DAILY NEWS: Sony Nabs "Pollock," Fine Line Buys Schnabel's "Night" and Killer Making New Troche Movie
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Harris Takes First Feature, "Pollock," to Sony Pictures Classics
(indieWIRE/ 9.1.00) -- An anticipated entry on the Fall festival circuit, Ed Harris' directorial debut, "Pollock," has reportedly been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.
Screen Daily reported yesterday that the movie, which stars Harris as the
influential American artist Jackson Pollock and Marcia Gay Harden as his
wife, painter Lee Krasner, was bought by Sony for domestic distribution,
while the international rights went to Alliance Atlantis. The movie was
produced by Jon Kilik, Harris and Fred Berner, along with James Trezza.
The film, which screened at the Venice Festival and will have its North
American debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, was
shown to New York press in advance of the Festivals last week. Harris
delivers a performance that will undoubtedly garner awards season acclaim
should the movie make it to theaters by the end of the year as the producers
>> Killer Films in Pact with Clear Blue Sky and Renaissance for New Troche Film
(indieWIRE/ 9.5.00) -- Killer Films, the acclaimed New York production
company headed by Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler, has announced that it is teaming up with Clear Blue Sky Productions (CBSP) and Renaissance Film on a new film that will be directed by Rose Troche ("Go Fish," "Bedrooms and Hallways"). The pact for "The Safety of Objects" is one in a five film deal between CBSP and Renaissance -- Killer has a general development and
production deal with CBSP. Another movie in CBSP's pact with Renaissance is
Marleen Gorris' "The Luzhin Defense" which is set to debut at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
"The Safety of Object," based on A.M. Holmes' short stories and described in a CBSP announcement as chronicling "bittersweet modern day angst in
suburbia," will star Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. It is being adapted
for the screen by Troche and will be executive produced by CBSP's Jody
Patton and Renaissance's Stephen Evans and Angus Finney.
CBSP is an independent film production company that was founded by Microsoft
Co-Founder and Dreamworks partner Paul G. Allen and is led by President and Executive Producer Jody Patton. The company has produced Julie Taymor's "Titus," Michael Apted's "Inspirations" and "Me & Isaac Newton," and John Sayles' "Men With Guns." While Renaissance produces films, handles sales and also distributes in the UK through Entertainment Film Distributors. It recently sold Justin Kerrigan's "Human Traffic." [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Schnabel Makes "Before Night Falls" Deal with Fine Line
(indieWIRE/ 9.5.00) -- Another anticated Fall Festival feature, Julian
Schnabel's "Before Night Falls," has been acquired by Fine Line, sources at the told indieWIRE over the weekend. The feature is
artist Schnabel's second, following his 1996 film, "Basquiat."
A report in Screen Daily indicated that Fine Line beat out Sony Classics for
the pact, paying more than $1 million for the North American rights, while
Overseas FilmGroup acquired the international rights. The publication also
indicated that Fine Line will release the movie later this year to qualify
for the Academy Awards. Also on the company's roster later this year are
Lars von Trier's anticipated "Dancer in the Dark" and David Mamet's "State and Main," both of which will also be on the Fall festival circuit.
"Before Night Falls" will screen at the upcoming Toronto International Film
Festival and the New York Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Pop.com's Non-Deal with IFILM Makes Waves
(indieWIRE/ 9.5.00) -- As reported in an indieWIRE alert published on
Friday, the IFILM deal with floundering Pop.com is off. While executives
and others buzzed about the news, not to mention the fate of the films the
company has acquired, the media are weighing in with their own reports.
Coverage in publications ranging from The Associated Press and Reuters to
the Hollywood trade publications is putting the failed deal in the spotlight.
IFILM CEO Kevin Wendle's Friday email message to his staff sparked the round
of reports and speculation after it was forwarded to numerous media outlets, including indieWIRE.
"As you know, we have been in discussions with Pop.com," Wendle wrote in the
email. "Those discussions have ended and have not resulted in a transaction."
Read indieWIRE's article on the death of the IFILM/POP.com deal at: