Sony Pictures has secured worldwide distribution rights to Jason Reitman’s political drama The Front Runner and is planning a fall release to coincide with film awards season as well as the fall election cycle. The worldwide rights deal was brokered by Endeavor Content and Bloom at the Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart as well as Vera Farmiga, and J.K. Simmons, the film details the rise and fall of Hart, considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination. His campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, the senator was forced to drop out of the race.
The film is based on veteran political journalist Matt Bai’s book All the Truth Is Out, which was adapted for the screen by Bai, former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, and Reitman. Mamoudou Athie, Josh Brener, Kaitlyn Dever, Tommy Dewey, Molly Ephraim, Spencer Garrett, Ari Graynor, Toby Huss, Mike Judge, Alex Karpovsky, Mark O’Brien, Sara Paxton, Kevin Pollak, and Steve Zissishe co-star.
Reitman and Helen Estabrook produced the film through their Right of Way Films banner alongside Aaron L. Gilbert of BRON Studios, which, backed by Creative Wealth Media, also financed the film.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions co-heads Michael Helfand and Joe Matukewicz helped spearhead the deal along with Sony marketing and distribution chief Josh Greenstein, who worked with Reitman on his Up in the Air at Paramount.
The deal was done in Cannes with Jon Freedberg and on behalf of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and BRON’s Anjay Nagpal and Matthew Erramouspe of O’Melveny.