AFM 2012: British Actor Rafe Spall Lands 'Kill Your Friends' Lead Role

Rafe Spall Headshot - P 2012
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Rafe Spall Headshot - P 2012

The project, based on John Niven's cult music industry satirical novel of the same name, is one of four high-profile projects from British banner Altitude Film Entertainment.

LONDON – Rafe Spall (Prometheus, Life of Pi) has signed to star in the Owen Harris directed adaptation of John Niven's cult music industry darkly comic satirical novel Kill Your Friends, from the author's own script.

Billed as ano holds barred satirical take on the music industry at the height of the Britpop glory days of Oasis and Blur, the movie details the story of an A&R man about town who ends up going to killer lengths to find the next killer hit.

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Harris, who directed TV comedy drama Holy Flying Circus about the outraged response to Monty Python's The Life of Brian for BBC Films, will direct the project while Gregor Cameron, whose TV comedy resume boasts Goin' Down to South Park and Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, produces alongside Altitude Film Entertainment.

Altitude is a production-led movie banner founded by Will Clarke, the founder of British producer and distribution banner Optimum Releasing who subsequently orchestrated his company's multi-million dollar sale to Studio Canal.

The company, which also boasts former Exclusive Media managing director and chief financial officer Andy Mayson and veteran sales maestro Mike Runagall, is also teaming with emerging talent on three projects ahead of this year's American Film Market.

Also on the company's slate for AFM is Outpost 37, billed as a visceral, high concept, sci-fi, action-thriller that marks the directorial debut of L.A.-based director and Visual FX maestro Jabbar Raisani.

Raisani's resume boasts Iron Man, Predators and Man of Steel. Jason Newmark (Triangle, Severance) and Laurie Cook will produce for Bigscope alongside Trevor Engelson for Underground Entertainment (Remember Me).

Clarke, Mayson and Runagall will serve as executive producers for Altitude.

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Co-written with Blake Clifton, Raisani's film centers on a documentary crew as they follow an elite unit of marines, tasked with protecting mankind in the aftermath of a devastating alien invasion.

Also slated for Altitude is a man tipped in the U.K. as the next breakout genre director, Corin Hardy.

Hardy will direct The Good People, billed as an original horror film combining the modern home invasion suspense of The Strangers with the visionary imagination of Pan’s Labyrinth.

The Good People will be produced by Joe Neurauter and Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment, the company behind The Wackness and All The Boys Love Mandy Lane.

The script, penned by Hardy and Olga Barreneche is billed as a dark and malevolent fairy-tale chiller.

It follows a family who move into a remote milllhouse in Ireland only to find themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Altitude is putting together the finance and will handle international sales on The Good People. For Outpost 37, Altitude will be co-producer and handle sales.

The trio of fresh projects join Son of a Gun, from writer/director, Julius Avery.

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Avery will direct the film, based on his original screenplay, with Timothy White (Two Hands, Out of the Blue) producing through Southern Light Films and Ewan McGregor cast as the lead.

Altitude Film Entertainment chairman and CEO Will Clarke said the slate indicates the "calibre of the creative talent and directors that Altitude is keen to attract."