Comedy “American Ultra,” starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, comes together as a package with Project X” director Nima Nourizadeh on board to direct. FilmNation sells nine Asian markets to IM Global.
“Point Break” remake
Aaron Eckhart is attached to portray a disturbed screenwriter in the psychological thriller “Fadeout,” with production scheduled to start in Puerto Rico in February. “Fadeout” will be directed by Robert Salerno, producer of “Arbitrage” and “21 Grams.”
“London Has Fallen”
Eckhart, Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman came on board for Millennium Films “London Has Fallen” in a reprise of their roles from “Olympus Has Fallen.” The story will take place in London with an attack on the city during the funeral of the British prime minister.
BiFrost Pictures announced it’s financing Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic “Kill the Trumpet Player” with Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana. It’s Cheadle’s directorial debut.
Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon
Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon come on board to star in “The Intern” for Nancy Meyers in the story of the owner of a successful fashion website who bonds with the elderly intern her company hires. Scott Rudin is producing with Worldview Entertainment financing; Lotus reported strong sales.
Robin Williams and Mila Kunis
Lionsgate took North American rights to comedy “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” starring Robin Williams and Mila Kunis. Williams plays an angry New Yorker who discovers he has 90 minutes to live.
Keith Moon biopic
A biopic on Keith Moon, iconic drummer for The Who, became the first film in development-financing deal between Exclusive Media and Da Vinci Media Ventures.
Freida Pinto, Akram Khan and Reece Ritchie
Relativity acquires North America distribution rights to “Desert Dancer,” starring Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie and Tom Cullen (“Downton Abbey”). “Desert Dancer” is set in Iran — where dance is forbidden — and is set against the backdrop of the 2009 protests that ignited a movement toward greater freedoms.
Universal took the UK, Germany, Benelux and Brazil for horror-comedy “Cooties,” starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill and Rainn Wilson.
Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Nicole Kidman and Jason Bateman
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions acquired rights for key international territories to a pair of QED International projects — “Term Life,” starring Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld, and “The Family Fang,” starring Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired U.S., German and Scandinavian rights to “Third Person,” directed by Paul Haggis and starring Liam Neeson, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, and Maria Bello.
Mike Flanagan, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane
Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane will star in horror-thriller “Somnia” with production starting Nov. 11. “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan directs. Sierra/Affinity took over foreign sales in the wake of Focus Feature Intl. being closed down.
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood’s comedy “10 Things I Hate About Life” is going back before the cameras in December after a year-long break in shooting. Wood gave birth to a son this summer.
TWC acquired U.S. rights to Ethan Hawke starrer “Regression,” set to start shooting in the spring. FilmNation Entertainment is selling English-language thriller with Alejandro Amenabar directing.