Berlin 2012: FilmNation Sells Out Soderbergh's 'Bitter Pill'
BERLIN--Foreign distributors at the European Film Market have fallen hard for Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Bitter Pill, with Glen Basner's FilmNation virtually selling out the world in less than a week.
Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones are in various stages of negotiations to star in the movie, which Endgame Entertainment is backing.
Bitter Pill is a thriller set in the world of psychopharmacology and centers on a troubled and depressed woman (Mara) who is coping with the imminent release of her husband from jail and begins to take a new prescription drug, an act that causes unforeseen consequences. Scott Z. Burns penned the script.
Among other territories, FilmNation has sold the film to eOne in the U.K. and Canada, Senator Entertainment in Germany, Aurum in Spain, ARP in France, Village Roadshow in Australia and Independent in Benelux.
Open Road will distribute the movie in the U.S. Soderbergh is eyeing an April 2012 start and a release in the first half of 2013.
FilmNation has had a busy EFM, where the company also sold out Robert Redford at-sea adventure All is Lost, directed by J.C. Chandor. Universal snapped up 19 territories, many of them major markets. Lionsgate will distribute All is Lost in the U.S.
FilmNation also is almost sold out of Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer The Most Wanted Man, based on the 2008 John le Carre thriller.