Variety is reporting that Neon has bought the North American rights to “Race And The Jailbird“, which was previously titled “The Faitful“.
Neon has pre-bought North American rights to Michaël R. Roskam’s “Racer and the Jailbird” out of the Berlin Film Festival, Variety has learned.
The romantic thriller pairs director Roskam with actor Matthias Schoenaerts — the two have previously collaborated on the likes of “The Drop” and “Bullhead,” a foreign language Oscar nominee. It co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos, who turned heads in “Blue Is the Warmest Color.”
“Racer and the Jailbird” follows a gangster (Schoenaerts) who meets and falls for a race car driver (Exarchopoulos). Their romance tests loyalties. The film is in French and set in Belgium. Neon is planning a theatrical release, but a premiere date has yet to be picked.
Neon is a new distribution company founded by Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League and Tom Quinn, the former head of Radius-TWC. It was very active at this year’s Sundance, buying the comedy “Ingrid Goes West,” the drama “Roxanne Roxanne,” and the drama “Beach Rats.” All three won awards at the festival.
Roskam wrote the screenplay to the film with Thomas Bidegain and Noé Debré. It will be produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and Bart Van Langendonck, with cinematography by Nicolas Karakatsanis, and editing by Alain Dessauvage. Stone Angels and Savage Film produced with Pathé and Wild Bunch co-producing. Wild Bunch is handling international sales and Pathé is distributing in France.
Wild Bunch negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
A first look at promotional banner which is featured at Berlinale can be found after the jump.
Variety is reporting that Adele Exarchopoulos has joined Matthias in “The Faitful“, which finally seems to be moving forward with the movie seeking for (international) buyers.
Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) will star opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in Michael R. Roskam’s “The Faithful,” a noirish romance thriller set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels.
Wild Bunch has come on board to take international sales while Pathe will handle distribution in France. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s Stone Angels is producing with Bart Van Langendonck’s Savage Films, who produced Belgian helmer’s Oscar-nominated “Bullhead.”
Although the plot of the film remains under wraps, the glamorous onscreen couple formed by Exarchopoulos and Schoenaerts and the track-record of Roskam will likely spark buyers’ anticipation for the project, which will start shooting next year.
“The Faithful” is penned by Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet”) and Noe Debre, the screenwriters behind Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.” Debre’s recent credits include “The Cowboys,” which marks Bidegain’s directorial debut and screens in Toronto.
Roskam made his English-language debut with 2014’s “The Drop,” starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace and the late James Gandolfini.
Matthias has been circling this project for a while now with a report about the production moving forward in January of this year.
Savage Films (via Screen Daily) has announced that they are moving forward with “The Faithful” with Michaël R. Roskam on board as director and Matthias set to star.
Savage Films presents new projects at Rotterdam; Oscar-nominated Flemish director Michaël R. Roskam’s Belgian-set feature The Faithful planning shoot.
The Faithful, set in Brussels against the backdrop of the gang war in the city in the early 1990s, is expected to star Matthias Schoenaerts, who worked with Roskam on his debut feature Bullhead.
Production had originally been expected to begin in 2016 but the film’s producer, Bart Van Langendonck of Savage Films, told Screen that the film could move into production much sooner.
“We’re looking to shoot later this year,” Van Langendonck said of the film, which Savage is making with Stone Angels in France.
Sales agents are clamouring around the project, which is likely to be packaged up and announced formally in Cannes.
Matthias was first linked to “The Faithful” back in 2012 when Variety broke the story but it seems that they are finally moving forward with the project.