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Cannes Deals: Wild Bunch Is Mel Gibson's 'Blood Father'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 6, 2014 at 2:14AM

Euro company Wild Bunch has added "Blood Father," starring Mel Gibson, to its Cannes market slate of titles to shop. Per Variety, distributors have "been salivating" at the possibility that the film could land in the market.
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Mel Gibson

Can Mel come back? Maybe overseas if not domestic.

Vincent Miraval's French sales and production company Wild Bunch has added "Blood Father," starring tarnished one-time A-lister Mel Gibson, to its Cannes market slate of titles to shop. Per Variety, distributors have "been salivating" at the possibility that the film could land in the market.

The title is reportedly in the "Taken" vein of action films, a  top seller at festivals over the past couple years. It follows Gibson as an ex-con who becomes re-connected with his estranged daughter (Erin Moriarty of "True Detective") when she is gravely threatened by drug mobsters. It's set to film in New Mexico in May, with Jean-Francois Richet directing from a script by novelist Peter Craig (who also adapted Ben Affleck's "The Town").

This article is related to: Festivals, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson, Wild Bunch


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.