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Writer-director Paco Cabezas’ heist thriller Men With No Fear is coming to Berlin’s European Film Market this month, with Nicolas Cage in negotiations to star and The Exchange setting a deal to finance and sell worldwide rights. Bryan Singer and Jason Taylor of Bad Hat Harry Productions are producing. The movie centers on Marty ‘The Mule,’ newly released from prison after being set up by his former boss Frank, a smalltime neighborhood crook. While Mule was locked up, Frank went big time and became a ruthless drug kingpin. But Frank also took Mule’s most precious item — his son, raising him like his own. But now Mule is back on the streets and ready for revenge. Read More »
Virgin Produced has joined The Exchange and Tenafly Film Co to bring Eric Weber‘s 1968 tome How To Pick Up Girls! to the big screen. Talks are under way with potential screenwriters and directors to adapt the feature version of Weber’s classic seduction guide. How To Pick Up Girls has sold over 3 million copies and been translated into 20 languages. The book was made into a 1978 TV movie starring Desi Arnaz Jr. Weber will executive produce the pic. Weber also wrote and directed A Jersey Christmas (2008) and Suits (1999).
UPDATED, 5:25 PM: Vertical Entertainment has grabbed U.S. rights ahead of AFM to Dark Hearts, a pulp thriller set in LA’s underground art scene. Lucas Till, Kyle Schmid, Goran Visnjic and Rachel Blanchard star for Rudolf Buitendach, who makes his directorial debut on the film. It was written by Christian Piers Betley and produced by Jack Bowyer, Courtney Lauren Penn, Brandon Burrows, Kees van Oostrum and Alexis Varouxakis. Vertical also has picked up all U.S. rights to Hairbrained, a college comedy starring Brendan Fraser and Alex Wolff. Billy Kent directed the film from a script he wrote with Sarah Bird and Adam Wierzbianski. Kent, Bird and Avram Ludwig; Stacy Blain, Stephanie Ingrassia, Tim Ingrassia and Jason Mraz are the exec producers. Vertical will open the film in February. Premiere Entertainment is handling international sales.
The Exchange is bringing Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story to Santa Monica next week. Randall Miller and Jody Savin wrote the screenplay for the biopic about the Southern rock icon, based on his best-selling 2013 autobiography My Cross To Bear. Miller is directing the film, and Savin is producing. Allman and his manager Michael Lehman are serving as exec producers. Open Road will release Midnight Rider in the U.S.
Content and Preferred Film & TV are teaming on horror pic The Diabolical. Alistair Legrand co-wrote the script with Luke Harvis and will make his directorial debut with the movie. Content will launch worldwide sales at the AFM. Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content will jointly sell North America with Content’s Jamie Carmichael; the pair is also exec producing. The suburbia-set story centers on a woman who turns to her scientist boyfriend for help destroying the violent spirit that has an increasingly strange and intense presence in her home. Production starts in 2014. Legrand is repped by UTA and MXN Entertainment. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Project X‘s Thomas Mann and Chronicle‘s Ashley Hinshaw are attached to star in Accident 3D, a debut feature from commercials and video helmer Dan Tondowski. Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange will kick off sales at the AFM. Based on a true story, the movie follows four teenagers on a joy ride gone wrong. Stuck at the bottom of a ravine after a violent crash, they find themselves in the crosshairs of the car’s psychotic owner who will stop at nothing to retreive it, and its valuable contents. Ryan Haidarian, who produced action thriller Vehicle 19, will produce Accident 3D with Guillaume Benski. Chronicle‘s Simon Hansen is handling the VFX. Mann is repped by Innovative Artists, Hinshaw is with UTA.
Ron Howard directed the concert documentary that will have its world premiere in Toronto on Saturday. The Exchange has now nabbed international rights to the pic, which centers on last fall’s Made In America music festival put on by Jay-Z and the success stories of the artists, fans, vendors, stage hands and neighbors whose lives were impacted by the event. Jay-Z, Imagine Entertainment, RadicalMedia and Participant Media are producers. Showtime recently picked up TV rights and will air it October 11. The rights deal was brokered by CAA, Laura Ivey and Max Leeds of The Exchange.
Brian O’Shea’s The Exchange has acquired international rights to CBGB, the feature about the infamous New York City underground music club. Randall Miller (Bottle Shock) is directing the film that stars Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, the CBGB founder who took chances on such bands as Blondie, Television, the Ramones, the Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police. Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Johnny Galecki, Ashley Greene, Freddy Rodriguez, Justin Bartha, Joel David Moore and Donal Logue also form part of the large ensemble cast. The Exchange will offer the film to overseas buyers in Cannes; Paradigm has domestic.
The Exchange has closed a low-to-mid six-figure deal for Camden, a spec penned by Lucas Carter and repped by Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment. Camden tells the love story between the Nation’s First Daughter and a young Secret Service agent posing as a student to protect her. When a rogue military group storms their isolated college campus and takes everyone hostage, the agent must rescue her and stop an even larger hidden plan. In doing so, he must reveal his true identity and risk losing the love of his life in order to save her. The film will be a co-production between The Exchange and Intrigue Entertainment and will be financed by Exchange Peaks Film Capital, its film fund with Grand Peaks Entertainment. The Exchange’s Laura Ivey will produce with Intrigue’s Tariq Jalil. Carter and Alex Vinnitski of The Exchange will co-produce. Brian O’Shea of The Exchange and Alan Simpson of Grand Peaks will executive produce. Read More »