I’m drowning in Cannes news so here’s a quick round of news bites to help soften the blow. I want to read more about The Xbox One.
UK distributor picks up anticipated Amer follow-up from Bac. Screen Daly reports that UK outfit Metrodome has pre-bought giallo-style thriller The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, pictured above, from Bac Films. Writer-directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s follow up to cult genre hit Amer, which Quentin Tarantino listed as among his favourite films of 2010, stars Klaus Tange, Jean-Michel Vovk, Sylvia Camarda and Sam Louwyck. “The surreal drama follows a husband who plunges into a world of nightmare and violence while searching for his missing wife.”
They also report that Simon Crowe’s SC Films has picked up sales rights to The Philm Company’s thriller The Last Showing, “about a couple trapped in a cinema who are manipulated into becoming unwilling actors in a film being captured by CCTV cameras.” Phil Hawkins writes, directs and produces, alongside producer Alexandra Baranska. Production is due for July 2013 on the project, which is casting.
Directed by Elias Matar (Ashes) and produced by Jack Reher (Red Machine, Wet House), Devil’s Door stars Twilight‘s BooBoo Stewart along with Aldo Gonzales (“Anger Management,” “Sons of Anarchy”), Barbara Nedeljakova (Hostel), and Nicholas Turturro (“Blue Bloods,” Takers”). It’s described as “an elevated psychological thriller in the vein of a hyper-stylized and grittier version of Death Wish set against the graffiti painted streets of Los Angeles.”
Lastly, with the Cannes Film Festival nearing the finishing stretch, the independent film business is turning its attention to the fall festival circuit. One title that’s likely to make an appearance is Atom Egoyan’s much-anticipated Devil’s Knot, loosely based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 nonfiction book about the infamous West Memphis Three case, says THR, who also premieres the following first ever image.
From Worldview Entertainment, the crime thriller stars Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993. Alessandro Nivola plays Terry Hobbs, her husband and Steve’s stepfather. Colin Firth also stars.
The notorious case sparked national headlines when Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted and sentenced to life in prison. After new forensic evidence was put forth and the case became a cause celebre, the three were released after serving 18 years.