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Sony Pictures Classics Picks Up Paul Haggis' Ensemble Drama 'Third Person,' Starring Liam Neeson

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! November 7, 2013 at 6:00PM

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to writer/director Paul Haggis' TIFF debuter "Third Person," a globe-spanning ensemble drama starring Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger and James Franco.
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Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in "Third Person"
Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde in "Third Person"

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US, German and Scandinavian rights to writer/director Paul Haggis' TIFF debuter "Third Person," a globe-spanning ensemble drama starring Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Kim Basinger and James Franco. 

Poorly received at Toronto this year, "Third Person" centers on three couples in Rome, Paris and New York across three interlocking tales. The film also stars David Harewood, Olivia Wilde and Maria Bello. Here's the synopsis: 

Concentrating on three men and their romantic entanglements... each one of these stories unveils its secrets, testifying to the whims and complexities of life. Surfaces are deceptive in the Haggis universe, but as each story is explored we discover untold pleasures and pains. Life is never easy: it can be deceptive, inhabited by anger and jealousy, but it can also be surprisingly joyous.

In 2006, Haggis won best picture and best original screenplay Oscars for his ensemble film "Crash." He also penned the nominated screenplays for Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" and "Letters from Iwo Jima." His last directorial effort was 2010's Russell Crowe starrer "The Next Three Days." In 2011, he courted controversy for his entanglement with Scientology.

Release date forthcoming. Haggis talks "Third Person" in our Cannes Q and A here.

This article is related to: News, Paul Haggis, Third Person, Acquisitions, Liam Neeson


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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.