LOS ANGELES – May 13, 2016 – Saban Films is closing on U.S. distribution rights to The Girl with All the Gifts, directed by Colm McCarthy (“Peaky Blinders,” “Sherlock”, Outcast). Adapted by M.R. Carey from his own novel of the same title, the post-apocalyptic thriller stars Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Clash of the Titans), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Hot Fuzz), six-time Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close (Guardians of the Galaxy, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons), and Sennia Nanua, in her breakthrough performance.
The Girl with All the Gifts is set in a dystopian world where a seemingly normal and very intelligent little girl lives in an underground army bunker with other children her age. They are all experimental cases being examined by scientists – led by Dr. Caldwell (Close) – to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet.
“Carey has adapted his novel into a film with an unmatched level of cataclysm,” said Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “The Girl with All the Gifts is a sophisticated movie, with McCarthy’s vision and this dynamic cast, and we know that our audiences will be hooked from start to finish.”
The BFI (British Film Institute) and Creative England financed the film which was produced by Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont. Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal on behalf of Saban Films with Altitude’s Mike Runagall representing the filmmakers. Altitude Film Sales is handling ROW sales.
Saban Films most recently acquired domestic rights to John Michael McDonagh’s War on Everyone, starring Michael Peña, Alexander Skarsgård, Theo James, and Tessa Thompson; Rob Zombie’s 31, starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Golden Globe® Nominee Malcolm McDowell, Jeff Daniel Phillips and Meg Foster; and Renny Harlin’s action comedy Skiptrace, starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville, out of Berlin. Additional upcoming titles in the Saban Films slate include: sci-fi horror film Cell starring Golden Globe® nominee John Cusack, Academy Award® nominee Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman; and I Am Wrath with John Travolta.
Since the company’s launch in 2014, Saban Films has released The Homesman, starring Academy Award® winners Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which world premiered in Cannes; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; Philip Martin’s The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist starring Hayden Christensen, Academy Award® Winner Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles and Aliaune “Akon” Thiam; Some Kind of Beautiful starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; Man Up starring Simon Pegg and Lake Bell; MI-5 starring Kit Harington, Jennifer Ehle and Tuppence Middleton; Alex and Benjamin Brewer’s The Trust starring Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood; and Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King starring two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks, which World Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival with Saban partnering with Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions on the theatrical release.
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About Saban Films
Saban Films, an affiliate of Saban Capital Group (“SCG”), is a film acquisition and distribution company which acquires high-quality, feature films to distribute in North America. Focusing on commercial, talent driven films, the company looks at projects in all stages of production for release across multiple platforms, including a day and date theatrical/VOD release strategy. Based in Los Angeles, Saban Films was established by Haim Saban, SCG Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and is led by Bill Bromiley who serves as president, Shanan Becker, Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Director of Business Development.
Altitude Film Entertainment
The Altitude Film Entertainment group comprises Altitude Film Production led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson; Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall; and Altitude Film Distribution with Head of Distribution Hamish Moseley.
The Altitude sales slate for Cannes includes Whitney Houston (working title) with filmmakers Kevin Macdonald and Simon Chinn; Maradona with Oscar®-winning filmmakers Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees and Chris King; The Girl with All the Gifts, directed by Colm McCarthy, starring Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine, Glenn Close and Sennia Nanua; Gateway 6 written by Malachi Smyth who jointly topped the Brit List, to be directed by Tanel Toom and starring Sofia Boutella, Rhys Ifans, Ed Skrein and Jürgen Prochnow; Ghost Stories, co-written and directed by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman and to star Martin Freeman, George MacKay and Andy Nyman; Stockholm directed by Matt Spicer; Kill Your Friends directed by Owen Harris and starring Nicholas Hoult, James Corden and Georgia King; 47 Meters Down directed by Johannes Roberts, starring Claire Holt, Mandy Moore and Matthew Modine; and Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word directed by Simon Rumley and starring Mike Doyle, Erin Cummings and Sean Patrick Flanery. www.altitudefilment.com