2014 Cannes Acquisitions: Volume One

Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to fashion documentary “Dior And I” for a theatrical release later this year. Frederic Tcheng’s behind-the-scenes dock looks at the creation of Raf Simons’ first Haute Couture collection for the House of Christian Dior.

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights for Susanna Fogel’s “Life Partners”. Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Adam Brody and Gabourey Sidibe star in the story of a straight woman and a lesbian best friend who find their relationship dynamics changing after the former falls for a new man.

Lionsgate has acquired U.K. rights to Adam Smith’s directorial debut “Trespass Against Us” which begins shooting this Summer. Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal and Rory Kinnear star in the story of three generations of the rowdy outlaw Cutler family.

The Weinstein Company has payed an estimated $3 million for U.S. rights to the Irish filmmaker John Carney’s next movie “Sing Street”. Carney is teaming with U2’s Bono and The Edge on the semi-biographical tale about a 14-year-old Dubliner intent on breaking free from his screwed-up home life. Shooting begins in Ireland this summer.

Spotlight Pictures has scored international rights to Christian Camargo’s “Days And Nights” starring Jean Reno, Katie Holmes and William Hurt. Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” the story follows a family of eccentrics, each in love with an unrequited ‘other’.

Well Go USA has acquired North American and various other territory rights to the 3D $36 million-budget, Donnie Yen-led “Ip Man 3”. Shooting is scheduled to start in early 2015.

XLrator Media has acquired North American rights to Angus Sampson’s comedy thriller “The Mule” starring Sampson, Hugo Weaving, Leigh Whannell, Noni Hazlehurst and John Noble. The 1983-set pic centers on a naive man who’s detained by Australian Federal Police with lethal narcotics hidden in his stomach.

Kaleidoscope has scored international rights to the U.S. horror tale “Antibirth” starring Natasha Lyonne and Chloe Sevigny which is scheduled to begin shooting in August. The story charts the story of a wild-eyed stoner living in a barren desert community who seems to be growing pregnant as rumours of aliens spread.

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Mathieu Amalric’s “The Blue Room”. The story follows a man who is mysteriously accused of something after he embarks on a series of trysts.

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American and Australasian rights to “Wild Tales”. The darkly comic story follows six separate stories about charaters crossing the thin line that divides civilization from brutality.

Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to River Phoenix’s final film “Dark Blood” at Cinemavault with a VOD release planned later this year. George Sluizer helmed the film which halted production following Phoenix’s death in 1993.

A24 and DirecTV have acquired North American rights to Atom Egoyan’s thriller “The Captive” starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson. The story examines how the kidnapping of a man’s young daughter at a diner destroys the relationships among those involved. A Fall release is planned.

Open Road has acquired North American rights to Dan Gilroy’s upcoming crime drama “Nightcrawler” for $4.5 million following a bidding war. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film as a freelance crime reporter exploring L.A.’s shadowy underworld.

A24 and DirecTV have acquired North American rights to Julius Avery’s Australian thriller “Son of a Gun” starring Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites. McGregor plays Australia’s public enemy No. 1, and the story focuses on his relationship with his young protege.

Paramount Pictures has acquired North American rights to Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller “Story of Your Life” starring Amy Adams. The story centers on the landing of alien crafts around the world, and the expert linguist (Amy Adams), who is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat.

Millennium Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Michael Radford’s “Elsa & Fred” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer. A remake of the 2005 Spanish/Argentinian film, the story follows two people in the twilight of their lives who discover that it’s never too late to find love and make their dreams come true.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Andrew Hyatt’s horror thriller “The Last Light” starring Edward Furlong and Jeff Fahey. The film hits VOD and iTunes on June 3rd. The story follows seven strangers who find themselves trapped in an abandoned building after an unexplained apocalyptic event.

Phase 4 Films has acquired North American rights to Claudia Myers’ “Fort Bliss” starring Michelle Monaghan, Ron Livingston, Freddy Rodriguez and Emmanuelle Chriqui. The story follows a decorated U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour to discover the bond with her 5-year-old son has been broken. A Fall release is planned.

Lionsgate has preemptively acquired North American rights to Denis Villeneuve’s next film “Sicario” which begins shooting early next month. The story revolves around a law enforcement agent (Emily Blunt) who works with a mysterious government operative (Benicio del Toro) and an elite group of fellow agents to track down a drug kingpin.

Open Road has acquired North American rights to “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s directorial debut “Rosewter”. Gael Garcia Bernal stars in the film based on BBC journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir.

Millennium Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to James Mottern’s crime thriller “God Only Knows” starring Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester, Harvey Keitel, Toby Jones, Kenny Wormald and Slaine. The story follows an ambitious youngster who tries to take on his Boston crime bosses.

Well Go USA has acquired North American rights to the James Franco-directed adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel “Child Of God”. The film will be released in ten cities on August 1st ahead of a VOD/DVD rollout on October 28th.

Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to “About Alex” which will premiere both in cinemas and day-and-date on VOD on August 8th. Max Greenfield and Jason Ritter star in the story of a group of college friends who reunite for a weekend away after drifting apart following graduation.

Source: Screen & Deadline