Green’s ‘Undertow’ catches pact with UA

Thriller stars Mulroney, Lucas, Bell

CANNES — United Artists has closed a deal with ContentFilm for distribution rights in North America and other key territories to a pic helmed by David Gordon Green, shooting under provisional title “The Undertow.”

Produced by Lisa Muskat, Terrence Malick and Edward R. Pressman, and written by Joe Conway and Green, thriller stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Jamie Bell and newcomer Devon Alan. It will wrap principal photography this week in Savannah, Ga. Alessandro Camon and John Schmidt serve as exec producers.

Set in a contempo South untouched by time, the story centers on a family whose existence is thrown into turmoil by the unexpected arrival of the father’s troubled brother.

“We are in the business of telling stories, and David Gordon Green tells exciting, evocative and emotionally rich stories,” says United Artists prez Bingham Ray. “He and I have tried to find a project to work on together, and this one finally clicked.”

Other territories

In addition to North American rights, UA will handle the film in Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and South Africa.

Green’s previous features are “George Washington” and “All the Real Girls.” He is attached to direct “A Confederacy of Dunces” for Miramax.

“This powerful script was developed over a period of years by Sunflower Prods. and carefully nurtured by its partners Ed Pressman and Terrence Malick,” said Content president Schmidt. “To see all this come together with such a brilliant cast, and then find a home with UA and Bingham Ray’s creative team, is truly a happy ending.”

The acquisition was brokered by Schmidt and Michael Roban of Content, with Danny Rosett and Mary Biebel of UA.

Dealing a dozen

Sales arm Content Intl. is repping a slate of 12 titles in Cannes, headed by “The Undertow”; “Spivs”; and “The King,” written by Milo Addica (“Monster’s Ball”) and director James Marsh, with Gael Garcia Bernal attached to star.

Upcoming UA releases include Chen Kaige’s “Together”; Peter Hedges’ Sundance hit “Pieces of April”; and “Saved!,” starring Mandy Moore.

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