Maybe Sony Classics‘ Tom Bernard and Michael Barker have something cooking here with Woody Allen huh? The distributor just announced it has landed North American rights to like the bazillionth Allen-directed film in a row, the South of France in the Jazz Age-set Magic In The Moonlight. (OK, it’s SPC’s seventh movie with Allen and fifth in a row). Today’s deal comes after similar output deals for Blue Jasmine, which is getting awards-season buzz this year, and before that Midnight In Paris, which became Allen’s most profitable pic ever and landed a Best Picture Oscar nomination. Here’s the latest release, which the studio can pretty much cut and paste from previous deals adding things like titles and cast members:
NEW YORK (January 9, 2014) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American rights to Woody Allen’s upcoming film, MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT from Gravier Productions. Like BLUE JASMINE, the film is produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson. The film was shot by Darius Khondji (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS) with Production Design by Anne Seibel (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS). Once again, Woody Allen has put together a stellar cast including Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone, and Jacki Weaver. MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age.