The Salt Company has boarded sales on sci-fi conspiracy thriller Peripheral from director Paul Hyett (Howl).
Hannah Arterton (Burn Burn Burn) stars as a young writer who enters into a Faustian pact with her publisher. Convinced to use a new smart editing software she stumbles upon a conspiracy of social control. As her mind unravels she finds herself going head to head with an artificial intelligence that is determined to write her book for her.
Producers on the feature, which wrapped in the UK this week, are UK theatre mogul Bill Kenwright and Craig Tuohy of Bill Kenwright Productions.
Co-starring are Jenny Seagrove (Local Hero), Tom Conti (Shirley Valentine), Elliott James Langridge (Northen Soul). The writer is Dan Schaffer (Doghouse).
We are delighted to announce that Ali Oveissi will be acting as Finance Advisor to Salt with a particular focus on capital raising strategies from Middle Eastern and Asian investors. Ali is currently the Founder and Managing Director of Navigantium which specialises in advising two set of clients, with a focus on film and media investments: 1) Family Offices from the GCC and Asia; and 2) Asia, UK and Europe-based media corporations looking to global capital including Sovereign Wealth Funds, PE firms and specialized investment vehicles.
The Salt Company is commencing sales on Malicious, a US set horror film from writer/director Michael Winnick (Guns, Girls and Gambling) about a young college professor and his pregnant wife who unwittingly release a malevolent entity with murderous intentions when they find and open an antique box in their new home.
Starring Josh Stewart (Insidious 4, The Neighbor, The Collector), Delroy Lindo (Point Break, Gone In Sixty Seconds, A Life Less Ordinary), Bojana Novakovic (Edge Of Darkness, Devil, Drag Me To Hell), Melissa Bolona (Dog Eat Dog, Category 5) and Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice, El Gringo), the film is in its final week of principal photography.
Producers are Patrick Rizzotti and Brett Forbes (The Neighbor, The Collection, The Collector) of Fortress Features. Executive producers are Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield of Movie Package Company (Get Out, Dog Eat Dog). Lost Hills Film Fund, a venture launched this year by Forbes, Rizzotti, Redick and Mansfield to finance and produce director driven elevated genre films, is financing. Lost Hills is set to produce and finance 10 movies over the next three years that include comedies, thrillers, sci-fi and horror.
“We are very excited that Lost Hills is wrapping production on Malicious, our first in a slate of ten films. We are actively acquiring IP and developing, producing and financing for a global theatrical marketplace,” said Shaun Redick.
“This fund gives us the means to allow creative talent room to flourish. Collectively we have many years of experience making quality films at a certain budget level and look forward to finding the right material that can be made within our financial model,” said Patrick Rizzotti.
The Salt Company is handling all international sales on Malicious. The North American rights are represented by Lost Hills Films.
Today we mourn the loss of our friend and partner Donald Ranvaud, without whom Salt would never have seen the light of day. Farewell Don. You will be missed.
Matt Bomer, Bill Pullman and Josh Wiggins lead the cast in the father/son survival drama, Walking Out, written and directed by Alex & Andrew Smith. Film completed principal photography 1 February 2016 in Montana, USA. Producers are Brunson Green of Harbinger Pictures and Laura Ivey of Co-Op Entertainment. The Salt Company are handling international sales.
Josh Wiggins plays a typical teenage urbanite who travels to rural Montana to go hunting with his estranged “off-the-grid” father played by Matt Bomer. As they ascend deep into the wilderness, father and son struggle to connect on any level. When an unexpected encounter with a grizzly bear leaves them both with serious injuries, the boy must carry his father to safety if they are to survive.
Writer/Directors Alex & Andrew Smith previously collaborated on The Slaughter Rule starring Ryan Gosling and Winter in the Blood.
Producer Brunson Green previously produced Tate Taylor’s The Help and is currently in post-production on The United Kingdom directed by Amma Assante.
Producer Laura Ivey just completed Meg Ryan’s directorial debut, Ithaca.
Director of Photography is Todd McMullen (The Leftovers, Friday Night Lights, The Newsroom), editor is Michael Taylor (Elvis & Nixon, Love Is Strange). Executive producers are Rodrigo Garcia, Bonnie Curtis, Julie Lynn, Jim Burba, Bob Hayes, Katherine Ann McGregor, Carole Meiselman, Charlsey Adkins, Marc Simon.
London-based sales and financing entity The Salt Company has closed a slew of sales on it’s TIFF 2015 Midnight Madness hit Baskin, the Turkish horror film from writer/director Can Evrenol.
Based on the 2012 short film of the same name, Baskin has so far been snapped up in the UK (Vertigo), Australia (Madman), German speaking Europe (Capelight), Scandinavia (Non Stop), Italy (Blue Swan Entertainment), CIS (Cinema Prestige) and China (VCinema). IFC picked up US rights and Raven Banner Canadian rights from North American rep XYZ Films.
James Norrie, partner at The Salt Company said “Can is a truly visionary filmmaker and with Baskin, he has made a future cult classic that we are proud to have been a part of”.
Since launching at TIFF Baskin has played at a further 11 festivals picking up awards including best new wave director at Fantastic Fest and the best director “Blood Skull” at Morbido Film Festival in Mexico.
Producers are MO Films Produksiyon. Executive producers are Muge Buyuktalas, Todd Brown and Mike Hostench.
Twin Peaks veteran Kenneth Welsh joins Aaron Poole (The Conspiracy), Daniel Fathers (Pontypool), Kathleen Munroe (Survival of the Dead) and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) in the upcoming horror thriller The Void, from cult filmmakers Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie (Father’s Day, The ABCs of Death 2) and producers Casey Walker of Cave Painting Pictures and Jonathan Bronfman of JoBro Productions.
Cameras started rolling on Nov. 23rd in Sault Ste Marie, Canada on the creature feature which depicts a lone police officer struggling to protect the staff of an isolated hospital from a violent cult. “We are thrilled to have such a strong cast of talented actors bringing our frightening script to life.” said producer Walker.
Speaking from the film’s set, a decommissioned high-school that the production team has transformed into a film studio for an ambitious 20-day shoot, actor Aaron Poole said: “Steven and Jeremy are making the kind of movie I wasn’t allowed to watch as a kid, but snuck into anyway. It feels like we’re breaking taboos with their hallucinogenic story and sickly genius practical effects.”
Walker and Bronfman are producing in association with XYZ Films, who are co-reping North American sales alongside CAA. The Salt Company is representing the filmmakers for international sales. Financing for the film is being provided by 120dB and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.
Last spring, the production also ran a successful crowd-funding campaign, permitting the film an extended pre-production window in order to ensure ample time and resources to fabricate the film’s various creatures via elaborate in-camera special effects. The announced cast will continue to battle these practically realized creatures throughout December.
Salt is launching sales at the AFM on The Void, a horror film from writing/directing team Jeremy Gillespie and Steve Konstanski. Genre maestros Gillespie and Konstanski first cut their teeth on fan favourites Manborg and Fathers Day before handling W is For Wish in The ABC’s Of Death 2 anthology.
Rights on The Void have already been snapped up in Thailand (Sahamongkol), Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam (Golden River), Greece (Odeon), Turkey (Mars), Middle East (Front Row), Czech Republic and Slovakia (Bohemia) and Former Yugoslavia (2i Films).
Producers are Casey Walker of Cave Painting Pictures and Jonathan Bronfman (The Witch) of JoBro Productions. Executive producers are Ross Dinerstein (The Nightmare, The Diabolical, The Pact), Jeremy Platt, Zach Hagen and Todd Brown. The Salt Company is handling all international sales. North America is with XYZ and CAA. 120dB are providing finance and will also executive produce. The Void starts shooting in Canada on November 17th. Cast to be announced at the market.
