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Jean-Marc Vallée’s ‘Demolition,’ Starring Watts and Gyllenhaal, Sells Abroad Like Gangbusters

Jean-Marc Vallée's 'Demolition,' Starring Watts and Gyllenhaal, Sells Abroad Like Gangbusters

On the heels of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Oscar contender “Wild” starring Reese Witherspoon, Fox Searchlight has announced that Vallée’s followup “Demolition,” which was snapped up in October following a heated bidding war, has sold to over 25 territories worldwide.

Vallée clearly has a way with leading Hollywood actors, leading studios to trust his instincts (see: McConaughey, Leto, Witherspoon). Another emotionally wrought indie drama for adults, “Demolition” turns on a troubled, investment banker widower (Gyllenhaal) whose world is changed by an unexpected encounter with a single mom (Watts).

The director, who hails from Québec, broke out stateside in 2013 with “Dallas Buyers Club” and hasn’t, it seems, stopped working since. A surefire Best Actress contender for Witherspoon, “Wild” played the festival circuit all this season and finally opens in theaters this week. Vallee talks “Wild” and teases “Demolition” in our TOH! exclusive video interview from Telluride. (We also spoke with Jake Gyllenhaal here.)

Based on Bryan Sipe’s 2007 Black Listed screenplay, “Demolition,” which was a hot title at the American Film Market, was sold by Sierra/Afinity in the following territories:

Australia / New Zealand / France / Germany / UK – Fox Searchlight
Latin America / Eastern Europe / Scandinavia / Iceland / Greece – Sony
Benelux – Remain In Light
Canada – VVS Films
Hong Kong – Lark
India – PVR
Israel – United King
Italy – Good Films
Japan – Phantom
Middle East – Eagle Films
Portugal – Lusomundo
South Africa – Ster Kinekor
South Korea – Main Title 
Taiwan – Filmware
Thailand / Vietnam – IPA
Turkey – Fabula

“Demolition” is produced by Black Label Media’s Molly Smith and Trent Luckinbill, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment’s Sidney Kimmel and Mr. Mudd’s Lianne Halfon and Russell Smith. Executive producers include Thad Luckinbill, Right of Way’s Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook, John Malkovich, Ellen Schwartz, SKE’s Carla Hacken, and Nathan Ross, Valle’s producing partner and manager. Sierra/Affinity started international sales of “Demolition” at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is scheduled to be released in 2015.

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