With Venice finished and Toronto in full swing, a couple of key film acquisitions have taken place over the last few days. Here’s the breakdown:
– Focus Features has acquired Derek Cianfrance’s thriller ‘The Place Beyond The Pines’ starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. Gosling plays a motorcyclist who commits a crime to support his child, putting him in the line of sight of a ruthless cop (Cooper).
– Olivier Assayas’ coming-of-age drama “Something in the Air” has been sold to more than 20 territories with IFC Films taking the North American rights.
– FilmDistrict have acquired North American distribution rights to Spike Lee’s “Oldboy” remake starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley. No potential release date has been given.
– Outsource Media Group has acquired North American rights to the Mike Newell-directed “Great Expectations” starring Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeremy Irvine, and Holliday Grainger. Outsource will now seek North American distribution partners to pair with its print and advertising fund.
– Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American and UK rights to the Billy Bob Thornton-directed 60’s family drama “Jayne Mansfield’s Car”. Thornton stars with Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Ray Stevenson, and Robert Patrick.
– Strand Releasing has taken North American rights to Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise” trilogy. Strand plans for a first quarter 2013 release of all three films.
– Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment has scored the U.S. rights to the Canadian indie zombie pic “Dead Before Dawn 3D” starring Christopher Lloyd as an occult shop owner. The story follows college kids who accidentally unleash an evil curse that causes people to kill themselves and turn into zombie demons.
– Dimension Films is acquiring both “Aftershock” and the soon-to-film “Clown”. Both films, produced by Eli Roth, are guaranteed a wide theatrical release.
– MPI Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to French director Claude Miller’s “Therese Desqueyroux”. Audrey Tautou stars as a woman trying to escape her suffocating marriage. The closing night film at Cannes this year, and the late Miller’s final film, a Spring 2013 theatrical release is planned.
– The Cinema Guild has scored U.S. distribution rights to Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s new documentary about commercial fishing, entitled “Leviathan”, for an early 2013 realise.
– Magnet Releasing have acquired world rights to Xan Cassavetes’ erotic vampire film “Kiss of the Damned” starring Josephine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia and Riley Keough.
– Strand Releasing has acquired all U.S. rights to Sergei Loznitsa’s WWII period drama “In the Fog” and is planning a Spring 2013 release. The story pits three men in a forest in a conflict of moral choices.
– Film Movement has acquired French filmmaker Catherine Corsini’s “Three Worlds”. The story follows how three characters collide in the aftermath of a car crash.
– Indican Pictures has acquired exclusive North American rights to the Van Vlahakis biopic “A Green Story” and plans an theatrical release in conjunction with Earth Day next April.
– Paladan and 108 Media have team to acquire Michel Gondry’s “The We and the I” starring Michael Brodie, Teresa Lynn and Raymond Delgado. The story follows a group of Bronx high schoolers who board a city bus on their way home.
– Freestyle Releasing has scored Kevin and Matthew McManus’ “Funeral Kings” starring Dylan Hartigan, Alex Maizus and Jordan Puzzo. The story follows two altar boys who play hooky following a funeral.
– Gravitas Ventures and Variance Films have acquired U.S. rights to Marc Evans’ British musical drama “Hunky Dory” starring Minnie Driver. A first-quarter 2013 release is being targeted.