Cannes: eOne Nabs North American Rights to Patricia Arquette's 'The Wannabe' (Exclusive)

'The Wannabe'

Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the drama, which also stars Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli.

Entertainment One has picked up North American rights to the The Wannabe, which marks Patricia Arquette's follow-up to her Oscar-winning performance in Boyhood.

Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli also star in the drama, which was written and directed by Nick Sandow.

Lizzie Nastro, Michael Gasparro and Piazza produced the film, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Dean Devlin and Traction Media. Electric Entertainment fully financed the project.

The domestic deal was brokered by Traction Media (Short Term 12, The Secret in Their Eyes) and by Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe for eOne. Devlin’s Electric is selling international rights at the Cannes film market. 

Set in New York City during the early 1990s, The Wannabe centers on Thomas (Piazza), a man obsessed with Mafia culture who attempts to fix the jury in the trial of infamous mobster John Gotti. But as the plot is foiled and he’s rejected by the ones he idolizes most, he sets off with Rose (Arquette), a neighborhood fixture, on a ride worthy of mob lore.

The Wannabe made its world premiere at last month's Tribeca Film Festival.

At Cannes, Electric also is selling the Bette Gordon-helmed film Border Crossing, which stars Josh Charles, Julia Stiles and Avan Jogia. It also co-financed, produced and is selling international rights to the film Go With Me, starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles and is selling recent IFC Films release and Sundance film God’s Pocket, which marks Mad Men star John Slattery’s directing debut and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro and Christina Hendricks.

The company recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. film Geostorm, Devlin’s feature directorial debut, which he is producing with Skydance Productions' David Ellison and Dana Goldberg and his Electric Entertainment team of Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan. On the TV front, Electric also is producing the second season of TNT's The Librarians and is selling international rights to Mercy Street, the new Ridley Scott-produced PBS Civil War historical drama, which is scheduled for a winter 2016 premiere.