The distributor has picked up Can Evrenol’s Turkish Midnight Madness favourite in Toronto from our friends at XYZ Films.
The Salt Company handles international sales on the story of five police officers who investigate a disturbance and enter a portal to hell.
The good people at Bloody Disgusting have just released a first look at the Baskin Poster. This is what they had to say: “If the trailer wasn’t terrifying enough, check out our exclusive, nightmarish one-sheet for Baskin, set to World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of TIFF”. Read the article here.
Salt is delighted to announce new horror film Baskin will premiere in Midnight Madness at the Toronto Film Festival. The feature debut of ferociously talented director Can Evrenol , this will keep people awake hours after its end…
Salt is hosting its first (of many we hope) training workshop. We are bringing Stephen Cleary and his renowned story structure workshop to London at a huge discount thanks to Skillset. The course consists of two workshops taking place in July and September. Filmmakers can apply separately or as a team working on the same project for a slightly lower fee per person. Dates and prices below.
This is a short intensive programme aimed at writers, directors and producers who want to give an existing or new project of any genre at any stage a rigorous structural workout. For the non-writers, getting to grips with the principles of sequence structuring in relation to both plot and character will make you a better, more critical reader and give you a set of tools you can use to help writers and your own projects in the future. Ask us for more detailed information.
This workshop takes the form of one three day workshop, a four week period working on your projects while Stephen consults via Skype and another two day workshop. And you have the option of receiving a full set of notes from Stephen at the end at a small additional cost.
Dates and Venue
Preparation: Two page summary to Stephen by 3 July 2015
Workshop 1: 15-18 July 2015
Workshop 2: 3-4 September 2015
Optional: Full set of notes by 25 September 2015
Both workshops will take place at Salt’s base at Tileyard Studios, one mile north of Kings Cross Station.
This workshop is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds. They are contributing nearly 60% of the course fee which should cost £1,164 per person with VAT.
For people attending as individuals it will be £378 per participant including VAT
For people attending as a team, ie more than one person working on the same project the fee will be £318 per participant including VAT.
Teams have a reduced rate as they will have the same amount of consultancy time as the individuals. Spaces are limited so please do let us know up front if you are intending to come in a team or not.
Additional notes from Stephen will be £78 per project.
Sunshine Superman opens today in the US. Best of luck to our wonderful creative friends, director Marah Strauch and producer Eric Bruggemann, as well as Magnolia Pictures, from all of us at Salt. Thrilled to have been on this journey with you.
Following Cannes market screenings, Salt have closed deals on Catherine Hardwicke directed weepie Miss You Already – starring Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore – in Germany (Telepool), France (Ocean Films), Japan (Showgate), South Korea (Dreamwest Pictures) and Hong Kong (Panorama Entertainment).
Film is already sold in UK and Australia (eOne), Benelux (Dutch Film Works), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Latin America (Imagem), Greece (Odeon), Iceland (Sena), Israel (Forum), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Turkey and India (Tanweer), Middle East (Front Row) and South Africa (M-Net). Film also stars Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jaqueline Bisset. Producer is Christopher Simon and film was financed by New Sparta Films.
Starz has locked up North American rights to Salt’s action-adventure film about a gang of Viking marauders marooned in a hostile land.
The deal for Northmen: A Viking Saga covers all platforms in the U.S. and Canada including theatrical, followed by an exclusive premium cable run on Starz networks. The Salt Company worked the acquisition deal on behalf of Ascot Elite Entertainment Group.
Musician and up-and-coming thesp Tyson Ritter is cozying up to Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette for comedy drama Miss You Already. The All-American Rejects frontman and Parenthood actor is joining the shoot this weekend in London and will play the young love interest to one of the ladies.
Ritter says he’s “thrilled and humbled to be a part of this compelling project. To work with such exquisite talent behind and in front of the camera is an aspiring actor’s dream.” He’s got a recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood and has feature credits that include The House Bunny and Love And Mercy.
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The Salt Company has closed deals on comedy drama Miss You Already ahead of principal photography which starts in London this Sunday.
Film stars Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens) and Toni Collette (The Way Way Back) as best friends with Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn) and Paddy Considine (Pride) as the men in their lives. Jacqueline Bisset (Welcome To New York) rounds out the stellar cast as Collette’s mother. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) directs from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (Damned, The Announcement).
In a deal which was previously announced Entertainment One picked up the UK. Other sales are Dutch FilmWorks in Benelux; Filmcoopi in Switzerland; Odeon in Greece; Tanweer Films in India and Turkey; Front Row Filmed Entertainment in the Middle East; Sena in Iceland; Forum Film in Israel; and Nos Lusomundo in Portugal.
All deals were negotiated by Salt Director and Head of International James Norrie.
The Salt Company represents all international sales and shares US sales duties with CAA.
With a script co-developed by Salt and Embargo Films, Miss You Already is produced by Christopher Simon. Finance is provided by London-based New Sparta Films and Exponential Media. Executive producers are Morwenna Banks, Catherine Hardwicke, Samantha Horley, James Norrie, Barnaby Southcombe, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan, Sheryl Crown, Lisa Lambert, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.
Catherine Hardwicke directs Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Jacqueline Bisset in Morwenna Banks’ story of love, loss and laughter.
Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens) and Toni Collette (The Way Way Back) star as best friends in Miss You Already, with Dominic Cooper (My Week with Marilyn) and Paddy Considine (Pride) as the men in their lives. Jacqueline Bisset (Welcome To New York) rounds out the stellar cast as Collette’s mother. Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) directs from a screenplay by British writer and actor Morwenna Banks (Damned, The Announcement). Principal photography commences in the UK on September 7th, 2014, with shooting largely focused in London and later moving to the dramatic Yorkshire Moors.
Milly (Collette) and Jess (Barrymore) have been best friends forever. They’ve shared everything since they were kids – secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends – but now, they are trying to be grown-ups. Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse with husband Kit (Cooper) and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and she and her boyfriend Jago (Considine) live on a bohemian houseboat on a London canal. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. How do you share that?
Says Hardwicke: ‘ Miss You Already explores the ups and down of an intense friendship. With our fearless actors, we’re taking this very personal story on a wild ride.’
Miss You Already is produced by Christopher Simon who added: ‘I couldn’t be more delighted with this exceptional cast and the wonderful Catherine who is bringing Morwenna’s much loved script to life.’
Executive producers are Morwenna Banks, Catherine Hardwicke, Samantha Horley, James Norrie, Barnaby Southcombe, Nicki Hattingh, Anne Sheehan, Sheryl Crown, Lisa Lambert, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler.
International sales are being handled by The Salt Company, who share North American sales duties with CAA. Miss You Already will be distributed in the United Kingdom by Entertainment One (eOne).
Finance for the film has been provided by London based New Sparta Films.
Nicki Hattingh, co-founder and Managing Director of New Sparta Films, said; ‘New Sparta Films is absolutely delighted to be involved in the financing of such a wonderful film. The director, cast and production team are first class and we are confident they will deliver an amazing film from such a beautiful script – it’s a story that every teenage girl and woman will recognise and respond to.’
Hardwicke is repped by Manage-Ment and CAA. Banks is repped by The Agency and CAA. Barrymore is repped by CAA and Collette is repped by CAA and Jen Turner at Viking Entertainment. Cooper is repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and CAA. Considine is repped by Troika and CAA. Bisset is repped by Steve Kenis & Company.
