Cannes 2014: find out which films have been picked up for U.S. distribution

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Lionsgate has purchased the North American rights for Dark Blood, the last film starring River Phoenix (My Own Private Idaho) before he passed away in 1993. Directed and written by George Sluizer (The Vanishing), the upcoming thriller follows the story of Boy (Phoenix), a young widower living as a hermit on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While traveling solo on his “second” honeymoon, Boy discovers a stranded Hollywood couple. Desiring the woman, Boy decides to hold them captive because he finds himself under the impression that he can create a better world with her. The upcoming drama, set to be released via VOD, also stars Judy Davis (The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet) and Jonathan Pryce (The Salvation). [Variety]

Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to French director, Mathieu Amalric‘s (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) noir thriller The Blue Room. Adapted for the big screen by Almaric and Stephanie Cleau (Park Benches) from Georges Simenon‘s novel, the film follows a man and a woman who meet for a rendezvous at a hotel. Despite a pleasant, seemingly meaningless night, the man then finds himself under investigation by the police and faced with the task of figuring out what happened and what he’s accused of. The film premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival and stars Amlaric and Cleau along with Lea Drucker (In My Skin), Laurent Poitrenaux (Renoir), and Serge Bozon (Miss and the Doctors). [The Hollywood Reporter]

Phase 4 Films has picked up North American distribution rights to upcoming drama Fort Bliss with the intent to release the film in the fall. Claudia Myers (Kettle of Fish) wrote and directed the film, which stars Michelle Monaghan (True Detective) as a U.S. Army medic and single mother who returns home after an extended tour in Afghanistan and must figure out how to patch up her relationship with her 5-year-old son. Fort Bliss also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui (Omphalos), Pablo Schreiber (After), Ron Livingston (Boardwalk Empire), and Freddy Rodriguez (The Night Shift). [Variety]

A24 has purchased the U.S. rights to first time director Julius Avery‘s, Son of a Gun. Ewan McGregor (A Million Ways to Die in the West), Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair), and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) star in the upcoming Austrialian heist thriller which focuses on the relationship between Australia’s highest profile criminal and his younger apprentice. [Variety]

A24 has teamed up with DirecTV to pick up the U.S. distribution rights to director Atom Egoyan‘s (Devil’s Knot) The Captive for a fall release. Egoyan and David Fraser (Eight Days to Live) wrote the thriller which stars Ryan Reynolds (The Voices) and focuses on a man who becomes convinced that his daughter is still alive eight years after she was kidnapped from a diner. Intended for a fall release, the film also stars Scott Speedman (Barefoot), Rosario Dawson (Parts Per Billion), Mireille Enos (The Killing), and Kevin Durand (Noah). [Variety]

Broad Green Pictures has purchased the U.S. distribution and international sales right for Visit Films’ 10.000 Km. Directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet (The Yellow Ribbon), the film follows two young lovers (Game of Thrones‘ Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer) as one of them leaves Barcelona for a year to pursue a job opportunity in Los Angeles. [Variety]

Film Movement has picked up the North American rights to Dietrich Brueggemann‘s (Move) Stations of the Cross. The stylized religious drama follows the journey of 14-year-old Maria who finds herself torn between the devotion she has to her family, radical faith, and adolescence as she continues to sacrifice in an attempt to cure her younger brother who is autistic. [Variety]

Millennium has picked up the U.S. rights to James Mottern‘s (Trucker) God Only Knows. Ben Barnes (Seventh Son), Leighton Meester (Life Partners), Toby Jones (Serena), and Harvey Keitel (The Grand Budapest Hotel) star in thriller which focuses on a young man involved with the Boston crime syndicate who comes to the realization that the days when the Mafia reigned supreme are long gone. Unbeknownst to his boss, he decides to attempt to expand the business but winds up putting himself and everyone he loves in danger. [Variety]

Cohen Media Group has picked up the U.S. rights to the Andre Techine‘s (Thieves) In the Name of My Daughter. The upcoming drama stars Catherine Deneuve (On My Way) is set in 1976 and focuses on the daughter of a wealthy casino owner who mysteriously disappears. [Variety]

Paramount Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Prisoners director Denis Villenueve‘s Story of Your Life. Amy Adams (Lullaby) stars in the sci-fi film as a military linguist who is faced with the task of attempting to communicate with alien invaders. [Variety]

The Weinstein Co. is close to completing a deal to retain U.S. distribution rights to Grace Kelly bio-pic, Grace of Monaco. Nicole Kidman (Before I Go to Sleep) stars as iconic Hollywood movie star Grace Kelly in the upcoming bio-pic which tells the story of the actress’ struggles with her marriage and identity during a political dispute between Monaco’s Prince Rainier III and France’s Charles de Gaulle. [Variety]

Screen Media has picked up the U.S. rights to The Good Night director, Jake Paltrow‘s Young Ones with the intent to release the film in October 2014. Starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), the sci-fi drama focuses on two neighbor ranchers who turn against each other in a future where water has become hard to find and in turn, become the most precious resource. [Variety]


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