Having scored deals with A24 for a U.S. release and Canada’s Mongrel Media following its Cannes market premiere, Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun has clinched a number of international distribution deals.
Altitude Film Sales said the film racked up deals across Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East, including Dutch Filmworks (Benelux), TF1 (France), Seven/Spentzos (Greece & Cyprus), Prorom (Romania and Hungary), All Media (C.I.S.), Kino Swiat (Poland), Cinemania (the Balkans), Svensk (Scandinavia and Iceland), California Filmes (South and Central America), Gulf Film (Middle East), Kadokawa (Japan), PT Prima (Indonesia), Korea Screen (South Korea) and Mono Group (Thailand).
Previously inked were deals with Koch Media for the U.K., Hopscotch Entertainment One for Australia and New Zealand and Ascot Elite for German-speaking Europe.
The feature debut from Australian director Julius Avery based on his own original screenplay, Son of a Gun stars Ewan McGregor along with rising stars Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites. The film was backed by Media House Capital.
“We’re thrilled to have secured international distribution for Julius Avery’s dynamic debut with such prestigious distributors across the board,” said Mike Runagall of Altitude.
Earlier this month it was rumored that McGregor was being lined up to join the cast of True Detective for its second season. In June, McGregor signed on for Philip Noyce’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel American Pastoral.
Ewan McGregor has spoken about the problems in South Sudan as the country marks three years of independence.
After two civil wars with the government of Sudan, which spanned almost 40 years, South Sudan declared independence in 2011. The country is currently facing famine, cholera and extreme violence.
McGregor, an ambassador for UNICEF UK, said of the severity of the issues: “In July 2011 babies were born into incredible hope in South Sudan, as the country declared independence and was celebrated as the world’s newest nation. Now, three years on, the outlook for these same children has taken a dramatic and desperate turn.
“Famine is looming. Children are already dying every day of hunger and of diseases like cholera.”
The actor also spoke about the half a million children who have fled their homes since the fighting began.
“This is a terrible warning for the world,” he said. “We need to sit up and take action now to stop the suffering, before the scenes of horror increase.
“UNICEF is doing everything they can to provide life-saving food for severely malnourished children – as well as vital clean drinking water and vaccinations. However, they just don’t have enough money to reach every child. Too many children in South Sudan have empty stomachs and increasingly empty futures.
“We need to help those children now, before it is simply too late.”
To donate £5, which will help provide life-saving food to feed a child for a week, text FOOD to 70030 or visit www.unicef.org.uk/southsudanappeal.
The trailer has been released for upcoming family animated movie The House of Magic.
Reeleased on 25th July, the movie comes from the people behind A Turtles Tale: Sammy’s Adventures and Sammy’s Great Escape. Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Ron Perlman feature among the voice cast.
Seeking shelter from a storm, abandoned young cat Thunder sneaks into a mysterious mansion owned by retired magician Lawrence, aka “The Illustrious Lorenzo”. Lawrence shares his fairy-tale world with many animals and a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos capable of whipping up breakfast while rolling out a spectacular song-and-dance routine.
He soon makes Thunder feel welcome, but Jack the rabbit and Maggie the mouse start plotting to get him kicked out. When Lawrence ends up in the hospital, his nephew tries to trick him into selling the house. But its ragtag inhabitants develop a spooky strategy to defend their home. They turn their house into a haunted mansion, using Thunder as their secret weapon…
Here’s a lovely blast from the past – I’ve just uploaded 12 high-quality stills from Ewan’s appearance on the TV show ER from back in 1997 – enjoy!
Television Productions > ER (1997) > Stills
IndieWire have just posted a new article stating that Ewan has signed onto a new film:
After spending some time in the blockbuster arena with the 2010 Angelina Jolie-starring espionage flick “Salt,” and this summer’s YA adaptation “The Giver,” Australian director Phillip Noyce will finally be helming a film with no action set pieces again. Per Coming Soon, Noyce will tackle the long-gestating adaptation of Phillip Roth’s critically acclaimed novel “American Pastoral” and he’s cast Ewan McGregor as the lead. Published in 1997, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows “a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, New Jersey, whose conventional life is disturbed by the political upheaval of the ’60s under the Presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson.” Noyce is aiming to shoot “American Pastoral” in early 2015 from a script from “The Lincoln Lawyer” screenwriter John Romero.
A24 has acquired U.S. rights to Ewan McGregor starrer “Son of a Gun,” an Australian heist thriller directed by first-timer Julius Avery.
McGregor stars opposite Alicia Vikander (“A Royal Affair”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent”). UTA, which represents Avery, McGregor and Vikander, handled the U.S. sale to A24.
Altitude Film Sales is selling international rights and hosted a market screening for the film in Cannes. Timothy White at Southern Light Films produced the movie, which was backed by Screen Australia. Hopscotch Entertainment One will release the film in Australia and New Zealand.
Son of a Gun centers around the relationship between between Australia’s highest profile criminal and his young protégé.
A former commercials director, Avery, is considered one of Australia’s most promising new helmers, along with David Michod. His 2008 short film “Jerrycan” won Cannes’ jury prize and best short at the AFI.
Relativity Media and The Weinstein Co. are officially pushing back the release of the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got a Gun from Aug. 29 to Feb. 20, 2015.
Relativity recently announced it would be relocating Jane Got a Gun, but didn’t name a new date.
Jane Got a Gun, which co-stars Noah Emmerich, Ewan McGregor and Joel Edgerton, made headlines as filming began when director Lynne Ramsay dropped out and the project underwent numerous cast changes as Michael Fassbender left, and Jude Law and Bradley Cooper both joined the project and subsequently dropped out.
Edgerton took over the role vacated by Fassbender, while McGregor took on the villain character Law and Cooper were hired to play.
Relativity and TWC teamed up to handle U.S. distribution for the Western, which was directed by Gavin O’Connor.
David Koepp, who previously directed Depp in 2004′s Secret Window, directs and co-wrote the screenplay (based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s three-novel anthology) with Eric Aronson and Peter Baynham (Bruno, Arthur) and Depp is surrounded with an impressive cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza and Jeff Goldblum. As for the story… here’s the official word:
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Lionsgate has set a February 6, 2015 for Mortdecai.
Star of Broadway’s upcoming show The Real Thing, Ewan McGregor will be narrating “Mad About The Mustang” on BBC Radio 2 on April 17, says the Daily Mail.
The program “tells the story on how Ford developed the car and launched it in showrooms on April 17, 1964″.
You can read the original report here.
On behalf of the site and the fans, I would like to wish Ewan a very happy 43rd birthday today. I hope he has a fantastic day with his loved ones, and we all look forward to seeing his upcoming film projects in the upcoming year.
Feel free to post your birthday wishes in the comments section below, or send him a birthday tweet @mcgregor_ewan.
Happy Birthday Ewan!