We’re delighted to announce that viking epic Northmen – A Viking Saga will have its world premiere at the Zurich Film Festival on September, 27th. On hand to present the film will be director Claudio Fäh and producer Ralph S. Dietrich as well as the stellar cast, including Tom Hopper, Ken Duken, Ed Skrein and Anatole Taubman. No time to bleed…
Just announced: Bug Special: Full Time Hobby at the BFI London Film Festival on 13 October. Part of the celebrations for our sister record label’s 10th anniversary. Other events planned at the South Bank and in Paris and Amsterdam. Join in the fun. Good music guaranteed!
Feature documentary, Sunshine Superman , will premiere on September 4th, 2014, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Director Marah Strauch helmed the project alongside her producing partner Eric Bruggemann. Oscar winning director and producer, Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side), Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine, Samantha Horley of The Salt Company and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross of Head Gear Films have executive produced.
Samantha Horley and Nina Kolokouri from The Salt Company brokered the deal with Co-Production Partner Universal Pictures International Entertainment. Upie have been involved from early stages of production and will distribute all international territories. Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine are handling the North American sale.
Sunshine Superman tells the story of Carl Boenish who pioneered and popularised the activity of BASE jumping in the 70s and 80s. Director Strauch uses exclusive archival 16mm footage, shot by Boenish himself, as well as well-crafted dramatic re-enactments to capture his record-breaking story. The film follows Boenish, together with wife Jean, on their journey to jump from the world’s tallest fixed object – the Norwegian cliffs of Trollveggen. Through their love story, we discover what it really feels like to fall.
Huge congrats to Joy Wilkinson (Vipers 2) for being selected for digital culture agency Lighthouse and Creative Skillset’s 2014 Guiding Lights programme.
In its sixth year, Guiding Lights offers participants nine months of one-on-one mentor support from professionals in the film industry, as well as access to industry training and networking events. The candidates were selected from more than 250 applications. In the past, mentors have included Sam Mendes, Barbara Broccoli, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass and Julian Fellowes.
Huge congrats to McKell David for making it onto Screen International’s 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow. McKell will be soon be seen as the title character in Montana opposite Lars Mikkelsen. The film is being released by entertainment one in the UK and a host of other territories.
London production outfit Salon Pictures has partnered with sales and finance firm Salt Co. on thriller Laundrymen. Salt will introduce the project to buyers.
The pic, which was written by Christopher Bell and will be helmed by Ian Bonhote, centers on a bank robber who coerces his sons into helping him retrieve his hidden haul, which is anchored to the seabed.
Salon’s Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter are producing.
More news to follow.
Salt has boarded high-concept horror The Pool, to be directed by Paul Hyett, for worldwide sales. Written by Johannes Roberts and Ernest Riera (with revisions by Paul Hyett, Conal Palmer and Steven Lally), producer is Tim Dennison.
A pool party in a luxury cliff top house becomes a desperate fight for survival when the beloved family dog turns rabid.
Director Paul Hyett (The Seasoning House, Howl) is also an award winning SFX, VFX and animatronic effects guru (The Descent, The Woman in Black). Hyett draws on classic horrors like Jaws and Paranormal Activity, saying “What elevates a horror into a classic is making the audience terrified of the everyday – in this case, man’s best friend”. Hyett is creating proprietary new FX for the project.
Film shoots autumn 2014 in Puerto Rico.
Producer is Tim Dennison (Mutant Chronicles) of Tall Man Films. Executive producers are Peter La Terriere of Platform 9 Pictures, Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley, Cyril Mégret and James Norrie of The Salt Company and Paul Blacknell.
Salt’s acclaimed British horror film The Borderlands the first film from Metrodome’s production slate, has struck deals in numerous territories around the world.
Grindstone Entertainment Group will release in North America. Pandastorm will release in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. Euro Films have picked up for Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia. Front Row will release in the Middle East. Metrodome will release theatrically in the UK in April.
Written and directed by Elliot Goldner, The Borderlands stars regular Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill (Down Terrace, Kill List). Produced for Metrodome by Jenn Handorf. the film has been praised by critics and audiences alike for its inventive rejuvenation of the folk horror genre.
Inspired by 19th century writers like H P Lovecraft and M R James as well as modern genre hits like The Cabin in the Woods, Kill List and The Orphanage the filmmakers stated their belief is that horror should be always original, totally unpredictable and above all – scary as hell.
New app aims to inspire budding film-makers.
The team behind straight 8, the super-8 film-making competition have gone digital and launched their new app, now available on iOS. The app takes the original premise right in to the digital age, letting you make up to 3-minute films on your phone: editing and adding great looks as you go along, then completing your film with music – all right on your phone. From there you can share it with friends and the straight 8 community. It’s easy to get started and you can make it as challenging or fun as you like.
Empire Magazine has selected The Borderlands as one of the ’20 Great Films From 2013 You (Probably) Didn’t Watch’
the list places the film amongst some fine company, you can see them all and read the full entry here
UK producer Moli Films’ action-thriller Montana has sold to 14 territories, including a multi-territory deal with distributor Entertainment One.
eOne has picked up rights in the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Scandinavia, Switzerland and South Africa. The deals were negotiated by James Norrie of Salt and Joel Kennedy and Jo Sweby of eOne, which will distribute directly in the UK and sub-distribute in the other territories.
The film has also sold to Australia and New Zealand (Eagle Entertainment), Greece (Odeon), Malaysia (Roarlion), the Middle East (Front Row) and Portugal (Zon Lusomundo).
Salt is pleased to announced The Neighbor, new horror thriller from the writing team of Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.
Genre maestro Dunstan is to direct, having first cut his teeth as a writer on the billion dollar saw franchise – he wrote saw IV, V and VI before moving into directing with The Collector and its sequel, The Collection. Producers are Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features, international sales are being handled by The Salt Company, and North America by WME. Tom Rice and Ben Nearn from Sycamore Pictures will also be producing and arranging financing. The film is set in New Mexico, where a man discovers the dark truth about his secretive neighbour and what, or who, he may be keeping in the cellar. Cast to be announced.
After eight fast and furious weeks of shooting, principal photography for Northmen – A Viking Saga has now wrapped. The cast and crew have bravely battled the elements on the beaches, valleys and caves of South Africa, which perfectly replicated the vast backdrop of the Scottish Highlands where the action epic is set. The gods were on our side: it even snowed in Capetown during production. A first for many locals who were on set!
This first image from the production shows some of the international cast that were assembled, including Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tom Hopper (Black Sails), film also stars Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones).
Salt has picked up worldwide sales rights, excluding Spain, on Seve Ballesteros feature doc Seve, directed by John-Paul Davidson. Producers are Stephen Evans, Jonathan Evans and Romilly Evans of Renaissance Films (The Madness of King George, Much Ado About Nothing and The Wings of the Dove). Executive Producers of the film are Roger Corbi and Yan Fisher of Fish/Corb Films. Academy Award-nominated Tariq Anwar (The King’s Speech) is editor and Academy Award-winner Stephen Warbeck (Shakespeare in Love) is the composer.
One of the most iconic sporting heroes of our lifetime, Seve Ballesteros was born in a small village in Northern Spain, learning to play golf with a makeshift club he made using the broken head of a 3 iron strapped to a stick, practising for hours on the beach creating wildly inventive shots. His talent, determination and charisma helped him overcome the odds to break into an elitist sport, becoming the youngest ever Open champion of the modern era, the first European to win the Masters, rising to World Number 1 and winning five majors.
He forever changed the Ryder Cup in terms of importance and competition and helped turn golf into a game of the people, catapulting him into the status of a world revered icon, always with his trademark twinkle in the eye.
Seve will be a combination of archive footage with dramatic reconstruction of his early years. Filming has recently completed in Spain. The film is made with the support of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation.
