EXCLUSIVE FROM TORONTO: In the second major acquisition of the day at the Toronto Film Festival, Dirty Girl is near a deal to be acquired by The Weinstein Co for distribution in the U.S., France, UK, Australia/New Zealand, and South Africa. I’m told there is a guaranteed theatrical release, and that the deal is north of $3 million. The deal is coming together quickly, and in short proximity of the film making its Toronto premiere this evening. The Abe Sylvia-directed indie is set in the 1980s and is about a young lady who is considered the dirty girl of Norman High School. After she gets banished to a remedial class, she teams up with an innocent and they head out on a road trip of self discovery. The film stars Juno Temple, Dwight Yoakam, Milla Jovovich, and Willam H. Macy.
Already today, IFC acquired the James Gunn-directed Super, which I’m told was also a 7-figure deal. This new deal is being negotiated right now by TWC’s Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Peter Lawson, with WME Global’s Graham Taylor and Mark Ankner handling the picture with The Salt Co. It has been a good day for WME’s Taylor, who teamed with UTA’s Rich Klubeck on the Super deal. The plan is to release Dirty Girl in 2011. Pic’s produced by Rachel Cohen, Jana Edelbaum, Rob Paris and Charles Pugliese. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler are among the exec producers.
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