Netflix may be absent from Cannes, with the exception of Wounds screening in the Directors’ Fortnight, but Amazon has been a notable presence on the Croisette this year. As well as screening two episodes of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old to Die Young, the online giant has snapped up the worldwide rights to new thriller 7500.
The hijacking film, which is already complete, didn’t screen at the festival but was touting its wares at the Cannes marketplace. Amazon outbid several buyers to take the international rights, excluding Germany, Austria and Switzerland and French TV.
The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a co-pilot whose plane is hijacked by terrorists. The film is written and directed by Patrick Vollrath, who makes his feature debut at the helm. Vollrath previously won acclaim with his 2015 Oscar-nominated short Everything Will Be Okay, with Gordon-Levitt boarding the project last year.
The movie is produced by Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo of Augenschein Filmproduktion, with Franz Novotny and Alexander Glehr (of Novotny & Novotny Filmproduktion) co-producing. It is exec produced by Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams.
The deal, announced this week at Cannes and reported by Deadline, marks Amazon’s second purchase of the festival. The online giant also picked up the US-only rights to Les Miserables, which screened in Competition. Written and directed by Ladj Ly, the film is loosely based on Victor Hugo’s seminal novel of the same name.