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Weinstein Company Closing Deal To Acquire ‘Fruitvale’ For $2 – $3 Mill + Theatrical Guarantees

Weinstein Company Closing Deal To Acquire 'Fruitvale' For $2 - $3 Mill + Theatrical Guarantees

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 FeaturesThe 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 SpencerTristan Wilds and Melonie Diaz, and is produced by Forest Whitaker

WME negotiated the deal repping the filmmakers.

Can’t wait for that first trailer.

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Comments

Justin W

Congratulation to everybody involved in this film.

CLAYTON BROOMES JR

Congratulations to Nina Yang and Forest Whitaker… Ryan Coogler and Octavia Spencer.

Nikki

I'm not sure if this was a great deal, tbh. I would've preferred Fox Searchlight or Focus Features. TWC usually don't fare well with films this small or they will ignore them for bigger fish in the Oscar race. Even All Good Things starring Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst was basically forgotten about and didn't get a proper release. When it was released, by TWC it was 2 years later. So I do hope Harvey does right by Fruitvale.

Ashley1

Wow! Good for them! Congrats Fruitvale!

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