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IFC Films Buys Ethan Hawke Drama ‘Tesla’ (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety



IFC Movies has nabbed U.S. rights to “Tesla,” the story of inventor Nikola Tesla and his efforts to construct a revolutionary electrical system.

The acquisition extends IFC’s lengthy relationship with Ethan Hawke, who stars as Tesla and who has beforehand partnered with the studio on such movies as “Boyhood” and “Blaze.” The movie additionally reunites Hawke with filmmaker Michael Almereyda, with whom he beforehand labored on “Hamlet.” “Tesla” premiered at this 12 months’s Sundance Movie Competition. IFC will launch the movie August 7, 2020.

“It’s at all times a trigger for celebration for IFC Movies to work with Ethan, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with the legendary Michael Almereyda and the remainder of this wonderful solid to carry this distinctive and extraordinary movie to US audiences this summer season,” stated Arianna Bocco, EVP of acquisitions and productions at IFC Movies, in a press release.

The movie tracks Tesla’s contentious relationship with fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan), in addition to the ways in which his high-minded idealism clashes with American industrialism. The solid additionally contains Eve Hewson, Jim Gaffigan, Donnie Keshawarz, Rebecca Dayan, Josh Hamilton, and Lucy Walters. Producing alongside Millennium Media is Uri Singer of Passage Photos, Christa Campell and Lati Grobman of Campbell-Grobman Movies, and Isen Robbins of Intrinsic Worth Movies.

The deal for the movie was negotiated by IFC Movies’ Bocco and Cinetic Media and Millennium Media on behalf of the filmmakers. Millennium Media can also be dealing with international gross sales.
“This has been a protracted journey,” Singer stated in a press release. :Completely satisfied to collaborate with IFC, who’ve labored with Ethan Hawke efficiently previously. This script was written 37 years in the past and due to Millennium and everybody concerned, we’re proud to have audiences see it this summer season.”

“We couldn’t have discovered a greater house for this movie and are actually excited to be teaming up as soon as once more with IFC to share this unconventional story of the legend that’s Nikola Tesla, portrayed by the multi-talented Ethan Hawke who brings Almereyda’s imaginative and prescient to life alongside a surprising ensemble solid,” stated Millennium’s Jeffrey Greenstein.

IFC additionally purchased the Jude Regulation drama “The Nest” and the Emily Mortimer thriller “Relic” out of Sundance.

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