Trade Breaks: Earth, Goya, Man, Stakes

“Lionsgate has acquired U.S., U.K. and Australian distribution rights to ambitious documentary feature “Earth” from BBC Worldwide (“Deep Blue”). Five years in the making, “Earth” takes audiences on a journey around the planet, using the sun as a guide to follow the migratory journeys of an elephant, a humpback whale and a polar bear…” (full details)

“Milos Forman’s “Goya’s Ghosts,” starring Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgard as Spanish artist Francisco Goya, has been picked up for North American distribution by Samuel Goldwyn Films. A summer U.S. platform theatrical release is planned. Bardem as a member of the clergy during the Spanish Inquisition who becomes obsessed with one of its targets, Goya’s muse (Portman)…” (full details)

“Director Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”) is clearing his schedule to shoot his own adaptation of the short story “The Other Man”. German author Bernard Schlink (“The Reader”) penned the story which follows a man who learns posthumously who his wife was. Shooting is aiming for a Fall start in the UK and Germany…” (full details)

Velvet Octopus has signed a deal to finance action thriller “High Stakes,” with David R. Ellis (“Snakes on a Plane”) attached to direct. The $30 million thriller centers on two friends who get in over their heads on a gambling trip to Las Vegas and become the subjects of a deadly high-stakes bet. Ronnie Christensen (“Passengers”) penned the script. Shooting begins this Spring…” (full details)