Definitely not a weekend to remember, with newcomers and recent holdovers coming in mostly flat. Roman Polanski was the weekend’s star addition, though that wasn’t hard: Sundance Selects’ Venus In Fur grossed over $26K, averaging $13,100 per screen. The Cannes 2013 pic is kicking off a platform release, rolling out to the top 15 markets throughout July. Elsewhere in the specialty world, gastronomy die-hards can take some solace in Cohen Media Group’s Le Chef, which sliced off a morsel of attention in New York. The Berlinale 2012 comedy opened in one theater, grossing $10,894.
Sony Pictures Classics bowed Paul Haggis‘ Toronto feature Third Person in five locations. It grossed just over $42K, averaging $8,419. Haggis said at the pic’s NYC theatrical premiere at the Sunshine that the 2-hour-plus feature demands attention with its parallel stories set in three cities. He joked with the crowd to use the restroom before it began and to “watch carefully.” His previous film, The Next Three Days, was a completely different game back in November 2010 when it bowed stateside. The action-thriller opened in more than 2,500 theaters, grossing over $6.5 million and ranking No. 5 that week with a $2,552 PTA. It went on to gross $21.1M domestically. The weekend wasn’t that busy for the bigger releases either, as two Sony sequels topped the domestic box office at what’s looking like less than $30 million each, while indie-seeming Clint Eastwood-directed musical adaptation Jersey Boys hit a false note, opening in fourth. Read More »
Sundance Selects grabbed U.S. rights to the Roman Polanski-directed Venus In Fur. Polanski and David Ives wrote it based on the Tony-winning stage play by Ives. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star and Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde produced it. The film made its world premiere in Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Set in modern-day Paris, Venus In Fur follows a writer-director (Amalric) and a pushy, foul-mouthed actress named Vanda (Seigner) who bursts into auditions in a whirlwind of erratic energy. Vanda’s emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and ultimately, attraction and obsession. Arianna Bocco made the deal with Jeff Berg. Amalric and Seigner starred together in the Julian Schnabel-directed Diving Bell And The Butterfly.
Diving Bell And The Butterfly star, and erstwhile Bond villain, Mathieu Amalric has boarded Roman Polanski‘s Venus In Fur. The actor, perhaps best known to U.S. audiences as baddie Dominic Greene in Quantum Of Solace, is currently shooting in Paris, his French rep Zelig Films confirms. Amalric is reteaming with Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner for the film; they worked together on Julian Schnabel’s Diving Bell in 2008 which brought Amalric a Best Actor César. Louis Garrel had previously been tipped for the lead in Venus, the French-language screen adaptation of David Ives’ erotic and blackly comic Broadway and off-Broadway play. Polanski wrote the script with Ives, and the director’s longtime collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde are producing. Lionsgate/Summit International are repping foreign sales and ICM will handle North American rights. Hyphenate Amalric won a Best Director Palme d’Or for his 2010 comedy On Tour and also has a role in Wes Anderson’s upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel.
BREAKING: Roman Polanski is set to direct a film adaptation of the David Ives play Venus in Fur. He’ll film in French and has set Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel in the lead roles. The show played Broadway and off-Broadway, and Nina Arianda won a Tony for Best Actress. Polanski will work on the erotic black comedy while awaiting completion of the screenplay for D., based on the historic Dreyfus scandal, which Polanski will direct as well. Seigner is Polanski’s wife.
“I’ve been looking for a chance to make a film in French with Emmanuelle for a long time,” said Polanski, who previously directed Seigner in Frantic and Bitter Moon. “Reading Venus in Fur I realized the moment had arrived. I got so fired up to put this brilliant black comedy on film that I decided to fit it in before D., whose screenplay and pre-production will demand a few more months. Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner will make for a stunning duo.”
Polanski will write the script with Ives and the filmmaker’s longtime collaborators Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde, will produce. It will be independently financed and will begin filming in Paris this November. Lionsgate/Summit International will represent the film’s international sales and ICM will represent North American rights.
EXCLUSIVE: After her Tony Award-winning turn in Venus in Fur, Nina Arianda has gotten on Hollywood’s radar. She was just set to play Janis Joplin in the biopic to be directed by Martha Marcy May Marlene‘s Sean Durkin. Now, she has signed to play Italian film star Giulietta Masina, wife of filmmaker Federico Fellini, in Fellini Black and White. The film is being helmed by Henry Bromell, the consulting producer and writer of Homeland, and it’s produced by Andrew Lazar. Bromell wrote the script and shooting begins early next year. Arianda joins William H. Macy, Terrence Howard, Peter Dinklage, and Brazilian star Wagner Moura, who’ll play the iconic director.
Fellini Black and White takes place during Fellini and Masina’s visit to Los Angeles for the 1958 Academy Awards, where their film Nights of Cabiria won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Often called his muse, Masina was married to Fellini for fifty years until his passing in 1993, and she died months after her husband.
Arianda has also recently joined the cast of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. She emerged from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and won the Venus in Fur audition with a single audition. She won the Tony for Best Lead Actress in a Play. She’s repped by ICM Partners.
EXCLUSIVE: After recently winning the Tony for best actress in a play for Venus In Fur, Nina Arianda will make her screen-starring debut playing 1960s rock icon Janis Joplin. Joplin, a film that looks back on the final six months of the singer’s life with flashbacks to her early career, will be directed by Sean Durkin, whose feature debut Martha Marcy May Marlene won him a slew of festival acclaim including Best Director at Sundance.
Joplin will be made for a budget under $20 million, with production to start early next year, said producer Peter Newman, who with his partners have spent the last 12 years trying to put an indie film together with rights that include exclusive use of 21 of Joplin’s best-known songs. He said Arianda will sing Joplin’s tunes in the film, and that she has the chops to do justice to Joplin’s signature gritty sound. Read More »