Trimark to distrib ‘Blackout’

Trimark Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights in all media to three films, including Abel Ferrara’s “The Blackout,” starring Matthew Modine, Dennis Hopper, Beatrice Dalle (“Betty Blue”) and supermodel Claudia Schiffer.

“The Blackout,” financed and produced by Mark Damon’s MDP Worldwide, will be released theatrically, probably in late 1997 or early 1998.

The other two pictures, “Mojave Moon” and “The Real Thing,” will likely go straight to video.

“The Blackout” focuses on a popular movie star (Modine) who turns to drugs and alcohol in order to seek refuge from his adoring fans and omnipresent paparazzi. He blacks out while partying at a nightclub, only to be haunted months later by disturbing memories.

The film marks Schiffer’s dramatic film debut. Her only other film role was as herself in the 1994 comedy “Richie Rich.”

This was the third Ferrara-directed project for MDP, which also provided financing for “The Funeral” and “The Addiction.” Both were distributed in the U.S. by October Films.

While a number of other distributors had expressed interest in “The Blackout” after its Cannes screening, Damon said Trimark execs were the most enthusiastic from the beginning.

“They were really enthused about the film’s potential and we were enthused by their marketing ideas,” said Damon.

The deal, finalized Friday, was negotiated by Trimark’s Peter Block and MDP’s Brandon Scott Cohen and Eric Christianson.

“Mojave Moon,” produced by Matt Salinger and directed by Kevin Dowling (“The Sum of Us”), stars Danny Aiello, Anne Archer and Alfred Molina.

The film concerns an ex-New Yorker who finds romance and trouble on an adventure to the Mojave desert.

“The Real Thing,” directed by James Merendino, stars Emily Lloyd, Rod Steiger, Gary Busey, Pat Gallagher, Esai Morales and James Russo.

Produced by Kurt MacCarley and LLP Prods., the thriller concerns two criminals who unknowingly race to pull off the same heist.

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