EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Eckhart has found a vehicle to follow the hit WWII drama Midway, this one set in the Vietnam War. He’ll star in the Dark Mark Productions film Ambush.

Written and directed by Mark Earl Burman, the  action-thriller is based on the true story of a deadly high-stakes subterranean mission into enemy controlled territory. The film will be produced under the Dark Mark Productions banner and by Burman, alongside executive producers David Unger of Artist International Group, Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier of Highland Film Group, Scott Powell, Randy Burman, Wayne Wilbur, Harry Ahluwalia and Anthony Standberry.

Highland Film Group is handling worldwide sales.

Eckhart will play Captain Drummond, leader of a group of young elite commandos who are tasked with collecting highly classified information that can change the fate of the war. On the edge of the jungle, the team is attacked by the overwhelming invisible force of the enemy army. Drummond’s young team must overcome their apprehension in order to pursue the force into the complex labyrinth of Cu Chi tunnels, with enemy soldiers and traps at every turn. Principal photography will commence in January 2020.

Aside from Midway, Eckhart stars in the recent release Line of Duty. He got a Golden Globe nom for Thank You For Smoking and an Indie Spirit Award for In The Company of Men, and co-starred in The Dark Knight and Sully. Burman produced the Paul Schrader-directed Dog Eat Dog, which premiered at Cannes. He directed the docu South Bureau Homicide.

Eckhart is represented by CAA and Barry Hirsch of Hirsch, Wallerstein.

By Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Sam TrammellKatharine McPhee Foster and young actor Christian Convery are set to star alongside Queen Latifah, Dennis Quaid and Madalen Mills in The Tiger Rising. Ray Giarratana is directing the film from a screenplay he adapted based on the 2001 New York Times bestselling children’s book by Kate DiCamillo.

The story centers on Rob Horton (Convery), a 12-year-old who finds a caged tiger in the center of the woods near his home. Shortly after, Rob meets Sistine Bailey (Mills), a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other and become friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things – like memories, heartaches and tigers – can’t be locked up forever. Trammell and McPhee Foster will play Rob’s parents, Robert Horton Sr. and Caroline Horton.

Deborah and Ray Giarratana of GG Filmz are producing with Ryan Smith, partner and president of Streamline Global. Latifah will serve as an executive producer alongside Emily Salveson of Streamline Global, Jordan Wagner of Wagner Entertainment and Allen Cheney of Thomasville Pictures.

Highland Film Group is handling world sales and introduced the movie to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Convery stars alongside John Cena and Keegan-Michael Key in Paramount’s Playing With Fire and opposite Dove Cameron in the Disney Channel movie Descendants 3. He’s repped by Innovative, Premiere Talent Management and Sloane Offer.

Trammell, repped by Innovative and Luber Roklin Entertainment, next appears in the eighth and final season of Showtime’s Homeland and recently wrapped shooting Generation for HBO Max.

Foster, who starred on four seasons of CBS’ crime drama Scorpion, recently was seen in the London production of Waitress and will return to the Broadway production at the end of the month to reprise her role as Jenna. Her reps are WME, MGMT Entertainment and David M. Ehrlich & Associates.

By Amanda N’Duka, Deadline


Vertical Entertainment has acquired Skylin3s, the third installment of the Skyline franchise, for North America, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa rights ahead of AFM. Series co-creator Liam O’Donnell returns to write and direct after helming 2017’s surprise hit sequel Beyond Skyline which Vertical also released. Producer Matthew Chausse returns alongside Colin and Greg Strause and O’Donnell to take the film franchise into its next chapter.

Lindsey Morgan (The 100) is back as Rose Corley from Beyond Skyline to star along with Jonathan Howard (Godzilla: King of Monsters), Alexander Siddig (Game of Thrones), Rhona Mitra (Underworld: Rise of the Lycans), Daniel Bernhardt (John Wick) and James Cosmo (Chernobyl). Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films brokered the deal for the North American rights. Highland Film Group is handling international distribution rights with XYZ handling Chinese rights.

When a virus threatens to wipe out Earth, a super powered hybrid (Morgan) must lead a team of elite soldiers on a mission to the aliens’ world in order to save what’s left of humanity.

The deal was negotiated by Rich Goldberg and Peter Jarowey at Vertical with Nate Bolotin at XYZ Films and Phil Rymer at Tempest Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Skylin3s is produced by Matthew Chausse, Liam O’Donnell, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause. The film is produced by Ingenious Media, LipSync Productions, Mirabelle Pictures Productions, Artbox, and Fasten Films.

Morgan is repped by CAA, Luber Roklin Entertainment, and Status PR. Mitra is repped by Troika, Innovative, and Untitled Entertainment. Cosmo is repped by United Agents. O’Donnell is repped by Zero Gravity.

Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor that offers a unique combination of full-service marketing and sales services. Dedicated to providing highly-effective and collaborative solutions, Vertical leverages unparalleled relationships to maximize revenue across all streams. The marketing and sales expertise from Vertical’s seasoned team gives content partners a wealth of experience minus the studio costs.

