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Miramax Takes Rights to “Night Listener”

Miramax Takes Rights to "Night Listener"

Miramax Films has acquired the North American rights to the Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films co-production, “Night Listener,” company president Daniel Battsek announced Tuesday from the Sundance Film Festival. Directed and co-written by Patrick Stettner (“The Business of Strangers“) “Night Listener,” tackles the narrative of Armistead Maupin‘s story in which popular public radio storyteller Gabriel Noone (Robin Williams) develops an intense phone relationship with a young listener named Pete (Rory Culkin) and the social worker who rescued him from a life of abuse (Toni Collette). But Gabriel soon comes to the startling realization that it is quite possible that neither the boy nor his painful account of his childhood really exist. The deal was negotiated at the Sundance Film Festival by Michael Luisi (EVP, business affairs) and acquisition execs Kristin Jones and Peter Lawson on behalf of Miramax and Mike Hogan and Robert Kessel of Hart Sharp and Richard Klubeck of UTA. No theatrical release date was announced. [Brian Brooks]

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