“Daddy,” “1%,” “Jim,” “Art” & More Acquired

With the Toronto Film Festival coming to a close soon, a flurry of deals are being made with distributors picking up features left and right that either screened or were being sold during the fest.

A24 and DirecTV have acquired North American rights to the Australian crime thriller “1%” with a 2018 release is planned in theaters and on DirecTV. The film just screened in Toronto to solid reviews.

Stephen McCallum’s directorial debut is set in the dangerous world of outlaw motorcycle gangs, and centers on the two men who grapple with fraternity, loyalty and betrayal. Matt Nable penned the script and stars alongside Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville and Aaron Pederson.

I Love You Daddy
The Orchard has paid $5 million to secure worldwide rights to Louis C.K.’s black-and-white dark comedy “I Love You, Daddy” which he penned, produced and stars in alongside Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Ebonee Noel, and Helen Hunt.

The story follows a successful television writer whose 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) becomes the object of obsession of an older filmmaker (John Malkovich) whom the writer idolises.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
Netflix has picked up worldwide rights to “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” a documentary that chronicles Jim Carrey’s extreme four-month transformation into the late comic Andy Kaufman for the 1999 biopic “Man on the Moon”.

Many of the production’s most strange moments played out in behind-the-scenes video taken by Kaufman’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies, and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later and reflects.

The Art of Self Defense
Bleecker Street has scored worldwide distribution rights to Riley Stearns’ dark comedy “The Art of Self-Defense” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots, and Alessandro Nivola. Filming begins Monday in Kentucky.

Eisenberg plays a man attacked on the street and enlists in a dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself. What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity.

Netflix has picked up the rights to Mark Raso’s road trip dramedy “Kodachrome” starring Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ed Harris. Sudeikis plays an A&R man for a boutique record label, whose professional life is growing unsatisfying due to digital changes.

Similarly his father (Harris) is a photographer who shoots exclusively on celluloid. The ailing parent enlists his son to one last trip to Parsons, Kansas, so he can develop some rolls of film before the world’s only remaining Kodachrome lab closes its doors.

Freestyle Digital Media has secured the U.S rights to Mitchell Lichtenstein’s horror thriller “Angelica” with plans for a day-and-date theatrical and VOD release on November 17th.

The story is set in Victorian London and centers on a young couple (Jena Malone and Ed Stoppard) who were prescribed abstinence by puritanical doctors after the life-threatening birth of their daughter. Janet McTeer and Tovah Feldshuh co-star.

Source: Screen