EXCLUSIVE: The late night deal making continued in Toronto Thursday and as the dust clears, I’m told that A24 is in exclusive negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to Enemy, the Denis Villeneuve-directed drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Isabella Rossellini. It’s shaking out to be a low 7-figure deal with an aggressive rollout to take place sometime in the spring and following a pattern of prestige film successes like Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now and The Bling Ring. Based on The Double by Nobel Laureate Jose Saramago, the film explores the troubled psyche of a man who is torn between his mistress and his wife. And then he discovers he has a double, and the other guy starts competing with him. WME Global is brokering the deal. This marks the third deal for upstart distributor A24, which bought the Tom Hardy-starrer Locke, and then the Scarlett Johansson-starrer Under The Skin.
It marks a strong festival for Villeneuve, who came here several years ago with his breakout film Incendies, and also got a strong reaction this week for his new film Prisoners, which stars Hugh Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Paul Dano.