EXCLUSIVE: Just because spring has sprung doesn’t mean there isn’t still action coming out of January’s Sundance Film Festival. I’m told that Paramount is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Rudderless, the film that Shameless star William H. Macy directed. It closed the Park City festival. Paramount will acquire North American rights and several additional territories. It will start with a theatrical run in a deal that is taking shape with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. The film will be released later this fall.
Macy stars with Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and Felicity Huffman in a musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. Scripted by Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, the film revolves around a grieving father in a downward spiral who stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, he forms a band in the hope of finding peace in the wake of his loss. Keith Kjarval of Unified Pictures and Brad Greiner are producing.
WME Global is closing the deal. Macy makes his feature directorial debut on the film. Radiant’s Mimi Steinbauer is selling foreign.
Tax incentives and rock ’n’ roll met at the Sundance Film Festival this morning and rock’n’roll won. Just 10 minutes into today’s the State to Slate panel at the festival’s Hub storefront offices on Main Street, the band The Wind & The Wave plugged in for a soundcheck next door at the Festival Music Café. The band are set to play the venue this afternoon. As many in the industry in production-lite California knows, there’s a lot to learn about what credits and incentives the 43 other states with such programs are offering but any hope of hearing almost anything any said in the room was lost except between breaks in the Wind & The Wave’s tunes. The 10 – 11 AM panel included producers from pics such as Ruddlerless, Komino The Treasure Hunter as well as film office representatives from New Mexico, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Texas. Ironically Rudderless is a drama about a rock’n'roll band. The Shameless star and Rudderless‘ director William H. Macy, who is in town for the world premiere of his feature helming debut, was one of the panelists today. “Everyone just talk louder into the mics,” requested moderator Joe Chianese of Entertainment Partners subsidiary Financial Solutions. Though Macy and all involved took his advice and loudly struggled on, they were still pretty much drowned out by the band from next door. ”I was going to say ‘thank you’ to you all but now the music is over, I’m going to … Read More »