Brief Synopses for Lionsgate’s Cannes Sales Including THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2, DRAFT DAY, VENUS IN FUR, JOHN WICK, and More

     May 22, 2013


The Cannes Film Festival, like most major film festivals, is where studios deal behind the scenes to acquire films, although Cannes has the added touch of also packaging movies (which is why we’ve seen so many casting stories) and selling existing properties to foreign buyers. Lionsgate managed to sell nine of their movies, and their press release contains brief synopses for each of the films.  Some confirm what we already know, some provide new information, and some are Step Up 5 (“Fifth installment of Summit Entertainment’s successful STEP UP franchise”).

Hit the jump for the synopses as well as the cast and above-the-line crew.

mockingjay-book-coverTHE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2 (ColorForce, Lionsgate)

Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland

Director: Francis Lawrence

Writer: Danny Strong

Producers: Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik

Brief Synopsis:

In MOCKINGJAY PARTS 1 & 2, we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.

DRAFT DAY (Montecito Picture Company, OddLot Entertainment, Summit)

Cast: Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Combs, Terry Crews, Chi McBride, Frank Langella, and Chadwick Boseman

Director: Ivan Reitman

Producers: Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell, and Gigi Pritzker

Brief Synopsis:

On the day of the NFL Draft, general manager Sonny Weaver (Costner) has the opportunity to save football in Cleveland when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he’s willing to sacrifice in pursuit of perfection as the lines between his personal and professional life become blurred on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with dreams of playing in the NFL.

roman-polanski-venus-in-furVENUS IN FUR (R.P. Productions, Monolith Films)

Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel

Director: Roman Polanski

Writers: Roman Polanski and David Ives

Producer: Basil Iwanyk

Brief Synopsis:

A director becomes enslaved by desire after reluctantly agreeing to audition one last actress for the lead role of his play. The film is an adaptation of David Ives’s play Venus in Fur, a Broadway and off-Broadway success, that received a Tony® nomination for Best Play and garnered a Tony for Nina Arianda as Best Actress.

JOHN WICK (Thunder Road)

Cast: Keanu Reeves

Directors: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski

Writer: Derek Kolstad

Producer: Basil Iwanyk

Brief Synopsis:

From the producer of CLASH OF THE TITANS and THE TOWN comes a tale of adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption. When a retired hit man is forced back into action by a sadistic young thug, he hunts down his adversaries with the skill and ruthlessness that made him an underworld legend.

vin-diesel-01THE LAST WITCH HUNTER (Mark Canton Production, One Race Entertainment, Emmett/Furla)

Cast: Vin Diesel

Director: Breck Eisner

Writer: Cory Goodman

Producers: Mark Canton, Bernie Goldman, and Vin Diesel

Brief Synopsis:

In THE LAST WITCH HUNTER, an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) partners with his natural enemy, a female witch, to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity.

A LITTLE CHAOS (Potboiler Productions, The Bureau)

Cast: Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Alan Rickman

Director: Alan Rickman

Writers: Alison Deegan, Alan Rickman, and Jeremy Brock

Producers: Gail Egan, Andreaa Calderwood, and Bertrand Faivre

Brief Synopsis:

A passionate love affair challenges a beautiful landscape gardener both personally and professionally as she navigates the sexual and political intrigues of the Versailles court.

REAWAKENING (Blumhouse Productions, Mosaic)

Cast: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass

Director: David Gelb

Writer: Luke Dawson and Jeremy Slater

Producers: Blumhouse’s Jason Blum and Mosaic Media Group

Brief Synopsis:

In REAWAKENING, a team of research students discovers the secret to bringing subjects back from the dead however their actions result in a series of sinister consequences.


Director: Trish Sie

Writer: John Swetnam

Briefest synopsis:

Fifth installment of Summit Entertainment’s successful STEP UP franchise.


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