More record-setting wheeling and dealing at TIFF 2013
Welcome to one of the most lucrative TIFFs yet. After a record-setting opening weekend, the deals keep coming: Harvey Weinstein, who already threw down $7 million for Can a Song Save Your Life, dropped another $3 million on Jessica Chastain’s The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby; Well Go USA acquired the rights to one of Cory Monteith’s final films, McCanick; Claude Lanzmann’s Holocaust doc The Last of the Unjust was acquired by the Cohen Media Group; Virgil Films acquired U.S. rights to horror flick Foreclosure; and IFC midnight gained the rights to horror film The Station after its Midnight Madness premiere. Still more deals are in the works: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in talks for U.S. rights to Jennifer Aniston flick Life of Crime; CBS Films is expected to dish out $2.5 million for the U.S. rights to Daniel Radcliffe film The F Word; and A24 is closing a deal for American rights to Scarlett Johansson sci-fi thriller Under the Skin (after purchasing the rights to Tom Hardy film Locke for $1 million just three days ago). Even more impressive was Tuesday’s announcement of a $125 million funding alliance between Belgian financier Corsan NV and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films that will help fund a host of films, including Bruce Willis’s Expiration. Not all the cash has been counted yet, but it clearly adds up to a bundle.