UPDATED, 2:40 PM: 108 Media has pre-sold the Henry Rollins drama He Never Died to Take One for Scandinavia and Benelux. The AFM-bound title from writer-director Jason Krawczyck stars the legendary punk singer, author and radio host as a socially disturbed outcast. “He Never Died embodies the rare culmination of our fanboy sensibilities and mainstream marketability,” said producer Zach Hagen of Alternate Ending Studio. Adam J. Shully, who created and produced the Canadian TV drama The Bridge (not the FX series), also produces. He Never Died begins production November 13 at Pinewood Studios in Toronto.
The Outsider has a new financier. Previously with Silver Pictures, the post-WW II Japanese-based crime thriller will now be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment, it was announced today. QED International will be selling the film internationally as part of its slate at the AFM. Worldview’s reps CAA, who packaged and arranged financing, will represent domestic rights. As Deadline exclusively reported in June, Tom Hardy will star in the pic that will mark the English-language debut of Japanese director Takashi Miike. From a script by Andrew Baldwin based on an idea by John Linson, The Outsider focuses on the life a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Yakuza. Filming is set to begin in Japan early next year. Linson Entertainment’s John Linson, who will produce with Art Linson, Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and QED’s Bill Block. Worldview’s Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will serve as EPs with Anton Lessine and Sasha Shapiro.
PREVIOUSLY: TrustNordisk is bringing a 3-minute promo of On The Edge to the AFM which kicks off on November 6th. The film from Danish director Christian E. Christiansen stars A Royal Affair’s Cyron Melville and Kon-Tiki’s Jakob Oftebro. It centers on two childhood friends whose relationship is put to the test when their illegal car racing results in a fatal accident. Christiansen’s credits include Danish features Life Hits and Crying For Love, and U.S. pictures The Roommate and the upcoming Where The Devil Hides. In 2007 he was nominated for an Oscar for best live action short with At Night. On The Edge (working title) is produced by the Zentropa Group in co-production with M2Film, Zentropa International Sweden and Film i Väst. Its domestic release is set for March 2014 through Nordisk Film Distribution. Read More »
Intandem Films, the UK-based production, finance, sales and distribution outfit, said today that CEO Gary Smith is stepping down to “combine his career as an executive producer with new opportunities outside the film industry.” Veteran Disney exec Robert Mitchell, who joined Intandem in 2012 to head up the UK distribution business, replaces Smith immediately.
Intandem also said it has delayed production on 10 Things I Hate About Life. While not a sequel to 1999 comedy 10 Things I Hate About You, it is a re-team of that film’s directing and producing duo Gil Junger and Andrew Lazar. Junger penned the script and is to helm the story of a young man and woman (Evan Rachel Wood) who meet while each is attempting to commit suicide. Smith is also a producer. Intandem said production was expected to resume in the second half of this year.
Further, demonstrating the difficulties facing independent distribution in the UK, Intandem laid out a new plan for the short to medium term. The company will continue to consider opportunities, but “will only commit to UK distribution engagements where it is possible to partner with a second UK distributor in order to reduce the commitment” of its own resources. There is contraction in the UK market with the recent takeover of Alliance Films’ Momentum Pictures by eOne. Added to that is the uncertain future of Revolver Entertainment and the failure of retail chains HMV and Blockbuster, which is impacting the sector. Read More »
The producing and directing duo behind the 1999 film 10 Things I Hate About You is reuniting for 10 Things I Hate About Life. London-based Intandem Films has greenlighted the project from writer-director Gil Junger and producer Andrew Lazar. Despite the similar titles, the romantic comedy that’s set in Los Angeles is not a sequel to the 1999 film that starred Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Rather, it’s about a young man and woman who meet while each is attempting to commit suicide. Love develops and the pair realize life is worth living. Intandem CEO Gary Smith, who’s also producing, tells me, “It’s an uplifiting story but takes on the subject of misunderstood people.” The couple is currently being cast by Marcia Ross. Intandem is financing and selling the film, which will also be released in the UK by the company’s new distribution arm. Production starts in LA in November where Smith says the film wouldn’t have been able to shoot without help from the California Film Commission, which invested in the roughly $10M budget. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: He’s considering starring opposite Hilary Swank in a project that reunites her with Boys Don’t Cry producer Killer Films. Production is expected to start in October. Intandem, the London-based sales agent is handling international sales. Swank will play a soldier who returns home after a tour of duty only to witness strange goings on. Shawn Lawrence Otto, who wrote the Oscar-nominated House of Sand And Fog, is directing from his own script. Swank won her first Oscar for Boys Don’t Cry. Deadline reported last month that McConaughey is developing comedy series Kick Ass Militia for FX.
EXCLUSIVE: The Basic Instinct star is set to play Pixie Lott’s mother in the 70s comedy. Adrien Brody is in final negotiations to play Joseph. Sweet Baby Jesus is due to start filming in September. The joke of the film is that pregnant hippie chick Mary wanders into 70a Bethlehem, Maryland with boyfriend Joseph. It doesn’t take long for townsfolk to expect the Second Coming. Bette Midler plays the innkeeper character. Sean Brosnan, son of 007 Pierce, rounds out the cast. Peter Hewitt is directing and the producer is Philippe Rebboah. Intandem, the London-based sales agent, is handling distribution.