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iW NEWS | Miramax Makes Meirelles Deal, Pre-Buys “Blindness”

iW NEWS | Miramax Makes Meirelles Deal, Pre-Buys "Blindness"

In Toronto tonight, Miramax Films may be celebrating this evening’s TIFF debut of The Coen Brothers’ “No Country For Old Men,” but company president Daniel Battsek can also toast his pre-buy of U.S. rights to filmmaker Fernando Meirelles‘ “Blindess.” The film has been shooting locally ahead of the production moving to Meirelles’ native Brazil and was adapted from Jose Saramago‘s acclaimed novel. The in-production project was described by Miramax tonight as follows: “When a sudden plague of blindness devastates a city, a small group of the afflicted band together to triumphantly overcome the horrific conditions of their imposed quarantine.” Written by celebrated Canadian writer, actor and director Don McKellar (a recent Tony Award winner for “The Drowsy Chaperone), “Blindness” stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Alice Braga, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal. The movie is produced by Niv Fichman, Andrea Barata Ribeiro, and Sonoko Sakai and executive produced by Gail Egan and Simon Channing-Williams. Miramax’s EVP Michael Luisi negotiated the deal with Fichman and Sakai, as well as Steve Saltzman of Loeb and Loeb representing the film. [Eugene Hernandez]

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