Guillaume Canet’s English-language directorial debut Blood Ties is here in the official selection, out of competition. Lionsgate has taken U.S. distribution rights in what I hear is an over $2M deal, which is understood to be the biggest of the festival so far. The film will go out via Lionsgate sister company Roadside Attractions. Canet and James Gray wrote the script about two brothers, one a cop and one an ex-con. It’s based on the French film Les Liens Du Sang which starred Canet. He stayed behind the camera for this one with Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Domenick Lombardozzi, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Zoé Saldana and James Caan starring. Lionsgate UK took rights for that territory last year.
Alain Attal and Hugo Selignac of Les Productions du Tresor, Canet, Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow and John Lesher of Le Grisbi Productions are producers. Executive producers are Xavier Amblar, Christopher Goode, Kerry Orent, Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone and Hoyt David Morgan. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, with SVP Acquisitions Eda Kowan, and EVP Business and Legal Affairs Wendy Jaffe. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, brokered the deal on behalf of Worldview. Wild Bunch has international sales.