MUNICH — Leading German distrib SquareOne Entertainment, which is headed by Al Munteanu, has nabbed all German-speaking rights to several high-profile pics, including films starring Robert Pattinson, Keanu Reeves, Dustin Hoffman and Kit Harington.
Pattinson starrer “Life,” which is in post, was acquired from FilmNation Entertainment. Anton Corbijn (“Control”) helms the pic, which also stars Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”). Producers are Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who won an Oscar with “The King’s Speech,” and Christina Piovesan.
Pic chronicles the friendship that ensued when the strait-laced Dennis Stock embarked on a road trip with James Dean in 1955 for a Life magazine commission.
Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” which is filming in Chile, was acquired from Voltage Pictures. Eli Roth’s pic, which also stars Lorenza Izzo (“The Green Inferno”) and Ana de Armas (“Hands of Stone”), tells the story of two beautiful young women who show up unexpectedly at the home of a married man (Reeves), where they seduce him and wreak havoc on his perfect life.
“Boychoir,” which stars Hoffman and Kathy Bates, was acquired from Embankment Films. The pic, which is in post, also stars Debra Winger (“Lola Versus”), Josh Lucas (“The Lincoln Lawyer”), Eddie Izzard (“Ocean’s Thirteen”) and Kevin McHale (“Glee”).
Francois Girard (“The Red Violin”) directs, and Judy Cairo (“Crazy Heart”), Carol Baum (“The Good Girl”) and Jane Goldenring (“$5 a Day”) produces.
Set in a school fashioned after the American Boychoir School in Princeton, N.Y., the film revolves around a troubled young man who joins a boy choir overseen by a demanding choir master (Hoffman), who recognizes a unique talent in the boy as he pushes him to discover his creative heart and soul in music.
“Spooks: The Greater Good,” now in post, was acquired from Altitude Film Sales. Bharat Nalluri’s pic stars Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Peter Firth (“MI5”) and Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”).
Producers are Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett, and Ollie Madden for Shine Pictures.
When terrorist Adam Qasim escapes from the custody of British intelligence service MI5 during a routine handover, head of counter-terrorism Harry Pearce (Firth) is blamed. Soon after, Harry disappears, leaving his protege Will Crombie (Harington) tasked with finding out what happened as an impending attack on London looms.
“Cannes this year was an exceptionally competitive market so we couldn’t be happier to come away with some of the strongest titles on offer,” said Munteanu. “We strive to release our films with the best campaign possible to maximize their potential. This carefully planned bespoke strategy is reflecting on our ability to secure the best movies available in the marketplace.”
All films are slated to be theatrically released in 2015.