Toronto 2013 Deal Report: Magnolia Pictures snags 'The Right Kind of Wrong,' and more

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The Toronto Film Festival is off and running, which means deals are being made. Here’s a look at what’s happened so far [Updated]:

The Weinstein Company has picked up the Nicole Kidman-Colin Firth pic The Railway Man, about a British officer still traumatized by his time as a POW at a Japanese camp. The true story is based on the autobiography of Eric Lomax. In the press release announcing the news Harvey Weinstein said: “After watching people jump to their feet applauding when the credits rolled with tears in their eyes, we knew this was a film we wanted to help take to audiences across America.” [Deadline]

Harvey Weinstein and co will also likely take The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a struggling married couple, told across two films His and Hers, from their different perspectives. [Deadline]

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will likely release the Jennifer Aniston-starrer Life of Crime, an adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s The Switch, directed by Daniel Schecter and co-starring Mos Def, Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, and Isla Fisher. In the story, a pair of criminals kidnap the wife of a Detroit real estate developer hoping to secure a hefty ransom. Things get complicated when her husband refuses to pay. [Deadline]

Open Road Films will distribute Eli Roth’s horror pic The Green Inferno, about a group of student activists who go to Peru and happen upon some unwelcoming (or, welcoming) cannibals. [Deadline]

IFC Midnight will release Proxy, director Zack Parker’s thriller about a pregnant woman who is attacked and then begins to question everyone in her life, in theaters and VOD. Alexia Rasmussen, Kristina Klebe and Joe Swanberg star.

Film Movement will distribute Le Démantèlement, about a farmer who liquidates his property and gives up raising lambs to ensure that his eldest daughter does not have to lose her home. [Deadline]

In Unhung Hero, a man proposes to his girlfriend on the jumbo tron at a UCLA basketball only to get a “no.” As if that wasn’t nightmarish enough, he later finds out it’s because he’s not, ahem, big enough. Breaking Glass pictures will distribute. [Deadline]

Indie distributor A24 Films (The Bling Ring, Spring Breakers) has acquired the rights to Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who feasts on humans. [Deadline]

Millennium Entertainment secured the U.S. rights to John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo, in which Turturro’s character becomes Woody Allen’s pimp. The comedy also stars Sharon Stone and Sofia Vergara. [Deadline]

Claude Lanzmann’s (Shoah) Holocaust documentary The Last of the Unjust will be distributed by Cohen Media Group. The doc focuses on the Theresienstadt concentration camp and Benjamin Murmelstein. There will be a limited 2013 theatrical release in order to qualify for the Oscars, and then a traditional release in 2014. [The Hollywood Reporter]

John Leguizamo will play Pablo Escobar in the long-gestating biopic King of Cocaine, which Relativity Media signed on to distribute. Production is expected to begin in Colombia in January. [Deadline]

Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, and Sam Neill star in The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box, a fantasy adventure based on G.P. Taylor’s book. Imagine Entertainment and The Film Arcade picked up the rights to the film and plan a fourth-quarter VOD release in 2014 followed by a limited theatrical run. [Deadline]

Emmett/Furla Films will finance the Bruce Willis-starrer The Prince about a former Vegas mob enforcer who returns  to the city. Grindstone/Lionsgate Films will distribute. [Deadline]

Ted editor Debra Neil-Fisher will make her directorial debut with London Calling, a road trip comedy about a guy who wants to propose to his girlfriend but must endure a cross-Europe trip with a free spirit in order to get to her. Millennium Films acquired the rights to the script, written by David Posamentier and Geoff Moore. Occupant Films will produce. [Deadline]

Virgil Films picked up domestic rights to Foreclosure, a horror-film starring Michael Imperioli as a father who encounters some disturbing things in the home of a deceased relative, and plans a first quarter theatrical and VOD release. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Film Movement will distribute the Dutch cross media “techno thriller” App, which allows the audience to get involved in the film’s plot through an app. The story follows a girl who wakes up after blacking out at a party and finds a new app on her phone which not only takes over her life, it also manages to terrorize her. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Virgil Films snagged the domestic rights to the marriage inequality documentary Bridegroom, from director Linda Bloodworth Thomason. The Tribeca Audience Award-winner will be released this fall. [Deadline]

IFC Midnight has acquired the rights to The Station, about a group of scientists in the German alps who stumble on some biological oddities. Marvin Kren directed the project. [Deadline]

The Weinstein Company has acquired the Keira Knightly-starrer Can A Song Save Your Life?. The film follows the ups and downs of Knightly’s character Gretta as she and her boyfriend (played by Adam Levine) move to New York to pursue music careers. Mark Ruffalo also stars.

Locke, starring Tom Hardy and written and directed by Steven Knight (screenwriter of Closed Circuit and Eastern Promises), has been acquired by A24 Films. The film takes place entirely in a car and tells the story of a man whose life is unraveling while he’s behind the wheel. [Deadline]

Universal and Focus Features will distribute Jason Bateman’s comedy Bad Words, which premiered at Toronto Friday. Bateman is making his directorial debut with the film about a 40-something who finds a loophole to compete in a spelling bee. Allison Janney and Kathryn Hahn also star. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Magnolia Pictures has acquired the U.S. rights to The Right Kind of Wrong, Jeremiah Chechik’s romantic comedy starring Ryan Kwanten, Sara Canning, Catherine O’Hara and Will Sasso. The Right Kind of Wrong tells the story of a failed writer who has been made famous by his ex-wife’s blog about him titled “Why You Suck.” But when he meets the woman of his dreams on the day she’s supposed to marry another man, he fights to win her over despite his reputation. [Deadline]

BBC has closed a deal to finance Israel Horovitz’s directorial debut, My Old Lady, with Cohen Media Group gaining distribution rights for U.S. and Canada. The film stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith, and Kevin Kline, who plays a “down-and-out New Yorker” who travels to Paris to finish up some business about an inherited apartment. There, he meets an elderly woman (Smith) and her daughter (Thomas), who have been living in the apartment.  [The Hollywood Reporter]

Participant Media will co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks’ The Hundred-Foot Journey, which stars Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal in a story based on Richard Morias’ book about rival restaurants in the South of France. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Kaleidoscope Film Distribution has landed worldwide distribution rights for Enemy of Man, a “reworking” of Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Vincent Regan and starring Sean Bean and Rupert Grint. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Paris-based Indie Sales has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Moomins on the Riviera, the first big-screen adaptation of the Finish comic books that were created by Tove Jansson in the 1940s. [Variety]

Beta Cinema picked up all distribution rights outside of the U.S. and Canada for Walter, starring William H. Macy, Virgina Madsen, Neve Campbell, and Andrew J. West. Walter tells the story of a movie theater usher who believes he is the son of God and the people in his life who try to help him find new meaning. [Variety]

The Solution Entertainment Group gained overseas distribution rights to David Mamet’s Blackbird, a thriller starring Cate Blanchett as Janet, a woman whose life is put in danger when she attends her grandfather’s funeral to realize he did work for Special Forces. [Deadline]

The Exchange has gained international sales rights to the Ron Howard-directed Jay-Z documentary Made In America. [The Hollywood Reporter] Showtime previously acquired the TV rights to the film. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has signed on to fully finance indie drama The Wannabe, starring Patricia Arquette, Vincent Piazza and Michael Imperioli. The Wannabe, which Martin Scorsese has joined as executive producer, tells the story of a 90s man obsessed with mob culture who, after failing to fix the jury at John Gotti’s trial, leaves town with a woman. [Variety]

Following HBO Documentary Films gaining U.S. TV rights earlier this week, Dogwoof Global has landed international sales on Dangerous Acts Starring The Unstable Elements Of Belarus, a Madeleine Sackler documentary offering an intimate look at the Belarus Free Theatre’s troupe and its struggles. [Deadline]

Fortissimo Films is set to handle the worldwide rights outside North America and South America to iNUMBER NUMBER, Donovan Marsh’s heist thriller. [Deadline]

Screen Media has acquired worldwide rights to Allan Ungar’s Canadian action thriller Tapped about a young man who enters into a mixed martial arts tournament to fight the man who killed his parents. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Filmax has gained the world sales rights to Alfredo Montero’s survival thriller set in a cave, In Darkness We Fall. [Variety]

CBS Films nabbed exclusive rights to Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel, The Husband’s Secret, which follows three women in a time of crisis after one “Pandora’s box” connects them. [Variety]

XYZ films preemptively picked up world sales rights to Jim Taihuttu’s Dutch crime thriller Wolf, a film about a man trying rebuild his life after prison by using his skills as a mixed martial artist. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Entertainment One has acquired worldwide sales rights to the Canadian documentary Watermark about water’s ability to shape humanity. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Global Screen has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Christian Alvart’s Bank Lady, which tells the true story of Germany’s first female bank robber. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sundance Select has landed U.S. rights to Claire Denis’ Bastards, which tells the story of a ship captain who returns home to get revenge on the man his sister believes was behind his brother-in-law’s suicide. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Prior to the festival, Roadside Attractions picked up U.S. distribution rights to Elizabeth Olsen’s Therese, in which Olsen plays a young woman trapped in a loveless marriage to her cousin when she starts to have an affair. Therese is based on Emile Zola’s novel Therese Raquin. [Variety]

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