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Magnet Releasing Acquires 'Europa Report' with 'District 9' Star Sharlto Copley

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 6, 2013 at 1:17PM

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up US rights to sci-fi film "Europa Report," starring Sharlto Copley. Watch the teaser trailer below.
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Sharlto Copley in "Europa Report"
Sharlto Copley in "Europa Report"

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has picked up US rights to sci-fi film "Europa Report," starring Sharlto Copley. Watch the teaser trailer below.

The film marks Copley's return to the sci-fi genre following "District 9"; he recently wrapped production on Disney's "Maleficent" with Angelina Jolie. "Europa Report" is the English-language directorial debut of Sebastian Cordero ("Chronicles"), and was penned by Philip Gelatt. Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero ("Pan's Labyrinth") and cinematographer Enrique Chediak ("127 Hours") are also part of the team.

Magnolia will release the film later this year.

A unique blend of documentary, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. Developed in close collaboration with NASA, JPL, SpaceX and other leaders in the scientific community, the film imagines the next step in manned space exploration and is based on recent scientific discoveries and theories.

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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.