Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Roadside Find Friends as Music Box Dives into Sea

Magazine article Screen International

Lionsgate, Roadside Find Friends as Music Box Dives into Sea

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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have picked up all US rights to Jennifer Westfeldt's Toronto world premiere Friends With Kids, while fierce interest continued to swirl around Hysteria. Music Box meanwhile concluded its deal with Protagonist for US rights on The Deep Blue Sea.

The deal on Friends With Kids, starring an ensemble that includes Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Ed Burns and Westfeldt, finished after Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions agreed terms with domestic sales agent Cinetic. The film will open in the US in 2012.

Tanya Wexler's Hysteria, the Victorian-Era rom-com about the invention of the vibrator that stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, Felicity Jones and Hugh Dancy, is gathering momentum following its world premiere in Toronto last Thursday. Four buyers including Sony Pictures Classics are understood to be in the hunt. Cassian Elwes represents domestic rights.

Turning to another Toronto premiere, Adam Wingard's Midnight Madness hit You're Next remains in play with Lionsgate in pursuit. …

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