AFM Briefs: 108 Media’s ‘He Never Died’; Worldview & QED Team On ‘Outsider’; TrustNordisk’s ‘On The Edge’; Intandem Blasts Off With ‘Gagarin’; More

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 2:40pm PDT

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 JuneTom 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 »

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Cannes: Spoof Specialists Drive Into ‘Fast And Furious’ Parody ‘Superfast!’

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 … Read More »

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Tom Drumm Snares New Management Shingle

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 11:32am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After a decade, Tom Drumm has parted ways with Peter Safran. He is forming Think Tank Management and Production, a new shingle where he’ll rep clients and hatch movies and TV.

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. Read More »

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‘Unknown’ Helmer Jaume Collet-Serra Forms Ombra Films To Tap Emerging Spanish Talent

By | Monday May 2, 2011 @ 9:21am PDT
Mike Fleming

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 … Read More »

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Barry Levinson To Helm ‘O.K.C.’

By | Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 4:56pm PST
Mike Fleming

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. Read More »

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