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The Hollywood Reporter has released its fifth and final daily issue for the American Film Market. It features a look at sales outfits’ new forays, news of Jon Hamm’s new movie and THR‘s annual indie directors roundtable.
“We All Have to Adapt”
The scariest thing about the 2017 American Film Market isn’t the schlock horror on offer at sales booths but the eerily empty corridors of the Loews Hotel. THR takes a look at how the market’s lack of dealmaking action is partly due to an increasing bifurcation of the business, with a few big players — STX, Lionsgate, Bloom, FilmNation — at the top, a mess of straight-to-VOD companies on the bottom and the middle squeezed out. To avoid being in that middle, many sales outfits are pushing into production, developing and financing the films they offer. Still, some warn that it’s not a business everyone can, or should, be in.
Hamm’s Mysterious Hunt
Jon Hamm is set to star in the supernatural thriller Off Season, being produced by Nira Park (Baby Driver) through her Big Talk Pictures and J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water) under his Demilo Productions banner. The film is the feature-length debut of writer-director Jonathan van Tulleken, based on his BAFTA-nominated short, and is set in the harsh, frozen Canadian tundra. When a man goes looking for his elderly father who mysteriously disappears, his feverish search exposes shocking family secrets long buried but not forgotten by vengeful forces at work. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales, and co-repping with CAA for the U.S.
Indie Directors Roundtable
THR sat down with gay coming-of-age film Call Me By Your Name auteur Luca Guadagnino; Rob Reiner of Shock and Awe, the story of the journalists who tried to warn America not to blunder into the Iraq War; Euphoria helmer Lisa Langseth, starring Alicia Vikander and Eva Green and confronting the issues of death, depression and euthanasia; Andrew Haigh of Lean on Pete, the story of a boy and his horse that is an unadorned portrait of poverty and isolation in modern-day America; and Janus Metz of tennis biopic Borg vs. McEnroe. The five filmmakers talked fears, fantasy projects and the never-ending struggle for control.
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