More acquisition news from the Toronto International Film Festival:
- Focus Features picked up the U.S. rights to The Place Beyond the Pines, the drama written and directed Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), led by Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes.
- Anchor Bay will distribute the Billy Bob Thorton‘s Jayne Mansfield’s Car. Thorton co-stars with Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Katherine LaNasa, Ray Stevenson and Robert Patrick.
- Arclight Films acquired Storm Surfers 3D, the Australian documentary (narrated by Toni Collette) about two-time world surfing champion Tom Carroll and big wave pioneer Ross Clarke-Jones.
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Many children around the world can’t sleep on Christmas Eve because of the excitement that Santa Claus brings; I couldn’t sleep for fear he’d murder me with an axe. That’s part of being brought up with classic horror movies such as Tri-Star Pictures’ 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night. Now, Anchor Bay would like to re-awaken my old nightmares as they’ve picked up rights to Silent Night, a modern interpretation based loosely on the original. The picture, from The Genre Company and Inferno’s Ember Productions, was scripted by Jayson Rothwell (The Order of the Seven) and will be directed by Steven C. Miller (The Aggression Scale). Silent Night will also star Malcolm McDowell (Halloween) as Sheriff Cooper, “a small-town hero ready for some big-time action.” Hit the jump for more on Silent Night.
Ami Canaan Mann’s Texas Killing Fields has been sitting on the shelf for a while but it looked like the movie was poised for a big push when it was announced that the thriller would be playing in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie follows a New York City detective (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who teams with a Texas cop (Sam Worthington) to hunt down a serial killer. However, TOH! reports that Anchor Bay will be releasing the movie on October 7th, less than two months from now, and there’s still no U.S. poster or trailer (click here to see the Italian trailer). That can be done quickly but Anchor Bay almost never gives wide releases to their movies, I doubt anyone outside of Venice, New York, and Los Angeles will get to see Texas Killing Fields in theaters.
And if you think Anchor Bay has faith in the movie, it’s sharing the October 7th weekend with George Clooney’s The Ides of March, the Rocky-with-robots film Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman, and the new David Wain comedy Wanderlust starring Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. That’s like three Goliaths against one David if David were an infant armed only with an adorable smile.
Film festivals are a great way to pick up distribution for your flick. Buyers not only have a chance to see the movie, but they get to see it with an audience and gauge reaction. Today, we have news of four films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and now have distributors.
Hit the jump for news regarding the sales of Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy (starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello), Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright), the British coming-of-age drama Submarine, and James Wan’s Insidous (starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson).
Anchor Bay Films is going to get a pass from me for a while because they picked up Broken Lizard’s newest film, “The Slammin’ Salmon” and will distribute it to theaters this December. Every time I saw an update from BL on Facebook, I would wonder when I would finally get to see the movie which premiered at Slamdance this past January. Now I get to see it before the end of the year and I’m beyond excited. Hit the jump for details.