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Sony Pictures Classics to Finance and Distribute Holofcener's "Friends with Money"

Sony Pictures Classics to Finance and Distribute Holofcener's "Friends with Money"

by Brian Brooks









Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Michael Barker (left), Marcie Bloom, and Tom Bernard with SVP of Acquisitions and Productions Dylan Leiner pictured in October at the Hamptons International Film Festival in October. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

Sony Pictures Classics will finance director Nicole Holofcener's latest project, "Friends with Money," the company announced Wednesday. Additionally, the New York-based company will handle worldwide distribution with the exception of Australia and Scandinavia for the film, based on Holofcener's original screenplay. This and That's Anne Carey, Anthony Bregman and Ted Hope will produce the film.

Starring Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Joan Cusack, Jason Isaacs, Scott Caan, Greg Germann and Simon McBurney, the film follows four close friends and their relationships with one another as well as the men in their lives, and "their checkbooks." One character, however -- played by Aniston -- is described as "unsettled, unattached and decides to clean houses to make ends meet."

"Sony Pictures Classics has been great to work with," commented Holofcener in a statement. "Michael [Barker] Tom [Bernard] and Dylan [Leiner] understood the script right away, and the movie I wanted to make. The support they've given me thus far has been invaluable."

"We have had great success collaborating with Michael, Tom, Marcie [Bloom] and Dylan in the past," added producer Ted Hope in his statement. "Long ago, they made it clear they wanted to make SPC home for Nicole. They are good friends, with money, and those two things have made for a very happy union." Holofcener's past projects include "Lovely & Amazing" (2001) and "Walking and Talking" (1996) as well as director credits for HBO's "Sex and the City" and "Six Feet Under."

Sony Classics' history of releases have received 73 Academy Awards throughout the years. Current SPC titles include "William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice" by Michael Radford, Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education," Zhang Yimou's "House of Flying Daggers," and Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia."

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