AFM: Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store' Finds Financing
Worldview Entertainment and Lotus Entertainment are teaming to finance and produce Stephen Gaghan's long-gestating movie project Candy Store.
The crime thriller, from a script Gaghan wrote with Shannon Burke, stars Robert De Niro, Jason Clarke and Omar Sy. Lotus will shop Candy Store to foreign buyers gathering next week in Santa Monica for the American Film Market.
CAA packaged and arranged financing for the movie, which revolves around an undercover agent who begins a new life as a beat cop in Brooklyn, only to find his past life coming back to haunt him.
“Candy Store is a gritty, high energy crime thriller and we could not ask for a more talented director and cast. Stephen has written another world-class screenplay and we are confident that it will lead to box office success,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Gaghan and Allison Shearmur are producing alongside Woodrow and Worldview's Molly Conners. Nicolas Gonda and Ryan Rettig also are producing for Ironwood Entertainment, which is making a small investment in Candy Store. Executive producers are Maria Cestone, Sarah E. Johnson, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Michael G. Macs, Allyn Stewart, Kipp Nelson and Suzanne Joskow.
Worldview is one of the busiest film financiers on the scene. The company premiered six films at the various fall festivals, including Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, David Gordon Green's drama Joe, starring Nicolas Cage, and Ti West’s thriller The Sacrament.
At AFM, Lotus will also be selling A Hologram for the King, starring Tom Hanks. The company also is Worldview's partner on Song One, starring Anne Hathaway, and is prepping YA film adaptation Fallen, directed by Scott Hicks and Jeremy Irvine.