Date Changes & Acquisitions: June 19th 2017

The Osiris Child
RLJ Entertainment has acquired North American rights to the Kellan Lutz-led, Shane Abbess-directed sci-fi action film “The Osiris Child” (ditching the original and unwieldly Australian title “The Osiris Child Science Fiction Volume One”). Plans are for a Fall theatrical and VOD opening. Abbess co-wrote the script with Brian Cachia.

Set in a time of interplanetary colonization, Lutz plays a drifter with a haunted past who forms an unlikely alliance with Kane Sommerville (Daniel MacPherson), a lieutenant who works for off-world military contractor Exor. Teagan Croft, Isabel Lucas, Rachel Griffiths and Temuera Morrison also star.

“Book of Eli” and “From Hell” director Albert Hughes’ prehistoric epic “The Solutrean” has been retitled and re-dated. Now called “Alpha,” it will open on March 2nd 2018 – not this September as originally planned.

Set 20,000 years ago in Europe during the Upper Paleolithic period, the story follows a young man (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and his friendship with a wolf.

The Nile Hilton Incident
Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Tarik Saleh’s political thriller “The Nile Hilton Incident” which won the grand jury prize for a dramatic film in the world cinema section at Sundance.

Set weeks before the 2011 Egyptian revolution, a Cairo police officer (played by Fares Fares) investigates the murder of a famous club singer – a crime that involves the power elite of Egypt. Strand plans a Fall release.

Espionage Tonight
The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to Rob Gordon Bralver’s action-comedy satire “Espionage Tonight” starring an ensemble cast including Joe Hursley, Said Taghmaoui, Sean Astin and Lynn Whitfield.

The story centers on a TV reality show created by the U.S. government in which real world spies compete in undercover missions around the world. The Orchard is planning for on digital and on demand releases in North America on October 24.

Viceroy’s House
IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Gurinder Chadha’s historical drama “Viceroy’s House” starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson. ICF is planning a release in early September.

Bonneville portrays Lord Mountbatten and Anderson plays his wife Edwina in a story set in 1947 as Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power from British colonial rule to Indian self-governance.

Good Deed Entertainment has scored U.S. distribution rights to Brian Crano’s romantic dramedy “Permission” with an early 2018 release planned. Rebecca Hall, Dan Stevens, Francois Arnaud, Jason Sudeikis, Morgan Spector, and Gina Gershon star.

Hall plays a woman who could not be happier with her boyfriend, Will (Stevens) with marriage and home talk happening. Then, one day, her brother and his partner innocently point out she’s has never been with anyone other than him – an innocuous observation that alters Anna and Will’s future.

Dog Years
A24 and DirecTV have acquired the North American distribution rights to the Tribeca premiered Adam Rifkin’s “Dog Years” starring Burt Reynolds as an aging movie star who travels to an upstart film festival in Nashville to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award.

That launches him on a fish-out-of-water adventure and an unexpectedly poignant journey into his past. Ariel Winter, Chevy Chase, Clark Duke, Ellar Coltrane, and Nikki Blonsky also star.

Netflix has acquired worldwide SVOD rights to Drake Doremus’ romantic drama “Newness” which premiered at Sundance. Nicholas Hoult, Laia Costa, Danny Huston, Courtney Easton, and Matthew Gray Gubler star.

The contemporary Los Angeles tale follows two millennials (Hoult & Costa) navigating a social media–driven hookup culture begin a relationship that pushes both emotional and physical boundaries.

Source: Variety, THR, Deadline, Screen.