Fans of death metal band Amon Amarth rallied to band leader Johan Hegg’s battle cry on Facebook. Following the announcement that Hegg would line up alongside Ryan Kwanten, Tom Hopper, Charlie Murphy and 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow Ed Skrein in Northmen – A Viking Saga the film’s Facebook page’s Like tally surged 2000%. Now that’s something worth shouting about! Amon Amarth will be touring the US in January and February to promote new album Deceiver of the Gods.
The screening is on Friday October 18th, 9pm at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica. Producer Jen Handorf and actor Gordon Kennedy will be in attendance and there will be a Q&A moderated by Fright Fest curator Paul McEvoy.
The film is being theatrically released in the UK by Metrodome in early April 2014 and premiered at London’s Frightfest this Summer:
“A tense and compelling film, with a horrifyingly claustrophobic climax. The Borderlands is a likeable and successful standalone.” – www.fangoria.com
“Sublimely atmospheric, genuinely quite disturbing and at times very scary. The final scene delivers the kind of gut punch that leaves you slightly ragged of breath.” – www.nerdly.com
“Entertaining, tense and incredibly well put together. The Borderlands is easily one of the better found footage movies produced in recent memory.” – www.flickeringmyth.com
Shooting is underway in London on Meet The Monsters from Metrodome production slate, financed and co-produced by London outfit Fulwell 73. Salt are handling worldwide sales
The thriller, set amongst the clans and gangs of South East London, marks the feature debut of Rizzle Kicks front-man Harley Alexander Sule, who stars alongside Doug Allen, David Essex, Barrington Patterson, aka One Eyed-Baz, and Vas Blackwood.
Written and directed by Gabe Turner, the film will be produced by Leo Pearlman, Danny Potts and Cass Pennant.
Jezz Vernon exec produces for Metrodome, which will release in the film in the UK in 2014.
Metrodome’s recent production, horror film The Borderlands, played at Film 4’s Fright Fest.
Sule makes up one half of UK hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks, which has sold more than a million singles and over 600,000 albums in the UK to date.
Ryan Kwanten, Tom Hopper, Charlie Murphy and 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow Ed Skrein have joined the cast of Northmen – A Viking Saga, which started principal photography on Sept 9.
The film will shoot for eight weeks primarily in South Africa, with some additional shooting in Germany.
Claudio Fah directs the epic adventure. The previously announced cast includes Ken Duken, Anatole Taubman and James Norton (who is also a 2013 Screen Star of Tomorrow).
Matthias Bauer and Bastian Zach wrote the script, about Viking marauders trapped in enemy territory in Scotland.
The Salt Company is handling worldwide sales; eOne has already taken on the UK, France, Scandinavia, Australia and New Zealand.
The film is co-produced by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group’s production arm, Elite Filmproduktion AG, Two Oceans Productions and Jumping Horse Film. Producers are Karin G. Dietrich, Ralph S. Dietrich and Daniel Hoeltschi for Elite, and Marco Del Bianco, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm and Rolf Wappenschmitt for Jumping Horse.
Nordmedia Fonds backed development, and production finance comes from Niedersachsen/Bremen. Ascot Elite will release in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux.
Dietrich said: “Northmen – A Viking Saga is a film that is close to all of our hearts. It tells a timeless story of courage, camaraderie and adventure, with exciting historical roots that have stimulated significant, and ever increasing, interest in the last few years. This is an epic and ambitious project but we could not feel more confident about the cast and crew that has come together to bring the story to life.”
James Norrie, Head of International at The Salt Company, added “It’s been a joy to see the way Ascot Elite have put this film together. From cast to budget, script, location to action and FX, they’ve created a seriously classy package but with a focussed and experienced eye on giving the target audience all they could possibly want from a Viking action-chase movie including great characters and ambitious battle scenes. I can’t wait.”
Fäh, whose credits include Sniper: Reloaded and Hollow Man 2, said: “The momentum that has been put behind this film is truly energising. It is a dynamic collaboration and this is further illustrated by the cast that is now in place. We have a remarkable group of actors of both established and emerging talent and I cannot wait to start our shoot.”
Salt champions filmmakers who are intent on making commercial films in the UK. We started The Vipers Nest creative collective for commercially orientated first time filmmakers in October 2010 because we felt there wasn’t as much support for them as those who want to make the artier stuff. It was such a success, and fun to boot, we’ve decided to do it again.
Of the original Vipers Nest line-up, two have made feature films screening at Sundance, Toronto, Sitges and London; one wrote a TV feature which had a European TV audience of over 12 million. Another was selected for 2011 Screen Stars of Tomorrow and is currently financing their first film with Altitude and US-based Occupant. One is developing a project with iFeatures. Two are attached to films set up at Metrodome and Salt, another has been directing a hit TV series airing on BBC One. One is developing TV projects with Salt and also has an app game in production. Additionally, three have created global ads for brands such as Yeo Valley, Timberland and the Home Office. There have been many shorts, music videos, virals and a handful of successful collaborations between them all, with more to be announced soon.
The Vipers Nest 2 opened for submissions in January and Salt were deluged with over 180 applications. Samantha has selected 22 directors, writer directors, writers and producers from backgrounds in TV, shorts, music videos, commercials and documentaries.
It is an independent scheme. Salt takes no rights over anything which is created within the group. Salt just want to encourage serious commercial ambition, help make successful films with clear target audiences out of the UK, and support a swathe of exciting new talent find their feet and their voice.
Said Horley, “I was thrilled to bits to see the number and level of applicants we had this time around, meaning The Vipers Nest is seen as a real opportunity to advance a film career in the UK. I’m so excited to put 22 talented and diverse Vipers together, not just for mutual support and inspiration, but to see some magic happen”.
What The Vipers Have to Say About The Vipers Nest
“I came to Vipers when I knew no-one in the industry, having just arrived on the scene with Grabbers [script]. So aside from learning a shit ton about a ton of shit, I’m really grateful for the friends Vipers has given me. I’ll always consider myself part of the group and am proud to have been a part of it for the last two years.” Kevin Lehane
“Because of Vipers I have had a really productive week (well month or 2 really) of helping other Vipers and their helping me. I even made an impromptu visit to Bob’s office yesterday when I needed to send an urgent lawyery email that my iPhone couldn’t format properly. I feel supported and loved.” Susie Watson
“Crucially, I have come to understand the importance of knowing your audience before pouring energy into a project. It’s been nothing short of a privilege to be part of The Nest.” Jonathan Hopkins
“Vipers has become a place of refuge, with like minded people. It’s an exciting place to develop both as an individual and as a Producer, and to develop projects and collaborate. On the other side of things it’s a great friendship group, a place where you can call on your peers for a drink and a chin wag.” Rachel Dargavel
“I can genuinely say that sharing experience, set-backs and achievements with fellow Vipers has been invaluable to me. A source of much needed solidarity, motivation and inspiration. I am currently developing a project with a fellow first generation Viper and I haven’t felt this excited about writing in years.”
“First rule of Vipers Nest… You don’t talk about Vipers Nest.” Corin Hardy
Universal City Studios Productions LLP have acquired Welcome to the Jungle for all remaining territories including the US, UK, France, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Benelux and South Africa. The deal has been negotiated by Robert Aaronson and Samantha Horley and the film is due for a summer release. Shot in Puerto Rico, directed by Rob Meltzer and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Adam Brody, it premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it won the award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking (ensemble cast).
Producers are Justin Kanew and Luillo Ruiz for Pimienta, Puerto Rico based sister production company of The Salt Company who secured financing and are handling international sales, where the film has already enjoyed significant success. Written by Jeff Kauffmann and also starring Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone and Dennis Haysbert.
