‘Pandaemonium’ reigns at USA

Moonstone to rep worldwide sales

USA Films has taken domestic distribution rights to “Pandaemonium,” the latest feature from director Julien Temple (“The Filth and the Fury”).USA plans a June release. Moonstone, which co-produced the film with BBC Films, will rep the movie for worldwide sales.

Penned by Frank Cottrell Boyce (“Hilary and Jackie”), film stars John Hannah, Linus Roache, recent Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (“Sweet and Lowdown”) and Emily Woof.

“Pandaemonium” was produced by Nick O’Hagan and exec produced by David Thompson, Mike Phillips and Tracey Scoffield.

Isn’t it Romantic

Set at the turn of the 19th century, the story charts the early collaboration between Romantic poets William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who experience rivalry, jealousy, and addiction in their ultimately diverging quests for artistic freedom.

USA Films chairman Scott Greenstein and prexy Russell Schwartz said: “With ‘Pandaemonium,’ Julien Temple takes full advantage of the medium in his return to narrative filmmaking. The leads are all strong U.K. actors who are deservedly becoming well-known to American audiences.”

Moonstone prexy Etchie Stroh said: “Julien’s film represents a bold departure from the typical period drama and crackles with contemporary wit and relevance. USA Films is a fitting partner for this extraordinary film.”

David Thompson, head of Films and Single Drama at BBC Films, added: “We’re delighted to have found exactly the right home with USA Films for this original and exciting film.”

Temple’s feature directing credits include “The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle” and “Absolute Beginners.”

Moonstone Entertainment has produced Alan Rudolph’s Academy Award-nominated “Afterglow”; Mike Figgis’ “Miss Julie”; the recently wrapped “Hotel”; and “Dancing at the Blue Iguana,” the latest feature from director Michael Radford (“Il Postino”).

USA’s October Films division had previously acquired domestic distribution rights to Robert Altman’s “Cookie’s Fortune” from Moonstone.

USA slate

Current and upcoming USA Films releases include Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic”; Harald Zwart’s “One Night at McCool’s”; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s “The Man who Wasn’t There,” starring Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini.

Company is also making Neil LaBute’s “Possession,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Aaron Eckhart, Jeremy Northam and Jennifer Ehle; Robert Altman’s “Gosford Park,” starring Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren, Jeremy Northam, Clive Owen, Ryan Phillippe, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Watson; and the untitled project being developed by Billy Bob Thornton, Todd Harris and Tom Epperson, with Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie and Penelope Cruz set to star.

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