HBO has picked up all US rights to James Marsh’s Project Nim, while SPC has acquired North America and territories on Take Shelter and A&E Indiefilms took television rights to the Roger Corman documentary.
HBO negotiated theatrical, video and broadcast rights for Project Nim with Josh Braun of Submarine ahead of the film’s opening night world premiere on Thursday .
Simon Chinn produced the World Cinema Documentary Competition entry about a remarkable chimpanzee that was the subject of experiments in the 1970s.
HBO will be at Sundance looking for US theatrical and DVD distribution with the help of Submarine and international sales agent Icon Entertainment International. Project Nim is a BBC Films and the UK Film Council, Red Box Films Production and Passion Pictures documentary.
SPC’s preemptive move on Take Shelter includes North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand rights to Jeff Nichols’ Sundance dramatic competition entry starring Michael Shannon as an Ohio family man who builds a shelter after he experiences an apocalyptic dream.
Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon and Kathy Baker round out the key cast. Tyler Davidson produced with Sophia Lin, while Sarah Green, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Colin Strause, Greg Strause, Richard Rothfeld, Chris Perot, and Christos Konstantakopoulos served as executive producers.
CAA arranged financing, brokered the deal with Sony Pictures Classics and rrepresents remainign international territories on behalf of the film-makers.
Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel marks the directorial debut of Alex Stapleton and chronicles the iconic film-maker’s career.
A&E Indiefilms vice-president of acquisitions Molly Thompson negotiated the deal with WME Global on behalf of Far Hills Pictures. WME Global represents remaining available rights.
A&E IndieFIlms is investing in the film and the company’s Bob DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow and Thompson serve as executive producers.