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AMERICA ULTRA: Lionsgate buys Eisenberg, Stewart Film For $7 Million

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Lionsgate purchased America Ultra for $7 Million. The acquisition of America Ultra by Lionsgate answers the question of who will distribute the Nima Nourizadeh directed film. Lionsgate now has the right to distribute the Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart-starring film in the United States.

 On the production of American Ultra and the people behind-the-scenes:

the action comedy…begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks…It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizzio producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing.

On the plot of American Ultra:

In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out.

On Jesse Eisenberg:

Jesse Adam Eisenberg…is an American actor and playwright. He made his screen debut with the comedy-drama television series Get Real (1999–2002). After his first leading role, in the film Roger Dodger (2002), he appeared in the movies The Emperor’s Club (2002), The Squid and the Whale (2005), The Living Wake (2007) and The Education of Charlie Banks (2007).

In 2007, Eisenberg was honored with the Vail Film Festival Rising Star Award for his role as Mills Joquin in The Living Wake.[1] In 2009, he starred in the comedy drama Adventureland and the horror comedy Zombieland, for which he won critical acclaim. He then played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network (2010), for which he received a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination in the Best Actor category. He also starred in Holy Rollers (2010), which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, he has voiced the main character, Blu, in the animated film Rio (2011), and starred in the comedy 30 Minutes or Less (2011) and the caper film Now You See Me (2013). He will once again voice Blu in Rio 2, which is scheduled for a 2014 release. He will reunite with Kristen Stewart in the upcoming action-comedy film American Ultra which filming begins in April 2014. He will additionally portray Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in the sequel to Man of Steel, which will be released in 2016.

On Kristen Stewart:

Kristen Jaymes Stewart…is an American actress who is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga and for her prolific work in independent films. She has also starred in films such as Panic Room (2002), Speak (2004), Zathura (2005), The Messengers (2007), Adventureland (2009), The Runaways (2010), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), On the Road (2012) and Camp X-Ray (2014) . She will star in Clouds of Sils Maria (2014), Still Alice (2015) and Equals (2015).

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Source: Wikipedia (1, 2), Deadline

 

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