Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to Fierce state, written and directed by Jon Carlo (We take Brooklyn first) and with AnnaLynne McCord and Ronnie Gene Blevins. The indie thriller, which wrapped filming late last year, hits theaters in May with its digital arc.
The plot takes place next to Florida’s alligator-infested swamps and run-down trailer parks where a charismatic but dangerous grifter (Blevins) picks up orphans and runaways on the street. Self-proclaimed father of the forgotten, he trains his motley gang in the art of theft and crime, wreaking havoc by eliminating drug dealers and methamphetamine labs. With a murdered detective (McCord) already on the trail, the arrival of a mysterious young girl turns out to be something far more dangerous to the gang than anyone might have imagined. Also on the bill are Octavio Pisano, Jaden Piner, Baldur Thor and Sif Saga.
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Taylor & Dodge manages international sales rights, with global and digital rights agreements in the works.
The ravine, an independent thriller starring Eric Dane and Teri Polo, will be released on Apple TV, Amazon and Google VOD on April 2 after being acquired for distribution through Hope Messenger Media in association with Hollywood Media Group.
Based on Robert Pascuzzi’s bestselling novel, the film directed by Keoni Waxman centers around an average suburban couple (Dane and Polo) in Akron, OH, whose lives are torn apart when one of their friend Danny (Peter Facinelli) appears to murder his wife and son in cold blood before committing suicide in a ravine. Premeditation, secrets and lies are just the beginning of their challenges to uncover the truth. Bryon Mann and Leslie Uggams are also on the bill.
The producers are Phillip Goldfine and Robert and Kelly Pascuzzi.
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HBO Latino has acquired Lupe, the LGBTQ drama co-directed by André Phillips and Charles Vuolo. It will now be released on February 26 on HBO Latino and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Lupe, written by Phillips and Vuolo in consultation with transgender artist Celia Harrison who also appears in the film, highlights the complex story of a Cuban immigrant (Rafael Albarrán) grappling with his transgender identity while searching for his missing sister (Lucerys Medina) in the New York underground sex industry.
Anthony Ambrosino, Andrew McCarthy and Leigh Lanocha are producers. Kerry Michelle O’Brien is an executive producer. Michelle Welch of Shoreline Entertainment negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with HBO’s SVP Content Acquisitions, Leslie Cohen.
Giant Pictures acquired digital and DVD / Blu-ray rights Black holes: the edge of everything we know, a science documentary directed by Harvard physicist / historian and filmmaker Peter Galison. The doc, who bowed overseas last year, will arrive on Apple TV, Prime Video and digital platforms on March 2.
Black holes follows observers, theorists and philosophers as they track down mysterious objects. It focuses on two collaborations: Stephen Hawking anchors one that strives to show that black holes do not destroy the past, and another creates an Earth-sized telescope to capture the very first image of a black hole.
Chyld King is a producer and Greg Boustead and Jessica Harrop are executive producers through Sandbox Films. The deal was negotiated by Courtney Cox, head of content acquisition and marketing, Giant Pictures.