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December 18, 2019 - No Comments!

eOne Sets Film & Television Development Pact With Rumble Films

From Deadline Hollywood

By Amanda N'Duka

EXCLUSIVE: Entertainment One (eOne) and Rumble Films, an independent production company founded by Oscar-nominated Whiplash and Nightcrawler producer David Lancaster, have formed strategic financing and development agreement for film and television. Under the new deal, the companies will jointly finance new projects and will give Rumble access to eOne’s distribution base, in multiple territories, as well as Sierra/Affinity’s international sales force.

“Having worked with and enjoyed much success with Nick and Marc and all my friends at eOne for over a decade, I’m excited to join forces and aim for smart commercial projects with the resources to execute on a robust footing,” said Lancaster.

The deal was negotiated by Marc Schaberg for eOne and Lancaster and Jon Shiffman for Rumble with assistance from UTA’s Jim Meenaghan.

Rumble, which currently maintains financial backing from Andrew Schwartzberg, recently produced The Burnt Orange Heresy, a noir thriller starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland, as well as the psychological horror film, The Other Lamb, with Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman and Denise Gough.

July 25, 2019 - No Comments!

‘THE OTHER LAMB’ BY MAŁGORZATA SZUMOWSKA TO WORLD PREMIERE AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

From the Polish Film Institute

‘The Other Lamb’ By Małgorzata Szumowska to World Premiere at TIFF

Based on Press Release

Director Małgorzata Szumowska's first English-language film, "The Other Lamb", has been selected to world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Szumowska is already a prolific filmmaker, having won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 for her film "Body" and subsequently the Grand Jury Prize for her film "Mug" in 2018 (both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute).

For this European co-production, Szumowska has gathered a talented and highly acclaimed team both on and off-screen, and the recent selection for Toronto marks the high quality of the film. Managing Director of TrustNordisk, Susan Wendt, comments:

‘We are very proud to have The Other Lamb premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. It is a pleasure to be working with such a talented team on this feature with a thrilling psychological story at its heart.’

Cast and crew

Written by award-winning Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen and featured on the 2017 Black List and Blood List, "The Other Lamb" features young talent Raffey Cassidy, who most recently starred opposite Natalie Portman in Brady Corbet’s "Vox Lux" (2018) as well as in Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Killing Of A Sacred Deer" (2017). Cassidy was the youngest ever actor to be named in Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow in 2013 for her role as Athena in "Tomorrowland", opposite George Clooney.

"The Other Lamb"’s cast also includes the talented Michiel Huisman, who was most recently seen in the popular Netflix series "The Haunting Of Hill House" (2018), as well as in HBO’s "Game Of Thrones" as Daario Naharis (2014-2016) and "The Age Of Adaline" (2015), and award-winning Denise Gough ("Colette", 2018; "Juliet, Naked", 2018).

The film is lensed by Michał Englert and edited by Jarosłąw Kamiński.

"The Other Lamb" is produced by Academy Award®-nominee David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films, who have also produced the award-winning "Whiplash" (2014), "Nightcrawler" (2014) and "Eye In The Sky" (2016), together with Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch of Subotica ("Miss Julie", 2014; "Young Ones", 2014), Danish producer Marie Gade Denessen of Zentropa ("The House That Jack Built", 2018; "The Hunt", 2012) and in co-production with Umedia ("My Brilliant Friend", 2019; "Mandy", 2018).

Synopsis

"The Other Lamb" is a haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a young girl born into an alternative religion known as the Flock. The members of the Flock – all women and female children – live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd (Michiel Huisman). Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is an incredibly devoted follower, but begins to bond with Sarah (Denise Gough), an outcast wife who has grown skeptical of Shepherd’s teachings. Selah is given the great honor of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs - upon which they depend for survival - where she has a shocking and transformative experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters.

"The Other Lamb" is produced by Rumble Films and Subotica Productions, in association with Zentropa and in co-production with Umedia. Executive producers are Julia Godzinskaya and Will Norton of Rooks Nest Entertainment, Jon Shiffman and Andrew Schwartzberg of Rumble Films, Adrian Politowski of Umedia and Anders Kjærhauge of Zentropa. The film is made with the participation of Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland and is an official Irish-Belgian co-production.

International sales handled by TrustNordisk.

More: http://www.trustnordisk.com/film/2019-other-lamb.

July 25, 2019 - No Comments!

Venice To Close With ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ Starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland & Mick Jagger

From Deadline Hollywood

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By Andreas Wiseman

This year’s Venice Film Festival will close on September 7 with the world premiere of director Giuseppe Capotondi’s feature The Burnt Orange Heresy, starring Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland and Mick Jagger.

The Out Of Competition screening will be held in the Sala Grande after the festival’s awards ceremony. The art world and the underworld collide in the neo-noir thriller set in present day Italy. The film follows charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) who hooks up with provocative fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy (Jagger). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realise that nothing about the artist nor their mission is what it seems.

Producers are David Zander, David Lancaster, William Horberg. Executive producers include Sienna Aquilini and Peter Touche. Screenplay comes from Scott B. Smith, from the novel by Charles Willeford. Director of photography is David Ungaro and international sales are handled by HanWay Films with domestic sales overseen by UTA/CAA.

 

October 17, 2017 - No Comments!

Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell To Topline ‘Donnybrook’

From Deadline

 

By Amanda N'Duka

Kingdom star Frank Grillo has been tapped to star in brawl film Donnybrook, along with Fantastic Four‘s Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), and James Badge Dale (Only The Brave). From writer and director Tim Sutton, the film is an adaptation Frank Bill’s 2013 noir novel of the same name. Described as a backwoods version of Fight Club meets No Country For Old Men, the story follows a man, in order to support his family, competes in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing. David Lancaster (Whiplash) and Stephanie Wilcox of Rumble Films are producing with Paris-based Backup Media (Submergence), who is fully financing the project. UTA Independent Film Group is reps North American rights. Production commences next week. Grillo is repped by CAA and Management 360; Bell by UTA and Artists Independent Management; Qualley by UTA and Management 360; Dale by CAA and MJ Management.

November 17, 2015 - No Comments!

Ben Wheatley In Talks To Write & Direct ‘The Wages Of Fear’ Remake For eOne And TF1

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From Deadline

British director Ben Wheatley, one of the hottest filmmakers coming through right now, is in talks to write and direct a remake of the classic thriller The Wages Of Fear. Wheatley’s wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump would co-write the project, which is still in the early stages of development. David Lancaster is producing through his Rumble Films banner with TF1, which owns the rights to the seminal original, selling and financing with eOne.

This is a project to get film lovers salivating. The original 1953 film, directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot, has long been a fave among cineastes. An adaptation of Georges Arnaud’s novel, about a group of desperate men hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle, inspired a generation of filmmakers including William Friedkin.

September 14, 2015 - No Comments!

Toronto: Bleecker Street Acquires ‘Eye in the Sky’ Starring Helen Mirren

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From Variety

Ramin Setoodeh
Film Editor, New York
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Brent Lang
Senior Film and Media Reporter
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Bleecker Street is in final negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to Gavin Hood’s drama “Eye in the Sky” starring Helen Mirren, Variety has learned.

The film about drone warfare, which premiered on Friday at the Toronto International Film Festival, drew interest from buyers including Fox Searchlight and The Orchard, and bidding climbed past $2 million. It’s the first sale at Toronto for Bleecker Street, the indie label started by Andrew Karpen last year, which has had box office success with “Danny Collins” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams.”

The deal for “Eye in the Sky” puts some momentum puts back into a limp Toronto market. Sellers have complained about buyers being overly skittish, as distributors are griping about the quality of finished projects that are available for purchase.

“Eye in the Sky” could not be more topical. It examines terrorists targeting drone missions at a time when the Obama administration’s reliance on these weapons of war has inspired controversy. The film co-stars Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman, and was produced by Entertainment One and Raindog Films.

“Much like “Dr. Strangelove,” the Stanley Kubrick classic it often recalls, this teasingly hard-to-label war story has more than a fair share of scenes that generate explosive laughter — until the laughter catches in your throat,” critic Joe Leydon wrote in a positive review for Variety.

Bleecker Street is at Toronto with “Trumbo,” the drama directed by Jay Roach starring Bryan Cranston (in a performance that’s generating Oscar buzz) as blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

WME handled the deal.

March 20, 2015 - No Comments!

‘Proxima’ Spec Picked Up By ‘Whiplash’ Producer Rumble Films, Wedaa Prods.

From Deadline

The sci-fi spec Proxima, written by first-timer Chris Hager, was just picked up by David Lancaster’s Rumble Films (Whiplash) and will be produced in conjunction with Altitude Film Entertainment and Jim Wedaa. The sci-fi drama is about a married couple on a centuries-long mission across the universe.

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Rumble Films’ head of development Stephanie Wilcox brought the film into the company after the writer was found by Wedaa. Jim WedaaThe writer is from Kansas City, MO, and he was just a guy with a dream of being a screenwriter who wrote a query letter to Wedaa. The producer thought it was a great idea and then pursued the project.

This is the second sci-fi project Rumble Films is involved with. The other under their shingle is Second Born, a story about microchip implants in the brain that are used to store one’s consciousness.

