Following a heated bidding war, Broad Green Pictures has acquired all U.S. rights to Ramin Bahrani’s eviction drama “99 Homes,” which stars Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, the company announced Tuesday.
BGP plans to release the film next spring and launch an awards campaign in 2015, as the film recently earned strong reviews on the fall festival circuit.
Laura Dern and Noah Lomax respectively play Garfield’s mother and son in the film, which Bahrani co-wrote with Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi.
Bahrani also produced the film with Ashok Amritraj, Kevin Turen and Justin Nappi. Hyde Park-Image Nation financed the “humanist thriller,” and Hyde Park is currently in negotiations for many of the remaining territories.
Garfield stars as an Orlando construction worker named Dennis Nash who is evicted from his home by charismatic, gun-toting real-estate broker Mike Carver (Shannon), and forced to move his family into a shabby motel. Carver seduces Nash into a risky world of stealing from banks and the government. Nash makes big money, but it comes at a cost. On Carver’s orders, Nash must evict honest families from their homes — just as it happened to him — and will have to choose between destroying an honest man for the ultimate win or going against Carver and finding redemption.
“I’m very happy to partner with Broad Green Pictures. Their passion and plan for this film felt like the perfect way to bring it to the US,” said Bahrani. “What excited me the most was to see that audiences’ reactions in all the festivals was so tremendous. Their passionate and visceral reaction convinced all of us that the country needs and wants to see a film like this. I’m thrilled to have such committed partners to make sure this film reaches a very wide audience.”
“We are so excited to have the opportunity to support the incredible message behind the vision of a world class filmmaker and the performances of Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon. Broad Green could not be more excited to share this film with as wide of an audience as possible and create real world changes for the themes it represents,” said Daniel Hammond, chief creative officer of BGP.
The deal for “99 Homes” was negotiated by Ashok Amritraj for Hyde Park-Image Nation, CAA on behalf of the filmmakers, and by BGP’s CEO Gabriel Hammond.