After dominating the Sundance market by buying five of the hottest films, Amazon Studios has landed U.S. rights to Benedict Andrews’ political thriller Against All Enemies.
The film, which stars Kristen Stewart, Jack O’Connell and Anthony Mackie, is inspired by true events surrounding French New Wave darling and Breathless star Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by the FBI because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal. She was the focus of the FBI’s attempts to disrupt, discredit and expose the Black Power movement. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel wrote the screenplay.
Amazon made the move for Against All Enemies after viewing only a promotional reel. The film is currently in postproduction, and Memento Films is handling international sales at the European Film Market in Berlin.
The pic also stars Colm Meaney, Margaret Qualley, Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz, Stephen Root and Yvan Attal.
Fred Berger (La La Land) produced alongside his Automatik partner Brian Kavanaugh Jones, as well as Kate Garwood, Stephen Hopkins. Marina Acton, Alan Ritchson and Brad Pilz also produced, while Waterhouse and Shrapnel executive produced.
As Jennifer Salke settles into her new post as head of Amazon Studios, the company has shown a voracious appetite for the hottest properties available at recent markets like Sundance and now Berlin. In Park City, Amazon bought four narrative features and one documentary for a record-setting $47 million — Late Night, The Report, Brittany Runs a Marathon, Honey Boy and One Child Nation. The Shia LaBeouf starrer Honey Boy also was produced by Automatik.
UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the Against All Enemies deal with Amazon on behalf of the filmmaking team and financiers.
Andrews is repped by UTA, Paul Hastings and Judy Daish.
Mackie is handled by UTA and Inspire Entertainment.
Qualley is repped by UTA, Management 360 and Harris Hartman.
O’Connell, Shrapnel and Waterhouse are with CAA, while Shrapnel and Waterhouse are additionally repped by Grandview.
Stewart, Beetz and Root are handled by Gersh.
Vaughn is repped by WME.