UK sales and distribution organization Blue Finch Films has struck some major regional deals on The Barbarians, the directorial debut of British filmmaker Charles Dorfman, who also wrote the screenplay. The film has been sold to the Middle East (Front Row), Scandinavia (Nonstop Entertainment) and will join the Sky Originals film line-up on Sky Cinema in the UK and Ireland on 3 April. The picture was previously sold to the US along with IFC Midnight. , which will release the film in theaters and on demand on April 1. The Barbarian stars Ivan Rion (Game of Thrones), Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey), Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), Conor Swindells (Sex Education) and Ines Spiridonov (Section Zero). It follows two couples celebrating a birthday at an intimate dinner party. As night falls, secrets begin to unravel, and an unexpected knock on the door sends the festive evening into a dark night of terror. Dorfman also produced the film, his other producing credits include Ramin Bahrani’s Second Chance (Sundance 2022) and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-nominated The Lost Daughter.
Key Talent Adds Customer Trio
Tal Drori’s Key Talent Management has added three new clients. The company has signed Julie Warner, best known for her roles as Danny on Family Law and Megan on Nip/Tuck, Coy Stewart, whose credits include Bella and the Bulldog, Are We There Still, and Agents Of Shields and Claire McNulty, who were at HBO’s Search Party. All of them will be represented by Michaela Mahoney.
BBC to celebrate the Rolling Stones
The BBC is to celebrate The Rolling Stones with a season of the show consisting of four films featuring access to band members and newly-filmed interviews. Mercury Studios features will put Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood front and center with collection performances and interviews. The story of Charlie Watts, who passed away in August 2021, will be told through tributes from his fellow band members and his musical peers. BBC Pop Controller Lorna Clark said, “What better year for the BBC than to pay tribute to and celebrate one of the world’s most important rock groups, in their 60th anniversary year.” The films, to be broadcast on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer this summer, are directed by Oliver Murray (cool one) and Claire Taverner (Keith Richards: A Culture Show Special) Mercury Studios will distribute internationally. This announcement comes from Disney+’s . has been renewed after the critical acclaim received by Move back Beatles doc, created by Peter Jackson.
Nigeria to remake US gameshow ‘Pyramid’
Nigeria’s Makedos International and Sony Pictures Television to remake popular US gameshow format pyramid in the African region. The show debuted on CBS nearly 50 years ago and involved two contestants attempting to guess a series of words or phrases based on descriptions given by their peers. In the Nigerian version, contestants will be able to win 10 million naira ($24,000) weekly. Makedos International CEO Martin Gabados called the format “one of the greatest game shows of all time”.