EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Wilde’s Perfect, about Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, is getting top scores from the buyers here at EFM. A big deal is in the works for world rights to the project, which is one of the EFM’s hottest.
The movie has sparked a frenzy among buyers with A24, WB, Paramount and a streamer among those hot for the movie. We hear pre-buy offers range from $20-30M. Hot on the heels of her Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, Booksmart director Wilde came to Berlin to discuss the project with buyers at a buzzy presentation.
The film, based on the book Landing On My Feet, A Diary Of Dreams by Strug and John P. Lopez, tells the true story of the gymnast’s triumph against the odds to win Team USA’s first gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. Strug was hailed as an American hero when she completed her final vault at the Atlanta games on a badly injured ankle to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
In iconic images, Strug was carried onto the medals podium to join her team, after which she was treated at a hospital for tendon damage. She became an instant national hit, visiting President Clinton, appearing on various talk shows, and making the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Casting is underway. CAA Media Finance and FilmNation are brokering the deal.
Producers are Riverstone Pictures and Pulse Films from a script by Ronnie Sandahl (Borg/McEnroe). Nik Bower is producing for Riverstone Pictures and Thomas Benski for Pulse Films, together with Jeremy Baxter and Moss Barclay. Wilde will executive produce with Deepak Nayer, Marisa Clifford and Sandahl.
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