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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

19 May 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Jim Gaffigan’s Animated Comedy ‘Duck Duck Goose’ Flies to Open Road

17 May 2017 11:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy “Duck Duck Goose,” starring Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya, and Lance Lim.

Duck Duck Goose” will hit theaters on April 20. The film was produced and financed by Original Force. The deal was announced on Wednesday by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films, and Harley Zhao, president and CEO of Original Force.

The movie is directed by Christopher Jenkins, written by Jenkins and Rob Muir, and produced by Penney Finkelman Cox and Sandra Rabins. Gfm Films and Gfm Animation are handling international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Gaffigan voices a high-flying bachelor goose who’s injured in flight and finds himself saddled with two demanding ducklings (voiced by Zendaya and Lim), on a long journey south that will turn this scrappy threesome into a family.

Duck Duck Goose” also features the voices of Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, »

- Dave McNary

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Cannes: Open Road Nabs U.S. Rights to Animated 'Duck Duck Goose'

17 May 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the animated family comedy Duck Duck Goose.

Featuring a voice cast headed up by Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya and Lance Lim, the film is directed by Christopher Jenkins from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Muir.

China-based Original Force produced and financed the film, which Open Road will release April 20, 2018.

Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner round out the voice cast.

The story centers on a high-flying bachelor goose named Peng (Gaffigan) who is injured in flight »

- Tatiana Siegel

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