IFC Midnight Picks Up ATM Starring Alice Eve; Magnolia Pictures Snags ROADIE

     October 18, 2011

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In recent horror movie news, no project has been marketed quite so vividly as The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence). Love it or hate it, it was IFC Midnight that brought the film to the public. Now they’ve picked up ATM, a thriller by director David Brooks. The picture, starring Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Josh Peck (The Wackness) and Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker) centers on three coworkers fighting against a man who has trapped them at an ATM for unknown reasons.

In a less twisted bit of rights acquisition news, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Roadie, a film by director Michael Cuesta (Dexter). The pic stars Ron Eldard (Black Hawk Down) as Jimmy, a roadie for Blue Oyster Cult who gets fired after two decades of touring. He then returns to his hometown to find that not much has changed. Hit the jump for more on both projects.

News on acquisition rights of ATM come via Variety. The small budget film was produced from a script by Chris Sparling (Buried). Click here for all our previous coverage on ATM.

In what’s been called a “transformative performance,” by Ron Eldard, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles had this to say:

Roadie features a career-best performance from Ron Eldard and he’s matched every step of the way by the ensemble. Michael Cuesta has skillfully crafted a terrific film that will resonate with anyone who’s had to revisit where they came from.”

roadie-stillMagnolia is releasing the film through its Ultra VOD program, available across all platforms on December 2nd. Roadie will then screen in theaters starting January 6th, 2012. Roadie also stars Lois Smith (Twister), David Margulies (Ghostbusters III), Bobby Cannavale (The Station Agent) and Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan). Check out the press release below:

Magnolia Takes US Rights to Michael Cuesta’s ROADIE

New York, NY – October 18, 2011 – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to ROADIE, a new drama from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Twelve and Holding, Showtime’s Homeland) featuring wonderful performances from Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy and Lois Smith.  The film written by Gerald Cuesta and Michael Cuesta, and produced by Mike Downey and Sirad Balducci.

In a transformative role, Eldard plays Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, who has just been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.

Magnolia is releasing ROADIE through its Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms on December 2nd,  followed by a theatrical release on January 6, 2012.

“ROADIE features a career-best performances from Ron Eldard and he’s matched every step of the way by the ensemble,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Michael Cuesta has skillfully crafted a terrific film that will resonate with anyone who’s had to revisit where they came from.”

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson, with Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content, and Graham Taylor of WME working on behalf of the filmmakers.

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