EXCLUSIVE: Another night and another big movie deal. A24 is near a deal to acquire domestic rights to Laggies, the Lynn Shelton-directed film that stars Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell and Keira Knightley. I’d heard since shortly after the film’s Friday night Eccles Theater premiere that A24 was going to buy this but kept being told that five bidders were in the mix. When I first heard it, the numbers were in the $2 million range. I’ll try to get a better number. A24′s deal calls for a theatrical release.
Rosemarie DeWitt reunites with writer-director Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister) in this Sundance 2013 dramedy about a massage therapist who suddenly develops an aversion to human touch. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Josh Pais, Scoot McNairy, and Ron Livingston co-star in the pic which Magnolia snapped up for release. Check out the trailer:
Keira Knightley is in negotiations to step into the lead in Lynn Shelton‘s indie dark comedy. Laggies, written by Andrea Siegel, follows a woman who hides out for a week with a 16-year-old (Chloë Grace Moretz) under the pretense of going to a work retreat after her boyfriend proposes. Sam Rockwell is also lined up to co-star. Anne Hathaway was in negotiations to star just last month but scheduling conflicts with Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar forced her to drop out. Steve Golin, Alix Madigan and Rosalie Swedlin will produce Laggies for Anonymous Content. Knightley and Hathaway are repped by CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell are all deep in negotiations to join Laggies. The Lynn Shelton-directed dark comedy chronicles perpetual adolescent and late-twentysomething Megan (Hathaway) who, freaked out by her boyfriend’s marriage proposal, pretends to go on a career retreat but actually hides out for a week with 16-year-old Annika (Moretz), her new best friend. Mark Webber is also in talks to join the film as Megan’s boyfriend. Rockwell will play an older character named Craig in the film, written by Andrea Seigel. Steve Golin, Alix Madigan and Rosalie Swedlin are producing for Anonymous Content. Madigan brought the project to Anonymous, developing it and bringing Shelton on board to direct before attaching any cast.
‘Marina Abramovic,’ ‘Your Sister’s Sister,’ ‘Patang,’ ‘The Art of Rap,’ ‘The Girl From The Naked Eye’: Specialty Box Office
HBO came on board with Sundance 2012 documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present after seeing the Serbian performance artist at MoMA. The company’s maverick non-fiction guru Sheila Nevins gave the lowdown on the premium channel’s association with the documentary, which had already begun shooting before HBO joined the project. Your Sister’s Sister came together with a name cast reminiscent of its director’s previous titles and Patang purposely shot in a documentary style going against convention in India where it takes place. Also opening this weekend is Sundance doc The Art of Rap by rapper Ice-T and The Girl From The Naked Eye, which rolls out in ten markets.
Here’s IFC’s trailer for Your Sister’s Sister. Directed by Lynn Shelton and starring Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, the movie screened at the Toronto Film Festival last year and this year at Sundance. It’s also showing this weekend at the TriTribeca Film Festival ahead of IFC’s theatrical release June 15.
BREAKING: IFC has acquired North American and Latin American distribution rights to Your Sister’s Sister, the Lynn Shelton comedic drama that premiered Sunday at the Toronto Film Festival. At the same time, Studio Canal acquired UK rights and Madman acquired Australian and New Zealand rights.
In the film, a bereft and confused man still mourning the recent death of his brother finds love and direction in a most unexpected place. Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt, Mark Duplass and Mike Birbiglia star. The deal, made by UTA and Submarine, is low-seven-figure minimum guarantee for the domestic and foreign deals, and the plan is for a theatrical release in 2012. Among those circling were eOne, Samuel Goldwyn, Magnolia, Oscilloscope and Miramax, the latter of which would have secured a distribution partner.
BREAKING: Rosalie Swedlin has left an 11-year run at Industry Entertainment to join Anonymous Content as manager and producer. Current clients making the move with Swedlin include David Frankel, Richard Shepard, Lynn Shelton, Nigel Cole, Kirsten Sheridan, Gary Winick, Michael Engler, Tommy Schlamme, Jane Anderson and John Riggi. Swedlin will also bring several of her film and TV projects with her. Swedlin left ICM to join Industry in 1999, and produced Clockers, Red Corner and the HBO film Live from Baghdad. Swedlin started at CAA.
EXCLUSIVE: They’re about to work together in Lynn Shelton’s new semi-improvised and as-yet-untitled project. Production starts later this month in Seattle. Steven Schardt, co-producer on Shelton’s bromantic comedy Humpday, will produce. The whole movie’s only taking a couple of weeks to shoot, which is how Rachel Weisz can squeeze it in after spending one week on Terrence Malick’s untitled new film, and before Terence Davies starts shooting The Deep Blue Sea in November. Blimey, Weisz must be the busiest actress working in Britain. She’s repped by Independent in London and CAA in the US. Not that Blunt’s any slouch. She recently signed to headline Rian Johnson’s Looper, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. In March 2011 she’ll star opposite Matt Damon in sci-fi mystery The Adjustment Bureau opposite Matt Damon. Blunt is repped by CAA in the U.S. and Ken McReddie Associates in London. Shelton, meanwhile, recently directed an episode of Mad Men, and has signed on with Focus Features to direct Then We Came To The End, an adaptation of the Joshua Ferris novel to be produced by Ted Hope and Anne Carey’s This Is That. It’s the story of copy writers at a Chicago ad agency when the dot com bubble bursts in 2001. Shelton is repped by UTA and Industry Entertainment.
Most episodes of the AMC series Mad Men are directed by their in-house stable of regulars, but every now and then they open it up to outsiders. Last year, they got Barbet Schroeder to direct the poignant Kennedy assassination episode. Tonight, they’ve tapped Lynn Shelton, the Indie Spirit Award-winning director of Humpday, the bromantic comedy which premiered at Sundance. Shelton, by the way, has just signed on with Focus Features to direct an adaptation of Then We Came To The End, an adaptation of the Joshua Ferris novel that will be produced by Ted Hope and Anne Carey’s This Is That banner. It’s the story of a bunch of copy writers at a Chicago ad agency who face extinction when the dot com bubble bursts in 2001. Shelton also directs $5 Cover, an MTV webisode series that follows the trials and tribulations of 13 Seattle bands. The series premieres in November.