Funny how things
change in an instant.
Just a few
days ago, there was nothing but reports lamenting the lack of any breakout independent
films that distributors were heavily bidding for, at the Toronto International Film
that changed when Chris Rock’s new comedy “Top Five,” which he also wrote and
directed, premiered a few days ago, and got nothing but rave reviews, collectively suggesting that it’s the best work Rock has ever done in film, and that he had become a filmmaker to watch from here-on.
Overnight, the film became
the focus of a frenzied bidding war, with CBS Films, Lionsgate, Relativity, Sony, Fox Searchlight, and Open Road, all vying for distribution rights to it.
a surprise move, Deadline Hollywood is now reporting (HERE) that Paramount has stepped
up to the front of the line, with a $12.5 million offer for worldwide rights to the film, and that it could possibly go for more, making it the biggest film acquisition ever made at TIFF.
surprisingly, connections helped a lot since Rock is a long time friend of Paramount
chief Brad Grey, and they’re all friends with the film’s producers and financiers, Barry Diller and Scott Rudin.
As they say,
it’s not what at you know, or who you know, but who knows you.