Focus Features has landed worldwide rights to Tom Ford’s upcoming thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” the fashion icon turned filmmaker’s first film since 2009 Oscar nominee “A Single Man.” Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are set to star.
Based on Austin Wright’s 1993 book “Tony and Susan,” Tom Ford’s script follows a woman, Susan, whose ex-husband sends her a book manuscript containing two stories: the title tale “Nocturnal Animals” about a man whose family vacation takes fatal turns, and the story of Susan as she recollects her first marriage and confronts her spiritual demons.
Writer/director/producer Ford, who presented his vision to Cannes buyers this month, is set to begin production on the postmodern neo-noir this Fall, through his production company Fade to Black. He has said he only needs about six weeks to shoot. George Clooney will produce alongside Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.
Focus will distribute “Nocturnal Animals” in the U.S. with Universal Pictures handling international distribution.
Earlier at Cannes, The Weinstein Company (which released “A Single Man”) previewed Antoine Fuqua’s gritty boxing drama “Southpaw,” set for July and also starring Cannes competition juror Jake Gyllenhaal. At a press event, Harvey Weinstein promised an Oscar nomination in Gyllenhaal’s future for “Southpaw.”