Heading into Toronto, Nicolas Chartier’s financing, production and sales company has picked up international sales on the hotly anticipated Kristen Wiig project.
Imogene marks the first feature to emerge from Celine Rattray and Trudi Styler’s New York-based Maven Pictures. Anonymous Content is also on board. UTA represents North American rights.
Nadine de Barros negotiated the deal and acquired the project on behalf of Voltage, whose slate includes Voltage and Wildwood Enterprises’ The Company You Keep, the long gestating political thriller that starts shooting in September. Robert Redford will direct and star opposite Sundance breakout Brit Marling and Shia LaBeouf.
The sales roster includes Toronto entries Killer Joe and Peace, Love & Misunderstanding, as well as high school reunion story Ten Years starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson and Justin Long.
Returning to Imogene, the project stars Wiig, the Saturday Night Live cast regular riding high on the global success of Bridesmaids, as a playwright who stages her own suicide to win back her boyfriend and as a result is forced into the custody of her gambler mother. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini are directing and the cast includes Annette Bening and Matt Dillon.
Michelle Morgan wrote the screenplay. Rattray reunites with Chartier (pictured) after she produced The Whistleblower and is producing with her Maven partner Styler alongside Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan. Wiig and Morgan serve as executive producers with de Barros and Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin.