In further acquisition news, U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for director Derick Martini’s Hick have gone to Phase 4 Films. The pic, starring Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In) centers on a 13-year-old girl (Moretz) who runs away from home to escape her mom’s alcoholic boyfriends and to seek fame. On the road, she meets a moody drifter (Eddie Redmayne – Black Death) and a free-spirit (Blake Lively – Green Lantern) who becomes a surrogate mom. The pic also stars Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin.
Director Nick Cassavetes (Alpha Dog) had his dark comedy Yellow picked up by Seven Arts Entertainment and GFM Films LLC in their first acquisition for distribution. Similar in tone to Cassavetes’ Alpha Dog and She’s DeLovely, Yellow follows a woman coming to terms with her family’s shadowy past. The pic stars Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Gena Rowlands, Ray Liotta and debuts Heather Wahlquist. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
News of distribution rights for Hick comes via THR. The flick, based off the Andrea Portes novel by the same name, is planned for a spring 2012 release. Check out our past coverage on Hick, as well as Matt’s review from TIFF here.
THR also reported on Yellow’s pick-up by the new distribution joint venture. There is a bit of history here as Michael Ryan of GFM worked with Nick’s late father, John Cassavetes previously:
“I’m very glad to be in business with the Cassavetes family again,” said Ryan, “having worked on so many of John’s movies in the past.”