Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: 'Jackie', 'The Bad Batch' Stir Early Buyer Interest

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: 'Jackie', 'The Bad Batch' Stir Early Buyer Interest

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As the industry descended on Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-18), buyer interest heated up around Venice hit Jackie ahead of Sunday's North American premiere and Netflix reportedly circled a global streaming deal on The Bad Batch [pictured].

Completed films in the festival, such as Pablo Larrain's English-language debut and Lily Ana Lily Amirpour's second feature, represent one kind of opportunity for buyers, albeit one that has prompted familiar gripes about a lack of broadly commercial must-haves.

However the late arrival of a handful of enticing packages on the eve of Toronto has quickened pulses for savvy buyers willing to risk early investment on select prospects.

This time last year Paramount pounced on a promo reel for Florence Foster Jenkins and the film has amassed $24m and counting in North America.

So all eyes will be on thriller Labyrinth, a Good Universe sales title from Good Films set to shoot later this year starring Johnny Depp. WME Global and UTA handle US rights.

WME Global and Good Universe will also shop sci-fiKin starring James Franco, while CAA will introduce the package Inner City with Denzel Washington and show a promo reel for Rebel In The Rye, a Bloom international sales title financed by Black Label.

Bloom will talk up Paul Weitz's adaptation of love story Bel Canto with star Julianne Moore, Ken Watanabe and Demián Bichir. WME Global represents the US.

There should be plenty of interest, too, in Papillon starring Charlie Hunnam from Red Granite International.

Noticeable is that most of these titles features at least one piece of major in-demand talent. …

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