Exclusive Media Acquires International Rights To Ramin Bahrani’s AT ANY PRICE; Stars Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens And Heather Graham
Exclusive Media has acquired international rights in all media to the feature film AT ANY PRICE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ramin Bahrani (GOODBYE SOLO, CHOP SHOP) and starring Dennis Quaid (WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING), Zac Efron (THE LUCKY ONE), Kim Dickens (FOOTLOOSE) and Heather Graham (THE HANGOVER), it was announced today by Alex Walton, Exclusive Media’s President of International Sales and Distribution, who will be presenting the film to international buyers at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.
CAA is representing the domestic rights to the film.
The drama, currently in post-production, is written by Hallie Elizabeth Newton who co-writes with Ramin Bahrani.
The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures, TreeHouse Pictures, Killer Films and Noruz Films. Producers are Pamela Koffler, Teddy Schwarzman, Justin Nappi, Kevin Turen, Christine Vachon and co-writer/ director Ramin Bahrani. Ron Curtis, Mo Al Turki, Eric Nyari and Brian Young serve as Executive Producers.
AT ANY PRICE revolves around rebellious Dean Whipple (Efron), who wants nothing more than to pursue his dream of becoming a professional race car driver, whilst trying to avoid the obligations to his family’s farming empire. But Dean’s ambitious father Henry (Quaid), whose manic pursuit of expansion has alienated the whole family, sets his sights on Dean’s succession. When a high-stakes investigation into their business is exposed, father and son are pushed into an unexpected situation that threatens the family’s entire livelihood.
“The cast in the film is incredibly talented and the universal themes in the story are sure to resonate with our buyers,” said Alex Walton. “Ramin Bahrani is an exceptional filmmaker delivering compelling and socially relevant films and we are delighted to be able to present his next project, AT ANY PRICE, to buyers in Cannes,” he continued.
The rights deal was negotiated by Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures with Exclusive Media’s Alex Walton.
Dennis Quaid is one of the most successful actors in the industry whose credits include ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, THE PARENT TRAP, TRAFFIC and FAR FROM HEAVEN. His performance in the latter led to Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Best Supporting Actor nominations. He was most recently seen in 2011’s SOUL SURFER and FOOTLOOSE and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance as Bill Clinton in HBO’s “The Special Relationship.” His upcoming films include Lionsgate’s May release of WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING opposite Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker as well as CBS Films’ THE WORDS opposite Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoë Saldana and Olivia Wilde to be released in October.
Zac Efron is one of Hollywood’s most sought after young actors following his breakout performances in Disney’s “High School Musical” television films. He has since appeared in several films including the current box office hit THE LUCKY ONE from Warner Bros. Pictures, HAIRSPRAY, 17 AGAIN, CHARLIE ST. CLOUD and provided his voice in Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ THE LORAX, currently in theatres nationwide. He will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ THE PAPER BOY co-starring Matthew McConaughey, John Cusack and Nicole Kidman, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in competition.
Kim Dickens was most recently seen in last year’s FOOTLOOSE opposite Dennis Quaid and THE BLIND SIDE opposite Sandra Bullock. She is a regular on the current HBO series “Treme,” had a recurring role in the 2008-2009 season of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning “Friday Night Lights” and was a series regular on HBO’s Emmy Award-winning “Deadwood.” Her lead performance in THINGS BEHIND THE SUN led to an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Heather Graham’s credits include her co-starring role in Warner Bros. Pictures worldwide box office phenomenon THE HANGOVER opposite Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha and the box office hit AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME opposite Mike Myers. She also starred in BOWFINGER co-starring Eddie Murphy and BOBBY opposite Emilio Estevez, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt and Demi Moore which was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture in 2007. In 2011 Graham starred in Relativity Media’s JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER and next appears in CHERRY co-starring James Franco, Dev Patel and Lili Taylor to be released by IFC Films.
