ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND PROSPERO PICTURES TO CO-FINANCE
DAVID CRONENBERG THRILLER
MAPS TO THE STARS
STARRING JULIANNE MOORE, JOHN CUSACK, SARAH GADON AND ROBERT PATTINSON
eOne Films International to distribute worldwide and
launch sales of the film in Cannes
Toronto/Los Angeles – April 18, 2013 – Entertainment One Films (“eOne”) will handle worldwide sales and distribution in all media and co-finance with Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg. Production on the film will begin this July in Toronto and Los Angeles.
The film’s all-star cast includes Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, Game Change, Children of Men), John Cusack (2012, Identity, Being John Malkovich), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga series, Water for Elephants) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral).
“We’re thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories,” said Patrice Théroux. “David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the masterful quality of his filmmaking. With this all-star cast Maps to the Stars is a very exciting international project and we’re looking forward to introducing the project in Cannes.”
“Maps to the Stars marks Prospero’s fourth collaboration with David over the past decade and together with our partners, we are delighted to be launching this audacious new film this year, particularly with eOne,” said Prospero Pictures founder and president, Martin Katz. “The eOne team just gets it and continues to showcase films at the highest levels on the international stage.”
From a provocative original screenplay by noted Los Angeles author and screenwriter Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), MAPS TO THE STARS is both a haunting ghost story and a scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of LA.
The film is being produced by Prospero Pictures’ Martin Katz together with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce. Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer is co-producing.
eOne will directly distribute MAPS TO THE STARS in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/NZ. eOne Films International will sell the rest of the world. eOne’s Benedict Carver is executive producing and will oversee the film for the studio.
Katz previously collaborated with Cronenberg on Spider, A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis and was Executive Producer of Hotel Rwanda. Ben Said produced Carnage andPossession. Tab executive produced Cosmopolis and brought both A History of Violence and Eastern Promises to the filmmaker while representing him as an agent at ICM.
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Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
eOne Films International is the division's global sales arm, acquiring titles from leading indie film producers and selling them to distribution partners worldwide. Recent titles generating critical acclaim and strong sales include award winners THE HUNTER and SLEEPING BEAUTY and Academy Award® nominees BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, INCENDIES, ANIMAL KINGDOM and WASTE LAND. Upcoming titles include Atom Egoyan’s QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, THE F WORD, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and CUT BANK.