Adam Brody plays Chris, an ex-boy scout who is a weakling in his workplace and regularly bullied by Phil (Huebel). When the whole office is sent on a wilderness retreat in an excruciating team building exercise headed up by unhinged ex Marine “Storm” (Van Damme), Storm is promptly attacked by a tiger, Phil assumes leadership, and chaos quickly follows. It’s up to Chris to man up and release his inner beast… or they may be stuck there forever.
Director Rob Meltzer is a comedy commercial director who has collaborated with actors such as Larry David and Neil Patrick Harris and brands such as Virgin America, Expedia.com and Yamaha Motors.
Producer Justin Kanew is an independent producer who has recently been running Production and Development at National Lampoon. Film credits include National Lampoon’s The Legend of Awesomest Maximus starring Will Sasso and National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve starring Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Producer Luillo Ruiz is a former commercial producer having made over 200 commercials with brands including Pepsi, Budweiser, and Verizon. Film credits include The Caller starring Stephen Moyer and Rachelle Lefevre and Maldeamores (Lovesickness) which became the most successful local film in history in Puerto Rico.
Co-producers are Alan Duncan Ross and Charley Cabrera. Associate Producers are Belly Torres, James Norrie and Mark Cartier. Executive producers are Stephen Hays and Peter Graham of 120db Films; and Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley and Cyril Mégret of The Salt Company.
Salt will launch sales on Metrodome’s Meet the Monsters in Cannes.
Gabe Turner’s thriller, which he also wrote, is set among the clans and firms of South East London. It centres on a devoted husband and father Mitch who puts his gang back together after his old friend and mentor is beaten up and left to die.
The film is the second from the Metrodome slate, following Rook Films’ Whitaker which is also being sold by Salt.
Meet the Monsters is produced by Leo Pearlman of Fulwell 73 and Cass Pennant of Urban Bridge Films. It will be executive produced for Metrodome Distribution by Jezz Vernon.
Cast is to be announced.
Fulwell is currently producing the One Direction 3D film This is Us.
Salt’s office comedy Welcome to the Jungle, premiered at the Newport Beach Film Festival where it won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking (Ensemble Cast). Congratulations to JCVD, Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert, Megan Boone and the rest of the cast!
An early 2014 start date has been set in Puerto Rico for crime thriller, The Geography of Hope, with Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, Vera Farmiga and Emmanuelle Devos attached to star in the Neil LaBute written script that he will also direct.
The pic is set in the 1970’s and takes place at a Baja resort where two small time crooks (Ethan Hawke and Ed Harris) are keeping a low profile after a heist gone wrong. When they meet two women vacationing together (Vera Farmiga and Emmanuelle Devos), sparks fly romantically but tension builds when a large amount of cash is found in their room. This discovery sets in motion a catastrophic series of events that pits man against woman and friend against friend, until we reach a nail biting and bloody conclusion.
The Geography of Hope will be produced by Stefan Nowicki and Joey Carey of Sundial Pictures, Trace Sheehan of Boomdozer Inc and Tim Harms. Susan Wrubel is exec producing and The Salt Company is handling international sales with Salt’s sister production company Pimienta providing production services in Puerto Rico, doubling for Mexico.
From LaBute, “ The Geography of Hope will be a film filled with vivid images and poetic violence. It’s about men and women – a subject that I know and love – and about goodness and badness running into each other head on. This is a film I’ve been waiting my whole life to make.”
Salt is delighted to welcome the new addition to its family, Underscore. The company offers a cohesive ‘one-stop’ approach to the process of creating music for all forms of visual media including film, TV, commercials and games. You can check out the website here.
Today’s audiences, reared on rock, techno and everything in between are looking for more contemporary aural accompaniments and we believe that the collaborative process between musicians is a truly dynamic platform for creating great music for the big and small screen.
By combining their technical skills of setting music to picture, with an ability to harness the talents of collaborators, with a range of musical styles and influences, Underscore can bring a fresh and highly creative dynamic to the process of composition.
They have assembled a number of very talented musicians, who are credible contemporary recording artists in their own right, to be part of the Underscore collective. They can be called upon to get involved with projects as appropriate.
Having their own 3,000 sq ft recording studio also helps ensure that everything possible is done to support the process of creating and delivering great music.
We will keep you posted on all Underscore developments.
Ken Duken and James Norton have joined Kon-Tiki actor Tobias Santelmann in action-adventure Northmen – a Viking Saga.
Duken (Inglourious Basterds, Distanz), Norton (Rush, Belle) and Santelmann form part of a band of Viking marauders shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland.
More cast annoucements to follow.
Directed by Mo Ali, Montana stars The Killing’s Lars Mikkelsen, BAFTA Rising Star winner Adam Deacon, rapper turned actor Ashley Walters and newcomer Mckell David. Production is due to get underway in London in mid-February.
Mikkelsen will play a steely eastern European hitman who arrives in London to avenge the death of his family but is held up after stumbling on a 14 year-old boy (played by David), himself on the run from drug lords trying to kill him.
Produced by Mark Foligno and Gareth Maxwell Roberts of Molifilms. Writers are Peter Lowe and Jeremy Sheldon.
Also new on Salt’s slate is horror Whitaker, executive-produced by Ben Wheatley and produced by Wheatley regular Andrew Starke of Rook Films.
Commercials and shorts director Jim Hosking makes his feature debut on the story of a maverick scientist who discovers a way to swap bodies with unwitting victims leading to terrifying consequences.
Currently out to cast for a summer shoot, the film is the second on UK distributor-producer Metrodome’s genre slate.
Red Bull Media House, Pure Grass Films and The Salt Company today announced the director of upcoming action heist film, Twist, Frédéric Jardin.
Jardin shot to prominence with Sleepless Nights and is currently directing the Canal+’ International Emmy Award winning action series Braquo. Production is set to begin on Twist later this year.
Twist tells the story of a young grafitti artist who is lured into a street gang who use Parkour to commit a series of audacious art thefts. With a unique combination of action sports and street culture, Twist will be Red Bull Media House’s first fully scripted feature film – and promises some of the most thrilling Parkour, BMX and BASE jumping sequences ever caught on camera.
German-Norwegian actor Tobias Santelmann, who stars in the Oscar-nominated Kon-Tiki, is set to topline Northmen – A Viking Saga.
Santelmann will play the leader of a band of Vikings stranded behind enemy lines on the coast of Alba (as ancient Scotland was known), and pursued by fierce mercenaries until the Norsemen turn the tables on their enemy and the hunters become the hunted.
“After seeing Kon-Tiki it was clear for me that only Tobias could give a powerful lead to our Viking tale,” said Ralph Dietrich, CEO of Zurich-based Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. “He reminds me of Kirk Douglas in the legendary film The Vikings.’”
Claudio Faeh is directing the adventure film from a screenplay by Mattias Bauer and Bastian Zach. Ascot Elite’s Elite Film Produktion is producing.
Dietrich, Karin G. Dietrich and Elite Film’s Daniel Hoeltschi are co-producing with Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm, Marco Del Bianco and Rolf Wappenschmitt, along with Hanover-based Jumping Horse Film. Northmen will be shot in English with principal photography set to start in September in Bulgaria.
Salt is handling international sales with eOne distributing in the U.K., France, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Ascot Elite will release Northmen theatrically in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2014.
Grabbers has been nominated for 4 Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) awards. Kevin Lehane is nominated for Script, Ruth Bradley for Best Actress, Bronagh Gallagher for Best Supporting Actress and they’re also up for Best Film. Congratulations all!