Ramin Bahrani made his impressive feature film debut at the Venice Film Festival with MAN PUSH CART which won the prestigious FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the London Film Festival and received multiple nominations at the Independent Spirit Awards. His second feature, CHOP SHOP, screened at Cannes, Toronto and Berlin and won him the Acura Someone to Watch Award at the Independent Spirit Awards. His most recent film, GOODBYE SOLO, went on to win the FIPRESCI International Critics Award at Venice in 2008. The following year, his short film PLASTIC BAG, narrated by Werner Herzog, was the opening night film of the shorts section in Venice. In addition to receiving the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship, legendary American critic Roger Ebert proclaimed him “the director of the decade.”
Black Bear Pictures, run by Teddy Schwarzman, has several feature films in post production, including BROKEN CITY, starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and comedy ADULT CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (aka A.C.O.D.) starring Adam Scott, Richard Jenkins, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clark Duke, Jessica Alba and Jane Lynch. Black Bear is currently in pre-production on ALL IS LOST to be directed by JC Chandor (MARGIN CALL) and starring Robert Redford, and is developing KING OF HEISTS, with Jeremy Renner attached to star and produce alongside Black Bear.
Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of TreeHouse Pictures most recently produced the thriller ARBITRAGE starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth which screened at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be released later this year through Roadside Attractions. They recently produced the satirical comedy ADULT WORLD starring John Cusack and Emma Roberts in post-production and are also producing JC Chandor’s ALL IS LOST with Black Bear Pictures.
Killer Films’ Pamela Koffler and Christine Vachon have produced more than 45 film and television projects including John Cameron Mitchell’s HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, BOYS DON’T CRY starring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank, ONE HOUR PHOTO starring Robin Williams, Todd Haynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN and I’M NOT THERE, and Helen Hunt’s THEN SHE FOUND ME. Upcoming projects in production include DEEP POWDER starring Hayley Bennett, KILL YOUR DARLINGS, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael C. Hall and INNOCENCE starring Joshua Jackson and Marisa Tomei.
Exclusive Media offers a number of high profile third party productions at Cannes 2012 which currently include THÉRÈSE from producers Mickey Liddell and William Horberg, starring Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton and Oscar Isaac; HIT AND RUN (aka OUTRUN) from writer/director Dax Shepard who also stars with Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper and Tom Arnold to be released in the US by Open Road Films on August 24; the ensemble DISCONNECT also produced by Horberg and Liddell with Jennifer Hilton; Sundance favorite ROBOT & FRANK starring Frank Langella to be released in the US through Sony Pictures and LOOK OF LOVE starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris and Robin Williams, from producers Julie Lynn and Bonnie Curtis of Mockingbird Pictures.
Exclusive Media is also a leading producer of feature films with recent titles that include George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH produced by Smokehouse Pictures and co-produced by Exclusive Media with Cross Creek Pictures. The company also produced the box office hit THE WOMAN IN BLACK starring Daniel Radcliffe and recently announced the next installment in the series, THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGELS OF DEATH, that it will again produce with Talisman, Cross Creek Pictures and Alliance Films.
Exclusive Media’s current production slate also includes Ron Howard’s epic RUSH starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl and produced with production partners Cross Creek Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Brian Grazer, and Revolution Films to be released in the US through Universal; END OF WATCH starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Anna Kendrick and America Ferrera set for release through Open Road Films on September 28; SO UNDERCOVER starring Miley Cyrus; SNITCH starring Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon in post-production and to be released in the US through Summit Entertainment; THE QUIET ONES to be directed by John Pogue and starring Jared Harris and BONESHAKER to be produced with Cross Creek Pictures.
Recent titles from Exclusive Media’s documentary film division, Spitfire Pictures, include the Academy Award winning UNDEFEATED currently in release through The Weinstein Company, the Grammy Award winning FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH produced in association with Allentown Productions and Martin Scorsese’s award winning GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD produced by Martin Scorsese, Nigel Sinclair and Olivia Harrison.