Acquisitions: Florida, Logan, Jack, & More

The Florida Project
A24 has bought U.S. distribution rights to Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” about a homeless family in the Sunshine State premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight. Willem Dafoe, Caleb Landry Jones, Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite co-star. Baker co-wrote the picture with Chris Bergoch.

Logan Lucky
Amazon has scored the exclusive first-run US streaming window to Steven Soderbergh’s new Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum heist comedy “Logan Lucky”.

“Logan Lucky” opens in cinemas on August 18th and is expected to be released on Amazon Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018. Amazon will also provide strategic P&A financing to augment the theatrical release.

The House that Jack Built
IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Lars von Trier’s serial-killer drama “The House That Jack Built”. Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, the film follows the titular protagonist (Matt Dillon) from his point of view through five murders.

Jack views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near, which leads to him taking greater and greater chances. Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough and Siobhan Fallon Hogan also star.

RLJ Entertainment and AMC Networks’ Shudder are partnering on the North American release of action-thriller “Mayhem”. In the story, a virus infects the corporate tower of a major law firm on the day an attorney (Steven Yeun) is wrongfully fired.

The infection is capable of making people act out on their most erratic impulses and viral rage takes over. Trapped in the quarantined building, Yeun’s character is forced to fearlessly fight for his job and his life. Joe Lynch directs from a Matias Caruso script.

I Feel Pretty
STXfilms has landed distribution rights to the Amy Schumer comedy “I Feel Pretty” which will mark the directorial debut of screenwriters Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. McG, Schumer, Mary Viola, Alissa Phillips, Dominic Rustam, and Nicolas Chartier will produce.

Netflix has scored the rights to the Michael Shannon-led “Pottersville” in which he plays a local business man mistaken for the mythical creature Bigfoot after a wild night of drinking, tossing on a gorilla costume and staggering through the woods makes him an internet sensation. The event sparks international media attention and reinvigorates a small town’s economy.

The Rider
Sony Pictures Classics has landed North American distributions rights for Chloe Zhao’s Cannes entry “The Rider”. Brady Jandreau plays a cowboy who embarks on a road trip through America after a near death accident.

Lionsgate has scored worldwide distribution rights to Pierre Morel’s female-centric action thriller “Peppermint”. The revenge tale, penned by Chad St. John (“London Has Fallen”) follows a young mother who finds herself with nothing to lose, and is now going to take from her rivals the very life they stole from her.

Holy Air
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American right to Shady Srour’s “Holy Air”. The comedy centers on Adam, a Christian Arab living in Nazareth. Laetitia Eido, Samuel Calderon, Tarik Copti, Dalia Okal, and Byan Anteer star.

Cohen Media Group has bought the North American rights to Michel Hazanavicius’ dramedy “Redoubtable” following its premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. An early 2018 release is planned.

Louis Garrel plays iconic French director Jean-Luc Godard and the film follows the drama surrounding the shooting of his controversial 1967 film “Le Chinoise” starring his then-wife, Anne Wiazemsky.

The Orchard has acquired the Deniz Gamze Erguven-directed drama about a foster family in South Central. The story is set a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992. Halle Berry and Daniel Craig star.

Thirst Street
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Nathan Silver’s Tribeca film “Thirst Street” which is narrated by Oscar-winner Anjelica Huston. The story follows a grief-stricken American flight attendant Gina (Lindsay Burdge) on a layover in Paris, where she hooks up with nightclub bartender Jerome (Damien Bonnard). A late 2017 release is planned.

The Villainess
Well Go USA has acquired domestic rights to Jung Byung-gil’s action film “The Villainess”. Kim Ok-bin plays a killer who accepts the chance to start a new life when South Korea’s Intelligence Agency recruits her as a sleeper agent, with the promise of complete freedom after ten years of service.

Country Music
eOne has acquired worldwide rights to the Tom Harper-directed “Country Music”. Jessie Buckley and Julie Walters star in the story which follows 23-year-old Rose-Lynn Harlan who is bursting with raw talent, charisma and cheek. Fresh out of jail, and with two young kids, all she wants is to get the hell out of Glasgow and make it as a country singer.

Source: Screen, Variety, Deadline, THR