Wild Bunch has closed major pre-sales on a pair of anticipated movies: Mel Gibson starrer “Blood Father” and Olivier Stone’s untitled Edward Snowden project. Wild Bunch will unveil exclusive footage of both films at Cannes.
Wild Bunch pre-sold Stone’s film to about 40 territories including France (Pathe), Canada (Elevation), Germany (Universum/RTL), Spain (Vertigo), Italy (BIM), Scandinavia (Scanbox), the CIS (Central Partnership), Latin America and Australia (Kick In), Japan (Gaga), Korea (Activers) and Hong Kong (Edko).
“Blood Father” has been snatched up for more than 50 territories including France (SND), Germany (Splendid), Spain (Vertigo), CIS (Central Partnership), Switzerland (Impuls), Canada (Remstar), Latin America (California) and Australia (Icon).
Stone’s movie, which toplines Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, was picked up for the U.S. by Open Road, which has committed to giving the movie a wide release on Dec. 25. Meanwhile, “Blood Father,” directed by Jean-Francois Richet (“Mesrine”), was acquired at script stage by Lionsgate.
The first footage of “Blood Father” will be shown at Wild Bunch’s promo reels screening May 13, while footage of Stone’s pic will be unveiled only to select buyers at Wild Bunch’s stand.
Stone’s film is based on a screenplay by Kieran Fitzgerald and Stone. Pic also stars Shailene Woodley, Nicolas Cage and Melissa Leo. Moritz Borman, Eric Kopeloff and Philip Schulz-Deyle are producing.
Now in post, “Blood Father,” written by Peter Craig (“The Town”), is a character-driven action-thriller starring Gibson as an ex-con who reunites with his estranged 16-year-old daughter, and vows to protect her from the drug dealers trying to kill her. Gibson stars alongside Erin Moriarty, Elisabeth Roehm and William H. Macy. Pic is produced by Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not Prods.
Wild Bunch, which just launched Insiders, an L.A.-based firm dedicated to foreign sales, has 13 films playing at Cannes, including Jacques Audiard’s “Deephan,” Gaspar Noe’s “Love” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years.”