With the American Film Market tapering down ahead of its final day on Wednesday, buyers from around the globe acquired a bunch of films for release in their local markets. Amongst the notable deals:
Exclusive Media has sold most of the worldwide rights to various companies for Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s “Dark Places”. Charlize Theron leads the cast of this story about a woman forced to re-examine the massacre of her family more than twenty years beforehand.
Wolf Creek 2
Image Entertainment has scored the U.S. distribution rights to the sequel to Greg McLean’s cult horror hit “Wolf Creek” with a 2014 release being targeted. John Jarratt returns as homicidal bushman Mick Taylor who preys on backpackers in the Australian Outback.
20,000 Days on Earth
HanWay has acquired world rights, excluding UK and Australia, to the Nick Cave music documentary “20,000 Days on Earth” for a late 2014 release. The film features staged footage and real-life recordings of acclaimed Australian musician Cave and his bands.
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to David Mackenzie’s prison drama “Starred Up” starring Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend. O’Connell plays a violent youngster transferred to the same prison as his estranged father. A 2014 release is planned.
StudioCanal has scored UK rights to Takashi Miike’s thriller “The Outsider” starring Tom Hardy as an American soldier in post-WWII Japan who rises through the ranks of a Yakuza crime family. Filming gets underway in Japan in early 2014.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to Paul Haggis’ new ensemble drama “Third Person”. The multi-three tale stars Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis and Maria Bello.
Corsan has sold a big portion of the worldwide rights to various companies to Emmett/Furla Films’ action-thriller “Expiration” which begins shooting early next year. Bruce Willis plays a former CIA agent who, after being poisoned and told he has one day to live, must find out who his murderer is and see the woman he loves one last time.
The Jackie Chan action adventure “Chinese Zodiac” has been sold to Universal Pictures International Entertainment for release in North America, UK, Africa, parts of Europe and Australasia. Chan plays a treasure-hunter searching the world in search of ancient relics in this film which he directed.
Film Movement has picked up North American rights to Sam Hoare’s debut film “Having You”. Romola Garai, Anna Friel and Andrew Buchan star in the story of a man who discovers he has a seven year-old son from a long forgotten one-night stand.
Universal Pictures International Entertainment has done multi-territory deal for distribution rights to the horror-comedy “Cooties” starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson. The story follows a group of teachers fighting for their lives when a botchy batch of chicken nuggets turn their students into feral cannibals.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to James Byrkit’s feature directorial debut “Coherence” for a 2014 theatrical release. The story centres on eight friends at a dinner party become subject who experience bizarre events on the night of an astrological anomaly.
No Man’s Land
AV Pictures has picked up world rights to WWI horror script No Man’s Land” which filmmaker Sean Hogan will begin filming in March. Set in the trenches of the Western Front, the WWI story follows English troops who encounter an ancient race of blood-thirsty subterranean creatures.
These Final Hours
Roadshow Films has scored the U.S. and U.K. rights to Zak Hilditch’s apocalyptic thriller “These Final Hours”. Nathan Phillips plays a self-obsessed young man on his way to the party-to-end-all-parties in the hours before the world comes to an end.
Film Movement has picked up the U.S. rights to Swedish filmmaker Wiktor Ericsson’s “The Sarnos – A Life In Dirty Movies”. The story chronicles the work of soft-core auteur Joe Sarnos and his devoted wife Peggy.
Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to Josh Stewart’s horror thriller “The Hunted”. The story focuses on two men hunting out in the West Virginia mountains who suddenly become the hunted.
Made in America
Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to the Ron Howard-directed, Jay Z-centric documentary “Made In America”. A 2014 theatrical release is planned.
MPI Media Group has scored all US rights to Bobcat Goldthwait’s “Willow Creek” starring Bryce Johnson and Alexie Gilmore. Planning a second quarter 2014 release, the story follows aspiring documentary film-makers who try to capture a mythical beast on film.
Relativity has acquired North America distribution rights to Richard Raymond’s “Desert Dancer” starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen. The story follows an Iranian man who risked everything to fight for his dream of becoming a dancer.
The Works has picked up UK distribution rights to the Craig Zahler-directed, Kurt Russell-led western “Bone Tomahawk”. Image Entertainment is in talks for a North American rights deal. Set to begin filming April, the story follows a sheriff, a gunslinger, an old man and a cowboy who set out to rescue a group of captives from a tribe of cannibalistic cave dwellers.