Saturday, November 8, 2014

'Equals' Update - to be released in France by Paramount in late 2015/early 2016

Variety - AFM: Selective Films Buys Kristen Stewart Pic ‘Equals’ for France

Selective Films has acquired French rights to Drake Doremus’ sci-fi love story “Equals.” Starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, “Equals” is set in the future where emotions have been eradicated, but a disease can cause them to return.

Just when most French distributors are either too cash-strapped or cautious to continue picking up U.S. indies, Jean-Philippe Tirel’s company is staying active, targeting few high-profile U.S. projects at script stage, such as “Nightcrawler.”

Under its deal with Orange Studio, the film co-production and co-distribution arm of the telco company, “Equals” will be released in France by Paramount in late 2015 or early 2016.

Yay exciting! I smell a good & big promo. :)))

September 26, 2014

Paso Robles Daily News - Seth Adams, has been added to the cast of “Equals,” a new movie starring Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce and Jacki Weaver, directed by Drake Doremus and written by Nathan Parker.

Adams plays a person who ensures that once someone is overtaken by SOS, they are never heard from again.

While Adams cannot say much more about the plot, he did say that he is a huge fan of the sci-fi genre and is “immensely happy to be even a small part of this film.” He said the film is expected to be out in September 2015 and is being filmed in the United States and Japan.

Adams currently resides in Singapore for the time being while he works there, but is generally based out of L.A.

July 17, 2014

We know that Equals will start filming on August 4 in Japan, now we also know that it will last one month and then continue in Singapore from September 4 to 14. :)

GeekCrusade - Casting call for Equals in Singapore. "We now know that the Equals movie shoot commences on September 4, and ends on September 14."

UPD: Variety "'Equals' will shoot from August 4 to 28 in Japan and then move to Singapore for another three weeks."

July 16, 2014

Deadline - "I’ve learned that two-time Oscar-nominated Australian actress Jacki Weaver is also now in negotiations to join Equals."

Collider - "Weaver will play Bess, a doctor who helps Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult’s characters, both of whom are suffering from the syndrome."

July 9, 2014

Deadline - EXCLUSIVE: Aurora Perrineau has been cast in sci-fi romance Equals. She’ll play Iris, a new mother whose baby is born crying — a sign the tyke can feel those dreaded emotions.

July 6, 2014

On David Selby's official website "David Selby has signed on to appear in Equals"
He also has been added on Equals's IMDb page.

July 1, 2014

Deadline - EXCLUSIVE: Actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, You’re Next) has been cast in Equals.
Added on IMDb as 'Kate'

June 12, 2014

TheWrap - Producers Scott Free Productions and Route One Films announced today that multi-award winning actor Guy Pearce (“The Rover,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The King's Speech”) will join the cast of the futuristic feature EQUALS opposite Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. Filming is set to commence in Japan and Singapore this August. Mister Smith Entertainment is handling international sales on the film and launched the project to buyers at the recent 2014 Cannes Film Market. It has so far sold in over 35 territories.

June 4, 2014

Variety - "Silas (Hoult), an illustrator, becomes afflicted with “switched-on-syndrome,” allowing him to experience emotion, and is drawn to Nia (Stewart), a fiction writer, who’s also emotionally alive and hiding her condition. When the government announces that a cure for “switched-on syndrome” has been found, Silas and Nia have to find a way to survive."

Icon Film Distribution has acquired the rights to Equals for U.K. distribution.

May 16, 2014

According to ProdWeekly, 'Equals' will start filming on August 4. :)

May 2, 2014

Screendaily - David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment has newly boarded international rights to the stellar Cannes package Equals, set to star Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Warm Bodies lead Nicholas Hoult.

UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project – which was previously with Exclusive Media - and will sell the North American rights to the film, which is due to start in Japan and Singapore in August 2014.

Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One, who are also financing. Executive producers are Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo, Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.

German electro musician Apparat - well known for track Goodbye, which featured in the climactic scene of the season 4 finale of Breaking Bad - will provide the music, production design will come from Tino Schaedler (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), and costume design will be by Michael Wilkenson (American Hustle).

Combining two of the industry’s hottest sales names and a stellar production team, Equals is likely to be among the most in-demand titles at the Cannes marché.


Equals tells the story of Silas (Hoult) who lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite and life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they’d escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love but once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again.

When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he’s going through. Nia (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives but the only way for them to insure their survival is to escape.

Mister Smith CEO David Garrett told Screen: “With such a paucity of strong material in the market place, reading Equals was like a breath of fresh air. It has everything a broad audience is looking for: a compelling narrative with a beating heart. The director Drake Doremus is a real emerging talent who has brought together a fantastic cast and a really strong creative team. And the decision to shoot this in Japan and Singapore is going to give this a truly original style and voice. The enthusiastic support of UTA and Route One has been very refreshing and having Michael Schaefer and Ridley Scott as Producers is the icing on a very tasty cake”.

The synopsis sounds soooooo good. No words to say how excited I am!

April 23, 2014

LATimes - Doremus is next set to direct “Equals,” a futuristic romance he aims to shoot this year. With Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult starring, it certainly has a bigger feel. (Essentially it’s about an uber-rationalist society that’s been stripped of all romantic feeling, seemingly to its betterment, and what happens when a man starts developing emotions again.)

Of course, as he's Drake Doremus, he’s hardly doing it the conventional way either. The movie will be shot in Tokyo (Doremus wanted the futurism the city can offer) and financed not by a studio but with Indian Paintbrush, an independent company that bankrolled Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” as well as “Like Crazy.”

• According to ProdWeekly, the shooting will start in August 2014.

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