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Cannes: Vertical Entertainment Scores North American Rights to ‘The Waiting’ With James Caan (EXCLUSIVE)

Vertical Entertainment has acquired the North American rights to “The Waiting,” starring James Caan.

The thriller, which marks Kasra Farahani’s feature directorial debut, is selling international rights at Cannes. Clay Epstein’s Film Mode Entertainment will handle negotiations and screen the movie for buyers.

In addition to Caan,  “The Waiting” stars Logan Miller (TV series “I’m in the Band”), Keir Gilchrist (series “United States of Tara”), Laura Innes and Edwin Hodge (“The Purge”).

“The Waiting” centers on two teenage boys who try to convince an elderly neighbor that he’s being haunted. It premiered at SXSW. Vertical Entertainment plans to release the picture theatrically, but when it will debut has yet to be determined.

The film was produced by Star Thrower Entertainment, Ball & Chain Prods. and Anonymous Content. Producers include Trevor White, Tim White, Giri Tharan, Allan Mandelbaum, Rosalie Swedlin and Elana Barry. The screenplay was written by Mark Bianculli (“Self Promotion”) and Jeff Richard (“Convergence”).

The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical with CAA and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Vertical’s upcoming films include “Other People” with Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, “Fathers and Daughters” with Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, and the Iranian horror film “Under the Shadow.”

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