Toronto: Vertical Entertainment Acquires Young-Love Film 'Mean Dreams' for U.S.

Mean Dreams - Still 2 -H 2016
Courtesy of TIFF

Sophie Nelisse, Josh Wiggins and Bill Paxton star in the romantic thriller.

Ahead of the film's screening at the Toronto Film Festival, Vertical Entertainment has acquired Mean Dreams for the U.S.

Mean Dreams stars Josh Wiggins as a small-town farm boy who falls in love with the new girl next door, Casey, played by Sophie Nelisse (who was selected by the festival as part of its 2016 TIFF Rising Stars program). After stealing drug money from Casey's father (Bill Paxton), the young couple go on the run.

Nathan Morlando directed Mean Dreams from a script by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby.

William Woods and Allison Black produced the project, with Rob McGillivray, Patrice Theroux, Jonathan Bronfman, Andre Bharti, Ben Stranahan, Tom Spriggs and Mark Gingras acting as executive producers.

“Nathan Morlando has an extremely visual approach to filmmaking, and even with such a strong story-driven narrative, we really were able to take time to appreciate his technique,” said Vertical co-president Rich Goldberg. “The film delivers on all levels because of that, and we’re excited to work with the Mean Dreams producing team to get it out to audiences next year.”

UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Vertical is planning on releasing the film in the first quarter of 2017.