September 10, 2008

The First "Good" Iraq Flick Coming To Us Soon?

Despite my adoration for Stop-Loss, pretty much every movie dealing with Iraq has failed so far, but the tide seems set to turn with "The Hurt Locker", Kathryn Bigelow's new film which has gotten raves from Toronto so far. It got picked up for release and Variety has the story:
-In a skittish climate for pic sales, financier Nicolas Chartier of Voltage Pictures reports that U.S. rights to his Kathryn Bigelow-helmed explosive action suspenser, “The Hurt Locker,” sold to Summit Entertainment in the wee hours of Wednesday.
Voltage presold the fall fest (Venice, Toronto) fave to most major territories, including Germany's Telemunchen, Japan's Movie Eye, France's SND, Italy's Videa, Eastern Europe's Eeap, Canada's Equinox, Benelux's Belga and Scandinavia's Nordisk.
Chartier revealed he sunk $1.5 million of his own coin into the Iraq-set bomb-diffusing actioner, starring Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. He said he's "glad it's sold. Now I need to find the next one to take risks on. I need a great director-driven movie."
-This Festival has turned out nicely overall, I think....

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