In the second giant Toronto pre-buy deal in as many days, Lionsgate has won a vigorous auction and has acquired and will distribute Kin, the sci-fi action thriller that will star Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid. Just like yesterday’s splashy deal for the untitled Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama with Daniel Day-Lewis that Focus Features acquired, this was a negative pickup for near-$30 million, and it has Universal, MGM, Sony and TWC in hot pursuit. This came together so quick that WME Global canceled a presentation scheduled for today at Thomson Hall, once the bidding got to the wire. WME Global and Good Universe just closed the deal.
The film is financed by No Trace Camping, the company behind last year’s celebrated Oscar-season pic Room. Kin is in pre-production to shoot in Toronto, with Jonathan and Josh Baker directing a feature based on their short film Bag Man. Daniel Casey wrote the script, and 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen will produce with No Trace Camping’s Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira. No Trace Camping also has at Toronto Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, the Jay Baruchel-directed sequel to the indie gem. Deadline revealed the Kin package August 30, and it was expected to be one of the pre-buy packages that would appeal to buyers. The picture is ready to go, set for an October 24 start date.
The short premiered at SXSW 2015. The feature expands the concept and revolves around a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry. Quaid will play the father of the siblings, and Kravitz is a young woman who joins them on the run.
Casey did uncredited rewrite work for Bad Robot on 10 Cloverfield Lane, and the STX Entertainment crime thriller Godforsaken, which Jim Mickle will direct with Sylvester Stallone starring. The scribe also wrote an untitled film with Bad Robot. Levy’s 21 Laps produced the Netflix series Stranger Things and the Denis Villenueve-directed Arrival, which debuts here at Toronto before Paramount releases it November 11.
James Franco, Jack Reynor, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid will star in the sci-fi action-thriller Kin.
Jonathan and Josh Baker will direct the film based on their own short film, Bag Man. Daniel Casey penned the script, which follows a recently released ex-con (Reynor) and his adopted younger brother who are forced to go on the run. Chased by a vengeful criminal (Franco), the feds and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers, their only protection is a found weapon of mysterious ancestry.
Quaid will play the brothers’ father and Kravitz joins the brothers’ journey as a trusted ally.
Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment will produce along with Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira of No Trace Camping. The film is slated to begin shooting Oct. 24.
Sources say that WME and Good Universe are planning on shopping the project at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival and will meet with the studios in advance of the fest’s Sept. 8 kickoff.
Franco’s upcoming work includes The Disaster Artist, which he stars in and directed, and comedy Why Him? He is repped by CAA, Untitled and Sloane, Offer.
Reynor was most recently seen in Sing Street and appears in the upcoming Free Fire, which will play at TIFF. He is repped by WME, MacFarlane Chard and Sloane, Offer.
Kravitz recently joined Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; her other upcoming projects include Rock That Body and HBO series Big Little Lies with Shailene Woodley. She is repped by Paradigm and Untitled.
Quaid will next be seen in A Dog’s Purpose and appears on Pivot TV series Fortitude. He is repped by WME and Hansen, Jacobson.
Brie Larson’s “Room” journey began in Colorado at the 42nd annual Telluride Film Festival and culminated Sunday night with an Oscar for best actress. Indeed, Larson even took a moment to thank the fest, along with the Toronto Film Festival (where “Room” won the audience award), for kick-starting the film’s course.
“The thing that I love about movie-making is how many people it takes to make it,” Larson said moments after Eddie Redmayne opened the envelope and announced her name to the Dolby Theatre audience. “Thank you to the moviegoers.”
Cate Blanchett (“Carol”), Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”), Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”) and Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”) also competed in the category.
Larson has been a dominant force ever since the first baubles were handed out, starting with a National Board of Review prize to kick things off in December. She picked up awards from critics groups across the country, including those from Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis and many more, before claiming both the Screen Actors Guild award and the Golden Globe.
In a year when diversity has become such a hot-button topic, it’s worth pointing out that Larson told Variety in September that achieving an inclusive mix of stories on screen is a specific goal of hers.
“I think a lot about my little sister,” she said at the time. “She’s going to college. She is pretty in touch with what’s going on with current events. But she is a white American girl and she watches white American movies. I would love to create more space for her complication, for stepping outside of clichés and showing women and other races and other sexualities — all the complexities instead of just focusing so much on the surface issues.”
