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UK indie distributor Swipe Films has acquired Alexandre Castagnetti’s Love Is In The Air. The French romantic comedy stars Cannes jury member Ludivine Sagnier. It opened in France via UPI in April. The story sees a volatile former couple meet up on a NY-Paris flight. Swipe will roll the pic out in the UK and Ireland. Gregoire Melin’s Kinology is selling. READ MORE »
Abigail Breslin will star in Peste which IM Global genre label Octane is financing. Mark Tonderai is directing and Cloverfield‘s Sheryll Clark is producing. Production is set for early September on the thriller that sees a teenager’s world turned upside down as a terrifying virus turns her friends and neighbors into vicious monsters. Peste is based on Barbara Marshall’s 2012 Black List screenplay. Breslin is repped by ICM and Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman.
Epic Pictures Heads To Cannes With ‘The Last Scout’ And ‘Someone Marry Barry’
Epic Pictures Group has finalized the cast and director for The Last Scout. Written and directed by Paul Tanter (Jack Falls), The Last Scout stars Sean Maguire, Tim Russ, Harry Groener, Simon Phillips, Rebecca Ferdinando and Rita Ramnani. The film takes place seven years after Earth is destroyed by war when the survival of mankind depends on the crew of one ship searching the galaxy in the hope of finding a new world. Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson are producing for Epic Pictures, alongside Tanter, Phillips, Rob Weston and Alain Wildberger, with Lyndon Baldock, Anthony Maxwell and Patrick Maxwell executive producing. Epic is selling worldwide rights at Cannes. Principal photography has begun in Los Angeles. Epic Pictures Group als has acquired sales rights to the comedy Someone Marry Barry. Written and directed by Rob Pearlstein, the pic stars Tyler Labine, Damon Wayans, Jr., Lucy Punch, Hayes MacArthur, Thomas Middleditch, Frankie Shaw and Amanda Lund. Josephson Entertainment’s Barry Josephson produces along with Rob Pearlstein, and Marisa Polvino and Kate Cohen of Straight Up Films. Executive producers are Alexander Young, Madrose Productions’ Jeremy Bailer, and Marc H. Simon at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP. Read More »
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Lightning Strikes For SXSW Comedy ‘Gus’
Lightning Entertainment has acquired international rights to the comedy Gus, starring Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell and Michael Weston. It premiered at this year’s SXSW and is the feature debut of Jessie McCormack, who wrote and directed. ICM Partners reps Monaghan and Mitchell and is also repping U.S. rights to the film in Cannes, where it will make its market bow May 16. Gus centers on Lizzie (Mitchell), who longs to start a family with her husband Peter but is unable to conceive. Her best friend Andie (Monaghan), single and adrift, gets pregnant from a one-night stand and offers to give Lizzie the baby. Reluctantly, Peter agrees to be the child’s father, and before he knows it Andie has moved into the guest room for the duration of her pregnancy. When Peter invites his ne’er-do-well recovering-addict brother (Weston) to the house, chaos ensues. McCormack produces alongside Kathryn Himoff, Kevin Fitzmaurice Comer and Erik Van Wyck. Richard N. Gladstein is exec producer. Read More »
Magnolia Pictures acquired Norwegian action-adventure film Ragnarok in Berlin, where sales outfit TrustNordisk did brisk international business based on a 3-minute promo. The first trailer has just dropped for the film that follows an archeologist (Kon Tiki‘s Pål Sverre Hagen) … Read More »
The mercury bubbling around Scandinavian projects these days just won’t seem to quit, and a heat center in the past few weeks has been sales outfit TrustNordisk. The company had a busy Berlin market, concluding U.S. deals with Magnolia Pictures on three films: Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and Norwegian titles Pioneer and Ragnarok. Yet another project, The Keeper Of Lost Causes, drove myriad overseas deals and domestic interest. Currently in post-production, the film is the first in a planned franchise of adaptations of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s bestselling Department Q book series. Based on a promo reel, several foreign deals were locked for not only the first movie, but also for its three upcoming sequels. The 5M euros Danish-language movies focus on the books’ once-great chief detective who’s been banished to a basement office to run cold case division, Department Q. Read More »
Berlin was very kind to Magnolia Pictures and Scandinavian sales outfit TrustNordisk, with this the third tie-up between the companies out of the market there following the high-profile deal for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac and the pact for Norwegian oil saga Pioneer. Magnolia previously released Norway-made pics Headhunters from the Jo Nesbo book and Troll Hunters. Here’s today’s release about Ragnarok:
US distributor Magnolia has acquired the Norwegian action-adventure film RAGNAROK from TrustNordisk.
Magnolia concluded the deal based on a 3-minute promo shown during the European Film Market in Berlin. The deal was negotiated between SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions Peter van Steemburg from Magnolia and CEO Rikke Ennis and Head of Sales Susan Wendt from TrustNordisk.
“We are very excited about RAGNAROK, which has all the makings of a terrific action adventure. We are especially pleased to be working with our friends at TrustNordisk again to bring more great Scandinavian cinema to US audiences”, says President of Magnolia Pictures, Eamonn Bowles.
“I can’t recall having seen an action adventure film of this standard and production value coming out of Scandinavia. I am thrilled to have a partner like Magnolia aboard and can’t wait to present the film to the American audiences”, says Rikke Ennis, CEO at TrustNordisk.
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BREAKING: For the second time this Berlinale, Magnolia Pictures has bagged U.S. rights to a NordiskTrust film from a sizzle reel. Magnolia has secured the Norwegian thriller Pioneer, which is being produced by Christian Fredrik Martin from Friland Film, the team behind Morten Tyldum’s 2011 sleeper Headhunters, which Magnolia also released. The deal comes right after Magnolia wrapped up a deal for Lars von Trier’s provocative film Nymphomaniac.
The Pioneer deal was negotiated between Magnolia’s Dori Begley and Peter van Steemburg and TrustNordisk’s Rikke Ennis and Susan Wendt. Directed by Erik Skjoldbærg, the film stars Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley and Stephen Lang in a high-octane conspiracy thriller inspired by 70s classics The Conversation, Three Days Of The Condor and Chinatown. The director helmed Insomnia. Miss Bala‘s Stephanie Sigman, Jonathan LaPaglia, Andre Eriksen, Jørgen Langhelle, Ane Dahl Torp, Eirik Stubø and David A. Jørgensen are also in the cast. Read More »