In a pre-Cannes development, Atlas Independent and Relativity International are teaming on a two-picture deal starting with Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s thriller “The Man on Carrion Road,” starring Timothy Olyphant.
Deal calls for Atlas Independent producing and Relativity International co-financing and selling internationally. Relativity International president Camela Galano will lead the sales effort in Cannes.
“Apollo 18” director Lopez-Gallego will direct “Carrion Road” from a script by Nils Lyew’s, script about a botched Mexican cartel deal on the back roads of a border town. William Green and Aaron Ginsburg of Atlas Independent will produce and Atlas’ Andy Horwitz will exec produce.
Olyphant will portray a sheriff who must team up with the retired lawman he replaced to investigate the mysterious brutalization of the town’s residents. Production of “The Man on Carrion Road” will start production at the end of August in Medellin, Columbia.
Atlas Independent is in in post-production on Lopez-Gallego’s “Open Grave,” starring Sharlto Copley. The operation, part of Charles Roven’s Atlas Entertainment, focuses on indie-style movies with budgets of $10 million or less. Its first film, “Revenge for Jolly!,” premiered last year at the Tribeca Film Festival and will be released later this month.
Relativity International is part of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media. It launched in December to handle sales and distribution of Relativity’s films as well as third party releases.