With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Deppgangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.
“Black Mass” (pictured) is a biopic of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger, played by Depp, who became an FBI informant and used this status to eliminate criminal competition during the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s. Pic also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Joel Edgerton and Peter Sarsgaard, making for a hefty dose of star power which will help keep global media outlets fed and pacified.
Guadagnino’s “A Bigger Splash” is a thriller about a celebrity couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the strange sun-drenched Italian island of Pantelleria, whose lives are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Dakota Johnson). Pic is fully financed by France’s StudioCanal, which in February sold U.S. rights to Fox.
Venice Film Festival takes place September 2-12 and it final list will be announce on July 29th.