The Hollywood Reporter has released its fifth and final American Film Market daily issue, which features exclusive news of financing of Robert Pattinson’s new movie, a look inside Covert Media and THR’s indie director roundtable.
High Life Financing
Andrew Lauren Productions has partnered with Alcatraz Films, Pandora Film Produktion, The Apocalypse Films and Madants to produce and finance High Life, the English-language debut of acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis. The sci-fi thriller stars Robert Pattinson, Patricia Arquette and Mia Goth and follows convicts who trade in their jail time by agreeing to crew a dangerous mission to a black hole. British musician Stuart Staples of the band Tindersticks and frequent Denis collaborator also has come on board to pen the score.
Inside Covert Media
Thirteen months ago, Paul Hanson launched Covert Media; eight months ago they moved into their Beverly Hills offices; and now the fledgling production-finance company is heading into its inaugural AFM with several projects in tow, including a splashy Hamlet reimagining that has Star Wars standout Daisy Ridley attached to star and YA adaptation Need from a female writer-director team. Hanson talked to THR about establishing his company at this year’s AFM and why A-list attachments aren’t the only thing you need to sell a project anymore.
Indie Director Roundtable
The battle for control — between actor and director, director and financier, and filmmaker and subject — was in sharp focus at this year’s AFM Indie Director Roundtable, which featured Ewan McGregor, John Michael McDonagh, Lone Scherfig, Maha Haj, Steven Cantor and Joshua Kriegman. In a frank, funny and free-ranging discussion, these six very different filmmakers talked fears, financing and fantasy projects.