The Weinstein Company made one of the biggest purchase of last month’s Cannes Film Festival when it scooped up The Coup, the John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle international thriller that stars Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell. The deal for U.S. distribution rights topped a bidding battle that topped out at $5 million. Now that pic has a release date: March 6, 2015. The plot centers on an American family that relocates to Southeast Asia, only to find themselves in the middle of a violent coup. They struggle to find an escape route because the new parties in control are executing foreigners as quickly as they can round them up. Bold Films produced, and Drew Dowdle, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster produced.
TWC today also shifted dates for a couple of its pics already on its schedule. It has moved its Paddington to a Christmas Day 2014 release after previously slotting it for December 12. It also has pushed back Underdogs, its animated comedy from Juan Jose Campanella, from August 27, 2014 to January 16, 2015.
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Well, it took all day, but I can tell you that The Weinstein Company is now in an exclusive negotiation and will close a U.S. distribution deal on a bitter bidding battle for The Coup, the John Erick Dowdle-directed thriller that stars Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. I’d written yesterday that TWC was considered the frontrunner, but it was an all-day battle for the Bold Films picture that pitted TWC against Relativity. TWC has until early tomorrow evening to close a deal expected to land $5 million and that makes it the second-biggest acquisition of the Cannes market behind the whopping $20 million that Paramount paid for Story Of Your Life. The hope is to give it a wide release late winter or early spring. Deal is being papered now by WME Global’s Graham Taylor, who was also in the middle of that Story Of Your Life deal (with FilmNation’s Glen Basner), and Nightcrawler (done with CAA). Nightcrawler, which closed with Open Road last night for $4.5 million, is also a Bold Films-backed production, so that company has also had a hot hand. Sierra/Affinity is selling both The Coup and Nightcrawler, a task that will be much easier for Nick Meyer with wide release domestic deals in place.
This is the culmination of a dealmaking marathon for Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and their team, as they also landed Sing Street, the John Carney-directed Irish movie that he’ll make with U2′s Bono and The Edge. Read More »
Sterling Jerins has signed for a role in The Coup for director John Eric Dowdle. Lake Bell, Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan star in the pic about a family of Americans who move overseas and find themselves caught up in a coup. They frantically try to escape an environment where foreigners are being summarily executed. Drew Dowdle, Michel Litvak, David Lancaster and Gary Michael Walters are producing. Jerins, who recently wrapped Dark Places and is shooting Life Itself, is repped by ICM Partners, Principal Entertainment LA and attorney Dave Feldman.
Laura Wiggins, Callie Thorne and Izabella Miko have joined Indy Entertainment’s dramatic thriller tentatively titled Thinspiration. Wiggins (Shameless) stars in director Tara Miele’s film as Hannah, a 17-year-old dancer who joins a “thinspiration” website and devotes herself to the glorification of “thin” until she becomes possessed by the dark world of pro-anorexia websites. Miko (Step Up 5) is the demonic webmaster who inspires the young woman to starve herself. Thorne (Necessary Roughness) plays Hannah’s mother, who tries to help her daughter through the crisis. Marcus Giamatti, and Sharon Lawrence also have joined the cast for producers Nancy Leopardi and Ross Kohn. Shooting is underway.
EXCLUSIVE: Bold Films has established its first revolving credit line with Comerica Bank, a $35 million debt facility that will cover an expanding slate of features. It allows Bold to step up and finance The Coup, an action thriller that will shoot in Thailand in November, with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan starring. The Coup, written by brothers Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle and directed by John Erick Dowdle, is the story of an American expatriate businessman in a third world city who gets caught in the middle of a violent revolution. He must flee to safety with his wife and two small children while being hunted by a murderous rebel leader. Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and David Lancaster will produce with Gary Michael Walters serving as executive producer. Drew Dowdle will also produce the film.
The film was originally put together to be financed by Crime Scene Pictures. The first film covered by the Comerica facility is How To Catch A Monster, the film that marks the writing and directorial debut of actor Ryan Gosling. Christina Hendricks, Saiorse Ronan, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Ben Mendelsohn starred in a film that recently wrapped production in Detroit. Warner Bros will distribute the film domestically. Read More »
Michelle Monaghan will star with Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in The Coup, a thriller centered on an American family who moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves entangled in a violent coup with merciless rebels attacking the city. Devil helmer John Erick Dowdle will direct a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle.
Monaghan will play Wilson’s wife in the action thriller, which is scheduled to begin production in October. Crime Scene Pictures’ Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are financing and have teamed up with Steve Alexander and Drew Dowdle to produce. Sierra/Affinity will be handling international sales beginning at Cannes while CAA is representing U.S. rights.
ICM-repped Monaghan, who is managed by Frank Frattaroli, recently wrapped Penthouse North and Tomorrow You’re Gone.
Pierce Brosnan will star alongside Owen Wilson in John Erick Dowdle’s The Coup, the Crime Scene Pictures thriller that begins production in October. The film, written by Dowdle and his brother Drew, centers on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds itself entangled in a violent coup where merciless rebels are attacking the city. Brosnan, repped by CAA and attorney Stuart Brookman, will play a mysterious government operative. Crime Scene’s Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are financing and producing with Steve Alexander and Drew Dowdle. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales beginning next month at Cannes.
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EXCLUSIVE: Crime Scene Pictures has set Owen Wilson to star in The Coup, an action drama that that Devil helmer John Erick Dowdle will direct from a script he co-wrote with his brother Drew Dowdle. Crime Scene Pictures’ Adam Ripp and Rob Paris are financing and have teamed with Steve Alexander and Drew Dowdle to produce. Rizal Risjad and Philip Elway will executive produce. Filming begins in October in Southeast Asia. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales, while CAA is representing U.S. rights. The film is described as an intense thriller centered on an American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city. Wilson plays the father in a film that has the tone of Taken, and puts him in action mode for the first time since Behind Enemy Lines. Wilson’s repped by UTA. Read More »