Six months after launching BiFrost Pictures at Cannes, Daniel Wagner is already making major bets on actors-turned-directors.
He’ll have a trio of projects for sale at the American Film Market — all with actors making their directorial debuts: Paul Bettany’s drama-romance “Shelter,” Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic “Kill the Trumpet Player” and Simon Helberg’s comedy “We’ll Never Have Paris.”
“Shelter,” which stars Bettany’s wife, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Mackie, just wrapped after shooting in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs in a story of romance among the homeless. UTA and Cassian Elwes are repping domestic rights, and Voltage Pictures is representing international.
“Paul was on time and under budget,” Wagner said of Bettany. “I am looking forward to working with him again. You are always a little hesitant when you work with first-timers but he had a strong visual sense and he really knew what he wanted.”
“Trumpet” has Cheadle on board to star as Davis and to direct with Herbie Hancock taking on exec producer and musical supervisor duties. Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana have been in talks to join the project.
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UTA packaged the project, and IM Global is handling international.
Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl. acquired all international rights to “We’ll Never Have Paris” on Monday and will kick off sales at the AFM. Helberg will portray a hyper-neurotic guy who enters into a quarter-life crisis when his co-worker confesses her love for him, just moments before he plans to propose to his girlfriend.
“Paris” represents a departure for BiFrost, which has focused on adult dramas thus far.
“I’m making the movies for myself, movies that I want to see,” Wagner said.
BiFrost’s initial slate also includes “The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League,” “Cold in July” and drama “The World Made Straight.”