×

Film News Roundup: Steven Soderbergh-Claire Foy Thriller ‘Unsane’ Set for March

In today’s film news roundup, Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Unsane” gets a release date, Liz Moore’s novel “Heft” moves into development, and Nevets invests in a pair of thrillers.

RELEASE DATE

Steven Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street have set a March 23 date for the U.S. release of Soderbergh’s thriller “Unsane,” starring Claire Foy.

Foy plays a woman who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution amid uncertainty as to whether her greatest fear is real or delusional. Soderbergh directed from a script by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. Joseph Malloch produced. Ken Meyer, New Regency’s Arnon Milchan, and Dan Fellman are the executive producers.

New Regency has acquired the international distribution rights and will distribute the film in all territories outside of the U.S. through Fox International.

“We have always been great admirers of Steven’s work, and we’re delighted to finally work together to share his latest daring and intriguing film with the world,” said Yariv Milchan, chairman of New Regency. “‘Unsane’ is hopefully one of many collaborations to come.”

PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT

The Gotham Group has acquired the feature film rights to Liz Moore’s novel “Heft” and attached Max Nichols (“Two Night Stand”) to direct from Moore’s adaptation.

Gotham’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson are producing. “Heft,” published in 2012, centers on the relationship between a former academic who weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his Brooklyn home in a decade and a poor 17-year-old who’s pinning his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career.

Moore’s novels include “The Words of Every Song” and “The Unseen World.” Moore is repped by Seth Fishman of the Gernert Company. Nichols is repped by CAA and Mosaic. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

INVESTMENTS

Investment company Nevets Group has come on board to fund the development and production of the thrillers “Tracks” and “The Feed” for Uri Singer’s Passage Pictures, Variety has learned exclusively.

Niv Kaplan’s “Tracks” follows a grieving father tracking any clues of his kidnapped child while forming an international organization that tracks other missing children. Celeste Chaney’s “The Feed” centers on the dark web and hacking techniques.

Nevets is an investment arm of SGM Advisors LLC, a boutique corporate and strategic investment and advisory firm based in New York City. It has invested in the development and production capital for “Rich,” based on the biography “King of Oil: The Secret Lives of Marc Rich” by Daniel Ammann. John Krasinski is producing through his Sunday Night Productions banner, alongside Singer and Midnight Road’s Vincent Sieber.

Passage Pictures has credits on “Marjorie Prime,” starring Jon Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins, and Lois Smith, and is developing it into a TV series. Upcoming projects include “I Am Rose Fatou,” written by “Hidden Figures” scribe Ted Melfi, and a movie based on Don DeLillo’s novel “White Noise” with Michael Almereyda attached to direct.

More Film

  • A Stranger on the Beach

    Anonymous Content Wins Film Rights to Michele Campbell's 'A Stranger on the Beach' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anonymous Content has won the adaptive rights to the forthcoming Michele Campbell novel “A Stranger on the Beach.” In a competitive situation, Anonymous outbid multiple players for the thriller, which it will adapt for the big screen with in-house producers Alex Goldstone and Rosalie Swedlin. “Stranger” has been likened to sensual thrillers like “Fatal Attraction” [...]

  • Ridley Scott Matt Damon Ben Affleck

    Ridley Scott, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck Team on Revenge Film 'The Last Duel'

    Ridley Scott looks to have his next directing job, as he has signed on to direct “The Last Duel” with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck attached to star. Damon, Affleck and Nicole Holofcener penned the script with Scott, Damon and Affleck all producing along with Scott’s producing partner Kevin Walsh. The project has been set [...]

  • Jonathan Taylor Thomas Ed Asner Elliott

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Ed Asner, Elliott Gould Seek SAG-AFTRA Board Seats

    Ed Asner, Elliott Gould and Jonathan Taylor Thomas are seeking SAG-AFTRA national board seats as members of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate. Asner is the former president of the Screen Actors Guild, serving two terms from 1981 to 1985, and winning five Emmys for his role as Lou Grant and two others [...]

  • Natalie Portman Thor Comic Con

    Comic-Con: Marvel 'Shock and Awe' Strategy Dominates Twitter Buzz

    Disney’s Marvel Studios handily won the hype trophy from this year’s Comic-Con International San Diego. Marvel Studios — which returned to the 2019 Comic-Con stage with a chock-full Phase 4 slate of announcements — dominated the discussion on Twitter out of the convention, capturing the biggest volume of buzz for nine of the top 10 [...]

  • Chris Rock - Netflix

    Chris Rock's 'Saw' Reboot Moves Up Five Months to May 2020

    Lionsgate has moved Chris Rock’s upcoming “Saw” reboot forward by five months to May 15, 2020, vacating the pre-Halloween date of Oct. 23, 2020. The studio indicated Monday that it decided to move the untitled “Saw” movie into the summer slot after seeing early footage from the set of the film currently shooting in Toronto. The move [...]

  • Peter Farrelly

    Peter Farrelly to Judge Sun Valley Film Festival's Film Lab Competition

    Sun Valley Film Festival has set “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly as the judge for the sixth annual Film Lab competition. The program, sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which is in its sixth year, selects one team of filmmakers to work with the festival to complete their film projects. The director and producer of the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content