SXSW Thriller will be Slated for Theatrical Release
LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2019) – Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Adam Randall’s (iBoy, Level Up) thriller I See You, which made its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. Starring Academy Award® Winner Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets, Cast Away) and Jon Tenney (Legion, “Major Crimes”), the film is penned by Devon Graye. I See You is a Zodiac Features Production presented by Bankside Films in association with Head Gear Films, Metrol Technology and Kreo Films and in association with Quickfire Films and Zodiac Holdings. Matt Waldeck produces for Zodiac Features, while Ben Hecht serves as executive producer for Zodiac, alongside Stephen Kelliher for Bankside Films, Phil Hunt and Compton Ross for Head Gear Films and James Atherton and Jan Pace for Quickfire Films. The film will be slated for a theatrical release.
I See You takes place in a seemingly perfect town filled with perfect families, until 12-year-old Justin Whitter goes missing. Greg Harper (Tenney), lead investigator, struggles to balance the pressures of the case while finding a way to forgive his well-heeled wife, Jackie (Hunt), for a recent infidelity. When a malicious presence manifests itself and puts their young son in mortal danger, the cold, hard truth about evil in the Harper household is finally uncovered.
“Audiences will be captivated by this gripping mystery thriller that showcases its cast’s outstanding chemistry,” commented Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Helen Hunt and Jon Tenny are truly enticing as Jackie and Greg, a couple whose idyllic town is turned on its head where every plot twist is more surprising than the last.”
Bill Bromiley and Ness Saban negotiated the deal for Saban Films along with CAA Media Finance and Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
Saban Films remains active in the acquisition and distribution space, and recently announced their partnership with Kevin Smith’s highly-anticipated Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, coming on board from script stage for the sequel to the 2001 comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Its upcoming slate includes: Casey Affleck’s directorial debut Light of My Life; The Professor starring Johnny Depp; Brian De Palma’s Domino starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; and Derrick Borte’s American Dreamer starring Jim Gaffigan.
Saban Films continues to grow its presence in the industry, with successes that have run the gamut from critically acclaimed theatrical films such as The Homesman starring Hilary Swank, to one of the biggest Fathom events in 2016 with Rob Zombie’s horror thriller 31. Recent titles include: The Haunting of Sharon Tate starring Hilary Duff; Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante starring Olivia Wilde; James Marsh’s King of Thieves starring Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay and Michael Gambon; the anthology Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley and Jim Sturgess; the Gerard Butler starrer The Vanishing; Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds starring Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette, Jason Patric, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston; Eshom and Ian Nelms’ lauded feature Small Town Crime starring John Hawkes and Octavia Spencer; and Ivan Kavanagh’s Never Grow Old starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.
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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 Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and Ness Saban, Vice President of Business Development.
About Bankside Films
Based in London, Bankside Films is a leading international sales and production company which can also access production finance through its sister company Head Gear Films. The company seeks to produce, finance and distribute distinctive films of quality for release in all media.
Most recently, Bankside Films has enjoyed success with Sundance title The Hole In The Ground by first time director Lee Cronin, which has been acquired by A24 in the US; TIFF titles Papi Chulo directed by John Butler and starring Matt Bomer; and Peter Strickland’s In Fabric, which will also be distributed by A24 in the US. Furthermore, Adam Randall’s I See You starring Helen Hunt premiered at SXSW and the company is in post-production on Normal People, a drama starring Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville and directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, which will be released by Bleecker Street in the US. Further titles in post-production include Eternal Beauty written and directed by Craig Roberts and starring Sally Hawkins, and How To Fake A War directed by Rudolph Herzog starring Katherine Parkinson, Lily Newmark and Jay Pharaoh. Further projects include Rowan Athale’s Strange But True (with Amy Ryan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Blythe Danner, Brian Cox and Greg Kinnear), distributed by CBS Films in the US.
Bankside Films has also worked on Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling’s Cargo, which was recently released worldwide by Netflix, Amma Assante’s Belle, Freeheld with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, Peter Chelsom’s Hector & The Search For Happiness and John Michael McDonagh’s War On Everyone.
About Zodiac Features
Zodiac Features and its financing arm, Zodiac Holdings, are a creative development, production, and equity financing operation working in the elevated genre space of film and television. Projects currently in development include: The female-driven, wilderness survival thriller, No Man’s Land, written by Joseph Rowley; the scripted anthology series, N E X, surrounding Eliot Ness, the Cleveland Torso Murders, and the founding of modern Crime Scene Investigation; and the true crime docuseries, Rickey Jackson, the eponymous subject of which was, at the time of his release, the longest wrongfully imprisoned exoneree in U.S. prison history.
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