Cannes 2013 Acquisitions & Deals: Volume 1

Battle Of The Damned
Anchor Bay has snapped up United States, Australian and New Zealand rights to Christopher Hatton’s futuristic tale “Battle Of The Damned” from Compound B. Dolph Lundgren stars in the story of survivors of a test facility meltdown who are hunted by infected hordes and malfunctioning robots.

Big Bad Wolves
Magnet Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado’s Israeli thriller “Big Bad Wolves” from XYZ Films. The story centers on a series of brutal murders that puts the lives of three men on a collision course – the father of the latest victim, a vigilante police detective and the main suspect in the killings.

Breath of the Gods
Alive Mind Cinema has picked up North American rights to Jan Schmidt-Garre’s documentary “Breath Of The Gods” which charts the origins of yoga.

A Case of You
IFC Films has acquired US rights to Kat Coiro’s A Case Of You from Lagniappe Films. Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Busy Philipps and Sienna Miller star in the film about a man who concocts an online profile to woo the girl of his dreams.

The Face of Love
IFC Films has announced U.S. rights to Arie Posin’s “The Face of Love” starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams. The story follows a widow who finds romance again with an art teacher who nearly doubles for her lost husband.

Worldwide rights to director Emmanuel Itier’s inspirational documentary “Femme” have gone to Vision Films. The story features interviews with 100 influential women filmed in over 20 countries across five continents.

Ghost Team One
Paramount Home Media Distribution has picked up worldwide distribution rights to Ben Peyser and Scott Rutherford’s horror comedy “Ghost Team One”. The movie centers on two roommate who fall for a girl who believes their home is haunted by a vengeful madam. Carlos Santos, Tony Calvero and Fernanda Romero star.

I Am ZoZo
Image Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to documentarian Scott Di Lalla’s Ouija board thriller “I Am ZoZo” from Outsider Pictures and One World Studios. The story follows five young friends playing with a Ouija board who inadvertently summon a malevolent demon.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete
Codeblack Films has picked up US distribution of George Tillman Jr.’s “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete”. The story deals with two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City. Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie star.

Last Love
Image Entertainment has picked up North American rights to Sandra Nettlebeck’s “Last Love” starring Michael Caine. Image plans a theatrical release this Fall. Caine plays a lonely American widower in Paris, who learns to love life again after a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman. Clemence Poesy, Jane Alexander and Anne Alvaro co-star.

The Weinstein Company has inked a deal for Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” paying $6.5 million for the U.S., Canada and Spain rights. Judi Dench plays Philomena Lee, an Irish woman who searches for her son that she was forced to give up for adoption as a teenager. Steve Coogan stars as a journalist who helps Lee search for her son.

The Possession Of Michael King
Anchor Bay Films has taken North American rights to David Jung’s supernatural thriller “The Possession Of Michael King”. Shane Johnson plays a young widower who explores the occult following the shocking death of his wife.

The Quiet Ones
Lionsgate has closed a deal to acquire North American distribution rights to Hammer’s supernatural thriller ” starring Sam Claflin and Jared Harris. An April 25th 2014 release is planned.

The Rocket
US distributor Kino Lorber has scored North American rights to Kim Mordaunt’s “The Rocket”. The story follows a boy named Ahlo (Sitthiphon Disamoe) who strives to escape his poor background by entering a rocket building contest in Laos. A Fall theatrical release is planned ahead of a digital, VOD and home media release in 2014.

Ketchup Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Annette Haywood-Carter’s “Savannah” starring Jim Caviezel and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The story follows a man in the early 1800s who leaves behind a life of privilege to live off the land with a freed slave. An August 23rd theatrical release is planned ahead of a DVD and VoD release on September 24th.

Song One
Worldview Entertainment has struck a deal to finance and produce Kate Barker-Froyland’s “Song One” starring Anne Hathaway. The film is about a woman who develops a relationship with the favorite musician of her sick brother.

Spinning Gold
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has scored a multi-territory deal for the Neil Bogart biopic “Spinning Gold” starring Justin Timberlake as the infamous record executive closely aligned with the rise of disco. Shooting begins early next year.

Image Entertainment has acquired all US and Canadian rights to the Nicolas Cage-led action-thriller “Tokarev” which begins shooting in Alabama in June ahead of a Q1 2014 release. Cage plays a former criminal in search of his daughter’s kidnappers.

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ darkly comic thriller “Whitewash”. Thomas Haden Church plays a Canadian plough operator who accidentally kills a man.

Winnie Mandela
Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to the $15 million adaptation of Anne Marie du Preez Bezdrob’s biography “Winnie Mandela: A Life” starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard. A Fall theatrical release is planned.

Sources: Deadline, Screen, THR, Variety, Yahoo