EXCLUSIVE: Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the guys behind such parodies as The Starving Games, Date Movie, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck, are sending up yet another franchise. The duo will co-write and direct Who The F#@k Took My Daughter? a spoof of the Liam Neeson-starring series of box office hits. Friedberg and Seltzer’s take on Taken will focus on Ryan Miller, described as “a tough, no nonsense, black leather jacket-wearing Liam Neeson type,” whose daughter is kidnapped. Using his “particular set of skills,” Miller will hunt down the abductors and rescue the girl. Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 International is selling the project here in Cannes. Peter Safran of The Safran Company is again collaborating with the filmmakers to produce and finance the comedy. Friedberg and Seltzer were both writers on Scary Movie and Spy Hard. They got into the spoof business on their own with 2006′s Date Movie and since then their films have taken in over $350M in worldwide box office. Their last theatrical release was 2013′s Starving Games.
AFM Briefs: 108 Media’s ‘He Never Died’; Worldview & QED Team On ‘Outsider’; TrustNordisk’s ‘On The Edge’; Intandem Blasts Off With ‘Gagarin’; More
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.
Superfast! is a send-up of the Fast And Furious movies from the team behind Date Movie, Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck. K5 International has boarded sales on the comedy which it’s offering to buyers in Cannes. Written and directed by duo Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the film is produced and fully financed by Peter Safran of The Safran Company. Pre-sales on the movie so far include Russia (Volga), Germany (Wild Bunch), Italy (Lucky Red), the Middle East (Falcon) and Latin America (Sun). Further deals are pending. K5 International co-founders Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur say the Fast And Furious franchise is “crying out for some high octane comedy collisions and these are the guys to get a speeding ticket doing it.”
When Safran left Brillstein-Grey to form The Safran Company in 2006, Drumm followed him. “Peter has been an amazing mentor, and he has given me a great head start in building my business, and creating my own company,” Drumm said. “I look forward to continuing to work with him as a producer,” said Drumm. Safran produced five films last year, including the James Wan-directed The Conjuring, the Paul Walker-starrer Hours, and the Mark Strong-starrer Mindscape. Drumm’s clients Guy Holmes wrote the script, and Jorge Dorado directed it. “It has been a pleasure working closely with Tom over the past decade and I look forward continuing to collaborate with him in the future,” Safran said.
EXCLUSIVE: Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra and Juan Sola have formed Ombra Films. Funded by StudioCanal, Ombra will generate low-budget English-language horror, thriller and fantasy films made by emerging Spanish filmmakers. They’ve also got their first project. Mindscape is a psychological thriller scripted by Guy Holmes about a man with the ability to enter people’s memories. His assignment: to figure out if a 16-year-old girl is a psychopath or a victim of trauma, or both. The pic will be directed by Jorge Dorado, a successful commercials director in Spain. Ombra will produce with StudioCanal and Peter Safran (Buried). The Barcelona-born Collet-Serra, who got his break after moving to Los Angeles at 18 and first found success shooting commercials, wants to help others make the transition and take advantage of an opportunity.
“We’ve seen how many talented directors are coming out of Spain, but there hasn’t really been a platform for them to find work in films,” Sola told me. “They look up to Jaume as a guy they want to become and we thought, how about a company that creates a bridge between Spain and the U.S., similar to what Luc Besson provided in France? Already, we are being bombarded, and we feel directors will find Ombra a fantastic platform. Jaume loves mentoring new talent.”
Ombra might get involved in projects for Collet-Serra to direct, but that’s not the priority. Collett-Sera is currently in preproduction on Red Circle for Arthur Sarkissian Productions, Working …
EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson will direct O.K.C., an indie drama about the real circumstances behind the devastating bombing in Oklahoma City. The film will be produced and financed by Peter Safran and his Safran Co. Clay Wold is writing the script, based on a true story about his own brother, who was a young legal clerk on the defense team of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.