Toronto: ‘Fifth Estate’ Director Bill Condon Sets Sherlock Holmes Pic Starring Ian McKellen

Story based on novel 'A Slight Trick of the Mind'

Diana Lodderhose

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“The Fifth Estate” helmer Bill Condon is reuniting with Brit thesp Ian McKellen for a feature adaptation of “A Slight Trick of the Mind,” based on the tome by Mitch Cullin.

The Sherlock Holmes mystery pic is being co-financed and co-produced by Len Blavatnik’s AI Film, the production arm of Icon U.K. Group, while Archer Gray Productions’ Anne Carey (“The American”), See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (“The King’s Speech”) and Icon/AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi produce.

BBC Films is also co-financing and its head Christine Langan exec produces with Blavatnik.

Story, which is being adapted for the big screen by Jeffrey Hatcher (“The Duchess”), is set in 1947 and follows a long-retired Holmes who lives in a sleepy village outside of London with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son.

With his legendary mental powers on the wane and minus his sidekick Watson, Holmes becomes haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago where he remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Pic sees Condon and McKellen (who plays Holmes) work together for the first time since 1998’s “Gods and Monsters.”

Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales for the pic.
Condon is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, Wayne Alexander and Robert Nau.
McKellen is repped by Chris Andrews at CAA and Paul Lyon-Maris at Independent Talent Group.
Condon is in Toronto with his latest pic “The Fifth Estate,” which chronicles the rise and fall of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange.

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"Little Accidents" Starring Elizabeth ("Hunger Games") Banks Wraps in Beckley

Little Accidents

The independent drama LITTLE ACCIDENTS, the first feature film from writer/director Sara Colangelo. The film, which was developed at both the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs. It is slated for a 2014 release. 

LITTLE ACCIDENTS follows the disappearance of JT, a 14-year-old boy in an American coal town which has already seen its share of tragedy after a mining accident. JT’s disappearance draws together three local residents from very different walks of life. Together they struggle to navigate the web of secrets surrounding the boy’s death, unaware of how connected they truly are.

Colangelo previously directed the award-winning short film by the same name, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and explored some of the same themes as her debut feature.

“Sara Colangelo's script for Little Accidents is one of the strongest first features with which I've been associated”, said Anne Carey, President of Production for Archer Gray. “She is both a subtle and ambitious filmmaker. The strength of her script attracted a terrific cast of actors, an excellent crew and a great group of producers. I am very excited that this film is one of the launching titles for Archer Gray Productions.

“We had the pleasure of being introduced to Sara and the project through the Sundance Institute and WME,” said Jason Michael Berman and Thomas B. Fore, producing partners at TideRock Media.  “We fell in love with Sara's script, which paints the Appalachian coal-mining community in an authentic and heartfelt way that hasn’t often been portrayed in popular culture.”

“Little Accidents is an extraordinary film that takes the viewer on a complex and deeply emotional journey,” said Chris Columbus, partner at Maiden Voyage. “Sara Colangelo is a visionary filmmaker. Maiden Voyage Films is thrilled to be part of this exceptional project.”

The film is being produced by Anne Carey of Archer Gray Productions, Jason Michael Berman and Thomas B. Fore of TideRock Media, and Summer Shelton. Executive producers are Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus of Maiden Voyage, Amy Nauiokas of Archer Gray Productions, Ruth Mutch of Soaring Flight Productions, and Kwesi Collisson, Mike Feuer and Todd Feuer of Mindsmack Productions. The project’s DP is Rachel Morrison.

Elizabeth Banks is also shooting William Pohlad’s Love & Mercy, and can be seen this Fall in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Effie Trinket.  Boyd Holbrook had his on-screen debut in Milk, and can be seen in the upcoming films Walk Among the Tombstones, Untitled Terrence Malick Project, Jane Got a Gun and The Skeleton Twins.  Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) is known for her recent roles on HBO’s “Big Love” and F/X’s “American Horror Story: Asylum.”  Jacob Lofland’s on-screen debut was in 2012’s Mud. Josh Lucas has recently been in films J. Edgar and The Lincoln Lawyer. 

Colangelo is represented by WME, who packaged the project and will be representing the film for sales, as well as Victoria Cook at Frankfurt, Kurit, Klein and Slez PC. Elizabeth Banks is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment; Boyd Holbrook is represented by CAA and Kanner Entertainment.

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Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete’

A film about two abandoned and scared boys trying to survive in New York City has found a new home. Codeblack Films has picked up US distribution for The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. The George Tillman Jr-directed film made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25. With 13-year-old Skylan Brooks as Mister and Ethan Dizon as 9-year-old Pete, Inevitable Defeat also stars Jeffrey Wright, Jordin Sparks, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie. Michael Starrbury wrote the movie. Jana Edelbaum, Rachel Cohen, and Bob Teitel produced with Alicia Keys, Susan Lewis, Clay Floren, Aimee Shieh, Julio Depietro, Keith Kjarval, Mary Vernieu, and Amy Nauiokas executive producing. Inevitable Defeat was the debut of multiplatinum songstress Keys as a producer. Codeblack Films was launched by Lionsgate in May 2012 to develop and distribute films and other media for the urban market. The deal with the Lionsgate division was negotiated by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers with Marc Danon, Lionsgate’s VP Acquisitions & Business Development, and Jean Chi, SVP Business & Legal Affairs.

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