Joseph Gordon-Levitt Thriller ‘7500’ Sells to Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has bought the global rights — excluding Germany, Switzerland and Austria — to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s thriller “7500” at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. Patrick Vollrath directed the thriller from his own script. It marks his feature film directing debut following his 2015 Oscar-nominated short, “Everything Will Be Okay.”

Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of Augenschein Filmproduktion are producing, while Novotny’s Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr are co-producers. Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams of the Gotham Group are serving as executive producers.

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Endeavor Content negotiated the deal with Amazon. Universum will distribute the film in Germany.

This marks Amazon’s second acquisition at the festival. Last week, the distributor bought the U.S. rights to the competition drama “Les Miserables.”

Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition.

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Amazon Studios Buys ‘Les Misérables’ For $1.5 Million Following Cannes Premiere

Amazon Studios on Friday acquired U.S. rights to writer and director Ladj Ly’s “Les Misérables,” following the film’s world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

“Les Misérables” is Ly’s first feature and the only debut in the competition section at the festival. The film premiered Wednesday evening to great fanfare. An individual with knowledge of the deal said it was likely around $1.5 million.

Inspired by the 2005 Paris riots, and Ly’s César-nominated short film of the same name, “Les Misérables” takes a provocative look into the tensions between neighborhood residents and police. It centers on Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), who has recently joined the anti-crime brigade in Montfermeil, the Paris suburb where Victor Hugo set his classic novel Les Misérables. Alongside his new colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djibril Zonga) — both experienced members of the team — he quickly discovers tensions running high between local gangs. When the trio finds themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures the encounter, threatening to expose the reality of everyday life.

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Ly’s film and has been compared to Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine” and Fernando Meirelles’ “City of God.” Giordano Gederlini and Alexis Manenti co-wrote the film alongside Ly with Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral of SRAB films producing.

Ly is best known for his attention-grabbing web documentaries that depict the realities of social and political life. He began his career as an actor and member of Kourtrajmé, a collective he co-created in 1995 with childhood friends, directors Kim Chapiron and Romain Gavras.

After the 2005 Paris riots, Ly was triggered by the death of two youths who were hiding in an electricity substation in Clichy-sous-Bois, and he decided to film his neighborhood for a year to make a documentary entitled “365 Days in Clichy-Montfermeil.” He continued his work on documentaries, and in 2014 directed “365 Days in Mali,” which spotlighted a region in turmoil where militias and Tuaregs were preparing for war.

Wild Bunch is handling international sales. CAA Media Finance representing the U.S. rights and also rep Ly.

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Amazon Studios Greenlights ‘Panic’ Series Based on Lauren Oliver’s YA Novel

Amazon Studios has greenlit “Panic,” marking the studio’s first foray into young adult dramas. Based on the The New York Times best-selling novel by Lauren Oliver, “Panic” takes place in a small American town where every year, the graduating seniors engage in a competition they believe is their one chance to escape. But this year, the rules have changed–and they must decide how much they are willing to risk in order to get out.

This is Oliver’s first television credit. She will serve as creator, executive producer, and will also write each episode. Besides “Panic,” she’s known for other YA novels including “Before I Fall,” which was adapted into a 2017 feature film starring Zoey Deutch, and “Delirium.”

“‘Panic’ tells a story aimed at young adults, but anyone would be pulled in by the compelling characters and high stakes drama brought to life by Lauren Oliver. She is a rare talent in her ability to capture this generation so authentically,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said.

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“I am excited that Amazon is broadening its scope to include stories of emergent adulthood, and grateful that Panic will be among their first generation,” Oliver said. “This has already been my favorite kind of project: long, thrilling, challenging, and immensely transformative. And we haven’t even started pre-production!”

Olivia Welch starred as Heather in the pilot, while Mike Faist played as Dodge, Ray Nicholson played Ray, and Will Chase played Sheriff Kean.

“Panic” will be produced by Amazon Studios in conjunction with Glasstown Entertainment and Roth Kirschenbaum Films, with Joe Roth, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Adam Schroeder as executive producers. Lynley Bird of Glasstown Entertainment and Alyssa Altman of Roth Kirschenbaum Films will co-executive produce. Oliver’s deal was negotiated by UTA, Stephen Barbara of InkWell, and attorney Jamie Feldman.

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