AFM 2014 Acquisitions: Volume One

Hungry Hearts
IFC Films has scored North American rights to Saverio Costanzo’s thriller “Hungry Hearts” which premiered this year at the Venice Film Festival.

Adam Driver plays an American who falls for Italian woman Mina (Alba Rohrwacher) only to realize her maternal neuroses are putting their son’s life in danger.

All the Wilderness
Screen Media Films has acquired North American rights to Michael Johnson’s “All The Wilderness” starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Virginia Madsen, Danny DeVito, Evan Ross and Isabelle Fuhrman.

Smit-McPhee plays an emotionally troubled boy whose connections with a mysterious kid (Ross) and a fellow patient of his shrink’s (Fuhrman) help him wrestle with the death of his father.

Entertainment One has secured U.S. distribution rights to the Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen-starring 12th century China-set action film “Outcast”. A February theatrical release is planned.

The story follows around two jaded crusaders who wander east, finally arriving in western China, where they become entangled in romance and antagonism with local royalty.

The Wrecking Crew
Magnolia Pictures has scored the world rights to “The Wrecking Crew” which Magnolia is plotting for release in early 2015. The documentary chronicles the studio musicians famous for backing some of the biggest rock and pop hits of the century during the 1960s.

Known as The Wrecking Crew, they appeared on records for the likes of The Beach Boys, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Sonny and Cher, the Righteous Brothers, Simon & Garfunkle, The Monkees, Mamas and Papas, and Glen Campbell.

The Trust
Saban Films has acquired the North American distribution rights to Alex and Ben Brewer’s crime thriller “The Trust” starring Nicolas Cage. Filming begins early next year in Las Vegas.

The story is centered on two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, the contents of which will lead them down a deadly road of corruption.

We Are Your Friends
Warner Bros. has acquired North American rights to “We Are Your Friends”. A 2015 release is planned.

Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, the story deals with the tormented friendship between an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Zac Efron) and a damaged older DJ named James (Wes Bentley) who takes him under his wing.

Playing it Cool
Vertical Entertainment has scored the U.S. rights to the Chris Evans-directed romantic comedy “Playing it Cool”. Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Ioan Gruffudd and Anthony Mackie star.

Evans plays a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a woman (Michelle Monaghan) at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he still embarks on a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her.

The Survivalist
K5 International has taken international rights to Stephen Fingleton’s dystopian thriller “The Survivalist”. Set in a time of starvation, a lone man lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest, protecting his crop from intruders.

Everything changes when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover the farm and the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board.

Relativity Studios has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Eran Creevy’s action-thriller “Autobahn” starring Nicholas Hoult, Felicity Jones, Anthony Hopkins and Ben Kingsley.

Hoult plays a desperate man who schemes to pull a drug heist on an eccentric gangster (Kingsley) in order to pay for his girlfriend’s medical emergency.

Source: Variety, Screen, Deadline, THR