Lionsgate pays $7 mln for Eisenberg, Stewart's "American Ultra"

Lionsgate pays $7 mln for Eisenberg, Stewart's

PanARMENIAN.Net - The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh, Deadline said.

In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing.

The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin. This rivals the record $7 million Berlin deal that The Weinstein Company paid for U.S. rights to the Morten Tyldum-directed The Imitation Game, the film that sold based on script and promo reel about WWII war hero Alan Turing, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring. The same team at CAA brokered this giant American Ultra deal with Lionsgate after the agency packaged the film and arranged the financing.

Related links:
 Top stories
The Cosquin Folk Festival lasts nine days and brings together the most important folklore musicians and bands of the continent.
Milano said he wanted to make sure that the film was 100 percent historically accurate and that the stories he told were true.
“Each of these artists has achieved international and regional renown,” remarked museum coordinator Carol Tikijian.
Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before hitting the big time.
Partner news