As the Toronto fest moves into Tuesday, several more films look close to nailing down a distribution deal as two others from the program have found homes.
The word from several sources is that a deal for Stuart Blumberg’s sex-addiction comedy “Thanks for Sharing” is imminent, with the interested field whittled down to three serious bidders by Monday night. While precise deal points could take time to hammer out, the film’s home should be clear by Tuesday night.
Also burbling with activity is the Liz Garbus documentary “Love, Marilyn,” which doesn’t screen at Toronto until Wednesday but which encouraged suitors off its Telluride screening last weekend. Sources place HBO, which aired the director’s “Bobby Fischer Against the World” last year, among those taking a hard look at the innovative doc, which uses contemporary actors to read from Monroe’s letters and the work of others in her orbit.
Noah Baumbach’s “Frances Ha” remains viably in play, though an agreement may not close quickly as potential buyers wait to survey a few more of the available films (Samuel Goldwyn Films released his 2005 drama "The Squid and the Whale"). Rob Zombie’s latest horror effort, “The Lords of Salem,” had its premiere Monday at Ryerson Theatre at midnight and now has multiple genre tags chasing it. Anchor Bay Films, which nabbed Billy Bob Thornton’s “Jayne Mansfield’s Car” over the weekend, looks in the best position to take it home. UTA is handling "Sharing" and "Frances Ha," while Automatik and Submarine Entertainment are selling Zombie’s film for the U.S.
Monday’s fresh screenings should accelerate the scramble for titles, as “Arthur Newman,” starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt, had its premiere screening early afternoon, and Terrence Malick’s “To the Wonder” and Ariel Vromen’s “The Iceman” had their first Toronto screenings in the evening. All have a strong likelihood of scoring domestic deals. UTA and CAA are selling “Newman,” while the latter is handling the Malick, as well; Millennium Films/Nu Image is repping sales on “Iceman."
Neil Jordan's "Byzantium," "To the Wonder" and Brian De Palma's "Passion," which all are still up for grabs, screen again Tuesday.
Thus far, high-end dealmaking has led to Focus Features pocketing Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” for somewhere in the $3-million range, and Dimension plucking the horror film “Aftershock” out of Midnight Madness for $2 million. Monday night, UTA closed a deal for Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s comedy “Imogene” to go home with Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions, which also picked up Sarah Polley’s family documentary “Stories We Tell.” Smaller buys were steady through the weekend and should start up again mid-week, with IFC Films, Magnolia and Oscilloscope pocketing titles.