and production company, is upping its commitment to being a leading force in international sales and distribution with the expansion of its global sales arm. Industry veteran Helen Lee-Kim has come onboard as partner and president of international to jointly build Good Universe with co-founders Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane. Brent Jack also joins as the head of international marketing and publicity.
Building upon key relationships, Lee-Kim will align the company with third party producers and financiers who are also committed to bringing feature films with broad commercial appeal to the international marketplace. She will also help drive the international group’s evolution into the television business. Jack will continue his decade long partnership with Lee-Kim, developing customized sales launches and supervising international rollouts for all films on the company’s growing slate.
Lee-Kim and Jack have long standing ties with Drake and Kahane following successful runs together at Lionsgate, as well as Mandate Pictures and Senator International. Together they have launched over 70 films which have generated over 4.5 billion dollars in worldwide box office.
Directed by Jon Turteltaub (National Treasure, While You Were Sleeping) from a screenplay by Dan Fogelman (Crazy, Stupid, Love, Tangled), LAST VEGAS is a comedy about four old friends who decide to throw a Las Vegas bachelor party for the only one of them who has remained single.
Freeman is set to play Archie Clay, an army veteran, who looks to escape the watchful eyes of his son and daughter-in-law and accompany his best friends on a trip to Vegas.