With the Toronto Film Festival having kicked off, a sudden rush of acquisitions have taken place with numerous films being nabbed by distributors for release in North America and numerous other territories.
RLJE Films has acquired U.S. rights to the Richard Stanley-directed and Nicolas Cage-led adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s horror novella “Color Out of Space” for a low-mid seven figure deal. The story follows a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England when a meteorite crashes into their front yard, resulting in the land and the properties of space and time being infected with a strange, otherworldly color that mutates life around it.
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International have acquired international rights to Trey Edward Shults’ “Waves,” joining A24 who will release the film domestically on November 1st with an eye on an awards-season run. Set against the landscape of South Florida, the plot traces the emotional journey of a suburban African American family as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.
Vertical Entertainment has acquired rights to the crowd-funded sci-fi thriller “Code 8” which hails from Stephen and Robbie Amell who executive produce and star while Jeff Chan directs. Vertical plans a theatrical day-and-date release near the end of this year. The story is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with some type of supernatural ability, but instead of being superheroes they are heavily policed and live in poverty.
Saban Films has scored U.S. rights to the Aaron Eckhart-led action thriller “Line of Duty” from director Steven C. Miller. Aaron Eckhart plays a disgraced cop who finds himself in a race against time to find a kidnap victim whose abductor he accidentally killed. The film gets a November theatrical release.
Tech giant Apple has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the Bryce Dallas Howard-directed documentary “Dads” which launches at Toronto and is targeting a launch date on Apple TV+. A theatrical run is also said to be on the table. The film is a light-hearted look at modern paternity around the world, revealed through anecdotes and wisdom from average dads and celebrities.
Hulu has acquired the Pete Davidson-led coming of age comedy film “Big Time Adolescence”. Jason Orley’s Black List script follows a teenage boy (Griffin Gluck) in his dull suburban town under the destructive guidance of his best friend, a charismatic college dropout (Davidson). The film premiered iat Sundance to rave reviews.
Greenwich Entertainment has picked up the U.S. rights to Quentin Dupieux’s “Deerskin” which has its North American premiere in Toronto ahead of a 2020 theatrical run. Jean Dujardin plays a man whose life is transformed in unexpected ways after he obtains a 100% deerskin jacket along with a video camera. Georges teaches himself filmmaking and collaborates with a trusting bartender on a movie that will document his surprising new goal in life.
Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the family comedy “After Class” starring Justin Long and Fran Drescher which had its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival where it was called “Safe Spaces”. Set for a day-and-date release on December 6th, Long plays a New York college professor who aims for his classroom to be a safe space for students, but a lesson plan pushes students to share more than they wish, forcing him take a deeper look at whether safe spaces live up to their name.
Source: Screen Daily