International buyers are more than willing to follow Charlize Theron to Dark Places, as Exclusive Media racked up pre-sales deals across Europe and Asia for the feature film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel about a brutal crime and its impact a quarter of a century later.
Exclusive, which is producing and co-financing Dark Places, closed all-rights deals for the title at AFM for France (Mars), Canada (Remstar), Japan (CCC), Scandinavia (Svensk), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and Russia (West) among many others. Dark Places has also all but sold out across Latin America, Eastern Europe and South-East Asia.
Theron stars as Libby Day, a woman who, as a 7-year-old-girl, survived the massacre of her family. She testified against her brother as the murderer but, 25 years later, a group investigating the crime, confronts her with questions about what really happened.
Nicholas Hoult, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Drea de Matteo also star. Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) wrote and directed Dark Places with Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films providing financing.
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Dark Places, the feature adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel starring Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron (Monster), Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emmy Award-nominated actress Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”), Corey Stoll and Tye Sheridan commenced principal photography this week on location in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Dark Places is written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key), and is co-financed by Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films. Exclusive Media is producing with Stephane Marsil of Hugo Films, Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix; and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes. Exclusive Media’s Matt Jackson will produce, with the company’s Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner Executive Producing. Peter Safran will also serve as an Executive Producer.
Dark Places tells the story of Libby Day (Theron), a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the horrific event. Told in a series of flashbacks from the points of view of Libby’s mother, Patty, and her brother, Ben, Libby is forced to revisit that fateful day and begins to question what exactly she saw – or didn’t see – the night of the tragedy.
Rounding out the cast alongside Theron, Hoult, Moretz, Hendricks, Toll and Sheridan are supporting cast members Sterling Jerins, who will play Young Libby, and Shannon Kook.