Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment, in Venice for "Arrival,” is teaming with screenwriter David Kukoff to develop, produce, and finance feature equal-rights drama “Civil War.”From an existing script by Kukoff, “Civil War” turns on the true story of the bitter battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in 1973, which became a hotbed of dispute for both sides of the gender equality movement that continues to this day. Repped by ESA, Kukoff is managed by Peter Heller, who is producing with...
To admirers of FilmNation’s eclectic slate, it should come as no surprise that CEO Glen Basner earned his stripes working at Ted Hope and James Schamus’s Good Machine (later to become Focus Features) before moving onto The Weinstein Company. Inspired by a gap in the market created by the “Twilight”-fuelled expansion of Summit Entertainment and the acquisition by Liongate of Mandate Pictures, Basner was emboldened to strike out on his own in 2008.
Although he was momentarily blindsided by that year’s financial crisis, Basner’s instincts proved correct, as he set about creating a home for specialty filmmaking with global appeal – focusing on “a highly selective group of filmmakers and projects that emphasize creative integrity and commercial potential.” After an early hit with Oscar winner “The King’s Speech,” for which FilmNation handled international sales, Basner’s company – which claims to do 85% of it business before a frame of footage is either shot or screened – has attracted the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, Pedro Almodóvar and Sofia Coppola.
Recent years have seen the company gaining a foothold in awards season, notably with 2015’s “Room”, which scored Best Actress for Brie Larson plus Best Picture and Director nods. He stepped things up a notch in 2016, with critical support for Woody Allen’s “Café Society,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” John Madden’s “Miss Sloane” and John Lee Hancock’s The Founder.”