Selective Films has acquired French rights to Drake Doremus’ sci-fi love story “Equals.” Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, “Equals” is set in the future where emotions have been eradicated, but a disease can cause them to return.
Just when most French distributors are either too cash-strapped or cautious to continue picking up U.S. indies, Jean-Philippe Tirel’s company is staying active, targeting few high-profile U.S. projects at script stage, such as “Nightcrawler.”
Selective Films also recently acquired “The Riot Club” (with Orange/Paramount) and “The Coup” (with SND).
Tirel and Selective Films partner Maya Hariri are attending the AFM with acquisition and marketing topper Romain Daubeach and is in discussions on four more titles.
Under its deal with Orange Studio, the film co-production and co-distribution arm of the telco company, “Equals” will be released in France by Paramount in late 2015 or early 2016.
Repped by Mister Smith Entertainment, the movie began shooting in Japan and Singapore in August. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free is producing with Route One.
A24, in partnership with DirecTV, has picked up U.S. distribution rights for Dark Places, the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2009 mystery novel.
The film, directed and adapted by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks. The story centers on a woman (Theron) who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child. Years later, she’s forced to revisit the events that left her life in shambles and put her brother in jail.
The deal comes on the heels of the strong success of Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Flynn wrote the novel Gone Girl and adapted it for the David Fincher-helmed film, which received critical praise and has earned $288 million worldwide.
Dark Places is a New York Times best-seller, and Flynn’s second of three novels. The film rights were scooped up in 2010, with Theron eventually coming on board to star and produce.
Cathy Schulman, Matthew Rhodes, Azim Bolkiah, Matt Jackson, Beth Kono, A.J. Dix, Theron and Stephane Marsil produced Dark Places while Jeff Rice, Jose Levy, Matthias Ehrenberg, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Tobin Armbrust, Jillian Longnecker, Ginger Sledge and Peter Safran executive produced.
The film is an Exclusive Media, Denver & Delilah Films, Hugo Productions and Mandalay Pictures production. Bloom is handling the international sales for former Exclusive Media productions.
Upcoming films being released in partnership between A24 and DirecTV include Atom Egoyan’s Captive starring Ryan Reynolds, and Julius Avery’s directorial debut Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites.
A24 most recently released Laggies, starring Moretz and Keira Knightley. The company’s upcoming films include A Most Violent Year starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, which premiered at AFI Fest on Nov. 6 and hits theaters beginning Dec. 31.
A24 negotiated the rights for the film with WME Global.
Relativity Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to action-thriller “Autobahn” starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.
Eran Creevy (“Welcome to the Punch”) directed from a script he co-wrote with F. Scott Frazier about a desperate man (Hoult) who schemes to pull a drug heist on an eccentric gangster (Kingsley) in order to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency.
IM Global and China’s DMG Entertainment financed the film with additional financing provided by Sycamore Pictures and Ingenious Media. Producers are Joel Silver, Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken of 42, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Daniel Hetzer of Germany’s Action Concept.
IM Global is selling international rights at the American Film Market this week. CAA is representing domestic rights.
The deal was brokered by IM Global topper Stuart Ford and Deborah Zipser.
“Relativity is the perfect home for this action-packed, adrenaline-filled international thriller and we’re delighted at their enthusiasm for ‘Autobahn,’” said Ford.
The film was shot in Germany with subsidies from DFFF, the German Federal Film Fund, and NRW, the North Rhine-Westphalia funding entity.
Ariana Grande, Nicholas Hoult, Matthew Morrison and Katie Holmes are among the cast providing voices for the Weinstein Co.’s English-language version of the Argentine family comedy Underdogs.
Rounding out the the voice cast of Juan Jose Campanella’s film are John Leguizamo, Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, Taran Killiam, Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan and Rizzoli & Isles’s Chazz Palminteri.
The film’s release date has been pushed to Apr. 10, 2015, from its previous date of Jan. 15, the date to which Weinstein has just moved its family fantasy Paddington, which was previously set for Christmas.
Underdogs centers on a shy but talented foosball player (Morrison) who must defend his town and the girl he loves, Laura (Grande), from the nefarious soccer player Ace (Hoult). He’s aided by the figures on his foosball table, who magically come to life. The screenplay, by Campanella, Gaston Gorali and Eduardo Sacheri, has been reworked for U.S audiences.
“This talented cast takes our script and enhances it, with brilliant improvisation and wonderful chemistry. I’m so proud of these super-talented actors and comedians,” TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein commented in a statement.
The film shares its new release date with Fox’s Nicholas Sparks romance The Longest Ride and Paramount’s fantasy The Moon and the Sun. On its previous date are the thriller Blackhat and the Kevin Hart comedy The Wedding Ringer.
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