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Millennium buys Maisie, XLrator snaps up Thale

The Toronto deals continued to trickle in on Wednesday (12) as it emerged that Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s family drama What Maisie Knew and Norwegian fantasy thriller Thale had found domestic buyers. In addition Freestyle Releasing has acquired Jinn.

Millennium – itself still very much the target of acquisition by the fledgling Exclusive Releasing label – negotiated the US deal for Maisie with WME Global.

Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgaard, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham and Onata Aprile star in the tale of a divorce fall-out. The story is based on the novel by Henry James. Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Daniel Crown, William Teitler and Charles Weinstock produced and Riva Marker served as executive producer.

Millennium’s slate includes The Paperboy, Little Birds, The Babymakers, Red Lights, A Little Bit Of Heaven, Rampart, Bernie and Intruders

XLrator Media acquired all US rights to Thale (pictured) following the deal with Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films, executive producer Gudrun Giddings and Kim H Swartz at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

The film centres on a beautiful tailed mythological beast found in a cellar. Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold, Morten Andresen, Sunniva Lien and Roland Åstrand star.

Aleksander L Nordaas directed and Bendik Heggen Strønstad produced through under his Yesbox Productions. Giddings, Tore Fredrik Dreyer and Lars Andreas Hellebust served as executive producers and Epic Pictures handles international sales.

Freestyle Releasing has acquired domestic theatrical rights to Detroit-based Exxodus Pictures’ supernatural thriller Jinn. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad wrote and directed and produced with Benjamin Dresser. Ray Park, Faran Tahir and William Atherton are among the cast.

Freestyle co-president Mark Borde and head of acquisitions Chris Charalambous brokered the deal with Richard Mandell and Najam Syed of Exxodus Pictures.

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