Paul Currie’s ‘2.22’ begins global roll-out
Director Paul Currie’s 2.22, a romantic thriller starring Teresa Palmer, Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman and Sam Reid, launches in Italy, the Middle East and a bunch of Asian markets on Thursday, followed by the US on Friday.
Italy will be the widest release as distributor Notorious Pictures has booked 600 screens for the saga of Huisman’s Dylan, an air traffic controller in New York who nearly causes a fatal mid- air collision at the stroke of 2:22.
In the US the film will get a limited theatrical release combined with premium VOD via Magnolia Pictures. The UK and France are the only major territories as yet unsold.
After arranging test screenings in Los Angeles Currie, who co-wrote the screenplay with American Todd Stein, told IF, “We know the film plays well with date audiences. It is a commercial romantic thriller with a recurring theme of love through time.”
Sales agent Good Universe sold the title to leading distributors including Germany’s Universum, eOne for Benelux and Kino Films in Japan. Vision Film Entertainment acquired the rights for China. The Australian distributor Icon has yet to firm a release date.
The plot follows Dylan as he forced to go on leave and meets and soon falls in love with Palmer’s character Sarah, who coincidentally was one of the passengers on the plane. To his horror Dylan realizes the same patterns in his life are recurring every day.
Reid plays Jonas, a New York-based artist who is an ex-boyfriend of Sarah’s. The cast includes Richard Davies as a fellow air traffic controller, John Waters as Dylan’s boss, Maeve Dermody as his ex-girlfriend, Kerry Armstrong and Remy Hii.
Visual effects houses Cutting Edge, Cumulus and Plural were hired to recreate JFK airport and Grand Central Station. The DoP is David Eggby.
The soundtrack with music composed by Lisa Gerrard and Daniel Johns plus licensed tracks is being released worldwide by Varèse Sarabande.
Huisman’s credits include World War Z and the TV series Treme, Nashville and Orphan Black. Palmer’s recent slate includes Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and John Hillcoat’s Triple 9.
Currie’s Lightstream Pictures produced with Wild Eddie’s Jodi Matterson, Walk the Walk Entertainment’s Steve Hutensky and Icon’s Bruce Davey. The EPs are Bill Mechanic, Todd Wagner, Ben Cosgrove, Jackie O’Sullivan, Stein, Garrett Kelleher, Charlie O’Carroll and David Whealy.
Currie was one of the producers alongside Mechanic on Hacksaw Ridge. A big fan of the US producer, Currie said, “My career would not be where it is today without Bill’s teaching and mentoring.”