Independent German distributor SquareOne Entertainment has acquired all German-speaking rights to five high-profile independent movies, including “The Billionaire Boys Club,” starring Taron Egerton, Ansel Elgort and Kevin Spacey, “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” featuring Uma Thurman and Gemma Arterton, and the Simon West-directed “The Blob” with Samuel L. Jackson.
SquareOne also picked up French box office comedy hits “Le Grand Partage” and “All Gone South.”
James Cox’s “The Billionaire Boys Club,” which was acquired from Good Universe, is based on the true story of a group of wealthy young men in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who established a get-rich quick scam that turned deadly.
“The Blob,” which was acquired from Goldcrest Films, is based on the 1958 sci-fi classic that starred Steve McQueen.
Marjane Satrapi’s comedy adventure tale “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir,” which was acquired from producer Luc Bossi through TF1, is based on Romain Puertolas’ novel. It follows the pilgrimage of a con-man from India to an Ikea in Paris.
Alexandra Leclere’s comedy “Le Grand Partage,” which was acquired from Other Angle Pictures, stars Didier Bourdon and Karin Viard. When a law is passed that forces wealthy apartment owners with spare rooms to house poorer families, a wave of panic sets in among the French upper class.
Philippe Lacheau and Nicolas Benamo’s comedy “All Gone South,” which was acquired from TF1, stars Christian Clavier and Philippe Lacheau. The film, which reunites the cast of “Babysitting,” stars Clavier as a hard to please father-in-law.
SquareOne releases around 12 films a year, mostly thought-provoking fare aimed at the adult audience. Its strongest performers last year were “Woman in Gold” and “The Imitation Game.”
“We are beginning 2016 on a very optimistic note, with titles appealing to very different audiences” said Al Munteanu, president and founder of SquareOne Entertainment.
The new titles augment an already strong 2016/2017 release slate that includes “Truth,” starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford, the Jesse Owens’ biopic “Race,” “Midnight Sun” starring Bella Thorne and Patrick Schwarzenegger, and Michael Apted’s actioner “Unlocked,” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom.