Paramount Acquires Charlie Kaufman Stop-Motion Pic ‘Anomalisa’ – Toronto
In a deal that sources peg at north of $5 million, Paramount Pictures has made its second major acquisition of an otherwise dull Toronto Film Festival. The studio that just made a $10 million U.S. rights pre-buy deal based on promo footage of the Meryl Streep-Hugh Grant comedy Florence Foster Jenkins, has closed a deal for the stop-motion pic Anomalisa, directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. They are going to release it December 30 in New York and Los Angeles and roll it out after that.
The pursuit of this one was brisk, with A24 and Sony Pictures Classics among those in the hunt. The film has really snuck up on people and wasn’t heralded before it made a splash in Venice, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. The deal was made as it played in Toronto in the Special Presentations category. It was partially funded by a Kickstarter campaign and is the second movie at Toronto to gain traction coming from those origins, with the first-person POV Midnight film Hardcore close to a deal with several suitors bidding last night for a wide-screen release. CAA and WME Global brokered the deal with attorney Erik Hyman. Hanway is handling international. Read more