REVIEW OF MIDNIGHT SUN
Open Road Films has acquired U.S. rights to Midnight Sun, a Scott Speer directed romantic drama that stars Bella Thorne, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Rob Riggle and Quinn Shephard. Open Road films committed a seven-figure minimum guarantee and a P&A commitment for a wide release. The distributor has set a wide release on July 14, 2017.
The romantic drama follows 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne), sheltered since childhood with a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight. Katie’s world opens up after dark when she ventures out to play her guitar for travelers. One night, she meets Charlie (Schwarzenegger), whom she has secretly admired for years. She hides her condition from him, and the two embark on a uniquely powerful romance that takes place over the summer.
Open Road confirmed the deal. “We were swept off our feet by this romantic film,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said. “The movie had men and women – young and old – in tears, and we could tell immediately how strongly this story, and the fantastic performances by leads Bella and Patrick, would resonate with audiences of all ages.”
Said Schiller: “John developed an incredibly powerful script that immediately spoke to both of us, and we knew that we had to make this film. Bella, Patrick, and Rob deliver outstanding performances and Open Road is the perfect home for this project. It’s clear that they are as passionate about this movie as we are.”
Ortenberg negotiated for Open Road along with Elliott Kleinberg and newly minted acquisitions exec Lejo Pet. Thorne is repped by CAA and Thor Bradwell at Thirty Three Management, Schwarzenegger by Management 360, and Riggle by WME and Principato Young. Speer is by WME and Principato Young. WME Global and Sky Moore at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP represented Boies/Schiller in the sale.