×

FilmSharks Boards Guy Pearce-starrer ‘Mis-Fits’

Napier’s debut produced by Claybourne

MADRID – Continuing the move of international companies into English-language fare with name casts, FilmSharks International has boarded Guy Pearce starrer “Mis-Fits,” a singular comedy from writer-director L.D. Napier with Doug Claybourne (“The Mask of Zorro,” “Rumble Fish”) producing.

One of Hollywood’s most seasoned producers, Claybourne also took an executive producer credit on  “The Fast and the Furious,” “North Country,” “The War of The Roses,” and “Nights in Rodanthe).

In a deal struck by Claybourne and John Logigian for the production and FilmSharks founder Guido Rud and Roxy Kohan on behalf of FilmSharks, Rud’s sales-financing company will handle the international pre-sales and part of the international equity financing on “Mis-Fits,” which is looking to go into production in 2014.

Also written by Napier, whose latest picture was the Woody Harrelson narrated brain injury docu feature “Every Twenty One Seconds,” “Mis-Fits” narrates the misadventures of a Brooklyn detective, played by Pearce (“Iron Man 3,” “Memento,” “Prometheus”, “The Hurt Locker,”), whose job is to encounter the whereabouts of lost or dead relatives.

Subject to availability, other key cast features Cloris Leachman (“The Last Picture Show”), Seymour Cassel (“Rushmore”) and Virginie Ledoyen (“The Beach”).

“We have been looking to complete the finance puzzle on ‘Mis-Fits’ for too long. I’m thrilled that the addition of our friends at FilmSharks may be just the right fit to get this done,” Claybourne said.

The movie project, he added, is inspired by true events when, seven or so years ago, Napier’s grandmother died.  “After her passing, the question was, ‘Where is grandpa?’ And no one knew for sure: He was buried somewhere in England. The hunt began and the idea of a profession – a ‘necro-detective’ who finds lost dead relatives – rose to the writer.”

For FilmSharks Intl.’s Rud, “Working with Doug Claybourne and Guy Pearce is like a dream come true for me, as I have loved all their major hits for many years and now we have the chance to work together.”

For the record, Napier’s own quest had a happy ending with the director flying with her grandmother’s ashes in a duffle bag to be buried and joined with the grandfather in England.

More Film

  • Oscar Nominations Reactions Phyllis Nagy

    Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy Runs for Writers Guild Presidency, Citing Agency Stalemate

    Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phyllis Nagy is challenging Writers Guild of America West’s incumbent president David Goodman, citing his handling of the bitter stalemate between the WGA and Hollywood agents. Nagy announced her candidacy online Monday night, a day before the deadline for filing. She made the announcement  in a private online group as part of Writers for [...]

  • Klaudia-Reynicke

    Locarno: Summertime Picks Up ‘Love Me Tender’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Rome-based Summertime Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Klaudia Reynicke’s “Love Me Tender.” The second feature from Peru-born and Switzerland-based filmmaker will receive its world premiere at the Locarno Festival in its Filmmakers of the Present competition, which focuses on first and second features. Summertime Intl. is the world sales agent, excluding and Lichtenstein [...]

  • Elsie Fisher and Bo Burnham2019 Writers

    Writers Guild Announces 2020 Awards Show Date

    The 72nd Annual Writers Guild Awards will take place in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and the Edison Ballroom in New York on Feb. 1, the Writers Guild of America announced. The WGA will begin voting in November and will reveal this year’s TV nominees Dec. 5 and film Jan. 6. [...]

  • Tarantino Movies Ranked Illustration

    All of Quentin Tarantino's Movies Ranked

    In the history of cinema, has any director done more to elevate the idea of movies as cool than Quentin Tarantino? Certainly, the idea that films could be made by fans dates back at least to the French New Wave, when a group of die-hard critics stepped behind the camera. A few years later, Spielberg, [...]

  • A Stranger on the Beach

    Anonymous Content Wins Film Rights to Michele Campbell's 'A Stranger on the Beach' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anonymous Content has won the adaptive rights to the forthcoming Michele Campbell novel “A Stranger on the Beach.” In a competitive situation, Anonymous outbid multiple players for the thriller, which it will adapt for the big screen with in-house producers Alex Goldstone and Rosalie Swedlin. “Stranger” has been likened to sensual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” [...]

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Nicole Holofcener Team on 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon and Affleck co-wrote the script with Oscar-nominated Nicole Holofcener. Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. Drew Vinton is also [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content