BEAUTIFUL BOY, THE CONSPIRATOR, SUBMARINE, and INSIDIOUS Find Distributors at Toronto International Film Festival

     September 15, 2010


Film festivals are a great way to pick up distribution for your flick.  Buyers not only have a chance to see the movie, but they get to see it with an audience and gauge reaction.  Today, we have news of four films that played at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and now have distributors.

Hit the jump for news regarding the sales of Shawn Ku’s Beautiful Boy (starring Michael Sheen and Maria Bello), Robert Redford’s The Conspirator (starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright), the British coming-of-age drama Submarine, and James Wan’s Insidous (starring Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson).


Deadline reports that Anchor Bay has picked up the rights to Beautiful Boy.  Directed by Shawn Ku, the drama stars Michael Sheen, Maria Bello, Moon Bloodgood, Alan Tudyk, and Meat Loaf Aday.  Here’s the TIFF logline:

A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.

Deadline also reports that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired Robert Redford’s The Conspirator starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood, and Tom Wilkinson.  Here’s the TIFF logline:

While an angry nation seeks vengeance, a young union war hero must defend a mother accused of aiding her son in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.


Deadline is also reporting that Sony Pictures Worldwide has purchased James Wan’s Insidious, which stars Rose Byrne and Patrick Wilson.  Here’s the TIFF logline:

When proud parents take possession of an old house to build a nest for their family, an accident results in one of their sons falling into a coma. The tragedy doesn’t stop there when they are beset by vengeful spirits from another realm in this new chiller by the director and writer of Saw and by the producers of Paranormal Activity.

Finally, The Weinstein Company has sent out a press release announcing their acquisition of Submarine.  Check it out below:



15 September, 2010. The Toronto International Film Festival.  It was confirmed today that the Weinstein Company acquired Richard Ayoade’s coming-of-age comedy SUBMARINE for North America. The sale was brokered by Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner for WME Global and Ben Roberts for Protagonist Pictures, who are co-repping the film domestically, with David Glasser, Peter Lawson and Laine Kline on behalf of The Weinstein Company.

SUBMARINE follows 15 year old Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts) through the impending break-up of his parents’ marriage and his first relationship. Its screening in Toronto was introduced to the audience by Ben Stiller, who with Red Hour Films has an executive producer credit on the film.

SUBMARINE is the feature debut from writer/director Richard Ayoade (‘Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace’).  An adaptation of Joe Dunthorne’s stunning, award-winning novel which has attracted comparisons to J.D. Salinger, it stars Noah Taylor (Shine, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), Paddy Considine  (In America, The Bourne Ultimatum), newcomers Craig Roberts and Yasmin Paige , and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins (Happy Go Lucky).

A Warp Films production in association with Red Hour Films, SUBMARINE is produced by Andy Stebbing (Kicks, Brick Lane) and Mark Herbert (This is England, Dead Man’s Shoes) with Mary Burke (Bunny and The Bull, A Complete History of My Sexual Failures). It is backed by Film4, the UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, Wales Creative IP Fund and Film Agency Wales. Executive producers are Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld, Jeremy Kramer, Tessa Ross, Peter Carlton, Will Clarke, Linda James, Pauline Burt and Paul Higgins.

Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales, and are in negotiations on other major territories. Optimum Releasing will release the film in the UK.

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