Henry’s Crime, the film that stars Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga, James Caan, Fisher Stevens and Judy Greer, has been acquired for North American distribution by Maitland Primrose Group. The film will be released by Moving Pictures Film & TV. A spokesperson said the plan is to release in 10 markets in the spring, though the film might play a couple more festivals first after Henry’s Crime made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. The romantic comedy stars Reeves as an ambition-less toll collector wrongly accused of a bank robbery in Buffalo. In prison, he finds a street smart friend and cellmate (Caan), who becomes his partner in a real crime after they are released. Sacha Gervasi wrote the script with David White and Malcolm Venville (44 Inch Chest) directed it. Pic was financed by Mimran Schur Pictures, which produced with Company Films. Here is a scene:
TORONTO: As Toronto got into full swing Friday, audiences seemed more enthusiastic about the new films than buyers. At a time when Big Media earnings are up and the box office outlook is bright, the gloomy sales climate here indicates that the shakeout in the indie film sector isn’t over. It is hard to imagine there would be so many star-driven films vamping hard to find distribution. There is the Robert Redford-directed The Conspirator with James McAvoy (which premieres today in a gala screening), the Will Ferrell-starrer Everything Must Go (which I saw last night), the Nicole Kidman lead The Rabbit Hole, the Keanu Reeves-led Henry’s Crime, the Rachel Weisz heroine The Whistleblower and dozens of other pics with strong casts and helmers. I haven’t seen a bad film yet. No doubt the worthy films will find distribution. Problem is, buyers are in no hurry and willing to wait out sellers in order to pay rock-bottom prices for these indies. Films that once attracted $1.5 million in minimum guarantees now bring $250,000, partly because of the old law of supply and demand: there are simply more good indies than capable distributors because the specialty DVD film market has cratered so badly.
Distributors like Sony Pictures Classics, Fox Searchlight, Focus Features, and The Weinstein Co already have their Oscar lineups, so they’ve no need to make a quick deal like last year, when Harvey … Read More »