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BOLD FILMS ACQUIRES SPEC SCRIPT THE EDGE OF NORMAL IN COMPETITIVE STUDIO BIDDING


 

LOS ANGELES, CA – (July17, 2015) – Bold Films today announced the acquisition of the spec script THE EDGE OF NORMAL by Matt Venne, based on the novel by Carla Norton, in a competitive studio bidding. Bold’s Michel Litvak, Matthew Rhodes, and Lisa Zambri are attached to produce along with Industry Entertainment’s Andrew Deane.  Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will executive produce along with Industry’s Ava Jamshidi.  Bold’s Karen Barna, SVP Business and Legal Affairs handled the negotiations for Bold.

 

THE EDGE OF NORMAL tells the story of Reeve LaClaire who escaped captivity by a sadistic sexual predator when she was a teenager. Ten years later she remains haunted by her memories as she struggles to pull her life together. When her psychiatrist asks her to mentor the young survivor of another serial abductor, she slowly finds herself drawn into a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a clever psychopath who seems to know her every move.

 

Bold Films ChairmanLitvak said “This edge of the seat thriller has the potential to be a razor sharp classic in the vein of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. We are excited to find a filmmaker to come aboard to bring this gripping material to life.”

 

Walters, Bold Films CEO added, “The strong female empowerment theme of this film will especially appeal to a younger female audience, and serve Bold’s strategy of broadening its slate to serve all demographic groups.”

 

Carla Norton is the author of the #1 Non-Fiction Best Seller PERFECT VICTIM.  THE EDGE OF NORMAL is her debut fiction novel.  The sequel WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is coming out this summer, published by Minotaur Books.

 

Matt Venne, who recently developed and sold THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE series to Warner Bros. and NBC with John Wells and Arnold Kopelson producing, is repped by APA, Industry Entertainment and Stone Meyer GenowSmelkinson and Binder.  Carla Norton is repped by APA and Liza Dawson Associates.Industry Entertainment was repped by David Evans Esq.

 

About Bold Films

Bold Films is an independent entertainment production and finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for creative talent.  Bold Films’ mission is to produce original, studio-quality films, which have worldwide commercial appeal.

 

Bold Films’ projects from 2014 alone earned six Academy Award nominations.  Bold Films produced Dan Gilroy’s NIGHTCRAWLER, which was released by Open Road Films and stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.  NIGHTCRAWLER received nominations from The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, the Independent Spirit Award (which it won Best First feature), PGA Awards, SAG Awards and WGA awards.  Bold Films also produced and financed WHIPLASH, from writer-director Damien Chazelle starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.  The film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and won three: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Film Editing, and Best Sound Mixing.  Other nominations include The Independent Spirit Awards, PGA Awards, SAG Awards, and WGA Awards.

 

Earlier this year, Warner Bros. released LOST RIVER, Bold Films’ third collaboration with Ryan Gosling, which marked his debut as a writer and director. 

 

Upcoming for Bold Films is John Erick Dowdle’s action thriller NO ESCAPE, starring Owen Wilson, Pierce Brosnan and Lake Bell which will be released on August 26 by the Weinstein Company.  Also, Bold Films is co-financing Nicolas Winding Refn’s THE NEON DEMON staring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Karl Glusman, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Desmond Harrington, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves.  Production recently wrapped onRic Roman Waugh’s thriller SHOT CALLER, which stars NikolajCoster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick and Lake Bell. 

 

In television, Bold is currently in production on the 2nd season of the hit series DOMINION which airs on SyFy.