Magazine article Variety

U.S. Buyers Buzz around Portman's 'Jackie'

Magazine article Variety

U.S. Buyers Buzz around Portman's 'Jackie'

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AS THE TORONOTO film festival kicks into high gear, buyers are landing in Canada in search of the right movies to add to their slates. But one title that has piqued the interest of many distributors is "Jackie," in which Natalie Portman stars as iconic first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Pic premiered in Venice to stellar reviews.

As a result, "Jackie" has become one of the most buzzed-about films for sale at Toronto. CAA is handling the deal.

The movie, directed by Pablo Larrain and written by Noah Oppenheim, won't premiere until Sunday night, but it already has a long list of distributors eagerly waiting to see the finished picture. Amazon Studios and Netflix are interested in "Jackie," as are Sony Pictures Classics and Open Road, sources close to the companies say.

Fox Searchlight has a first and last option on the film based on having been attached to an earlier version that Darren Aronofsky was going to direct.

Two sources say Searchlight wants the movie, which could fill a void in the boutique label's awards slate this year if "The Birth of a Nation" doesn't become an Oscars heavyweight because of the controversy surrounding its star and director Nate Parker. …

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