The operation will handle sales and distribution on all MadRiver films as well as films from Vendian Entertainment, which has made a strategic investment in MadRiver Pictures.
MadRiver titles include Burr Steers’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” starring Lily James and set for release Friday; John Hillcoat’s “Triple 9,” starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul and Anthony Mackie, which will be released by Open Road Films on Feb. 26; and James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” starring Charlie Hunnam.
The company is in pre-production on Peter Landesman’s “Felt,” starring Liam Neeson.
Fox will separately continue to run the Annapurna International label and represent all Annapurna Pictures titles for the international marketplace, including Annapurna’s Richard Linklater comedy “Everybody Wants Some,” the opening night film at SXSW; Todd Solondz’s “Wiener-Dog,” which was acquired by Amazon Studios at Sundance; Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch”; Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women,” currently in post-production; and “Sausage Party,” written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.
“It has been an extraordinary four years with Annapurna and I am honored that Megan is affording me the opportunity to dually embark on an exciting new venture while continuing to represent her diverse and intelligent slate of films,” Fox said.
Butan noted that Fox has handled “Zero Dark Thirty,” “American Hustle” and “Foxcatcher.” Prior to Annapurna International, Fox ran international sales at Inferno International and QED International, where she handled foreign sales on such films as “Killing Them Softly,” Joe Carnahan’s “The Grey” and Neill Blomkamp’s “District 9.”
CAA advised MadRiver and arranged financing for deal.