Jason Momoa’s ‘The Bad Batch’ Picked Up by Screen Media
Following an all-night bidding session at the Toronto International Film Festival, Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights for “The Bad Batch.” The dystopian love story by Ana Lily Amirpour won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it debuted last week. The film, staring Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisiand Yolonda Ross, is about a group of cannibals in a Texas wasteland. Cameos from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Diego Luna are also featured.
William Oldroyd’s ‘Lady Macbeth’ Picked Up by Roadside Attractions
Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. and Canadian film rights to William Oldroyd’s feature debut film “Lady Macbeth.”
One of Toronto International Film Festival’s hottest titles, the film is an adaptation of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novella “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.”
The film stars breakout actor Florence Pugh and also features Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton and Christopher Fairbank. It was written by award-winning playwright Alice Birch and produced by Fordhla Cronin O’Reilly.
Magnolia Pictures Acquires Raoul Peck’s ‘I Am Not Your Negro’
Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American rights to Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro,” a documentary based on James Baldwin’s unfinished book, “Remember This House.”
“Remember This House” is considered one of the great incomplete works of American literature, in which Baldwin attempted to recount the lives and successive assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. The author’s notes and the unfinished manuscript were entrusted to filmmaker Peck by the Baldwin estate. Narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, “I Am Not Your Negro” turns the 30 pages of “Remember This House” that Baldwin wrote before his passing in 1987 into an American epic of murders, martyrs, politics and race, per the official description. While steeped in the stories of the struggles for racial and economic equality in the ’50s and ’60s, “I Am Not Your Negro” also takes a sweeping, challenging look at how our collective past has shaped our attitudes about race in our complex present.
‘Super Troopers 2’ Adds Rob Lowe to Cast Rob Lowe has joined the cast of “Super Troopers 2,” the sequel to the original 2001 clumsy cop comedy, TheWrap has learned.
Production on the movie began last week in Boston. Broken Lizard, the comedy team behind the original film, raised more than $4.5 million during a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo last year to fund “Super Troopers 2,” shooting past its initial goal of $2 million.
EuropaCorp Buys US Rights to Sam Claflin, Gemma Arterton WWII Movie ‘Their Finest’
EuropaCorp has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Their Finest,” a World War II comedy-drama about filmmakers. Director Lone Scherfig‘s movie follows a group working together to make an inspirational war flick during the London Blitz. “Their Finest” stars Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin (pictured above), Bill Nighy, Jack Huston and Richard E. Grant and is based on Lissa Evans’ 2009 novel “Their Finest Hour and a Half.”
“There is no one like Lone who can ride the line between comedy and drama in such a profound and beautiful way,” EuropaCorp’s Marc Shmuger said in a statement. “Her film is a total crowd pleaser. It’s all at once witty, heart tugging, and hilarious. EuropaCorp couldn’t be more excited to partner with Lone and the production team to bring this brilliant movie to US audiences.”