Alliance to paint ‘Pollock’ o’seas

Ensemble cast paints pic of abstract artist

Alliance Atlantis Pictures Intl. has acquired all foreign rights to Ed Harris’ directorial debut, “Pollock,” a biopic in which Harris stars as seminal abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

The film, which will have its world premiere in the upcoming Toronto Intl. Film Festival, also stars Marcia Gay Harden, Amy Madigan and Jennifer Connelly.

“Pollock” takes in the artist’s life, including his revolutionary working process, a need for approval that bordered on the pathological and his relationship with his wife, Lee Krasner (Harden), whose promotion of her husband’s career stymied her own artistic growth.

Other members of the ensemble cast include Jeffrey Tambor, Bud Cort, John Heard and Val Kilmer. “Pollock” was filmed primarily in New York City and on the Pollock/Krasner property in East Hampton, Long Island.

The screenplay was adapted by Barbara Turner (“Georgia”) and Susan Emshwiller from the book “Jackson Pollock: An American Saga” by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith.

Domestic rights remain available on the film, which was produced by Harris, Jon Kilik, Fred Berner and James Trezza. Joseph Allen and Peter Brant (“Basquiat”) served as executive producers.

“We’ve been tracking this project for years,” said Charlotte Mickie, senior veep acquisitions and development at Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution. “Once we saw the movie, it fit in so perfectly with the kind of films we’ve been doing we knew we had to have this movie.”

“Ed has devoted a large part of the last five or six years to playing this role,” said Brant. “He put his life on hold to do this part.”

Harris will also appear opposite Jude Law in Paramount’s “Enemy at the Gates” and opposite Vince Vaughn and Julia Ormond in director Greg Mosher’s “Prime Gig.”

Alliance sked

Alliance Atlantis is in preproduction on “The 51st State” starring Samuel L. Jackson and directed by Ronny Yu. Now in post is “The Best and the Brightest” (aka “Slackers”), which will be released by Destination Films.

Other Alliance Atlantis productions include “Sunshine,” in release through Paramount Classics, and “Stardom,” which will also screen in Toronto and will be released domestically by Lions Gate Films.

The deal was brokered by Mark Horowitz, president of Alliance Atlantis Pictures Intl., and Mickie. The producers were repped by Brant.

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