Sundance: “Another Earth” sold to Fox Searchlight
HollywoodNews.com: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired rights to English speaking territories for the emotionally charged sci-fi drama ANOTHER EARTH. Directed by Mike Cahill and written by Cahill and Brit Marling, ANOTHER EARTH stars William Mapother, Brit Marling, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor and Flint Beverage. The film was produced by Hunter Gray of Artists Public Domain, Mike Cahill, Brit Marling and Nicholas Shumaker.
?There are haunting yet touching and beautiful elements in Brit Marling and Mike Cahill?s first feature. Brit’s performance is a revelation,? said Utley and Gilula. ?We are excited to be working with such extraordinarily talented filmmakers.?
?We were stunned and provoked by this original new vision of our world,? said Claudia Lewis, Fox Searchlight?s President of Production. ?This profound love story and philosophical meditation, set in a real yet future world took our breath away.?
?Fox Searchlight has proven to be the true champion of the auteur filmmaker, and I am honored to work with them and hope this is just the beginning,? said Cahill.
?Artists Public Domain strives to allow filmmakers to realize their creative vision. It has been wonderful to have Another Earth so well received at Sundance and to now be in the hands of Fox Searchlight,? said Gray.
In ANOTHER EARTH, Rhoda Williams (Marling), a bright young woman accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. A brilliant composer, John Burroughs (Mapother), has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight?s Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O?Brien, Vice President of Acquisitions Ray Strache, Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content and Graham Taylor, Mark Ankner, Liesl Copeland of WME. Andre Des Rochers of Gray Krauss Des Rochers LLP handled legal on behalf of Artists Public Domain.
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.
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