EXCLUSIVE: As it whips up buzz for the April 11 launch of the genre thriller Oculus, Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, the horror film directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan. The film stars Kate Bosworth, …
House Of Cards‘ Sebastian Arcelus and Gerald McRaney are joining the cast of Relativity’s Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best Of Me. Directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station, The Emperor’s Club), The Best Of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today.
BREAKING: In a deal worth $130 million, EuropaCorp has bought its way into a joint venture with Relativity that will give it access and better control of the domestic distribution of its films. This comes after Luc Besson and Christophe Lambert’s France-based company waged a long courtship for Millennium Entertainment to serve that function. Lambert told Deadline that pursuit ended two months ago, and instead the accord was reached with Relativity, which released EuropaCorp’s black comedy The Family and this week distributes the Kevin Costner action film Three Days To Kill, with Brick Mansions coming later this year.
Under terms of the deal, EuropaCorp will pay $130 million over six years for a half share in the distribution venture that Relativity has had since it bought Overture and built it into the Relativity releasing arm. Both companies will use the distribution apparatus for its own films, and EuropaCorp will put up its own P&A as it uses Relativity’s marketing operation. The anticipation is that the relationship will build to where the companies will work together to coproduce and cofinance projects together, and that Relativity will tap EuropaCorp’s releasing resources abroad.
Relativity and Clear Channel are renewing their multi-platform marketing agreement to promote Relativity film releases, the companies announced today. Over the next 18 months, Relativity will provide exclusive content that will be shared through various Clear Channel platforms, including …
EXCLUSIVE: It seems a long time ago that Don Jon’s Addiction announced Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a writer/director to be reckoned with, after the film followed its January Sundance debut with a late night bidding battle that ended with Relativity paying a $4 million advance and a $25 million P&A commitment. That is a whopper for a film that was financed by Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier for around $3 million. Some eight months later, Relativity is releasing the film on 2400 screens under the title Don Jon. Gordon-Levitt plays the title character, a buff bartender who prefers internet porn to his many living and breathing bed partners. The film’s subject matter made it a hard R movie even though there is depth behind its provocative theme. It won’t be hard for this picture to be a financial win, especially if it catches a zeitgeist wave. Relativity production president Robbie Brenner said they held a buzz-building simultaneous screening in 100 cities last week and the crowds were as raucous as the one that first saw the film in Sundance. She and Tucker Tooley said they have done everything they promised Gordon-Levitt in Park City and they hope hard to serve as a home for a new film making voice. I interviewed Gordon-Levitt after his January premiere in Park City, and we did it again this week as he explains the process of going from festival sensation to mainstream ambitions.
DEADLINE: I am curious about what it’s like to see your film become a festival hit and then have to wait almost a year before the public sees it. How much has your movie changed since Sundance?
GORDON-LEVITT: We got a chance to finish the movie, basically. We got a version ready for Sundance, but really, it wasn’t finished. It didn’t have its opening credit sequence, I hadn’t had a chance to refine the voice over. There were a lot of tweaks needed in the editing. It is basically the same movie. No lines got cut, no story moments were lost and no real time was cut from the movie. The screws got tightened, and I think it is a lot better than it was at Sundance.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity has closed a deal to finance, produce and distribute Anomaly, a live-action feature based on the interactive comic book created and written by top showbiz lawyer Skip Brittenham and Brian Haberlin. The script will be written by Ed Ricourt and Joe Roth is producing with Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh and Tucker Tooley. Set in the distant future, Anomaly centers on a disgraced Conglomerate Enforcer who gets a shot at redemption by leading a ragtag group of explorers on a first contact mission to a newly discovered planet. The mission turns out to be a deadly trap and the leader and crew are stranded with all their technology destroyed. Their only chance is to rely on their wits and earn the trust of the warring hostile inhabitants if they have any chance to return home to Earth. The multi-platform property started with a 370-page hardcover comic published last year.
EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Naming New Film Marketing Team; Russell Schwartz And Dana Precious In, Terry Curtin Out
EXCLUSIVE: I understand that New Line veteran Russell Schwartz is already signed to become President of Theatrical Marketing. And Marvel veteran Dana Precious is in final talks to assume the newly created position of President of Creative Advertising and Research. Both Schwartz and Precious will report directly to Relativity‘s President Tucker Tooley. ”It is a coup for Relativity to get both Russell and Dana who have overseen some of the biggest movies in recent years,” according to a source close to the studio. Relativity hopes to make the formal announcement early next week. The news follows criticism inside and outside Relativity of the handling of movie marketing by Terry Curtin – culminating in this weekend’s flop film pickup Paranioa. “Relativity is losing confidence in its marketing head,” a source close to the studio told me this morning when weekend box office results were announced. “Granted it is an incredibly crowded and down marketplace, but marketing should have at least opened the film to $10 million.” Curtin is leaving the studio with an uneven record since 2011 with highs of The Immortals and Act Of Valor and lows like Mirror Mirror. Schwartz and Precious will jointly oversee all aspects of markeing campaigns for Relativity’s growing film slate which includes Luc Besson’s action comedy The Family, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon, Jimmy Hayward’s upcoming animated buddy comedy Free Birds, and Scott Cooper’s Out Of The Furnace. “Relativity has a strong slate in the second half of 2013 and early 2014 so they wanted to get a team with Russell and Dana’s track record and experience,” a source tells me.
Free Birds tells the tale of two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks who must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history – and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. The stellar voice cast includes …