The Toronto International Film Festival has a well-deserved reputation for being a film industry event that gives rise to an incredible number of notable production deals. With that in mind, this year has so far seemed somewhat quieter than usual – and this has led to speculation in some quarters about the stability of the industry as a whole. But then, in came legendary writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson with his untitled next project, sparking an impressive bidding war that was ultimately won by Focus Features.
Seeing off competition from Fox Searchlight, Focus has secured the worldwide rights to the film, and will supply its entire budget of $35 million. Co-producing, along with Anderson, will be the equally legendary Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures – a long-time champion of independent filmmaking. The deal was undoubtedly helped to fruition by the fact that the movie will see Paul Thomas Anderson reunite with his Academy Award »
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Writer-director Jim Sheridan has built a career off the plight of the Irish working class, with his best films (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father, and The Boxer) all starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Lately, without Day-Lewis, Sheridan has been stuck in a rut of average American films (Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Brothers, Dream House) and yet I still had somewhat decent expectations for his newest work, The Secret Scripture. It does, after all, star one of the very best actresses working these days, Rooney Mara. As evidenced in Carol, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Her, The Social Network, and more, she can detail a world of emotions with just a glance at her piercing green eyes.
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When we think of capital-g, capital-a Great Acting, we go right to the grand displays of force: Marlon Brando howling for Stella, Vivien Leigh swearing to God that she'll never go hungry again, Daniel Day-Lewis theatrically slurping up that milk shake. There's something electric about watching go-for-broke performances such as these, a sort of contact high emanating from the emotional extremes onscreen.
Amy Adams does not tend to do things like this, and Friday morning at the Toronto International Film Festival, she reminded audiences why she doesn't need to. In »
Heading into the weekend Toronto has already delivered two headline-grabbing pre-buys.
CAA brokered that deal and was also fielding intense early interest on Jackie, Pablo Larrain’s Venice critical darling that may trigger a Us deal after the North American premiere in Toronto on Sunday.
The second major pre-buy came on Friday when Lionsgate closed a deal with Wme Global and Good Universe on Kin.
There are more packages floating about – CAA is touting Rebel In The Rye, while Wme Global »
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In a second major pre-buy announced in Toronto that is understood to have closed on Friday in the mid-to-high $20m range, Lionsgate has acquired worldwide rights for its Summit Entertainment label to the action-thriller.
Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid will star in Kin. Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps will serve as producers alongside Jeff Arkuss, David Gross and Jesse Shapira, who will also finance the film through No Trace Camping.
The story follows a recently released ex-con and his adopted younger brother as they flee a vengeful criminal, the FBI and a cadre of otherworldly soldiers.
The brothers’ only chance of survival comes when they get their hands on an ancient weapon of mysterious origins.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin on October 24. Wme Global assembled the package and handled the sale »
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Exclusive: In the second giant Toronto pre-buy deal in as many days, Lionsgate has won a vigorous auction and has acquired and will distribute Kin, the sci-fi action thriller that will star Jack Reynor, James Franco, Zoe Kravitz and Dennis Quaid. Just like yesterday’s splashy deal for the untitled Paul Thomas Anderson-directed drama with Daniel Day-Lewis that Focus Features acquired, this was a negative pickup for near-$30 million, and it has Universal, MGM, Sony and TWC… »
The fact that the first major deal at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival is for a film that isn’t here — Focus Features won the untitled ’50s London fashion industry drama that Paul Thomas Anderson will direct with Daniel Day-Lewis — underscores how profoundly the independent theatrical acquisitions has turned toward pre-buys of film packages. Toronto has always been viewed as a terrific place for distributors to launch Oscar-season films, and to supplement their slates with… »
The last time Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis collaborated on a film together we got There Will Be Blood, which I easily place among my favourite movies of all time. Several months ago a tantalizing rumour emerged that the talented pair were set to reunite for a new as-yet-untitled film, and now, Deadline has confirmed it. After a lengthy bidding war, Universal Pictures... Read More »
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Focus Features has announced that it has snapped up the worldwide distribution rights to Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, which is set to reunite him with his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis and will revolve around the world of fashion in 1950s London.
“Paul Thomas Anderson is a singular storyteller who has the ability to mesmerize audiences by creating complex and fascinating characters,” states Focus chariman Peter Kujawski. “It is our privilege to bring Daniel Day-Lewis’ reteaming with Paul to movie lovers who have long hoped for their reunion.”
“Amongst their contemporaries, Paul and Daniel truly represent the highest tier of artistry in film,” adds Megan Ellison of Annapurna Pictures, who is producing. “We are thrilled to partner with Peter and his entire team at Focus and collaborate once again with Paul on this ever original, visionary story. We cannot wait to see this lush world come »
- Gary Collinson
Focus Features has acquired worldwide rights to writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled new film starring Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus will distribute the film in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution. Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is producing the movie, with Mr. Anderson and JoAnne Sellar producing through his Ghoulardi Film Company. The film will begin production in January for release in 2017.
Continuing a creative collaboration following 2007's There Will Be Blood, which earned Daniel Day-Lewis the Best Actor Academy Award, and the film nominations for Best Picture, Directing, and Screenplay, Mr. Anderson will once again explore a distinctive and surging milieu of the 20th century through the new movie - the couture world of 1950s London.
