Magazine article Screen International

Focus, Lionsgate Deals Set TIFF Abuzz

Magazine article Screen International

Focus, Lionsgate Deals Set TIFF Abuzz

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Heading into the weekend Toronto has already delivered two headline-grabbing pre-buys.

Focus Features' $35m worldwide rights swoop on PT Anderson's untitled Daniel Day-Lewis reunion project stirred up excitement before the festival even started.

CAA brokered that deal and was also fielding intense early interest on Jackie, Pablo Larrain's Venice critical darling that may trigger a US deal after the North American premiere in Toronto on Sunday.

The second major pre-buy came on Friday when Lionsgate closed a deal with WME Global and Good Universe on Kin.

No Trace Camping will finance the action thriller to star James Franco and Jack Reynor and Lionsgate is understood to have paid in the upper $20m range for its Summit Entertainment label.

There are more packages floating about - CAA is touting Rebel In The Rye, while WME Global represents Johnny Depp starrer Labyrinth with UTA and Good Universe, as well as Goon: The Last Enforcer with Bloom. …

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