It’s been exactly a year since we last had an update on Jim Mickle’s (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) adaptation of the Joe R. Lansdale novel Cold in July, but with Cannes in full swing, news has come that filming is set to begin in late July with an early 2014 delivery.
Per Deadline, Paris-based Backup Media has teamed up with Memento Films International to finance Cold in July. Adapted by Nick Damici and Mickle, the film is being produced by Belladonna Productions’ Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, and Linda Moran — frequent Mickle collaborators.
When Richard Dane shoots and kills a burglar in his living room, he sets off a strange sequence of events, starting with a threat by the thief’s father to kill Richard’s son and leading to a dark, horrible truth.
“It was important to us to find partners on the movie who would help us create an environment for Jim where he would be protected and be able to excel as a filmmaker,” Moran and Bastian jointly said. “We are very happy to have found the full support of the Backup/MFI team.”
For Backup Media this marks a growing determination to put equity into English-language films; in previous investments they provided debt. “We are very proud Cold in July is the first film for which Backup has provided one-stop film financing,” a Backup rep said. “We truly believe Belladonna/MFI/Mickle are the ideal team for us to extend our investment framework.”
“We’re excited to continue our collaboration with Jim Mickle and Belladonna,” Memento’s Emilie Georges said. “Cold in July represents a wonderful step for Jim as a filmmaker, and we are eager to introduce it to the world.”
Memento Films International will handle foreign sales and team up with WME Global on the domestic end, as they did on the eOne deal for Mickle’s last film, We Are What We Are.
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