The deal, which includes Amazon Studios taking North American rights, is pegged at a whopping mid-eight figures.
A week after Amazon Studios picked up North American rights to the hotly contested Charlie Hunnam starrer The Lost City of Z, the streaming giant has closed a deal with Bleecker Street to release the film theatrically.
Sources peg the overall deal, which was brokered by CAA, at a whopping mid-eight figures.
Amazon is putting the finishing touches on the deal with Andrew Karpen’s Bleecker Street to release the James Gray-helmed film in spring 2017 — though the rollout plan is still being worked out. Amazon’s Bob Berney will spearhead the marketing and distribution alongside the Bleecker Street team.
The streaming giant has acquired North American rights to the film, which is set in the Brazilian rain forest.
Welcome to the jungle, Amazon.
The streaming giant is in final negotiations to acquire North American rights to the Charlie Hunnam drama The Lost City of Z, set in the Brazilian rain forest.
The film, which also stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller, is directed by James Gray and produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B.
The project, based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, was originally set up at Paramount, where Pitt has a first-look deal. But the studio stalled on getting the drama off the ground, and Gray took back the rights. CAA, which reps Gray, then assembled independent financing from MICA Entertainment.
Set in 1925, the true-life drama centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett (Hunnam), who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon.
CAA, which also reps Hunnam and Pitt, brokered the deal for the film, which adds a big-budget epic to Amazon’s portfolio.
Sierra/Affinity handled international sales at the European Film Market and will continue to sell remaining territories at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. With Lost City of Z going to Amazon on the eve of TIFF, there will be heightened interest from buyers for another Hunnam film, Papillon, which also is being shopped at the market.
Lost City of Z’s landing at Amazon provides a final dramatic twist for the long-gestating project, which was originally developed as a Pitt starring vehicle. Benedict Cumberbatch also was previously set to star but bowed out to headline Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie.
As with all of its film deals, Amazon partners with traditional distributors to include a theatrical component to its releases, as it did with Woody Allen’s Cafe Society, Nicholas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon and Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship. Likewise, it will partner with a distributor for Lost City of Z at a later date.
Lost City of Z will make its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 15 in the prime closing-night spot.
Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing via Plan B alongside Dale Johnson and Anthony Katagas. Marc Butan is executive producing, as are MICA Entertainment’s Julie B. May and Glenn Murray.
Check out some additional shots of Charlie from his Los Angeles Times portrait session taken during the San Diego Comic-Con in July.
I’ve added HD captures of Charlie from his brief appearance on the AMC’s Geeking Out which aired last month following the San Diego Comic-Con.
“He calls it fuck-dust. He liberally sprinkled fuck-dust on the film.” ‘Fuck-dust’ is, according to Charlie Hunnam, the term Guy Ritchie assigns to achieving just the right dose of magical realism.
For a boy who grew up “carving sticks into swords”, it was “a childhood dream come true to play King Arthur”, (and for the seemingly unconventional choice of Guy Ritchie, no less) Hunnam affirmed to Empire in our new issue. “[Ritchie’s] created a very rich, exciting world. I describe it to my friends as Lord Of The Rings meets Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. [It’s] an unlikely marriage of two things, but it works.” Maybe not such a leftfield choice of director after all.
As expected, the British director has a unique vision for the famous king. “We wanted to make an ignoble Arthur, at least at first,” Hunnam says. “We wanted him to feel contemporary, selfish, somewhat rough around the edges.”
The director also had a novel way of making sure Hunnam was the right Arthur for his film, pushing the actor so hard about being in shape that he snapped during the audition process. “I said, ‘You know what? Fucking stop the camera. I’m starting to lose my temper. I know those other pricks you’ve got reading for this role (namely Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender). If you bring them in right now, I’ll fucking fight them both at once for the role, and we’ll see what’s up with the physicality.’ Guy said, ‘Fucking hell, alright – calm down, mate.’” Though we’d surely be foolish to bet against Supes and Magneto, it sounds like Hunnam is ready for the challenge.
For more on King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, pick up the new issue of Empire on sale this Thursday. Or you can subscribe to Empire (including an instant digital subscription) right here. King Arthur is released in cinemas on 24 March 2017.
Charlie Hunnam and Lea Seydoux will star in Drake Doremus’ next film.
Doremus, the director behind Like Crazy, recently helmed the sci-fi film Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.
The currently untitled project is being described as a “unique love story” by sources, but all other plot details are being kept under wraps. Rich Greenberg wrote the screenplay.
Ridley Scott’s production banner, Scott Free Productions, which also worked with Doremus on Equals, is producing.
Hunnam, who starred on FX’s hit series Sons of Anarchy, next will be seen in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, which is set to hit theaters in March, and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. He also is attached to star in production company Red Granite’s remake of Papillon, the 1973 classic prison-escape drama toplined by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Danish helmer Michael Noer is attached to direct, and Rami Malek is in talks to co-star.
Seydoux starred opposite Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond installment, Spectre, and was recently seen in theaters in the Yorgos Lanthimos’ festival standout The Lobster.
Hunnam is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Seydoux is repped by WME and the U.K.’s United.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center has set as its closing film The Lost City Of Z, the period adventure that James Gray directed and scripted from the David Grann nonfiction book. The film, which stars Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, will make its world premiere at the festival’s final gala screening on Saturday, October 15.
Pic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), the British military man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Miller) and family. His plunge into the Amazon, shot by cinematographer Darius Khondji, alternates between rapture and dizzying terror.
Said New York Film Festival director and selection committee chair Kent Jones: “James Gray is one of the finest filmmakers we have. Each of his movies is so beautifully wrought, visually and emotionally, but The Lost City Of Z represents something new. It’s a true epic, spanning two continents and three decades, and it’s a genuine vision of the search for sublimity.”
Said Gray, whose 2014 film The Immigrant played in the 51st New York Film Festival, called the selection “truly a dream come true for me to have The Lost City Of Z selected for the closing night of the New York Film Festival. “I couldn’t be more honored that the film’s world premiere will be in my hometown, a city I still love above all others.”
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Anthony Katagas, and Dale Armin Johnson produced, and Brad Pitt and Marc Butan are the exec producers.
NYFF previously announced that Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th will open the festival, while the Mike Mills-directed 20th Century Women will premiere in the Centerpiece slot.