In the run-up to the world premiere of Jacques Audiard’s adaptation of Rust & Bone, the Toronto-based sales company has added author Craig Davidson’s second published work to its sales slate and boarded a SXSW horrror story.

Heading into the Cannes world premiere of Jacques Audiard’s adaptation, the Toronto-based sales company has added Craig Davidson’s second published work.

The feature version of The Fighter will be known as The Fight Machine and takes place against the backdrop of illegal bare-knuckle fighting as the destinies of two young men are linked by violence.

Craig Davidson and Andrew Thomas Hunt will adapt the novel and Hunt is attached to direct after previously making revenge thriller Sweet Karma.

“Andrew’s passion for the novel combined with his hard boiled filmmaking made this a no-brainer for me,” Davidson said. 

Raven Banner has also picked up Joko Anwar’s Indonesian SXSW Midnighter entry Modus Anomali, an English-language thriller about a desperate man who pieces together what has happened to him and his family.

Michael Paszt and James Fler negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin and Todd Brown of XYZ Films on behalf of the producers. XYZ represents domestic sales.