Exclusive Media’s A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES Starring Liam Neeson Sold Overseas
Exclusive Media has sold its thriller, A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES starring Liam Neeson, to a number of top overseas territories as sales heat up on the eagerly awaited production, it was announced today by Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES story goes – formerly a cop with the NYPD, now an unlicensed private eye and a recovering alcoholic haunted by past mistakes, Matt Scudder (NEESON) is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. He operates just outside the law where the police don’t go to track down the kidnappers, who he discovers have been involved in multiple kidnappings and brutal murders.
Written and to be directed by Academy Award nominated Scott Frank (OUT OF SIGHT, THE LOOKOUT), the film is based on the popular ‘Matt Scudder’ books series written by well-known writer Lawrence Block. The movie was developed and is being produced by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, with their company Double Feature Films, with Danny DeVito and his company, Jersey Films. A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES is also produced and financed by Exclusive Media with Cross Creek Pictures under the recently announced joint co-production deal.
Set to be released by Universal Pictures, principal photography is set to start in February 2013 on location in New York City.
Exclusive Media has completed a multi territory all rights deal on A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES with Alliance for Canada, UK (Momentum) and Spain (Aurum), as well as deals with Pony Canyon for Japan, Metropolitan for France, Square One/Wild Bunch for Germany, Implus for Switzerland, Village Roadshow for Greece, Boomerang for South Korea, CDC for Latin America, Lusomondo for Portugal and Surreal for CIS + Baltic States. Additional deals include Deltamac for Hong Kong; Myndform for Iceland, Tanweer for India, PT Amero for Indonesia, United King for Israel, Lotus Five Star for Malaysia, Front Row for Middle East, Cathay for Singapore, Nu Metro for South Africa, IPA Asia for Thailand, Serenity for Taiwan and Tanweer for Turkey.
“Liam Neeson is at the top of his game achieving worldwide box office success with Taken 2 and his other recent titles,” said Walton “This film is a smart, gripping, edge of your seat thriller loaded with international appeal and we are thrilled with its performance so far.”
Oscar nominee Liam Neeson has starred in four films released in 2012 so far: reprising his hit role in TAKEN 2, the sequel opened number one at the box office on October 5th through Twentieth Century Fox; Open Road Films’ THE GREY opposite Dermot Mulroney and Frank Grillo; Warner Bros. Pictures’ WRATH OF THE TITANS opposite Sam Worthington and Ralph Fiennes; and Universal’s BATTLESHIP co-starring Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård and Rihanna. Neeson was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Steven Spielberg’s SCHLINDER’S LIST.
Writer/director Scott Frank was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Steven Soderbergh’s OUT OF SIGHT, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. His extensive writing credits include GET SHORTY, MINORITY REPORT, THE INTERPRETER, and MARLEY AND ME. He made his impressive feature film directing debut with the critically acclaimed THE LOOKOUT starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jeff Daniels, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher, which he also wrote and was released through Miramax Films. The film won the Best First Feature Award at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher have extensive credits including CONTAGION and WORLD TRADE CENTER. Along with DeVito, their hits also include GET SHORTY, OUT OF SIGHT, GATTACA, ALONG CAME POLLY, and MAN ON THE MOON. Shamberg has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Picture, first for Lawrence Kasdan’s THE BIG CHILL followed by Steven Soderbergh’s ERIN BROCKOVICH which he shared with Stacey Sher and Danny DeVito.
DeVito, Shamberg and Sher were executive producers on Quentin Tarantino’s iconic PULP FICTION. Sher is producing and Shamberg is executive producing his next film, DJANGO UNCHAINED, which is in post-production and stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, and Samuel L. Jackson out in theatres at Christmas through The Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures. Shamberg and Sher are also currently producing RUNNER RUNNER for New Regency starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. DeVito, Shamberg, and Sher are in pre-production on MANHUNT starring Gerard Butler. DeVito recently produced ST. SEBASTIAN, which he also directed, starring William Fichtner, Lance Reddick and Constance Zimmer.
Exclusive Media and Cross Creek Pictures enjoy a fruitful partnership having jointly co-financed and distributed George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH, produced by Smokehouse Pictures and released by Columbia Pictures and the box office hit THE WOMAN IN BLACK starring Daniel Radcliffe released by CBS Films. Currently in post-production, is the highly anticipated RUSH directed by Ron Howard and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl also produced with Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Brian Grazer, and Revolution Films with Universal Pictures set to release the film in the US on September 20th 2013. Future productions include THE WOMAN IN BLACK follow up, THE WOMAN IN BLACK: ANGEL OF DEATH also from a story by Susan Hill and produced with Talisman and Alliance Films and the Hammer production BONESHAKER.