Foresight Unlimited to Handle Foreign Sales and Introduce to Buyers in Cannes
Academy Award®-winning actor Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, The Quiet American) will star in Best Sellers, which will mark Lina Roessler’s (Little Whispers: The Vow, Mustard Seed) directorial debut. Based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay which won a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award, Best Sellers will be an official Canada-UK co-production, produced by Arielle Elwes (Braid), Cassian Elwes (Mudbound, The Butler), Petr Jákl (xXx, Ghoul, Medieval) and Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Wind River) on the UK side and Jonathan Vanger (Wishing Tree Productions: Miss Sloane) and Pierre Even (Item 7: War Witch, The Hummingbird Project) on the Canadian side. Executive producers include Martin Barab, Jere Hausfater, and Mark Damon. Foresight Unlimited will handle International Sales beginning at Cannes, while Cassian Elwes will handle the domestic sale. Filming is set to commence on mid-July, 2019 in Canada.
In a last-ditch effort to save a boutique publishing house, Best Sellers follows an ambitious young editor who goes on a wild book tour with a miserable, sharp-witted, has-been author (Caine) who just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and his orange Tabby cat.
“Best Sellers may become one of Michael Caine’s greatest and funniest triumphs. With ‘BULLSHITE’ as his rallying cry, Caine weaves a character that is hilarious in its rage, yet so touching in its vulnerability. Best Sellers is just a wonderful script,” said Foresight’s Mark Damon.
Caine is a multi-award-winning actor, having starred in a multitude of feature films and television projects. He is best-known for The Dark Knight, The Quiet American, The Prestige, The Cider House Rules, Now You See Me and most recently Going in Style. Caine is currently in post-production on Medieval (directed by Petr Jákl and produced by Jákl and Elwes) and Come Away starring Angelina Jolie.
Roessler is a Canadian actor, writer and director. Her previous short films Little Whispers: The Vow and Winter have won several awards and screened at prestigious festivals around the globe. Her feature script, The Rescuer, recently placed in top selections across a number of Canadian competitions and is one of ten scripts selected to partake in the 2019 TIFF Writers’ Studio.
Caine is represented by Toni Howard at ICM, Barry Tyerman at Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer, and Kate Buckley at 42.
ABOUT FORESIGHT UNLIMITED
Foresight Unlimited is one of the industry’s leading independent film production, sales, and distribution companies. With a pioneering entertainment career spanning over 50 years, CEO, Mark Damon is considered to be one of the leading authorities on international film financing, distribution and marketing strategies as well as being a successful independent producer. The company’s management group is helmed by President Tamara Birkemoe who oversees all aspects of the company’s slate.