German Distributor SquareOne Picks Up Marlon Wayans Comedy ‘50 Shades of Black’

Other acquisitions include dance movie ‘High Strung,’ sci-fi film ‘She Who Brings Gifts,’ thriller ‘De Premier’

Marlon Wayans 50 Shades of Black
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LONDON — Distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired German-speaking rights to eight films coming out of the Cannes Market, including Marlon Wayans’ comedy “50 Shades of Black.”

Other acquisitions include dance film “High Strung,” post-apocalyptic sci-fi film “She Who Brings Gifts,” and Erik Van Looy’s thriller “De Premier.”

“We are delighted to have acquired such a strong group of films from this year’s Cannes Market,” said CEO Al Munteanu. “A comedy, a thriller, a sci-fi and a dance movie — our selection could not be more diverse.”

“50 Shades of Black,” which is a spoof of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” was acquired from IM Global. The film, which is in pre-production, stars Wayans (“The Heat”) and is directed by Michael Tiddes (“A Haunted House”). Producers are Stuart Ford, Wayans and Rick Alvarez. It was penned by Alvarez and Wayans.

“She Who Brings Gifts,” which stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton (“Quantum of Solace”), and Paddy Considine (“Macbeth”), was acquired from Altitude Film Sales. The movie, which is filming, is directed by Colm McCarthy (BBC’s “Peaky Blinders”), produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont, and adapted by M.R. Carey from his novel “The Girl With All the Gifts.” The story centers on Melanie, who is very special. Every morning, she waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointed at her while two of his people strap her into a wheelchair.

“High Strung,” which is completed, was acquired from Bloom. The cast includes Keenan Kampa, the first and only American dancer at Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet; Nicholas Galitzine; Jane Seymour (“Austenland”); Paul Freeman (“Hot Fuzz”); and Mia Morgenstern (“The Passion of The Christ”). It is directed by Michael Damian, and written and produced by Janeen Damian and Michael Damian. Featuring 62 dancers from London, Paris and New York, the film stars Kampa and Galitzine as two radically talented dancers from opposite sides of the tracks who need to find harmony to achieve their dreams.

“De Premier,” which was acquired from FBO and Woestijnvis, is in pre-production. It stars Koen de Bouw (“Loft”) and is directed by Erik Van Looy (“Loft”). The producer is Hilde de Laere, and the writers are Van Looy and Carl Joos. It is a psychological thriller in which the prime minister of Belgium is kidnapped.