Director Floria Sigismondi’s Sundance 2010 feature “The Runaways” has been picked up by Apparition in a pact that was anticipated. The deal, which includes all U.S. rights, is the first theatrical collaboration between Apparition and River Road Entertainment, which produced the film with Linson Entertainment. River Road’s Bill Pohlad is also a partner in Apparition, which opened earlier this year.
The film follows two friends, Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), as they rise from rebellious Southern California kids to rock stars of the now legendary group that paved the way for future generations of girl bands. They fall under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), who turns the group into an outrageous success and a family of misfits. With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself–and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock’ n’ roll heart, while Cherie, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.
“Floria has crafted a beautiful story of Joan and Cherie’s tumultuous relationship on and off stage, as well as a kick ass rock ‘n’ roll journey,” commented Apparition chief Bob Berney in a statement. Sigismondi’s past work includes videos for David Bowie, The White Stripes and Christina Aguilera. The film is produced by John Linson, Art Linson and Bill Pohlad. Joan Jett, Kenny Laguna and Brian Young serve as executive producers.
“‘The Runaways’ was made with the same independent attitude that defined the group,” said River Road’s Bill Pohlad in a statement. “Kristen and Dakota really became the characters, right down to singing the vocals.”
Apparition is an independent motion picture distribution company formed by Bill Pohlad and Bob Berney in 2009. Currently in release are: Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed ‘Bright Star’ and Troy Duffy’s breakout hit “Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.” Upcoming films include “The Young Victoria” starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend and “The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The company has an output relationship with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group for all domestic ancillary rights.