Lost City and Bold Crayon are set to produce and finance “Buffaloed,” which will star “Set It Up’s” Zoey Deutch, who will also produce.
Production is set to get underway this month in Toronto with Tanya Wexler directing. Brian Sacca penned the script.
The story follows homegrown hustler Peg Dahl (Deutch), who will do anything to escape Buffalo, N.Y. After getting into some trouble, Peg finds herself crippled by debt and with her chances of a brighter future outside of her hometown squandered, she decides to become a debt collector herself and wages war with the “kingpin” of debt collecting in Buffalo.
“Zoey, Tanya and Brian have been tremendous collaborators throughout the development stage and we’re all so excited to roll camera on what we’re certain will be an amazing performance and picture,” Lost City’s president John Finemore commented. “And we’re thrilled to go on this journey with our new friends at Bold Crayon.”
The indie dramedy will be produced by Lost City’s Mason Novick and Finemore and Bold Crayon’s Jeffrey Katz and Michael Bannor MacGregor, with Sacca also producing. James Hoppe, Elizabeth Grave, and Brooke Davies will executive produce for Lost City, as will Phil Quartararo of Bold Crayon, along with Mary Anne Waterhouse and Kirsten Ames. Hyperion Equity Partners provided the financing on behalf of Bold Crayon. Grave brought in the project and shepherded for Lost City. CAA and ICM are representing domestic rights.
Deutch can currently be seen in Netflix’s original romantic comedy “Set It Up.” Earlier this year, Deutch garnered positive reviews for her performance in Max Winkler’s “Flower.” She also produced and starred in “The Year of Spectacular Men,” written by her sister, Madelyn Deutch, and directed by their mother, Lea Thompson.
Deutch is represented by CAA and Gilbertson Entertainment. Sacca is represented by ICM Partners and Kirsten Ames Management. Wexler is represented by Verve and Circle of Confusion and attorney Lawrence Kopeikin.
New York assistants, Harper (Zoey Deutch) and Charlie (Glen Powell), are used to going above and beyond for their high-powered (and highly demanding) bosses, Kristen (Lucy Liu) and Rick (Taye Diggs). But now they’re teaming up for the biggest projects of their young careers – getting their bosses to fall in love! Only time will tell whether they strike out…or score a home run.
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If most teen movies are concerned with a loss of innocence, then Max Winkler’s new film Flower, out this week and starring Zoey Deutch, is not your typical teen movie. In Flower, the 23-year-old Deutch plays Erica Vandross, a seventeen-year-old whose sexual confidence far outstrips her certainty in other parts of life. Her modus operandi is to offer blow jobs to men she can extort for money, saving up so that she can bail her father out of jail. The film starts with her giving one of these blow jobs to a policeman (“Where’d you learn to give head like that?” he gasps. “Middle school,” she says impassively) and ends with a visit to prison. In between, there’s a crusade to bring down a male teacher that her stepbrother Luke, played by Joey Morgan, has accused of molestation as well as a Thelma and Louise-esque escape attempt, with Luke and Erica speeding across a Joshua tree-punctuated landscape in a stolen Saab convertible and dressed in clothes seemingly inspired by Floridian retirees—Erica in particular has a penchant for flamingo-colored sunglasses and palm-tree prints. The showdown, when it comes, is emotional, not physical, and involves a seemingly innocuous moment that causes Erica to break down in Luke’s arms.
“I think that ultimately most movies portray vulnerability as a loss of innocence, but by the end of this movie, it’s the opposite direction,” says Deutch, who in real life speaks with the same breakneck cadence as her character. Though the plot is driven largely by some decisions of dubious morality on Erica’s part, the audience feels at least empathetic, if not quite sympathetic, toward her—a fact that speaks volumes about Deutch’s ability to tap into the subtleties of being human and, more specifically, a teenager who’s desperately trying to cover her fear of abandonment. “You have to believe that beyond all of Erica’s bravado there’s this fragile girl,” points out Deutch. “A movie like Flower is about the regaining of innocence and about the learning process of allowing yourself to be vulnerable.”
The romantic comedy, starring Thompson’s daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch, will hit theaters in June.
MarVista Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Lea Thompson’s feature directorial debut The Year of Spectacular Men. The romantic comedy will get a mid-June theatrical release.
The Year of Spectacular Men is a family affair — Thompson directed from a script by her daughter, Madelyn Deutch (Outcast), who also scores and stars in the film as Izzy, a recent college grad who attempts to find her way through her quarter-life crisis by dating five complicated men. She does so with practical guidance from her movie star sibling Sabrina, played by real-life sister Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall, Why Him?).
Zoey Deutch and Thompson’s husband, Howard Deutch, produced the film with Gordon Gilbertson and Parkside Pictures’ Dan Roth and Damiano Tucci. Thompson also plays a supporting role in the film, along with Avan Jogia, Melissa Bolona, Jesse Bradford, Brandon T. Jackson, Cameron Monaghan, Zach Roerig and Nicholas Braun. The movie debuted last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
“From our inception, MarVista has taken pride in supporting female filmmakers and voices,” stated MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. “When the team saw The Year of Spectacular Men, we immediately connected with the authenticity of the story and performances and felt that it is a multilayered film that would have strong appeal across generations. We are honored to be working with such a talented, creative and passionate group of women like Lea, Maddie and Zoey, who also bring amazing dynamism as an inspiring family.”
“This has been such a joyous passion project for me and my whole family,” said Thompson. “We feel incredibly lucky that our vigor and energy for The Year of Spectacular Men has been so genuinely matched by MarVista. We can’t wait to release our film with a company who truly believes in and sees the value in telling an authentic millennial woman’s story.”
MarVista negotiated the deal with Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.