The Solution Entertainment Group Takes International Rights To GRAND PIANO Starring Elijah Wood
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) has acquired international rights to GRAND PIANO, the new thriller from Spanish producing team Adrian Guerra and Rodrigo Cortés (upcoming RED LIGHTS, BURIED), starring Elijah Wood (upcoming THE HOBBIT, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy), written by Damien Chazelle and to be directed by sought after Spanish director Eugenio Mira (THE BIRTHDAY), it was announced today by The Solution’s founders and partners, Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel.
Guerra and Cortés will produce the film, scheduled to start shooting in July, under their Spain-based company, Nostromo Pictures.
Forced into early retirement because of crippling stage fright, Wood is a piano virtuoso who returns to the stage where the recital turns deadly and he is forced to literally play for his life in the tense and twisted psychological thriller.
The Solution will be presenting the title to international buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
“I am excited to be working with Adrian and Rodrigo again following our collaboration on RED LIGHTS,” said Wilson. “The exceptional script combined with the unique vision of director Eugenio Mira will be sure to attract buyer attention in Cannes,” she continued.
Wood is currently filming Peter Jackson’s THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opposite Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett to be released in December 2012 through Warner Bros. Pictures following his starring role in the epic Oscar-winning and worldwide blockbuster film trilogy THE LORD OF THE RINGS, released by New Line Cinema. Wood is the lead voice on Disney XD’s animated series “Tron: Uprising”and returns to star in season 2 of FX’s “Wilfred,” which debuts June 28. His movie MANIAC will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Wood has starred in several films in his young career including ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, BOBBY and provided his voice for Warner Bros. Pictures animated hits, HAPPY FEET and HAPPY FEET TWO.
Director Mira made his impressive feature film debut with THE BIRTHDAY starring Corey Feldman, Erica Prior and Jack Taylor. The film, which he also co-wrote and scored, was nominated for Best Film at the Sitges International Film Festival. His follow up feature, thriller AGNOSIA, which he also scored, was written by Antonio Trashorras (THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE) and stars Eduardo Noriega (VANTAGE POINT), Bárbara Goenaga (TIME CRIMES) and Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS). The thriller also played at various international film festivals including Fantastic Fest, the Sitges International Film Festival and the London Spanish Film Festival. Mira was 2nd unit director on the Spanish horror film REC 2 released by Magnolia Pictures and the upcoming THE IMPOSSIBLE directed by Juan Antonio Bayona and starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts to be released by Summit Entertainment.
Chazelle’s feature film debut, GUY AND MADELEINE ON A PARK BENCH, which he wrote, directed and co-edited garnered rave reviews after playing the festival circuit, including the Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Fest and the Vienna International Film Festival. The film, distributed in the US by Variance Films, won the Special Jury Prize at the Torino Film Festival. He recently co-wrote THE LAST EXORCISM 2 with director Ed Gass-Donnelly which is currently in production and stars Ashley Bell, Andrew Sensenig and Spencer Treat Clark. His first script, THE CLAIM, was on the Hollywood Black List and sold to Route One Films.
Producers Guerra and Cortés of Nostromo Pictures are the producing duo behind the critically acclaimed BURIED starring Ryan Reynolds, released by Lionsgate and which Cortés also directed. Their upcoming films include supernatural thriller RED LIGHTS, written and directed byCortés, starring Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen and Magnolia Pictures’ APARTMENT 143, written by Cortés and directed by Carles Torrens, starring Kai Lennox and Michael O’Keefe, due in theatres in June. RED LIGHTS premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Millennium Entertainment in July, following its successful debut in Spain earlier this year.
Wood is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Stone Meyer.
At Cannes, The Solution will also be presenting WRITERS, currently in post-production, starring Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Lilly Collins and produced by Informant Media and Judy Cairo (CRAZY HEART).