True-story sports saga Kicking Up Dirt is gearing up at Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions-based AFFIRM Films, with Parental Guidance‘s Andy Fickman set to direct. The tale of four-time Women’s Motocross Association champion Ashley Fiolek, deaf since birth, is based on Fiolek’s autobiography, which she co-wrote with Caroline Ryder. Like AFFIRM’s 2011 real-life pic Soul Surfer, Kicking Up Dirt tracks the inspirational journey of a female athlete up against the odds. In this case the Oops Doughnuts production will follow Fiolek’s rise to become the youngest WMA champion at age 18, winner of two consecutive X Games gold medals, and the first female factory rider for Honda Red Bull Racing. Kristin Rusk Robinson and Ian Deichtman (Life As We Know It, TV’s Parenthood) are scripting. Oops Doughnuts’ Fickman and Betsy Sullenger are producing, and Rich Peluso will oversee for AFFIRM Films. Fiolek is repped by WME. Robinson and Deichtman are repped by Verve and Anonymous Content. Fickman and Sullenger are repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Adam Kaller.
Alice Eve, Bryan Cranston, and Logan Marshall-Green star in director Tze Chun’s Cold Comes The Night, which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up for domestic and international. Chun (Children of Invention) co-wrote and directed the pic about a motel owner (Eve) taken hostage by a nearly blind criminal (Cranston) as he attempts to retrieve a cash package from a dirty cop (Marshall-Green).
Exclusive Media has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions for Parkland in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Latin America. The hot EFM title, which has Open Road in talks to distribute domestically, …
Sundance: ‘Austenland’ To Sony WorldWide Acquisitions For North Of $4 Million; Sony Pictures Classics To Release In U.S.
UPDATE: Just got an update on Austenland. The deal is north of $4 million, midway between $4 million and $5 million, and Sony Pictures Classics will release the film in the summer, and they will rely heavily on producer (and Twilight Saga author) Stephenie Meyer, Jerusha Hess and Shannon Hale, along with star Keri Russell to promote it and make this a chick flick extravaganza.
EARLIER, BREAKING: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has closed on the Keri Russell-starrer Austenland. It’s a surprising outcome, and the deal numbers I’m hearing are north of $4 million for worldwide rights. Sony Pictures Classics will release in the U.S. The Jerusha Hess-directed film about a Jane Austen fanatic is produced by Twilight Saga‘s Stephenie Meyer.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired U.S. rights to Deception, an action thriller starring Cuba Gooding Jr and Emmanuelle Vaugier that started shooting this week on Queensland’s Gold Coast. …
EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has made a deal with Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for international rights on two untitled film projects that will be directed by Spike Jonze and David O Russell, respectively. As she often does with auteur fare, Ellison stepped up to fully fund both films, as she did with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed The Master, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
Culver City, CA (March 21, 2012) – Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) announced today they have acquired all U.S. rights and Canadian ancillary rights to Jonathan Kasdan’s teen romancer and 2012 Sundance Film Festival crowd pleaser THE FIRST TIME, produced by Friends with Benefits’ producers Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions pre-bought rights in the U.S. and other territories for the untitled Sebastian Silva thriller starring Michael Cera (Superbad), Juno Temple (Dirty Girl), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace). The film is written and directed by Silva, whose film The Maid won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes two years ago. SPWA’s deal includes rights in Canada, Latin America, Scandinavia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. The story revolves around a young American woman (Temple) vacationing with friends in a remote part of Chile. There, she begins to mentally unravel and enters into a world of disturbing landscapes and crushing terror. The project is currently in pre-production with principal photography slated for early this year.