A mobile game based on Irish horror-comedy Grabbers is set for release on Android on December 17th and iOS by December 30th, Iglu Media and BillyGoat Entertainment have announced. The game’s launch is set to accompany that of the film in the UK: after appearing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Grabbers will début publicly on DVD and Blu-ray on December 31st.
The game is set in Erin Island’s lone pub and sees players play as one of the three main characters from the film – Lisa, Ciáran, and Adam – and kill as many grabbers as possible in sixty seconds. Iglu and BillyGoat are both based in Belfast and built the game using Unity in only seven weeks, with the assistance of the film’s producers in providing digital assets.
You can check out the trailer for the game and find more information on the game’s website here.
Our friends at straight 8 are attempting to make the first straight 8 feature film, working with an adaptation of a known story of 30 chapters with 30 x brilliant past straight8ers (not all selected yet) taking a cartridge each to make a feature length film together. the idea is for the feature film to become an annual or bi-annual event, each time selecting directors from the growing pool of past straight8ers succeeding in the competition and salt is delighted to be partnering with the team on this new project.
In other exciting news, Widebeam Digital and straight 8 are partnering to make the world’s first in-camera-edited movie-making app. They are creating a high-end video app to appeal to cinephiles and the app community at large. Professional, amateur and first-time filmmakers will be brought together as a community of people making and sharing films in this unique way. Using the ‘everyman’ cameras of today – the iPhone/iPad/iPod – the straight 8 app enables the discipline of starting and finishing a short film without the opportunity for editing or post-production! To find out more about it click here.
German independent Tiberius Film has added Huck Botko’s raunchy indie comedy Johnson to its slate.
Speaking about the deal for Johnson, Tiberius Film’s managing partner Wolfgang Carl pointed out that this was his company’s first acquisition from the London-based sales company Salt “and their movie Johnson has huge potential, a great cast, and a highly contemporary topic.”
Johnson began shooting in Chicago from mid-October and features Twilight star Cam Gigandet as a charismatic womanizer who receives his comeuppance when his penis mysteriously leaves his body and takes on human form (as played by comedian Nick Thune).
In a pre-emptive bid, Entertainment One has swooped in on Ascot Elite’s action film Northmen – A Viking Saga directed by Claudio Faeh, acquiring the UK and Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand, Scandinavia and South Africa from The Salt Company. Producers are Ralph Dietrich, Karin Dietrich and Daniel Höltschi.
The project was generated by Ralph Dietrich of Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, one of the leading distributors in Germany and Switzerland.
“There just aren’t a lot of quality action films at this level out there,” says Dietrich. “So with our years of experience in acquisition and distribution, we were able to assemble the best team, came up with a great script, and are currently formalising some exciting creative elements. In short, we finally stopped discussing it and are getting down to the business of making it. We are delighted that Entertainment One wanted to join in the fun.”
The Salt Company boarded the project over the summer.
Salt’s James Norrie, “With Northmen we felt we had finally found a Viking movie the industry would crave. Bloody and visceral entertainment, but with great characters and a touch of class. Entertainment One’s aggressive multi territory pick up shows us that this is the case and we are thrilled to be in business with them again.”
Northmen – A Viking Saga is an action chase movie. A gang of Viking marauders, off to plunder Lindisfarne of its gold, are shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. The survivors cut a bloody swath as they are pursued relentlessly by the King of Scotland’s mercenaries (longer synopsis below).
Director is Claudio Faeh (Sniper Reloaded, Hollow Man 2), Director of Photography is Lorenzo Senatore (The Fourth Kind; steadicam: Expendables 2, The Way Back and 300, Rise of the Empire) and Line Producer is Gabriel Georgiev (Expendables 2, Conan the Barbarian).
The film will shoot in Bulgaria in 2013 and is a Bulgarian/German co-production in the English language.
Cast to be announced shortly.
Metrodome Group plc is expanding its production output with a slate of films through its subsidiary company Cinedome. Five projects are currently at various stages of development and production. Metrodome Distribution will executive produce the slate and handle theatrical and H.E. rights in the UK; international sales will be handled by The Salt Company who will be involved from the early stages of each production. Metrodome will co-produce between 4-5 features a year from 2013 onwards.
The Borderlands, the first feature from the slate, is in post- production with Salt commencing sales at AFM, it’ll be theatrically released in the UK in mid 2013. An innovative horror feature, it was produced for Cinedome by Jennifer Handorf and stars regular Ben Wheatley collaborator Robin Hill. The script was written by director Elliot Goldner with input from Dr Who and Severance scribe James Moran.
The Borderlands tells the story of a team of Vatican investigators sent to the British West Country to investigate reports of sinister events at a remote church. Salt are playing early footage at AFM
The slate will focus on elevated genre theatrically released films with some of the UK’s most exciting new writing and directing talent working alongside established British producers. Full or part funding for projects will be provided through a relationship with an EIS fund.
Projects scheduled for production in 2013 include:
Slayer – a supernatural action thriller based in Roman Britain, produced by Black Camel and directed by Sam Walker.
Whitaker – a contemporary take on Frankenstein, produced by Rook Films and directed by Jim Hosking.
The Monsters – a thriller set against the back drop of football hooliganism, produced by Leo Pearlman’s Fulwell 73 and co-developed with Cass Pennant.
Fallen Eagle – an SAS siege drama, produced by Gaia Media and directed by Adam Randall
Sam Walker and Adam Randall both hail from The Vipers Nest, the creative collective for commercial, first-time British and Irish filmmakers launched by Salt in 2010.
Further production announcements and appointments will follow in the New Year.
Twilight thesp Cam Gigandet and comedian Nick Thune are set to star in the raunchy indie comedy Johnson which is a co-production between 2DS Prods. and Roman’s Empire. Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) is directing from a script by Jeff Tetreault.
Gigandet will play Rich Johnson, a charismatic womanizer who receives his comeuppance after his penis mysteriously leaves his body and takes human form (Thune). Stripped of his manhood and pitted against his alter ego, protag must find a way to get his johnson back while learning how to be a better man in the process.
Reid Brody and Bill Ryan will produce for 2DS Prods., while Danny Roman will produce for Roman’s Empire. The Salt Company is handling international sales for the pic, which is skedded to start production Oct. 10 in Chicago.
2DS Prods. (Nothing Like the Holidays) is a production and financing company run by Ryan and Brody, who also runs the post-production outfit Filmworkers Club. Prior to joining 2DS, Ryan worked with writer-producer John Hughes.
Before forming Roman’s Empire, Roman worked at Scott Rudin Prods., Mace Neufeld Prods. and Industry Entertainment.
Gigandet recently wrapped Catherine Hardwicke’s thriller Plush and will soon be seen in John Stockwell’s Seal Team Six which will premiere Nov. 4 on the National Geographic Channel after being acquired by The Weinstein Company.
Thune, who has appeared numerous times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has had minor roles in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, Mike Judge’s Extract and Paul Feig’s Unaccompanied Minors. Thesp is set to co-write and co-exec produce an untitled multi-camera project about hipsters for NBC and Jimmy Fallon’s Holiday Road banner.
Miss You Already director Paul Andrew Williams’ Song for Marion will close the 37th Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall. The film, about a grumpy and lonely 72-year-old man who joins an unconventional choir to learn about life, stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton. The Weinstein Company already snapped up the U.S. rights to Williams’ comedic drama as it bets the Toronto launch will lift the film to Oscar hopeful heights reached by previous British fare like The Full Monty and Shakespeare in Love.
Grabbers had its UK premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival this weekend to a rapturous reception including a prolonged standing ovation. Congratulations to all! Have a read of some of the great reviews from the likes of The Telegraph and Forbidden Planet.