Mr. Day-Lewis has also won the Best Actor Academy Award for his performances in Lincoln and My Left Foot, while Mr. Anderson has also received Academy Award nominations for his screenplays of Inherent Vice, »
It is understood Focus beat out Fox Searchlight and others and paid around $35m for a project that with soft money could see the budget rise to around $40m.
News of the stunning deal emerged on the first day of Toronto and marks another notable pre-buy in an environment where distributors have shown themselves to be willing to invest early in promising material with A-list attachments.
Anderson’s first film since Inherent Vice in 2014 will take place in the 1950s London high fashion scene. The producers have earmarked a January 2017 start in time for a year-end release »
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Cinephiles were buzzing with excitement over the summer when rumors pointed to a possible reunion of director Paul Thomas Anderson and his There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis for an untitled film that was reportedly set in the fashion world of New York City during the 1950s. Today we have confirmation that this reunion […]
- Ethan Anderton
Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson will reteam for a new movie for Focus Features, which just acquired the worldwide rights for the film leading into Toronto International Film Festival. Anderson wrote the screenplay for the yet untitled film, which is set in the fashion world of London in the 1950s. Production is expected to begin in early 2017. Anderson and Day-Lewis previously collaborated on 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” which earned Day-Lewis an Oscar for Best Actor and Robert Elswit an Oscar for cinematography. Also Read: Paul Thomas Anderson Slams American Airlines in Indie Spirit Acceptance Speech “Paul Thomas Anderson is a. »
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Earlier this year, rumors began swirling that Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis were eyeing their first collaboration since 2007’s “There Will Be Blood,” and now the project is official as Focus Features has won a tense bidding war for worldwide distribution rights. Deadline reports the company was in battle with Fox Searchlight for rights to the drama, which Anderson is looking to make on a $35 million budget. The picture, which is set in the 1950s London fashion scene, will go into production early next year. Focus is targeting a late 2017 release date.
The untitled project will bring Daniel Day-Lewis back to the big screen for the first time since “Lincoln” in 2012. He won the Best Actor Oscar for the role, his third after “My Left Foot” and “Blood.” Further plot details are being kept under wraps for now, »
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The indie label will finance the $35 million production and is looking to release the picture in 2017. It’s a coup for the newly reconstituted division, which underwent a major overhaul earlier this spring that brought in new management and returned the brand to a familiar mandate — making character-driven fare and prestige productions. The studio will be busy at this year’s Toronto Film Festival, screening the Civil Rights drama “Loving,” the fantasy drama “A Monster Calls,” and Tom Ford’s pulpy “Nocturnal Animals.”
In June, Variety broke the news that Day-Lewis and Anderson were looking to join forces once again, a pairing that should leave cinephiles in raptures given that their previous collaboration, the wildcatter drama “There Will Be Blood,” has become a »
- Brent Lang
It was earlier this summer when we got the most tantalizing film news of the year thus far: Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis are planning a second collaboration, one set in the 1950s fashion industry. At that time, we weren’t sure when exactly we might be able to see it — just that Anderson was “meeting young actresses of Eastern European descent to cast supporting roles” — but now we finally have word, and it’s thankfully sooner than expected.
According to Deadline, Focus Features beat out Fox Searchlight for the worldwide rights for the project and they’ll also finance the $35 million budget, with producing help once again from Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and JoAnne Sellar at Ghoulardi Film Company. The enticing news is that production will begin early next year and we’ll see it arrive by late 2017. The trade reports the drama is actually set in London, »
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Debate’s been raging on Twitter and elsewhere in the last few days after a couple of articles suggesting, once again, that movies are dead. A summer of weak and underperforming blockbusters and quiet indie releases, along with the success of Peak TV and Netflix, lead some to suggest that cinema is going the way of the […]
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Exclusive: Universal and Focus Features won a worldwide rights auction for an untitled film that Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and will direct, re-teaming him with There Will Be Blood star Daniel Day-Lewis. Focus won the deal after a ferocious bidding battle with Fox Searchlight. The deal puts the lie to press reports speculating that buyer appetite has vanished going into Toronto. I’m told that Focus will finance the film’s $35 million budget on a negative pickup deal, with… »
Classic film lovers rejoice. Charles S. Cohen, owner, chairman and CEO of Cohen Media Group has begun re-releasing 30 films by the legendary Merchant Ivory Productions. The remastered library includes 21 feature films and 9 shorts and documentaries.
Merchant Ivory Productions was founded in 1961 by producer Ismail Merchant and director James Ivory — together, they produced 44 films. Founder and Oscar-nominated director James Ivory has collaborated with Cohen, and serves as creative director, on the restoration, re-release and promotion of each of the 30 films. Some of the titles set be released include the already-available “Howards End,” “Maurice,” “Shakespeare Wallah” and “Heat and Dust.”
Of the re-release plans, Cohen said, “Merchant Ivory has been a peak on the twentieth century cinematic landscape, and we are honored to have James Ivory on our team working on the restoration and re-release of these magnificent films. »
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