Magnolia Pictures acquired U.S. theatrical, VOD and home entertainment rights to Whitey: The United States Of America V. James J Bulger, the Joe Berlinger-directed docu on notorious Irish gangster Whitey Bulger and the massive law enforcement corruption that allowed his reign of terror to proliferate in South Boston and enable his escape from justice. The film premiered at Sundance and Berlinger Co-directed Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster and the Paradise Lost trilogy. Pic was produced by RadicalMedia for CNN Films.
Magnolia will be giving the film a day and date theatrical and on demand release this June, followed by a broadcast on CNN later this year. Berlinger takes a surprising angle. While it was long believed that Bulger ran his operation while he was an FBI informant, Berlinger investigates whether that was actually the case. He certainly operated under the noses of law enforcement. But was he a rat?
“Whitey is a jaw-dropping true crime epic—a real life The Departed,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “As longtime admirers of Joe Berlinger’s films, we’re excited to be working together on this rigorous, thoroughly entertaining and tough-as-nails film.”
Cinetic Media repped the filmmaker.
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UPDATE, 3:16 PM: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed news that Deadline broke yesterday: It has acquired North American rights to Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. Read the full release below the original story.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, THURSDAY AM: Magnolia is zeroing in on a low seven-figure domestic deal for Frank, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film about a band that is led by an eclectic genius lead singer who, everywhere he goes, wears an oversized head, even on stage. Now, this has been one of the most intriguing titles, given that the actor playing him is Michael Fassbender, the hunky Irishman who was just Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave.
The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Domhnall Gleeson and the vantage point is a fledgling musician who joins the band. The film is repped by WME Global, and while the deal flow has been a bit on the slow side, that agency has managed to close a deal through all of the six days of the fest. I wrote about how Graham Taylor’s Sundance team of Mark Ankner, Liesl Copland and Alexis Garcia got minted as partners, and maybe that was the extra motivation, but they bagged the fest’s first big deal on the opening night film Whiplash, and haven’t let up. Frank first premiered last Friday night at the Eccles Theater. Read More »
Magnolia Pictures acquired US rights to The Right Kind Of Wrong, a romantic comedy starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Sara Canning (The Vampire Diaries), Catherine O’Hara (Best In Show) and Will Sasso (The Three Stooges), directed by Jeremiah Chechik (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Benny & Joon). Magnolia acquired the film in advance of its world premiere as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival next Thursday evening at Roy Thomson Hall. Pic will be released early next year. Read More »
Magnolia has acquired North American rights from TrustNordisk on the Tobias Lindholm-directed A Hijacking. The film premiered at Venice and Toronto. The deal was negotiated between Susan Wendt, Head of Sales at TrustNordisk and Magnolia’s SVP of Acquisitions, Dori Begley.
The film will be released second quarter of 2013. It stars Pilou Asbæk and Dar Salim and focuses on the human consequences of modern piracy. The starting point comes when the cargo ship MV Rozen is captured by Somali pirates. Amongst the men on board are the ship’s cook Mikkel and the engineer Jan, who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death.
Said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles: “A Hijacking is a strikingly intelligent, thrilling and timely film, and Tobias Lindholm is a talent to be reckoned with.”
BREAKING: Magnolia Pictures genre label Magnet Releasing has completed an acquisition of V/H/S, the Midnight movie thriller. Deal was low seven figures for North American rights. V/H/S is about a group of misfits hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house to acquire a rare VHS tape, and discover more found footage than they bargained for. The film is basically a found footage anthology of various VHS tapes that tell different horror tales, with different segments directed by Adam Wingard, David Bruckner, Ti West, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, and Radio Silence. As Deadline reported yesterday, a moviegoer passed out last night during a midnight screening of the genre film, which is becoming a badge of street cred for festival horror films. EMTs came, after the moviegoer passed out–during the first particularly gruesome scene. Another audience member was treated for nausea about 20 minutes later. The title was acquired by Magnolia’s Eamonn Bowles and Dori Begley and sold by WME Global’s Mark Ankner. Plans are for a theatrical release in the fall and then VOD.
EXCLUSIVE: Participant Media and Magnolia are partnering on the U.S. distribution rights to Andrew Rossi’s Page One. Deal was mid-six figures and a commitment for a strong theatrical release. Participant will provide the backing it did past documentary successes Food Inc, Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth. The documentary is what director Andrew Rossi brought back after spending 14 months camped out at the media desk of The New York Times. He followed reporters like David Carr and Brian Stelter as they reported on technological changes, the same ones that were walloping the newspaper’s circulation and advertising, causing newsroom layoffs. Deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun after the film had its premiere on Sunday. IFC, Goldwyn and Magnolia battled late into the evening. When things were well along with Magnolia, Participant Media emerged, and the decision was made to partner.
It’s intriguing the deal comes the same morning that the Times wrote a long article about troubles at rival LA Times, and how that paper is losing standing with homegrown readers. “The conceit of the film was I followed editors and reporters on the media desk as they covered stories about changing technology as the paper itself underwent tumultuous change and layoffs because of that technology,” Rossi told me days ago when Deadline ran a clip about Stelter’s first story involving WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. Here is it again: