By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire October 18, 2012 at 1:16PM
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Rowan Athale’s heist thriller “Wasteland,” which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company plans a 2013 release.
“Wasteland” concerns an ex-con who recruits his best friends to rip off the drug kingpin responsible for his incarceration. Luke Treadaway, Timothy Spall, Iwan Rheon, Matthew Lewis, Gerard Kearns and Vanessa Kirby star.
Gareth Pritchard of Mischief Films produced along with Mark Foligno of MoliFilms and Ed Barratt of Hook Pictures. Executive producers are Phil Hunt, Compton Ross, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden, Brad Moore and Iain Richardson.
“‘Wasteland’ is an incredibly clever and fun piece of filmmaking, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to US audiences,” said Oscilloscope’s David Laub. “This is one of the most impressive debut films we’ve seen in a long time — Rowan has taken the classic heist movie and gives it his own unique and exciting spin, creating a vibrant, captivating film that takes the audience on a great ride.”
Oscilloscope’s Laub and Dan Berger negotiated the deal with Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films, on behalf of the filmmakers.
Oscilloscope has recently rerleased “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” “Shut Up and Play the Hits” and “Samsara.” Forthcoming releases include “Tchoupitoulas” and “Reality.”