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A24 Acquires Crime Drama ‘GOOD TIME’ Starring Robert Pattinson


A24 has acquired the North American rights to GOOD TIME, a crime drama starring Robert Pattinson.

The film follows a bank robber’s race to evade the police dragnet that threatens to send him behind bars. Josh and Benny Safdie directs from a screenplay by Josh Safdie and Ronald Brnstein. Pattinson is joined by Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.

Elara Pictures, The Safdie Brothers, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Paris Latsis, Terry Dougas and Oscar Boyson produce. Jean-Luc De Fanti executive produce.


Ludacris To Star in ‘BMX’ Action Drama


Fast & Furious and rap star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges will star in BMX, an inspirational action drama based on the true story of BMX rider John Buultjens. Alex Ranarivelo will be directing from a script he co-wrote with Hadeel Red, Jean-Marie Sobeck and Jack Reher. Forrest Lucas and Ali Afshar’s ESX Entertainment will be producing with Ranarivelo.

Shane Graham stars as Buultjens, who as a young Scottish teen undoubtedly on the road to ruin was rescued when he was fostered by an unlikely interracial couple (Bridges and Sasha Alexander). The father buys John his first bike and while nursing the teen’s emotional wounds also teaches him that riding can feel like flying and flying can feel like freedom. Afshar, Bryan Craig, George Kosturos and Jessica Michelle will also costar.


Stana Katic To Lead AXN’s Crime Thriller ‘ABSENTIA’


Detective Beckett is back on TV!

Stana Katic is set to lead Sony Pictures Television Networks’ AXN’s crime thriller ABSENTIA, which was given a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes.

Produced by Tel Aviv-based Masha Productions, the series will begin filming early next year for a 2017 premiere of AXN’s worldwide channels. Sony Pictures Television will handle distribution in the US, where the show is yet to be acquired, and outside of AXN’s channel.

Written and executive produced by Matt Cirulnick, based on a pilot script originally written by Gaia Violo, ABSENTIA centers on an FBI agent (Katic). While hunting one of Boston’s most notorious serial killers, the FBI agent disappears without a trace and is declared dead. Six years later, she is found in a cabin in the woods, barely alive and with no memory of the years she was missing. Returning home to learn her husband has remarried and her son is being raised by another woman, she soon finds herself implicated in a new series of murders.

Oded Ruskin, known for the hit Israeli series False Flag, will direct all 10 episodes of the series. Riskin will also produce with Masha TV’s Maria Feldman (Homeland, False Flag), Ruskin and Julie Glucksman.

Marie Jacobson, EVP of Programming and Production at Sony Pictures TV Networks said:

“ABSENTIA is the perfect blend of crime thriller and character-driven drama for the AXN audience. With a strong lead, Matt’s writing, and Oded’s direction, we have a signature series packed with suspense, surprise and emotional turns that feels distinctly AXN, and has great global potential. “

Sony’s AXN network broadcast in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe, with a programming slate focused on action, crime and mystery genre. Their most recent drama series includes Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy and Crossing Lines with Donald Sutherland and Goran Visnjic.

Katic played fan-favorite Kate Beckett on ABC’s Castle for eight season, which earned her three People’s Choice Awards. Her most recent feature The Rendezvous just had a screening at the Mill Valley Festival. Katic also has her own production company, Sine Timore Films.


Brenton Thwaites To Star in ‘OFFICE UPRISING’


Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales star Brenton Thwaites will star in OFFICE UPRISING to be directed by Lin Oeding, who’s known for being an action design and stunt credits includes Ant-Man, The Equalizer, Straight Outta Compton and Inception. 

Thwaites is joined by Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe).

Written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble Robinson, the film tells the story of an underachiever working at a major weapons manufacturing firm who finds that his co-workers have been “weaponized” by a new energy drink designed for the military. He must then set off to rescue his one true love from an office building full of psychotic coworkers armed with tomorrow’s deadliest tech.

Giulia Prenna, Jim Steele and Sean Lydiard will be producing. Thwaites will be executive producing, with Dan Spilo co-executive producing.

Production will begin in Alabama at the end of November.




Jackson Rathbone Joins TNT’s ‘THE LAST SHIP’ Season 4


Jackson Rathbone has joined TNT’s hit drama THE LAST SHIP season 4, which was recently renewed for a fifth season.

Created by Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane, based on William Brinkely’s popular novel of the same name, THE LAST SHIP chronicles the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors.

Rathbone will recur as Giorgio, a rich, Greek-American playboy who is charming but also is a dangerous thug. He uses his considerable wealth and power to make the Mediterranean his playground.

Rathbone is known for playing Jasper Hale in the Twilight movies and recurred on MTV’s Finding Carter. His other credits includes features Until We Meet Again and Justice. 

HBO Acquires BBC One’s ‘CORMORAN STRIKE’ Series


HBO has acquired the US and Canadian rights to CORMORAN STRIKE, BBC One’s upcoming limited series based on J.K Rowling’s bestselling crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. This announcement is not a surprise as both studios also brought to audiences the miniseries adaption of Rowling’s novel Casual Vacancy.

Tom Burke stars as Cormoran Strike, which will air in three separate event series, the three-hour The Cuckoo’s Calling, two-hour The Silkworm, and two-hour Career of Evil. 

CORMORAN STRIKE centers on Strike (Burke) a war veteran turned private detective operating out of tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wondered both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

Ben Richards wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, and Tom Edge wrote Career of Evil. Michael Keillor will direct the first one.

Rowling will executive produce through her production company Bronte Film & TV, alongside Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts and Elizabeth Kilgarriff.

The Cuckoo’s Calling was published in 2013 and was a global bestseller, it was followed in 2014 with The Silkworm and Career Of Evil in 2015. The books have sold a total over four million copies worldwide across all editions. A fourth book is slated to be released in 2017.

Production starts this fall in London.


Well Go USA Acquires ‘BUSTER’S MAL HEART’ Starring Rami Malek

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Well Go USA Entertainment has announced that they’ve acquired the North American rights to BUSTER’S MAL HEART, a psychological thriller starring Mr. Robot Emmy winner Rami Malek. Writer-director Sarah Adina Smith premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, follows a mountain man (Malek) who squats in empty vacation homes while on the run from the authorities. But in another life, he was a loving, stable family guy known as Jonah.

DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil, Toby Huss and Lin Shaye also costar.

Dylan Marchetti, SVP Acquisitions and Theatrical Releasing at Well Go USA Entertainment said:

“From the first frame of the film, the talent on display in BUSTER’S MAL HEART is immediately apparent. We think audiences around the globe will respond the same way we did, which was to exit the theatre with our jaws on the floor.”

Jonako Donley of Everything is Everything and Travis Stevens of Snowfort Pictures produced. Mynette Louie, Julie Parker Benello, Dan Cogan, Geralyn Dreyfous and Wendy Ettinger executive produce.

Buster’s Mal Heart hits theaters in early 2017 and will be followed by a digital and home video release later in the year.