A24 Buys Robert Pattinson’s Crime Drama ‘Good Time’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Robert Pattinson A24

A24 has acquired North American rights to “Good Time,” a caper film with Robert Pattinson, Variety has learned.

The film follows a bank robber’s race to evade the police dragnet that threatens to send him behind bars. Josh and Benny Safdie directed the movie from a screenplay by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein. “Good Time” also stars Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Barkhad Abdi.

The Safdie brothers are well known in the indie film community for their work on “Go Get Some Rosemary” and “Heaven Knows What.” Pattinson shot to fame as the brooding vampire in the “Twilight” films. Since accelerating the heart rates of teen girls the world over, he’s used his heartthrob status to get backing for edgier fare, working with David Cronenberg on “Map to the Stars” and “Cosmopolis,” and appearing in the upcoming James Gray drama “Lost City of Z.”

A24 is currently fielding Oscar buzz for “Moonlight,” a coming-of-age drama from Barry Jenkins. Its upcoming releases include “20th Century Women” with Annette Bening, “Trespass Against Us” with Michael Fassbender, and “Free Fire” with Brie Larson.

“Good Time” is produced by Elara Pictures, the Safdie Brothers, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Paris Latsis, Terry Dougas, and Oscar Boyson, and was financed by Hercules Film Fund. Elara Pictures and Rhea Films were the production companies. Jean-Luc De Fanti executive produced.

The sale took place in advance of next month’s American Film Market. WME handled the film’s domestic sales rights. Memento is overseeing foreign rights.

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  1. c1 says:

    “hearthrob” that’s a bit dismissive, i guess some teens did swoon over him , but fans actually liked him as a person and actor
    “brooding” i think there was alot more to his character than that, he brought a lot of emotion to his character even though he was supposed to be very “still” he had to be convincing as a 17yr and older educated, wordly, selfless, loving , musical, religious…..
    A24 I should feel glad it has distribution, but having them involved worries me, they ruined Rover how they went about it release and he should have been supported for nominations for Rover he had very high, strong praise for his role
    critics who hadn’t been professional toward him before said they expected him to get nominations, and few character actors could have played Rey as well and effortlessly
    “hearthrob status got him roles”? I think it was more about his stage presence and ability which he’d proved in other films, yes his status would have helped with finance
    hopefully A24 will support and release this film fairly

    • LV Media says:

      Not sure if Pattinson has lived up to the fan/tabloid hype he generated with the Twilight films, but he definitely has not yet fully proven himself as a great actor. Yes, Rover was a good start but his choice of smaller supporting roles may indicate that he’s not really all that interested in pursing the stardom associated with a commercial film career. He seem better suited (and more inclined) to choose quirky characters with directors who appeal to his inner cinephile. Would love to see him breakout, but the roles he’s chosen so far haven’t given him the momentum he needs. He hasn’t really been in the position to open a major film, nor has he proven that he can draw financing based on his name alone. He’s moved towards indie films – but so has everyone else. He’ll always be famous because of his associations with the Harry Potter/Twilight franchises but I don’t know how that will materialize for him as he ages. He’s in his 30’s now and his built-in teen fan-base has grown up, which seems to suit him just fine.

      • Mi says:

        Better focus on your idol instead to write hella long and lying essay about an actor you have some deluded ideas. He poved enough of his talent and financing draw.

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