Toronto Deals: Fox Searchlight Acquires Steve McQueen's 'Shame'
Updated 4:45 p.m. Sept. 9
Fox Searchlight has acquired domestic rights to "Shame," a drama starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan and plans to release it this year.
The movie is one of the hottest projects at the Toronto International Film Festival.
It's also a gamble for a major -- or a major-affiliated -- studio: Fox is an MPAA company, so the movie will have to be rated. And it is almost certain to get an NC-17.
The film an "intimate and provocative drama" about Brandon, "a New Yorker who shuns intimacy with women but feeds his desires with a compulsive addiction to sex," according to Fox Searchlight. "When yhis wayward younger sister moves into his apartment stirring memories of their shared painful past, Brandon's insular life spirals out of control."
Steve McQueen directed the movie and wrote it with Abi Morgan.
It's a See-Saw Films production for Film4 and U.K. Film Council. It was produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman.
HanWay Films is handling international sales.
Fox Searchlight's executive VP of worldwide acquisitions, Sony Safford, senior VP of business affairs Megan O'Brien, VP of acquisitions Ray Strachie negotiated the deal for Fox Searchlight. Thorsten Schumacher and Claire Taylor of HanWay Films negotiated for the filmmakers.
Updated 4:10 p.m. Sept. 9
The rapper 50 Cent is taking some cues from Adrien Brody and Christian Bale -- and losing all kinds of weight for a film role.
Image Entertainment liked what it saw enough that the company has acquired "All Things Fall Apart," which stars 50 Cent and Ray Liotta. Mario Van Peebles directed and co-stars.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, plays a college football star who's on his way to winning a Heisman Trophy when he is diagnosed with a tumor inches from his heart. 50 Cent lost 80 pounds for the role.
Image acquired the rights from Hannibal Pictures just before the Toronto International Film Festival began and has slated the movie for a theatrical release early in 2012.
50 Cent and Randall Emmett of Cheetah Vision Films produced "All Things Fall Apart."
The movie has played at the Miami International Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, the Aruba International Film Festival and the Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has beaten out IFC, Magnolia, Sony Pictures Classics and Music Box to make the first acquisition of this year's Toronto Film Festival.
The company bought North American rights to "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel," a documentary about the late fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar.
Goldwyn slated the movie for a 2012 release.
Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who is married to the fashion icon's grandson, directed the movie. Her co-directors are Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frederic Tcheng, who edited "Valentino: The Last Emperor."
According to Samuel Goldwyn Films, "Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel" is "an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing and culture forever. During her 5-year reign as the 'empress of fashion,' she launched Twiggy, advised Jackie O and coined some of fashion's most eloquent proverbs."
Peter Goldwyn, the company's head of acquisitions, and Ian Puente, its VP business development and general counsel negotiated for Goldwyn. Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine negotiated on behalf of the filmmaker.Related Articles: TIFF, Day 1: Raves, Rants and the Brad Pitt/George Clooney Charisma Competition