Sales Roar International for Tom Hanks’ PARKLAND; Exclusive Media Closes Deal With Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions
Alex Walton, President of International at Exclusive Media, announced today that the company has closed a number of international sales including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (“SPWA”) for the highly anticipated dramatic thriller PARKLAND.
PARKLAND is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a Producer.
Currently shooting on location in Austin, Texas, PARKLAND is set for a domestic fall 2013 release, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and stars Zac Efron (THE PAPERBOY, AT ANY PRICE, THE LUCKY ONE), Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (MYSTIC RIVER, POLLOCK), Jeremy Strong (ZERO DARK THIRTY, LINCOLN), Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (SLING BLADE, EAGLE EYE), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Oscar nominated Paul Giamatti (THE IDES OF MARCH, CINDERELLA MAN).
Exclusive Media has licensed all rights to SPWA for Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey, and Latin America. The multi-territory deal was negotiated by Walton on behalf of Exclusive and Michael Helfand, EVP Business Affairs, Joe Matukewicz, SVP of Acquisitions, and Jon Freedberg, VP of Business Development on behalf of SPWA.
In addition, Australia and New Zealand sold to Roadshow, France to Metropolitan, Italy to RAI, Israel to United King, Hong Kong to Golden Harvest, India and Pakistan to Tanweer, Indonesia to PT Amero, The Philippines to Captive, Singapore to Golden Village, Taiwan to Catchplay, Thailand to M Pictures and The Baltic States to ACME.
On finalizing the sales, Walton said, “Our distribution partners on PARKLAND are all first class and we are working together in planning a worldwide release strategy to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK which takes place this November.”
Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay of PARKLAND is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred at Parkland Hospital in Dallas on the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, November 22nd 1963. Part thriller, part real-time drama, PARKLAND is the ferocious, heart-stopping story of unexceptional people fighting for survival and reaching for heroism in an exceptional time.
The all-star ensemble cast is joined by supporting actors James Badge Dale (THELONE RANGER, WORLD WAR Z, IRON MAN 3, FLIGHT), Oscar nominated Jackie EarleHaley (LINCOLN, WATCHMAN, SHUTTER ISLAND), Colin Hanks (THE GUILT TRIP, W, THE GOOD GUYS), David Harbour (END OF WATCH, THE NEWSROOM, THE GREEN HORNET), and Ron Livingston (OFFICE SPACE, BAND OF BROTHERS, SEX AND THE CITY).