Vertical won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for Molly Shannon’s role in Other People and the film won a GLAAD Award for “Outstanding Film Limited Release” as well. Vertical also had four other Indie Spirit nominations – three more for Other People (Best Lead Actor for Jesse Plemons, and Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay for filmmaker Chris Kelly) and one for Best International Film for Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow. which was also the official UK submission for the 2017 Oscars, in addition to winning one BAFTA Award and three British Independent Film Awards as well.

For 20 years, Ingenious has been at the forefront of investing in the global creative economy and in that time has raised and deployed over $10 billion.  Ingenious has been involved in the production of a diverse slate of films, including the award-winning Life of PiAvatar, Oscar-nominated CarolBrooklyn and Selma, five films in the successful X-Men franchise, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the ApesJudy starring Renée Zellweger, Gurinder Chadha’s Blinded by the Light, Bart Freundlich’s After the Wedding starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams, and Benedict Andrews’ Against All Enemies starring Kristen Stewart and Jack O’Connell, as well as acclaimed television programmes such as The FallDr. Foster and The Honourable Woman.

LIPSYNC Post is an internationally recognised post-house, providing post-production services to the film and television industry for over 30 years. Since 2008, LIPSYNC Productions has invested over 㿼 million in over 180 feature film and TV projects. Such recent projects include MinimataFisherman’s FriendsColetteOut of Blue,Peterloo and Harlots.  With regular festival appearances and over 200 major award nominations and wins, LIPSYNC has become one of the UK’s leading production partners.

By B. Alan Orange, MovieWeb


Arianne Fraser – CEO; Delphine Perrier – COO, Highland Film Group

Thrills and spills from this sales and financing company.

Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier’s worldwide sales, production and film financing company Highland Film Group (HFG) has scored globally with films in the action, thriller and horror space, so much so that in recent years the Los Angeles-based outfit has made a name for itself as a leading purveyor of high-octane action fare for the independent marketplace.

One such success story was Braven, which saw Fraser and Perrier introduced to Jason Momoa and his company Pride of Gypsies through the Aquaman star’s manager. HFG signed on to finance and produce the film, which was done by reverse-engineering the finance plan, utilising pre-sales, gap and tax credits — a strategy the company had previously taken on Nicolas Cage thriller The Trust.

After Momoa and producing partner Brian Andrew Mendoza joined HFG in Toronto to meet with buyers, Braven shot in Newfoundland, securing Canadian federal and provincial financial incentives, enabling Highland to close a full finance plan using debt only.

The company’s slate now includes John Krokidas’s Tunnels starring Susan Sarandon; Vaughn Stein’s Inheritance starring Lily Collins and Simon Pegg; Dimitri Logothetis’s Jiu Jitsu starring Cage; and Neil Marshall’s 17th-century witch-hunt horror The Reckoning. Ahead of Toronto, the company added action project Panama, set to star Morgan Freeman and Frank Grillo. The latter plays a decorated ex-marine sent on an undercover mission by his former commander (Freeman).

By Jeremy Kay, Michael Rosser, John Hazelton and Liza Foreman, Screen Daily


EXCLUSIVE: Trace Adkins, Thora Birch, Peter Facinelli, Anne Heche, Will Peltz and Paz Vega have been set to lead the cast of 13 Minutes, a tornado-driven drama that will mark the feature directing debut of Lindsay Gossling. Shooting starts next month in Oklahoma in the heart of Tornado Alley.

Set in a small American town, Gossling’s script begins with residents starting a day as ordinary as the next. Mother Nature, however, has other plans for them. Inhabitants have just 13 minutes to seek shelter before the largest tornado on record ravages the town, leaving them struggling to protect their loved ones and fighting for their lives.

Travis Farncombe and Gossling developed the project and will produce with Karen Harnisch via their Involving Pictures. Elevated Films’ Cassian Elwes and Jere Hausfater will executive produce in association with ImpactWX.

Highland Film Group is steering international sales at the American Film Market that kicks off next week and is co-repping U.S. rights with Elevated.

Gossling most recently penned A Translator, the Havana-set drama that is Cuba’s submission in this year’s International Feature Film Oscar race.

Country star/actor Adkins is repped by UTA and Greg Baker. Birch, currently on The Walking Dead, is repped by Buchwald and Luber Roklin Entertainment. Facinelli, whose feature film Hour of Lead co-starring Heche and Thomas Jane is now in postproduction, is repped by Abrams Artists Agency and Mainstay Entertainment. Heche is with Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment.

Vega, most recently seen in Rambo: Last Blood, is repped by Paradigm and Management Production Entertainment. Peltz (Unfriended) is with Innovative Artists and Management Production Entertainment.

13 Minutes joins a Highland slate that includes Jiu Jitsu, starring Nicolas Cage, Alain Moussi, Tony Jaa, Frank Grillo, and Rick Yune; Open Source, starring Bruce Willis; Persephone, starring Brianna Hildebrand; and Michael Polish’s Axis Sally, starring Al Pacino.

By Patrick Hipes, Deadline

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