Lionsgate has picked up North American rights to The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, starring Robin Williams as New Yorker Henry Altmann, whose bad day gets worse when he’s told he has just 90 minutes to live. Mila Kunis stars as the doc who scrambles to find Altmann and get him into surgery as he goes on a panicked spree through Brooklyn to right all of the wrongs in his life. Phil Alden Robinson directs from Daniel Taplitz’s script with Melissa Leo, Peter Dinklage, and Hamish Linklater rounding out the cast. Lionsgate is planning a day and date theatrical and VOD release TBA. Landscape Entertainment’s Bob Cooper & Tyler Mitchell produced the film with Daniel J. Walker of Force Majeure. Backing came from MICA Entertainment and Vedette Finance. WME negotiated the deal with Lionsgate. Cargo Entertainment is repping foreign sales.
Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney.
U.S. producer-financier-sales agent Cargo Entertainment will distribute its films in Australia via Jamie Bialkower’s Jump Street Films and co-fund and handle international sales of Australian films sourced by Jump Street in a newly minted co-venture. The alliance will result in Jump Street releasing 6-8 Cargo titles annually, starting in September 2013 with the Robin Williams-Mila Kunis comedy The Angriest Man In Brooklyn followed by Hemingway And Fuentes, which stars Andy Garcia, Anthony Hopkins and Annette Bening. Bialkower tells Deadline he’s looking to secure at least two Australian films per year which Cargo would co-fund and sell internationally, including U.S.-Australian co-productions which would qualify for the 40% producer tax rebate.
Williams will play President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels’ film based on the life of Eugene Allen, a long-time White House servant who worked for eight First Families over three decades. He joins an ensemble cast that includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Colman Domingo. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen. The Butler will be produced by Daniels with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams for Laura Ziskin Productions. The film is scheduled to begin shooting later this month in New Orleans.
Williams also will star in the comedy, The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, opposite Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. The film is the story of a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient he has 90 minutes to live. The medic tries desperately to locate the man after her comments send him on a contrite tour of the city to right all the wrongs in his life. Phil Alden Robinson will direct from a screenplay by Daniel Taplitz. Landscape’s Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell are producing with Daniel J Walker. Jean-Charles Levy serves as executive producer. Production is set to kick off in September in Brooklyn, New York. Williams is represented by WME and MBST Entertainment.
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