Neil Jordan only just revealed his return to horror, Byzantium, and IFC are now taking the bite. Deadline tell us the indie distributor are making moves toward the Irish helmer’s vampire film, having sealed a 7-figure contract that will see the film’s release on what, in a much-wider deal than we’d expect from the team, is said to be “several hundred screens.”
But if they’re going to do it with any upcoming films, this may very well be the smartest pick. With Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan in the lead roles, Byzantium tells the story of a pair immortal, two-century-old vampires who venture into a small town and find themselves in some interesting company; IFC have a big corner already marketed. Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, Jonny Lee Miller, and Daniel Mays (Tintin, Atonement) also star.
We ended up being quite fond of the picture when seeing it at TIFF, praising the team’s work and, even, going so far as to call it “one of the more original and involving vampire epics to come down the pike recently.” Put that quote in the trailer, people.
Also coming out of TIFF is Thanks for Sharing, a sex addiction dramedy which Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad, and Joely Richardson all lead for Stuart Blumberg, the Kids Are All Right co-writer who’s making his directorial debut.
Now, Variety have learned that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions — making a turn not unlike the very recent acquisition of Imogene — have the picture in their hands for around $2 million. There haven’t been too many positive things uttered about Sharing up to this point — though, with this cast, it’s not outside the realm of possibility I end up enjoying myself. Let’s hope.
Will you anticipate either film? Which is of greater interest to you?