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MadRiver Pictures Acquires Charles Cumming’s Original Idea THE PLANE

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MadRiver Pictures have acquired the rights to Charles Cumming’s original idea The Plane, a high concept action-thriller whose longline is currently being kept under wraps.

MadRiver Pictures’ Marc Butan will produce alongside Di Bonaventura Pictures’ Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, with Alexandra Loewy overseeing for the company. Edward Fee and Riverstone Pictures' Deepak Nayar and Nik Bower are executive producing.

Di Bonaventura Pictures has produced the Transformers, G.I. Joe and Red franchises, along with Salt, Side Effects, Shooter and Jack Ryan. They are currently in production on Transformers 5 and Granite Mountain. The company's latest film, Deepwater Horizon, will be released September 30th by Lionsgate.

Charles Cumming is the author of eight spy novels whose first novel in his Thomas Kell trilogy, A Foreign Country, was acquired by Raindog Films. He is currently adapting the novel for television. Cumming’s work includes a screenplay called How to Catch a Russian Spy for StudioCanal, which Drake Doremus will direct.  Charles Cumming's most recent novel, A Divided Spy, will be published in the U.S. in February.

Cumming is represented by CAA, Grandview, and Janklow/Nesbitt.

MadRiver Pictures is a film finance, production and international sales company that finances and produces 3-4 director and star-driven films per year in the $15-50 million budget range for global wide release.  In Cannes, MadRiver and Insiders consolidated their foreign sales operations to form IMR International, a Los Angeles-based joint venture whose operations will be run by MadRiver’s Kim Fox.

MadRiver Pictures recently announced James Gray’s Ad Astra. The company is in post-production on Peter Landesman’s Felt starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, starring Charlie Hunnam and Sienna Miller.

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