U.K. revs up Machine

Grabs three titles, makes inroads in Great Britain

The U.K.’s leading indie distrib, Entertainment Film Distributors, has lassoed three Good Machine Intl. titles: Ang Lee’s “Ride with the Devil,” Todd Solondz’s “Happiness” and J. Todd Anderson’s “The Naked Man.”

The deal helps Good Machine make significant inroads into distribution in Great Britain, which is considered one of the world’s toughest markets in which to sell, due to its shortage of distributors.

Entertainment Film, generally the first port of call for major American fare, has output deals with New Line Cinema and Mandalay Entertainment.

Lee’s “Ride with the Devil,” which is budgeted at north of $30 million, is already set up in Germany with Tobis, Spain with Lauren Film and France with BAC Films. Good Machine Intl. chief David Linde said the company is close to deals in Japan and Italy.

Pic, which is Lee’s follow-up to “Ice Storm,” is an epic western with Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel and Jeffrey Wright. Good Machine principals Ted Hope and James Schamus produced along with Bob Colesberry.

Solondz’s “Happiness,” which stars Jane Adams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jared Harris and Jon Lovitz, is in Cannes in the Directors Fortnight. Hope and Christine Vachon produced.

“Naked Man,” written by Anderson and Ethan Coen, stars Michael Rapaport, Arija Bareikis and Rachel Leigh Cook. Ben Barenholtz produced.

(Adam Dawtrey contributed to this report.)