The Weinstein Company will partner with Worldview Entertainment in a five-year multi-picture partnership. Worldview has already co-financed four upcoming TWC films including Justin Chadwick’s Tulip Fever, Simon Curtis’ The Woman In Gold, and two others that will be announced at Cannes. Worldview partners Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners will get four domestic theatrical and ancillary distribution slots per year with P&A commitments from TWC over the term of the partnership and act as sales agent on a number of Worldview films accessing TWC’s key international relationships and output deals.
“We love working with Worldview, they are savvy about movies and the business of movies,” said TWC Co-Chairman, Harvey Weinstein, and COO, David Glasser. “We greatly look forward to strategically joining forces with them and look forward to a long and prosperous business relationship.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: True Detective star Woody Harrelson has joined the cast of Triple Nine, the John Hillcoat-directed heist thriller which begins production this summer. Open Road Films pre-bought domestic distribution rights just prior to Berlin and has pledged to give the film a wide release next year. Harrelson will play Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen, the uncle to the cop played by Casey Affleck. Those two meshed together well last fall in Out Of The Furnace. Harrelson joins Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan, Breaking Bad and Need For Speed‘s Aaron Paul, Warm Bodies’ Teresa Palmer, and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman in the Batman Vs. Superman film). Matt Cook scripted the thriller, in which a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. Worldview is financing and the film is produced by Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Keith Redmon, and Bard Dorros, along with Sierra/Affinity. Paul Green is exec producer. Harrelson, who is finishing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, is repped by CAA.
Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce the David Gordon Green-directed Joe, a Southern drama to star Nicolas Cage. Gary Hawkins adapted from the novel by Larry Brown. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early November in Texas. London-based WestEnd Films will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week at the Toronto Film Festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Joe, represents the film’s domestic distribution rights. Joe is the story of an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small-town Mississippi. Read More »
Eli Roth has recently been producing, writing and acting, but The Green Inferno will mark his return behind the camera after his last feature as director, 2007′s Hostel: Part II. Worldview Entertainment has boarded the horror thriller to finance and produce. Roth just finished starring in Nicolás López’ earthquake thriller Aftershock and wrote the screenplay for Green Inferno with that film’s co-writer Guillermo Amoedo. The story, based on an idea of Roth’s, is being kept under wraps, but he says it was inspired by filming in Chile. He’ll also produce the film alongside Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners and Sobras International producers Miguel Asensio Llamas and Nicolás Lopez. Production starts in the fall in Peru and Chile. Exclusive Media is launching sales here in Cannes with CAA handling domestic. Worldview’s Maria Cestone, Sarah Johnson Redlich and Hoyt David Morgan will executive produce.
The first-ever Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicks off in the British capital on Thursday. It will host the UK premieres of films that debuted in Park City back in January and will have a music component featuring T Bone Burnett, Placebo and Rufus and Martha Wainwright. As part of the ramp-up, the Sundance Institute and British nonprofit WorldView have announced they’ll jointly present awards at the festival to four films that focus on social justice issues in the developing world. Recipients of the prizes are Kashmir-set romance Valley Of Saints by Musa Syeed, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2012; Katie Mark’s Street Girls, about prostitutes in Nigeria; Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Farming, about a Nigerian boy’s search for love within a brutal skinhead subculture; and Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother The Devil, about a set of British-Arab brothers in London, which also took the World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance in January. The prizes come with a £5,000 or $10,000 purse.