Pure Grass Films and The Salt Company today announced a partnership on action movie Twist with leading producer Red Bull Media House – a global media company based in Austria that produces and distributes compelling sports, culture and lifestyle programming across multiple platforms.
Twist is an action packed 3D retelling of Oliver Twist set in the present day, where Fagin’s gang use Parkour to commit a series of audacious art thefts. Developed by Pure Grass Films and The Salt Company, from an original idea by The Brothers Lynch and Simon Thomas, Twist will be shot in the UK and in Continental Europe.
Pure Grass Films, CEO, Ben Grass comments “We are delighted to announce this strategic partnership with the Red Bull Media House on Twist. The global media company brings world class action expertise and resources, and the marketing capability to raise global awareness of the film. Their contribution validates our goal at Pure Grass to create exciting entertainment properties that we can bring to international audiences in partnership with leading brands.”
The Salt Company, MD, Samantha Horley comments “Red Bull Media House has brought a huge surge of energy to Twist. We are really excited to be taking the film, and the way films are made, to the next level together.”
Red Bull Media House recently appointed Head of Cinema, Sophokles Tasioulis, remarks “ Twist tells a unique story and will deliver fascinating content as it combines a classic tale of extreme sports with an individual and joyful way of life. Finding a way to build this into an engaging, breathtaking 3D cinematic experience is something that compels us. Innovative ideas like Twist fascinates us and we are keen to drive it further.”
Twist will be produced by Sophokles Tasioulis for the Red Bull Media House, Ben Grass for Pure Grass Films and Piers Tempest for Salt. In addition to the feature film, Twist will also include a variety of multi-platform elements such as an online prequel, and apps and games. Twist will start pre-production in January 2013.
Pure Grass Films and The Salt Company were advised by Film Tree and represented by Guy Sheppard at Wiggin. The Red Bull Media House were represented by Stefan Luetje and Henrik Armah at Olswang.
Christophe Charlier and John Forte’s Le Castle Film Works will receive a Co-producer credit on Twist.
We are delighted to announce that our very own Afolabi (Afo) Kuti has been selected as one of Screen International’s “Future leaders in sales and acquisitions”. Afo, Salt’s acquisitions manager, joined the company in 2011. Read the full feature here.
Salt is delighted to support Straight 8’s “crème de la cannes” premiere (7-9pm, monday 21 may at the uk film centre). The event, which marks the tenth anniversary of Straight 8’s presence in Cannes, will feature a screening of the best entries of this year’s crop. Straight 8, which challenges filmmakers to make a short turnaround, no budget, three minute film on a single cartridge of super 8 without editing, first launched in the UK in 1999. Close to 1,000 straight 8’s have been made now. You can find out more here.
Our partners and producers on Dolphin: A 3D Adventure are profiled in Screen International. Amberjack was set up by producer Alix Tidmarsh and director Andy Byatt to make “films that have something to say, that can make a difference.” Read the full profile here.
Dolphin producer Alix Tidmarsh is riding high on the success of DisneyNature’s Chimpanzee which has grossed just shy of $20 million after two weeks of release in the US. This makes it DisneyNature’s most successful theatrical release since Earth (also produced by Alix). Separately, another of Alix’s films for DisneyNature, African Cats is closing in on $6 million at the box office in France and was launched in the UK last week in a royal performance attended by the duke and duchess of cambridge.
Salt is delighted to announce that the Puerto Rican short film Mi Santa Mirada, directed by Álvaro Aponte and produced by The Pimienta Film Co., was selected from among 4,500 films to compete in the 2012 Short Film Palme d’Or alongside nine other shorts from around the world. Mi Santa Mirada is the first Puerto Rican short film to compete for the prestigious prize. Producer Luillo Ruiz commented, “We are extremely proud of the new generation of Puerto Rican directors such as Álvaro. Mi Santa Mirada is an important piece of Puerto Rican cinema, a neo-realist vision of contemporary Puerto Rico that portrays all our complexities as a nation.” Way to go papis!
India-based Trigno Media, co-founded by Sajjad Chunawala and Shariq Patel, has acquired the rights to develop cross-cultural comedy The Infidel in Hindi; the film’s original producers Uzma Hasan, Arvind David and writer-producer David Baddiel will executive produce the remake.
The 2010 UK box office hit starred Omid Djalili as a Muslim family man who discovers he’s adopted and Jewish. Richard Schiff (West Wing), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain) also starred in the film. The Infidel has been released in over 22 territories globally to critical and commercial acclaim.
The remake will focus on India’s two main religions: Hinduism and Islam.
Sajjad Chunawala, Director of Trigno Media said, “People are terrified about race and religious issues, especially issues surrounding Muslims and Hindus, and when people are terrified, what they really should do is laugh. The Infidel is a hilarious story of a man caught between his religion and his conscience and is a story that has immense relevance to India and is a fantastic and important film that is waiting to be made.”
Negotiations were handled by Uzma Hasan and India specialist lawyers Lee and Thompson. Commenting on the announcement, Uzma remarked, “It’s been incredible to watch The Infidel resonate with audiences across the globe; I’m excited to see it reinterpreted in one of world’s most richly diverse nations.”
Casting of the film is in process and an announcement with regards to the same is likely to be made soon.
ifc Midnight has acquired North and Latin American rights to director Jon Wright’s sci-fi comedy Grabbers. The film had its world premiere in the Park City at Midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival in January. IFC plans a release later this year.
Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey, Lalor Roddy, David Pearse and Bronagh Gallagher star in the story of a sleepy Irish fishing village whose only defense against an attack by bloodsucking sea aliens is becoming very drunk. Kevin Lehane wrote the script.
Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers of Forward Films produced along with Martina Niland of Samson Films, Eduardo Levy and James Martin of High Treason Productions and Piers Tempest of The Salt Company.
“ Grabbers is a great time at the movies and an ingenious update of the classic monster movie,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films president Jonathan Sehring.
Sundance Selects/IFC Films exec Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Samantha Horley of The Salt Company and Jay Cohen of Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers.
The Salt Company has closed a number of deals on thriller Cleanskin starring Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling, James Fox and Tuppence Middleton, including a deal with Warner Bros for UK and Australia in a deal negotiated with Salt’s head of international James Norrie.
Other territories sold include North America, France, Germany, Scandinavia and South Africa (Entertainment One); Spain, Portugal, CIS, Turkey and Eastern Europe (SPI); Benelux (Splendid); Greece (Tanweer); Middle East (Front Row); South Korea and pan-Asia TV rights (MediAsia); China (HGC Entertainment); India (Pictureworks) and Singapore (Cathay Keris).
Hadi Hajaig writes, directs and produces the thriller about a secret service agent working undercover in London’s criminal underbelly. Warner will release in the UK on March 9.
James Norrie said “Hadi has done an incredible job of delivering a multiplex thriller on a fraction of the usual budget. With Warner Bros we have found a perfect partner who recognise Cleanskin‘s full commercial potential.”
Hadi Hajaig said “Salt have been a fantastic sales partner for Cleanskin, for them to negotiate the UK theatrical deal with Warners was a dream come true for me, To also have Entertainment One pick up multiple territories demonstrates Salt’s skill in the marketplace and the commercial nature of the film.”
Jennifer Aniston is attached to star in Paul Andrew Williams’ Miss You Already, a comedy drama about two lifelong friends living in London, whose cosy friendship is shredded when one falls pregnant and the other falls sick. Written by Morwenna Banks and Williams, the film will be produced by Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen of Embargo Films. The Salt Company, who are executive producing and packaging, are handling international sales. Film will shoot in London Summer 2012. Entertainment One has acquired UK, Australian and Canadian rights.
