UPDATE, 11:35 AM: Sony Classics just confirmed the North American rights deal for Still Alice, which officially makes star Julianne Moore an Oscar contender for her performance as a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Check out SPC’s release after my original break.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 6:14 PM: Capping yet another busy day of Toronto deals, Sony Pictures Classics is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Still Alice, the pic written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The label plans to release the film for Oscar season. It has gotten strong notices for Julianne Moore, who stars with Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Bosworth. She plays a cognitive psychologist who faces the early onset of Alzheimer’s.
This is the first deal that calls for a berth in this year’s Oscar race, though many said that the Michael Shannon-Andrew Garfield pic 99 Homes has the same kind of designs when it gets a deal. The deal was brokered by CAA. The film is playing in the Special Presentations section of the festival.
NEW YORK (September 12, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they acquired North American rights to STILL ALICE, starring Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth and Hunter Parrish. The film reunites Co-Directors and Co-Writers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland (THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD) with Sony Pictures Classics, who worked together on QUINCEANERA. STILL ALICE, a BSM Studio Presentation, is produced by Lex Lutzus, James Brown and Pamela Koffler and executive produced by Marie Savare, Christine Vachon of Killer Films, Maria Shriver, Emilie Georges, Nicholas Shumaker, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler. This also marks a homecoming for Julianne Moore, who worked with the company on VANYA ON 42ND STREET, SAFE and THE MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS.
The film has received much acclaim while debuting at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It had its world premiere on Thursday.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a devastating diagnosis, Alice and her family find their bonds tested in STILL ALICE.
“Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland have made a seamless powerfully moving film. The cast is simply phenomenal. Julianne Moore, one of the world’s truly great film actresses, gives here her finest performance to date. It is a privilege to welcome Wash and Richard, Julianne, Alec and the producers back into the Sony Pictures Classics family with a film about family that promises to pack an emotional punch on audiences throughout the country,” said Sony Pictures Classics.
“To have unveiled the movie on Monday and have Sony Pictures Classics picking up it up by Friday is a filmmaker’s dream. We know STILL ALICE is in the best possible hands with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and the entire team at SPC and look forward to a great release,” added Filmmakers Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland.
The deal was negotiated with CAA.