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TIFF Deals: A24 Goes 'Under the Skin,' Blanchett in Mamet's 'Blackbird,' CBS Films Takes Radcliffe's 'The F Word,' Lange Replaces Close in 'Therese,' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood September 10, 2013 at 1:03PM

A24 Films is sealing the deal on Jonathan Glazer's moody sci-fi thriller "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien sent to Earth in the guise of a human. More TIFF acquisition news, below.
Scarlett Johansson stars in 'Under the Skin.'
Scarlett Johansson stars in 'Under the Skin.'

-A24 Films is sealing the deal on Jonathan Glazer's moody sci-fi thriller "Under the Skin," starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien sent to Earth in the guise of a human. The deal will close for just over $1 million, per Deadline. Earlier in the festival, A24 acquired the Tom Hardy starrer "Locke" for $1.25 million. (Check out the trailer for "Under the Skin" here.)


-Romantic thriller "Therese," starring Elizabeth Olsen and based on Emile Zola's "Therese Raquin," was nabbed ahead of the fest by Roadside Attractions. Developed for ten years by Mickey Liddell, produced by Bill Horberg and directed by theater director Charlie Stratton, the film co-stars Oscar Isaac and Tom Felton, and was filmed for under $10 million on a 60-meter 1870 era Paris set built in Serbia as well as the embankments in Budapest. When Glenn Close dropped out during pre-production, Jessica Lange stepped in. It looks like Roadside will hold for a 2014 release.

-IFC Midnight has taken TIFF Midnight Madness title "The Station," which centers on a trio of scientists who discover a glacier to be leaking strange red liquid, and causing all sorts of biological monstrosities.

-Following an all-night auction, "Can A Song Save Your Life?," starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in a rom-com centered on the NY music scene, was scooped up by the Weinstein Company. Deadline reports it's a minimum $7 million buy for US rights. Our TOH! review.

-The Solution Entertainment Group has secured international rights for "Blackbird," the thriller by David Mamet starring Cate Blanchett as a woman who discovers her grandfather, now deceased, may have had a hand in the JFK assassination.

-Canadian rom-com "The F Word," starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as millennials navigating friendship and romance, was picked up by CBS Films. Directed by Michael Dowse, the film is adapted from a play by TJ Dawe and Michael Rinaldi.

-Ahead of its TIFF premiere, Magnolia Pictures acquired US rights to the Ryan Kwanten starrer "The Right Kind of Wrong."

This article is related to: Festivals, Toronto International Film Festival, Acquisitions, News, Under the Skin, Begin Again, Therese, IFC Midnight, The Weinstein Company, Weinsteins, Magnolia Pictures, A24, CBS Films, Roadside Attractions

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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.