The Exchange heads to Berlin with worldwide rights Ithaca, Meg Ryan’s feature directorial debut with Tom Hanks on board as executive producer. Separately, Content is reteaming with Red & Black Films on Don’t Knock Twice.

Erik Jendresen adapted the screenplay to Ithaca from William Saroyan’s novel The Human Comedy. The WW2 rites-of-passage story centres on a teenage bicycle messenger.

Ryan will star alongside Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid. Janet Brenner, Laura Ivey, Ryan and Jendresen produce. Shooting is set to begin this summer.

Content has reunited with Caradog James and John Giwa-Amu of Red & Black Films on their latest title Don’t Knock Twice and will commence world sales at the EFM.

James will direct from Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler’s screenplay based on an urban legend in the vein of Candyman.

Pre-production is scheduled for spring. Giwa-Amu will produce with Seymour Films’ Claire Moorsom, while Content’s Jamie Carmichael is on board as executive producer.

Content first partnered with Red & Black Films on James’ sci-fi thriller The Machine.