Voltage Pictures Launching Teen Drama ‘Departures’
Voltage Pictures is to fully finance and co-produce “Departures,” a drama featuring a teenager with a terminal illness who is helped by a geeky friend to gamely embark on a list of final things to do.
Co-produced with BCDF Pictures, the film will start production April 24 in New York with Peter Hutchings (“The Outskirts,” “Rhymes with Banana”) directing from a script written by Fergal Rock.
Production is by Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, and Brian Keady for BCDF and Nicolas Chartier and Alissa Phillips for Voltage. Voltage is handling international sales. U.S. rights are handled jointly by CAA and Voltage.
Asa Butterfield (“The Space Between Us”) stars alongside Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”,) with cast also including Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Flatliners”,) and Tyler Hoechlin (“Teen Wolf,” “Fifty Shades Freed”.)
Voltage is pitching the project as a sweet, uplifting tale in the vein of “The Fault in Our Stars.” It says it has had a strong early response from buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival’s European Film Market.
“Fergal has written a beautiful screenplay… This film will certainly resonate with the vast teen audience the world over,” said Voltage CEO Chartier. “’Departures’ is one of those rare projects that’s both commercial and intricate in its handling of many aspects of our humanity,’ said Claude Dal Farra.
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Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams Starring in Indie 'Arrivals'
Asa Butterfield and Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams will star in Arrivals, an indie drama from BCDF Pictures and Kalahari Film and Media.
Peter Hutchings, who helmed the high school comedy The Outskirts, is directing the feature, which is eyeing a winter shoot in South Africa.
Butterfield will play an American college dropout, working as a baggage handler in Cape Town, who happens to be a hypochondriac. He is forced to confront his fears when an unconventional British teen with a terminal illness, to be played by Williams, enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.
The screenplay, written by Fergal Rock, was a 2013 Academy Nicholl semifinalist.
The actress will join Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield and Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams in the Peter Hutchings-directed coming-of-age indie. Dobrev, who left the CW’s Vampire Diaries earlier this year after six seasons, will play American flight attendant Izzy, who is the love interest of Butterfield’s character. The screenplay by Fergal Rock was a 2013 Academy Nicholl semifinalist. The pic, produced by BCDF Pictures and Kalahari Films & Media, is set to start shooting in South Africa this winter.