Cannes Briefs: Abigail Breslin In ‘Peste’; Epic Pictures’ ‘The Last Scout’; Le Pacte Boards ‘Fleming’; Sony Spins ‘Gold’; IFT Rings ‘Cell’; TrustNordisk’s ‘Prize Idiot’

Abigail Breslin will star in Peste which IM Global genre label Octane is financing. Mark Tonderai is directing and Cloverfield‘s Sheryll Clark is producing. Production is set for early September on the thriller that sees a teenager’s world turned upside down as a terrifying virus turns her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Peste is based on Barbara Marshall’s 2012 Black List screenplay. Breslin is repped by ICM and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.

Epic Pictures Heads To Cannes With ‘The Last Scout’ And ‘Someone Marry Barry’
Epic Pictures Group has finalized the cast and director for The Last Scout. Written and directed by Paul Tanter (Jack Falls), The Last Scout stars Sean Maguire, Tim Russ, Harry Groener, Simon Phillips, Rebecca Ferdinando and Rita Ramnani. The film takes place seven years after Earth is destroyed by war when the survival of mankind depends on the crew of one ship searching the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are producing for Epic Pictures, alongside Tanter, Phillips, Rob Weston and Alain Wildberger, with Lyndon Baldock, Anthony Maxwell and Patrick Maxwell executive producing. Epic is selling worldwide rights at Cannes. Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles. Epic Pictures Group als has acquired sales rights to the comedy Someone Marry Barry. Written and directed by Rob Pearlstein, the pic stars Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans, Jr., Lucy Punch, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Frankie Shaw and Amanda Lund. Josephson Entertainment’s Barry Josephson produces along with Rob Pearlstein, and Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen of Straight Up Films. Executive producers are Alexander Young, Madrose Productions’ Jeremy Bailer, and Marc H. Simon at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Read More »

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Martin Scorsese To Exec Produce Octane And Lau’s ‘Revenge Of The Green Dragons’

IM Global genre division Octane has come aboard to fully finance Andrew Lau‘s mean streets thriller Revenge Of The Green Dragons. Lau directed the original Hong Kong trilogy Infernal Affairs upon which Martin Scorsese‘s Oscar-winning The Departed was based. The pic now has an April start date, and Scorsese as exec producer.

It’s set in 1980s New York and follows two immigrant brothers who join the Green Dragons gang and quickly rise up the ranks, becoming notorious to the city’s police. When an ill-fated love affair pits one of the brothers against the gang leader, he sets out for revenge on the group. The film is based on the true story of the real Green Dragons gang which was chronicled by the New Yorker‘s Frederic Dannen in 1992. Michael Di Jiacomo wrote the script. Scorsese is exec producing with Deepak Nayar, Steve Squillante, Michael Bassick and Art Spigel. Lau, Andrew Loo, Stuart Ford, Ara Katz, and Allen Bain and Jesse Scolaro of 7th Floor Productions will produce. Read More »

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IM Global Octane Buys Black List-ed Fright Film Spec Script ‘Peste’

By | Wednesday December 19, 2012 @ 9:40am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Days after landing as a selection on the Black List, the Barbara Marshall spec script Peste has been acquired by IM Global Octane, the genre arm of IM Global. I’m surprised the script has lasted this long, considering it also made the Blood List (which covers genre scripts) and the Hit List before landing on the Black List. And also because it was written as the first part of a trilogy and aren’t franchises on every studio’s laundry list?

In Peste, a teenage girl begins a video documentary about her life for a school project just as a terrifying virus sweeps through her small town. Quarantined with her family, she thinks they are out of harm’s way, but she soon learns that the virus has invaded their house. Her video documents the family’s frantic struggle to find a cure before they are completely taken over by the Peste.

Sherryl Clark, who headed film for Bad Robot and was an executive producer on Cloverfield, came attached to produce and she and IM Global will quickly set a director and start production by the first half of 2013. The film will be the first production on Clark’s Busted Shark shingle. She’s also the producer of Plush, the Catherine Hardwicke-directed genre film that is being produced by Octane. Octane has also been involved in the financing and international sales of genre hits Paranormal Activity, Insidious and Sinister. Octane is in production on the Daniel Stamm-directed Angry Little God and the Ti West-directed Sacrament, with Open Road releasing its genre spoof A Haunted House with Marlon Wayans and Cedric the Entertainer. Read More »

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