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Patrick Stewart Thriller 'Green Room' Nabbed by A24 (Exclusive)
A24 has picked up the U.S. rights to Green Room, Broad Green’s horror thriller starring Patrick Stewart and Anton Yelchin, ahead of its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
A24 is planning a theatrical run in spring 2016.
Jeremy Saulnier, who generated acclaim with this thriller Blue Ruin, helmed the movie, which sees Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Alia Shawkat as members of a punk band that see something they shouldn’t while at a gig in an Oregon backwoods club. The club’s owners, led by a diabolical Stewart, decide this will be the band’s final appearance, leading to a life-or-death battle.
The film premiered at Cannes to reviews praising Stewart and Poots while noting the efficacy of the ultraviolence.
The movie will next screen as part of the Midnight Madness sidebar at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. The deal makes it the second Madness title to get acquired this week; Samuel Goldwyn Films picked up Yakuza Apocalypse Monday.
The movie’s edginess is well-suited for A24, which has made had success with youth-oriented material such as Spring Breakers and genre movies such as this year’s sci-fi hit Ex Machina.
This year may be among the company’s peaks, having released Machina and James Ponsoldt's acclaimed drama The End of the Tour. It will also release Room, the drama starring Brie Larson and Jacob Tremblay that is generating buzz ahead of its Toronto premiere.
The movie was produced by Broad Green before the company morphed into a studio. It was made in partnership with banner FilmScience. Neil Kopp, Victor Moyers, and Anish Savjani are the producers.
Broad Green’s Christopher Tricarico brokered the deal on behalf of the producers.