FilmNation will handle international sales and distribution on Academy Award® winning director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) Hold On To Me starring Academy Award® Nominee Carey Mulligan (Drive, The Great Gatsby, An Education) and Robert Pattinson(Twilight, Cosmopolis). Hold On To Me is written by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) and is an electrifying thriller based on the extraordinary true story of a femme fatale who kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. The film will be produced by Alexandra Milchan alongside Todd Field and Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales and Mark Roybal.
Mulligan plays Nancy, a small town girl who callously leaves her boyfriend Jimmy (Pattinson) behind to chase a modelling career in New York City, breaking his heart in the process. To Nancy’s surprise, New York isn’t impressed by her and at 26, she’s back home waiting tables at the local diner. When she gets word that Jimmy has become a wealthy and successful criminal in Chicago, she tracks him down with a view to winning his affections, only to find crushing rejection. Fuelled by jealousy and an unquenchable thirst for fortune, Nancy finds Danny, a naïve pawn she can seduce and manipulate to her own ends and together they embark on a life of crime. Success comes fast, and leaves faster but nothing and no one will stand in the way of Nancy’s naked, dangerous and deadly ambition.
The producers commented, “Glen Basner and his team are simply the best in the business. We are elated to be partnering with FilmNation in bringing to life this stranger than fiction, true crime story.”
Sales will commence at the upcoming American Film Market.
FilmNation’s Glen Basner said, “Hold On To Me is a compelling and sexy modern day Bonnie and Clyde story that we’re excited to introduce to buyers at AFM. Carey Mulligan is certain to deliver one of the most memorable femme fatale performances in cinematic history.”
As stated in the article, sales commenced at the American Film Market and the film was considered a hot ticket. Excerpt from Screen Daily (“Scarcity of AFM must-haves drives up prices”):
While the digital domain continues to evolve, theatrical playability remains of the utmost importance and A-list product with broad commercial appeal have been thin on the ground.
Heading into the week it will be interesting to see who steps up to pay top dollar for the three must-haves: Red Granite International’s Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio reunion on Wolf Of Wall Street, Lionsgate’sTranscendence with Johnny Depp and StudioCanal’s Non-Stop starring in-form Liam Neeson.
Asking prices have been high – particularly for China and Latin America – and the question is, will acquisitions teams stump up at a time when pipelines, engorged by the recent glut of product, are full through to early 2014 in some cases.
“There’s not that much demand for that many movies so for the movies where there is demand you can do your business,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner, who has been busy with The Rover, Nebraska, Genius and Hold On To Me.
Variety (“Sampling of pics that have AFM buzzing”) also reported on the film gaining some buzz at AFM:
‘Hold on to Me’
Director: James Marsh
Producers: Alexandra Milchan, Todd Field, Steven Rales, Mark Roybal
Key cast: Carey Mulligan, Robert Pattinson
Logline: True story of a femme fatale who kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man.
FilmNation topped Glen Basner said that the first half of AFM had been a scramble with “The Rover,” “Nebraska,” “Hold on to Me” and “Genius”.
We’ll continue to update you on the status of the film as it progresses.