Arclight picks up Christian bestseller, 'Left Behind,' eyes Isla Fisher/'Reclaim' project, ahead of AFM
On the eve of the AFM, Arclight Films has taken on international sales duties for the film adaptation of the Christian-themed best-seller, “Left Behind,” a representative for the film told TheWrap on Tuesday.
The film, which will star Nicolas Cage and will be directed by Vic Armstrong, is looking for an early 2013 start date.
The book about the end of the world hit the top of the New York Times best-seller list, with more than 65 million novels sold. It went on to be translated into 30 languages.
Arclight is also circling another project “Reclaim,” which is eyeing Isla Fisher (“The Great Gatsby”) for a starring role. Ian Sutherland, Alan White, and Brian Etting are producing, and Alan White is directing the film.
The filmmakers are also interested in Joel Edgerton for the picture, which follows a couple who go to Australia to adopt a little girl from Afghanistan. They wind up getting taken advantage of by criminals and soon find themselves in terrible danger.
Other projects in Arclight’s AFM lineup includes “Heart of Darkness,” by Roger Donaldson; “Outcast,” which stars Hayden Christensen; “Predestination” with Ethan Hawke for the Spierig Brothers; “Mental," starring Liev Schreiber; and “Berlin Job” from director Frank Harper. The company’s genre arm, Easternlight Films, is handling such titles as “Seven Assassins,” and “Dangerous Liaisons” with Zhang Ziyi.
“We are extremely excited about this year’s AFM and the commercial appeal of our slate,” Clay Epstein, VP sales & acquisitions for Arclight Films, said. “We are presenting the buyers with films that are not only perfect for the marketplace but well made projects we can all be very proud of.”