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It’s the second Tribeca title picked up by Saban, which is paying seven figures. The year-old distributor acquired North American rights to the Simon Pegg-Lake Bell romantic comedy “Man Up” earlier this week.
“Backtrack” also stars Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy; Michael Petroni directed from his own script. It follows a troubled psychotherapist, played by Brody, who is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions that lead him back to his remote hometown, where he is consumed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery.
“Backtrack” is produced by Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard and Petroni. Executive producers include Compton Ross, Phil Hunt and David Evans. The film was financed by Screen Australia with Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology in association with Screen Nsw and Deluxe Australia. »
- Dave McNary
Saban Films is in final negotiations on a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to the psychological thriller “Backtrack,” which stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy, the company announced Friday. Written and directed by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief”), the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. The deal includes a theatrical commitment for “Backtrack,” which marks Saban’s second acquisition out of Tribeca, having purchased the North American distribution rights to Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy “Man Up” starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Also Read: SXSW: Adrien Brody on How 'Stone Barn. »
- Jeff Sneider
The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for Us rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Day Three at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival got off to a cool, quick start when Backtrack thesp Robin McLeavy and her director Michael Petroni arrived an hour early, clearly pumped for the premiere of their film tonight. More energy ensued when the young cast of King Jack—Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen—piled into our studio for a fab photo sesh. Photographer Drew Wiedemann kept things moving in the afternoon when he shot the star-studded… »
In the film, trouble psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.
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Petroni is an AFI alumnus. After winning AFI Screenplay of the Year for Till Human Voices Wake Us, he made it into a feature starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. Fox 2000 is currently producing Petroni’s script Afterlife with Kevin Lima directing. »
- Michelle McCue
5 items from 2015
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