EXCLUSIVE: As packages firm up for AFM, here’s one that will surely reverberate in Santa Monica. Robert Pattinson is signing on to star with Carey Mulligan in Hold On To Me. The film will be directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for the docu Man On Wire and followed with Project Nim. Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime. The project was scripted by Brad Ingelsby.
ATO Pictures has acquired all North American rights to director James Marsh’s Shadow Dancer. It stars Andrea Riseborough (Wallis Simpson in W.E.) and Clive Owen. Screenplay was written by Tom Bradby and is based on his novel. Riseborough plays a woman who’s forced to betray her beliefs and spy on members of her family to protect her son in 1993 Northern Ireland. Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson co star. Shadow Dancer is Marsh’s third film to bow at Sundance. He also directed the documentaries Project Nim and Man On Wire. Produced by Chris Coen of Unanimous Entertainment, Shadow Dancer is also screening at the Berlin Film Festival. Exec producers are Joe Oppenheimer, Brahim Chioua, Norman Merry, Vincent Maraval, Tom Bradby and Rita Dagher. ATO head of acquisitions Sarah Lash negotiated the deal with CAA who represented the producers.
2011 Cannes Film Festival Sales Roundup: Deals For Clive Owen’s ‘Shadow Dancer’ And Todd Robinson’s ‘Phantom’
Clive Owen will star in Shadow Dancer, a BBC Films coproduction that will be directed by Man on Wire helmer James Marsh, with production to begin in Dublin later this month. Wild Bunch will sell international territories at Cannes, and Paramount Pictures has signed on to distribute in the UK. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Aidan Gillen and Gillian Anderson. Tom Bradby adapted his novel. The focus is an IRA sympathizer who is arrested after an aborted bombing attempt in London and has to decide whether to turn against her cause or spend her life in prison. Owen plays the MI5 officer trying to turn her. Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney are producing, with BBC Films’ Joe Oppenheimer exec producer. …
Writer and director Todd Robinson’s Phantom will be sold at Cannes by K5. Andy Garcia, William Fichtner, Ed Harris and Natascha McElhone are starring. Pic’s a supernatural thriller about a troubled Soviet submarine captain who discovers there is something aboard that could control the fate of his ship and the impact it will make on an unsuspecting world. Julian Adams and John Watson are producing, and Paradigm Motion Picture Finance Group arranged financing and will sell domestic.
HBO has acquired all domestic rights to Project Nim, the new documentary by the team behind the Oscar-winning Man on Wire. The film, which is directed by James Marsh, tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. The film premieres Thursday as the opening night film of the World Documentary competition. Simon Chinn is producing.
When Sheila Nevins’ HBO Documentary Films division makes an acquisition, HBO usually buys all rights, and its priority is to put the movie on its pay channel. Here, HBO will send the brokers of this deal, Submarine and Icon Entertainment International, to make a theatrical distribution deal that will precede the TV run. HBO was among several TV outlets that got an early look at the film when the filmmakers were seeking finishing funds. Several possible outlets were shown rough footage, with the idea they’d buy TV rights. The film was expected to be a hot property at Sundance, as the team behind it won the 2008 Sundance Grand Jury and Audience prizes for Man on Wire.
HBO then stepped up for all rights, and the feature rights will be shopped on its behalf. Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun and Icon Entertainment International brokered the deal.