Director Williams (London to Brighton, Cherry Tree Lane) is currently in post-production on Song For Marion, which stars Vanessa Redgrave, Terence Stamp and Gemma Arterton, and has been acquired by The Weinstein Company for US release later this year.
Miss You Already is co-written by Williams and British writer/actor Banks. Well-known in the UK for acting in TV shows such as Saxondale, Skins and Shameless, Banks started making her name as a drama and feature writer after her award-winning independent film The Announcement. She has written scripts for Intermedia, Mirage and Showtime and is currently developing a film for the BFI and producer Damian Jones (The Iron Lady).
Producers Christopher Simon and Felix Vossen’s credits for Embargo Films include Barnaby Southcombe’s I, Anna, starring Charlotte Rampling and Gabriel Byrne, which premieres at The Berlin Film Festival; and in post-production are Nick Love’s The Sweeney with Ray Winstone and Pusher, the British remake of the Danish cult hit by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), which was picked up by The Weinstein Company’s new Radius-label for US distribution.
The project has been co-developed by sales and financing entity The Salt Company and production house Embargo. Executive producers are Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley, James Norrie and Cyril Mégret for Salt, Barnaby Southcombe for Embargo and Kristin Hahn.
Entertainment One, which is handling sales on Williams’ Song For Marion and will also be that film’s distributor in the UK, Canada and Australia, closed in on Miss You Already in a pre-emptive bid. The deal was negotiated by James Norrie from Salt and Jo Sweby at Entertainment One.
Entertainment One’s Patrice Theroux, President, Filmed Entertainment, said, “Entertainment One is very pleased to be working with the talented Paul Andrew Williams again and thrilled to have acquired multi-territory rights for the film. We were immediately drawn to this touching and funny script and we are thrilled that Jennifer Aniston is attached to the lead role.”
Aniston is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and CAA, who also represent Williams and Banks, and are helping to package Miss You Already and co-represent the film’s domestic rights.
As announced in Variety, Salt has secured a raft of pre-sales on Adam Brody and Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer Welcome to the Jungle.
Pic, which is currently lensing in Puerto Rico, has sold to Entertainment One for Canada, Ascot Elite for German-speaking Europe, Transmission for Oz and New Zealand and Pasatiempo for Latin America. Other international sales include Greece (Tanweer), Turkey (SPI), Eastern Europe (Freeman), CIS (Super Music), China (HGC), India (Pictureworks), Indonesia (PT Amero) and Middle East (Front Row).
Justin Kanew and Luillo Ruiz for Pimienta, Salt’s Puerto Rico based sister production company, produce the pic while Jeff Kauffmann pens the script. Executive producers are Stephen Hays and Peter Graham for 120db Films; and Robert Bevan, Samantha Horley and Cyril Mégret for Salt.
The Salt Company secured financing and is handling international sales on the pic.
Read the full article here.
Parkour advisor Sébastien Foucan and Director Matthew Parkhill discuss Twist, parkour and their open auditions which were held on Saturday 3rd December on the BBC’s flagship BBC Breakfast programme. Check it out here.
Sundance Institute announced today that Jon Wright’s Grabbers will screen in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival Park City at Midnight section (read announcement here). Grabbers is being released next year by Sony in the UK with other pre-sales to date in Germany (Ascot Elite) and Scandinavia (Mis. Label) amongst others.
As announced on the first day of the AFM, Salt has closed a number of pre-sales on Twist, the Parkour-based update of Dickens’ classic Oliver Twist. Wild Bunch has taken rights for German speaking Europe, Luxor for CIS, Front Row for Middle East, Best Film for China, and Panorama for Hong Kong. Mathew Parkhill (The Caller) will direct the London-set action adventure, currently out to casting, with freerunning founder Sébastien Foucan on board as an adviser.
Salt has also newly boarded $7.5m-budgeted Australian sci-fi Skylab, a monster vs astronauts thriller set on board a NASA space station, with Splendid snapping up rights for German speaking Europe as well as Benelux. Rupert Glasson (Coffin Rock) writes and directs, producers are David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek) and James Vernon (The Eye Of The Storm). The Australia shoot is set for early 2012.
Also on the Salt slate is UK comedy-horror Grabbers, currently in post-production, and completed titles Cleanskin, starring Sean Bean, and newly edited Dirty Girl with Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich and William H Macy.
Salt is delighted to come into AFM 2011 with a soundly commercial line-up with aliens (Skylab), monsters (Grabbers), 3D Parkour (Twist) and a gun-toting Sean Bean (Cleanskin). Read all about it in the latest edition of Salt’s magazine, available here.
paddy considine’s multi-award winning tyrannosaur is released in the uk today, featuring the song we were wasted from The leisure society, signed to salt’s sister company full time hobby (check out the trailer here). Frontman nick hemming was part of indie band She Talks To Angels which included Considine, film director Shane Meadows and bassist Richard Eaton. Hemming wrote and performed music for the films A Room for Romeo Brass and Dead Man’s Shoes.
The Weinstein Company have launched the website for dirty girl, including new artwork, which you can check out here. Director Abe Sylvia has been working tirelessly to reshape the Juno Temple starring film into a 90-minute version “to broaden its appeal” down from the original running time of 109 minutes and salt look forward to screening the finished film in due course. dirty girl is now due for release in the us on 7 october 2011.
Salt is delighted to announce that Abe Sylvia’s Dirty Girl won the HBO Audience Award Best Narrative Feature at the closing ceremony of the 2011 Provincetown International Film Festival. The film is scheduled for release in the US in August 2011 through The Weinstein Co.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad’s “Mclovin”) is the office loser in Salt’s new comedy Welcome to the Jungle which the company is introducing to buyers in Cannes. In the vein of workplace comedies like Employee of the Month and Waiting, and male buddy movies such as Role Models and Without a Paddle. throw in the warm wit and abject silliness of Apatow and Welcome to the Jungle is a rare beast in today’s market: a comedy which delivers on the laughs – both the high and the low brow.
Salt have been engaged to co-finance, market and sell Amberjack Films’ Dolphin: A 3D Adventure which they will be introducing to distributors and financiers in Cannes.
Principals behind Amberjack are wildlife Director/Producer Andy Byatt (BBC’s Deep Blue, Planet Earth) and Producer Alix Tidmarsh (DisneyNature’s African Cats, Wings of Life, Chimpanzee; BBC’s Deep Blue, Earth).
Salt has recently completed a raft of sales on audience favourite The People vs George Lucas which went to Wrekin Hill Entertainment for all English-language speaking rights, Initiative Cinema One (a division of BAC Films) for France and Fine Films for Japan. This is in addition to deals previously announced including with Germany’s Capelight Pictures.
Pimienta’s Luillo Ruiz led an industry group which pushed through new legislation introducing a 20% tax credit on all on-screen talent. This is in addition to the 40% credit on local spend which has also been renewed. Luillo and his team are confident that this will ensure Puerto Rico’s continued popularity as a location for worldwide productions in the face of increased competition. Find out more about Pimienta here.
Salt’s Samantha Horley is featured in the second edition of the iPad only Project Magazine set up by Richard Branson
Samantha appears alongside the likes of Kevin Loader (producer The History Boys), Damian Jones (producer The Iron Lady), Rowan Joffe (writer/director Brighton Rock), Joe Cornish (writer/director Attack the Block), Noel Clark (writer/director/actor Kidulthood) and Armando Iannucci (comedy maker In the Loop) in this feature entitled Industrial Action : In the Studio with the Leading Lights of British Film. The magazine is available exclusively from Apple’s AppStore.