Rigel gets 'Stuck' with 2 deals


Rigel Entertainment glued two deals for Stuart Gordon's "Stuck" as the American Film Market began, striking a German-speaking rights deal with Constantin Films while selling the title to Gulf Films for the Middle East.

Rigel CEO John F.S. Laing, announcing the brace of early AFM deals, said Wednesday that the buzz has been building on the title — which stars Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea — since it screened at September's Toronto International Film Festival.

"We are delighted that Constantin Films will be our partner in Germany — they have a strong track record releasing films of this genre — and we are equally thrilled to have signed with Gulf Film for the Middle East territory," Laing said. He added that a U.S. deal was pending for the title and expects to sign within the next few days.

Rigel Entertainment is repping the title at AFM on the movie inspired by true events. It details the story of a female partygoer who hits a homeless man with her car, drives home with him stuck to the shattered windshield and leaves him to die in her garage after realizing nobody witnessed the crash.

The screenplay was written by John Strysik ("Tales From the Darkside") and Gordon and is the first movie to be produced by the recently reformed Amicus Entertainment, under the direction of president and CEO Robert Katz, together with Jay Firestone and Ken Gord of newly formed Prodigy Pictures.

Laing is executive producing alongside Sam Grana, Tim McGrath, Andrew Arno and Christian Arnold-Beutel.

The inspiration for "Stuck" began with a newspaper article Gordon discovered that detailed a crime committed in 2001 by a retirement-home worker in Ft. Worth, Texas, who struck a man with her car while under the influence and, in a panic, left him stuck in the windshield in her garage for days. He bled to death from his injuries. The woman is now serving 50 years in prison.

Gordon said it was an intense shoot but "there was a lot of black humor" in the script, which made it easier. "The guy spent three days in the windshield in real life, Stephen (Rea) spent three weeks," Gordon said.