The Exchange has closed key territories on Cannes virtual market screening A Gift From Bob starring Luke Treadaway, led by deals with Lionsgate UK, Leonine for Germany, and DDDream for China.
Brian O’Shea and his team have closed further sales in: Japan (Comstick), France (AB), Italy (Notorious), CIS (Exponenta), Middle East (Selim Ramia & Co), Hong Kong (Lark), and Taiwan (CaiChang).
The film marks the sequel to 2016 release A Streecat Named Bob and is on track to complete post production at Twickenham Studios in time for a 2020 December holiday season release.
The story returns to the life of James Bowen, a busker and recovering addict whose life was transformed after he met a stray ginger cat.
Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale franchise, A Dog’s Way Home) directed from a screenplay by Garry Jenkins.
Adam Rolston (A Street Cat Named Bob) is producing with Tracy Jarvis and Steve Jarvis of Parkhouse Pictures (Anna & The Apocalypse), Sunny Vohra and Andrew Boswell of Twickenham Studios, and Martin Metz and Adrian Politowski of Align.
O’Shea and Nat McCormick of The Exchange are executive producers with Mick Southworth, Martin McCabe and Phil Burgin of Enriched Media Group, and Perry Trevers of Studio Pow, and Adam Coburn and Pete Bury. Bowen and Jenkins, who wrote the book on which the feature franchise is based, also serve as executive producers.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this joyous and inspirational sequel to the UK this year,” said Lionsgate UK president Nicola Pearcey. ”Bob the cat was a great inspiration to James and this story sees how this very special cat helped a homeless man off the streets at Christmas. At a time where we can all use a feel good and heart-warming pick me up, this film is the perfect remedy.”
The Exchange’s market line-up includes Olivia Munn thriller Replay; Bruce Willis in Reactor and Cosmic Sin; Sundance selections Spree and Welcome To Chechnya;SXSW entry The Toll; and Tribeca selection The Stand-In.