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Sony Picture Classics Acquires Kasdan's Darling Companion, Starring Keaton, Kline

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood July 27, 2011 at 9:05AM

Sony Picture Classics has preemptively acquired the domestic rights to Darling Companion from Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works (Howl, Life During Wartime).
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Sony Picture Classics has preemptively acquired the domestic rights to Darling Companion from Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works (Howl, Life During Wartime).

The $5-million film stars Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline, who is reuniting with Big Chill writer-director Lawrence Kasdan on this comedy drama about an empty nest couple’s collapsing marriage: “The story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.”

Written by Lawrence and Meg Kasdan, the film is produced by Anthony Bregman, and also stars Dianne Wiest, Mark Duplass, Ayelet Zurer, Sam Shepard, Richard Jenkins, and Elizabeth Moss.

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Kasdan admits in my recent interview with him that the cast got "paid nothing." SPC has not yet announced a 2012 release date.

This article is related to: Genres, Studios, IN THE WORKS, Drama, comedy, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.