Will Clarke and Mike Runagall will exec produce Proxima. Clarke heads Altitude which will finance and handle sales and distribution in the UK. Runagall is the company’s managing director.

Rumble Films is in currently in production on the thriller Message from the King, starring Chadwick Boseman with Fabrice du Welz directing; they are producing with eOne and InkFactory. Of course, Lancaster was a producer on Damien Chazelle’s critically-acclaimed Whiplash (which won three Oscars this year, including for supporting actor J.K. Simmons) as well as Dan Gilroy’s critic fave Nightcrawlerwhich starred Jake Gylenhaal. (Whiplash was also produced by Michael Litvak, Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook).

Lancaster also just wrapped Eye in the Sky for eOne where he worked alongside producers Colin Firth and Ged Doherty from Raindog Films. Lancaster’s upcoming films include No Escape starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell to be released by The Weinstein Company this coming September and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, which will be released by Warner Bros. next month. Bold Films was the production company behind WhiplashNightcrawlerNo Escapeand Lost River.

Wedaa is currently producing the supernatural thriller The Boy for Lakeshore/STX, which will bow in February 2016 from director William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside). It stars The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan and is shooting in Vancouver.

Hager is repped by Abram Nalibotsky and Pamela Goldstein at Verve, and Wedaa at Parallax Talent Management.

November 13, 2014 - No Comments!

‘Oldboy’ Director Boards Sci-Fi Thriller

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From Variety

Dave McNary
Film Reporter@Variety_DMcNary

South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook (“Oldboy”) will direct and develop the sci-fi thriller “Second Born” for David Lancaster’s Rumble Films.

Lancaster, former president of Bold Films, launched Rumble in July on the heels of producing  Miles Teller’s “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.

“Second Born,” based on an original screenplay by David Jagernauth, takes  place in a futuristic world in which neural microchip implants are used to store one’s consciousness, leading to black market body-swapping.

Derby Street will finance development. Lancaster will produce with Stephanie Wilcox for Rumble alongside Wonjo Jeong, Park’s producing partner. Executive producers are James Gibb and Derby Street’s CEO Nicola Horlick, as well as Jon Shiffman for Rumble.

Rumble is producing the film with D alongside Wonjo Jeong, Park’s producing partner.  Executive producers are James Gibb and Derby Street’s CEO Nicola Horlick, as well as Jon Shiffman for Rumble.

Next up for Rumble is the revenge thriller “Message from the King,” which the company will produce with eOne and InkFactory. Filming will begin early next year with Chadwick Boseman starring and Fabrice du Welz directing.

Lancaster recently wrapped production in South Africa for eOne on thriller “Eye in the Sky” with producers Colin Firth and Ged Doherty from Raindog Films. Starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi and directed by Gavin Hood, “Eye” is set in the world of remotely piloted “drone” warfare.

The “Second Born” deal was negotiated on behalf of Derby by Tifanie Jodeh at Entertainment Law partners, Adam Kaller on behalf of Park, and Debbie Von Arx and Jon Shiffman on behalf of Rumble.

Park is repped by WME and Industry Entertainment. Jagernauth is repped by Abbot Entertainment.

July 30, 2014 - No Comments!

‘Whiplash’ Producer David Lancaster Launches Company

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From Variety

After eight years as co-president at Bold Films, David Lancaster has launched Rumble as a production-development-financing company.

Rumble is already in negotiations with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to develop spy thriller “Tin Man” from a script by Seth Lochhead (“Hanna”). The “28 Weeks Later” director is developing “Tin Man” with producer Laura Bickford.

The move comes with Lancaster having a pair of Bold Films titles opening in the fall: Sundance Grand Jury prize winner “Whiplash” at Sony Classics and Jake Gyllenhaal’s crime thriller “Nightcrawler”at Open Road.

Lancaster has hired Jon Shiffman, formerly of Comerica Bank and Media Rights Capital, as the CFO and COO. Stephanie Wilcox, former director of development at Bold, has come on as VP of development and production.

Rumble’s slate is focused on auteur-driven film and TV projects with appeal to a global marketplace. Its first project is “Children of the Gun,” a dystopian parable written by Will Dunn and directed by Belgian filmmaker Fabrice du Welz, whose “Alleluia” screened at the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes and was picked up by Music Box for North American rights.

During Lancaster’s tenure at Bold, he oversaw Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River” along with TV drama “The Black Box” for ABC and Syfy’s new series “Dominion,” based on Bold’s feature film “Legion.”

Lancaster’s been involved in over 35 movies including “night, Mother,” “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” “Bobby” and “Middle of Nowhere.” He produced ‘night, Mother” on Broadway and returned to Broadway this season with the musical production of “The Bridges of Madison County,” both with long-time colleague Marsha Norman.