Tag Archives: Focus Features

PRAY FOR THE LIGHT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Story details are being kept under wraps, but the project is being pitched as a fresh, contained, high concept twist on the vampire genre in the vein of Panic Room and 30 Days of Night.

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TRADING IN STARVATION (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMCollecting stories about the political commodity of water and food in third-world countries and how a people either are fed or starve depending on whatever entity is in control.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Thriller “Welcome to Vienna” for Focus Features

Jake Gyllenhaal ExcerptThe Oscar-nominated actor will also produce the adaptation of Kevin Wignall’s upcoming novel To Die in Vienna under his production company Nine Stories.

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TO DIE IN VIENNA (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Freddie Makin, a civilian surveillance contractor in Vienna, has been watching a Chinese academic named Jiang Cheng for the past year. When Freddie interrupts a break-in at his apartment, the intruder escapes, only to return to try and kill him. Now Freddie has to figure out who is trying to kill him and why, all while hiding the past that he’s been running away from.

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73 SECONDS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM the extraordinary true story of Bob Ebeling and Roger Boisjoly, the aerospace engineers who discovered the “o-ring anomaly” that led to the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

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UNTITLED MAGGIE BETTS POLITICAL DRAMA (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM The storyline is being kept under wraps but will be set in the world of politics.

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Josh McLaughlin Named President of Production at Focus Features (Exclusive)

focus-excerptJosh McLaughlin is set to replace Jim Burke as President of Production at Focus Features, the Tracking Board has exclusively learned. Rather than hire an executive from outside the company, Focus decided to promote from within.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.

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Sundance Sales So Far: Amazon, Netflix Duke It Out for 2017 Festival Supremacy

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The Sundance Film Festival has reached its halfway point and the sales market has been brisk thanks to streaming giants like Amazon and Netflix, who as expected, have been as active as anyone in Park City.

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Timely Spec “Inauguration Day” Going into Major Territories with Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.

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INAUGURATION DAY (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen a malicious cyber attack against U.S. Space Command forces the President-Elect and the outgoing President into the Situation Room hours before the Inauguration ceremony, the rival Presidents and their National Security teams work with and against each other to determine who is responsible for the attack and how to respond before it’s too late.

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Daniel Clowes’ Time-Travel Graphic Novel “Patience” Acquired by Focus Features

Patience ExcerptThe 2016 time-traveling romance graphic novel Patience by Daniel Clowes has been acquired by Focus Features for a big-screen adaptation. Clowes will adapt his own work for the film, which was originally published by Fantagraphics this past March.

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PATIENCE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTen years after the death of his wife, a man finds a time-travel machine and embarks on a grand journey and adventure finding and exploring the woman he loved.

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Patience (Film Rights)

Film Rights - 2015 (database listings)Ten years after the death of his wife, a man finds a time-travel machine and embarks on a grand journey and adventure finding and exploring the woman he loved.

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Broken Road Moves Hot Spec “Hummingbird” Into New Territories with A-List Star Circling (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterThe hot spec Hummingbird from writer John McClain is hitting the market with production company Broken Road leading the way. The project already has Marcus Kryler and Frederick Akerstrom attached to direct and actor Shailene Woodley interested in starring.

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HUMMINGBIRD (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMUnder wraps, but said to be an elevated action/sci-fi in the vein of Lucy.

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CONTINGENCY PROTOCOL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMIn the near future where global video surveillance has rendered the witness protection program obsolete, time travel is used to hide high profile witnesses.

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Updated: Red Hot Action Thriller “Contingency Protocol” From Bellevue Adds New Territories Heading Into Holiday Weekend (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterUpdated 09.02.16: Mark Townend’s high-concept sci-fi action thriller, pitched as Looper meets Safe House, continues to burn up the market ahead of the holiday weekend, with Screen Gems, Legendary Pictures, and AG Capital being the latest to take a closer look at what has become one of the summer’s hottest specs.

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CONTINGENCY PROTOCOL (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMLogline: In the near future where global video surveillance has rendered the witness protection program obsolete, time travel is used to hide high profile witnesses.

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VICTORIA AND ABDUL (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTells the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s remarkable rule.

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PHANTOM THREAD (SALES)

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Kept under wraps, but will take place in the fashion world during the 1950s.

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A BEAUTIFUL GAME (SALES)

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A coming-of-age story about a high school soccer star whose personal life becomes complicated when he develops a relationship with a teacher.

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THE BEGUILED (SALES)

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Set during the Civil War, a young girl from an all-female Confederate boarding school comes across an injured Union soldier. The school takes him in to help him recover, but he cons his way into their hearts and the women start to fight with him and each other for his attention.

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{Exclusive} Sofia Coppola To Remake “The Beguiled” With Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst And Elle Fanning

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Sofia Coppola will write, direct, and produce a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood Civil War romance. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning are attached to star in what will be Coppola’s first feature film since her 2013 fame-obsessed crime drama The Bling Ring.

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“Kingsman” Star Sofia Boutella Circling Charlize Theron Thriller “The Coldest City”

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Kingsman: The Secret Service breakout Sofia Boutella is circling Focus Features’ spy thriller The Coldest City. John Wick co-director David Leitch is helming from a script by Kurt Johnstad, who adapted the graphic novel of the same name.

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James McAvoy To Star With Charlize Theron In “Coldest City”

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James McAvoy will be joining the Charlize Theron-led drama, which centers on two spies during the Cold War, just days before the fall of the Berlin wall. Both of the operatives hunt for a list detailing the names of Cold War spies, on both sides, before it gets into enemy hands.

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BOOMTOWN (SALES)

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A slick corporate investigator with a closely guarded secret discovers a sinister criminal conspiracy in North Dakota oil boom country.

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It’s Off To “The Scorpio Races” For Matt Sobel

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Matt Sobel is now set to direct The Scorpio Races, based on the 2011 bestselling YA novel by Maggie Stiefvater, for Focus Features and David Katzenberg.

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Daniel Brühl Is Starring Alongside Jessica Chastain In “The Zookeeper’s Wife”

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Brühl and Chastain will star as the real-life couple who used their zoo to help save Jewish lives in Nazi-occupied Poland.

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{TB EXCLUSIVE} Will Packer Knocks On The Door Of Focus Features’ Thriller “Breaking In”

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Will Packer has come on board to produce the new thriller Breaking In, which Focus Features plans on releasing under their newly-revived Gramercy Pictures label.

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