“Room” was also nominated for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay. Larson started out as a child actress, starring in the 2001 WB Network sitcom “Raising Dad.” She gained notice as a series regular in the 2009-2011 Showtime dramedy “United States of Tara,” playing Toni Collette’s daughter, and she also had a recurring role in NBC’s “Community.” Larson’s film career picked up steam after she won praise for the indie film “Short Term 12” in 2013.
Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, is a nominee for Best Picture. The film also received 3 other nominations, including Actress in a Leading Role, Directing, and Adapted Screenplay.
A young woman who has been held in captivity in a small shed for seven years tries to make as normal a life as she can for her five-year-old son, Jack, who knows her only as “Ma.” When Ma and Jack escape their captor, Old Nick, they must cope with the outside world and forge relationships with Ma’s conflicted family.
Other nominees in the Best Picture category include The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Revenant, and Spotlight.
Brie Larson won the Best Actress in a Drama award at Sunday’s Golden Globes for her role in Room, a film about a mother and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) living in captivity and then adjusting to the outside world after their escape.
“This movie means so much to me and so I need to start at the beginning with Emma Donoghue, who wrote the novel that inspired all of this,” Larson said in her speech before going on to thank Room director Lenny Abrahamson and costar Jacob Tremblay.
Backstage, Larson shared that Tremblay “tackled” her after the win and guessed that he’ll probably celebrate by dancing. “Knowing him, he’s probably in a throng of Johnny Depp and Will Smith and Amy Schumer, like, starting a conga line somewhere,” she said. “So I should probably get back to that.”
Although this marks Larson’s first Golden Globe nomination and win, she’s no stranger to critical acclaim: EW has called her turn as a supervisor at a home for teens in 2013’s Short Term 12 as “what emotionally naked acting is all about” and “so affecting.”
“She can go very deep into character but with this amazing lightness of foot,” Abrahamson previously told EW. “And a lack of that showy intensity which is sometimes mistaken for great acting.”
Aside from Room, Larson also appeared in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck in 2015 and is starring in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, the latest addition to the King Kong franchise.
With reporting by Marc Snetiker
It’s been a busy week for Hollywood honors: Wednesday morning the SAG Awards nominations were announced — Thursday, it was the Golden Globes’ turn.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) unveiled its 2016 Golden Globe Awards nominees from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Angela Bassett, America Ferrera, Chloë Grace Moretz and Dennis Quaid had the honors.
Next month, Best Motion Picture, Drama will come down to “Carol,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Revenant,” “Room” and “Spotlight.” Top TV Musical/Comedy nominees are “Casual,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Silicon Valley,” “Transparent,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Veep.”
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama will be either Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs“), Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) or Will Smith (“Concussion”). On the small screen, the year’s best drama actress trophy will go home with Catriona Balfe (“Outlander”), Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”), Eva Green (“Penny Dreadful”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”), or Robin Wright (“House of Cards”).
The 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted once again by Ricky Gervais, will air live on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at 8 p.m. ET, from the very same hotel.
Full list of nominees here.
“Now that the fall festivals are unveiling their lineups, trailers are beginning to emerge for some of the buzziest titles that will also head into the awards season corridor.Room is one of them. The Lenny Abrahamson-helmed drama about a mother’s boundless love was acquired by A24 at Cannes 2014, and this year FilmNation sold out international on the Riviera where Universal took multiple key territories off of a promo. Today, we’re getting a first look at the captivity drama that’s based on the bestseller by Emma Donoghue. It’s got a Toronto Special Presentations slot and A24 just dated it for an October 16 platform release. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see this one play Telluride.”
“Room, the adaptation of Emma Donoghue‘s best-selling novel starring Brie Larson, has been set for release on Oct. 16 in a limited bow, before expanding nationwide on Nov. 6.
The film, which stars Larson as a young mother who is trapped in a windowless, 10-by-10-foot space with her 5-year-old son, will also screen in September at the Toronto Film Festival, where many awards contenders begin their journey. Now with its theatrical release set during the heart of awards season, Room seems primed for awards consideration.”
The drama has been selected to play in the Special Presentations section of TIFF 2015.
“Tuesday, TSN’s own James Duthie took to Twitter to share an image of himself standing beside one of the stars of the upcoming film, T.J. Miller. The photo was taken on the set of the film, which just so happens to be the actual TSN studio set. Take a look at Duthie’s new broadcast partner!”