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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 »