Well, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll likely be talking a lot about Fruitvale during next awards season, now that it’s been officially announced that, after a bidding war over the film, involving The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, with Paramount Pictures and Focus Features, The Weinstein Company (TWC) won the auction, and is reportely wrapping up a deal to acquire Ryan Coogler’s feature film directorial debut, in a deal worth between $2 million and $3 million, including commitments to a wide theatrical release, says Variety.
Now word yet on when exactly TWC plans to release the film, but it’ll likely see a fall premiere.
But, I say we’ll be talking about the film during next awards season, given how well it’s been received by audiences and critics alike, at the Sundance Film Festival, where it premiered on Saturday, as well as TWC’s record with the company’s films, during awards season. They probably see some potential there, and Harvey certainly has proven to have an eye for these things.
So might we be discussing Michael B. Jordan as a Best Actor contender in 2014? His performance in the film has almost been universally lauded thus far.
The film, based on the murder of 22-year old Oscar Grant (played by Jordan in the film), co-stars Octavia Spencer, Tristan Wilds and Melonie Diaz, and is produced by Forest Whitaker.
WME negotiated the deal repping the filmmakers.
Can’t wait for that first trailer.