Projects new to Screenbase include Ricky Gervais’ satire Special Correspondents, Garth Davis’s survival tale Lion, and Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher.
Garth Davis’ Lion
Adapted from the true story “A Long Way Home,” Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) joins Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!) and Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) in the cast, which also includes India’s best actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, and Deepti Naval.
Garth Davis will direct while Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, and Angie Fielder will produce for See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films.
The film is co-financed by Screen Australia and will be distributed worldwide by The Weinstein Company, excluding New Zealand and Australia, which Transmission Films will cover.
Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents
Netflix has acquired world rights to the comedy, which has plans for a 2016 launch.
Produced by Chris Cohen, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz for Bron Studios and Unanimous Pictures, the comedy follows a reporter who fabricates warzone dispatches.
Ricky Gervais (The Office) will direct and star in the film alongside Eric Bana (Star Trek).
Nadav Lapid’s The Kindergarten Teacher
Lapid’s Franco-Israeli feature, which opens at the Film Society of Lincoln Center July 31, will rollout nationwide in August and September.
Producers are Talia Kleinhendler, Carole Scotta, and Osnat Handlesman-Keren for Arte France Cinéma , Haut Et Court, and Pie Films.
The drama, filmed in Hebrew, stars Sarit Larry, Avi Shnaidman, Lior Raz, Kill Ben David, and Ester Rada.
Kino Lorber has acquired all US and Canadian rights, while Haut et Court will distribute to France, and La Aventura Audiovisual to Spain.