Arclight Filmshas picked up international rights to Every Word Is True starring Sandra Bullock and GwynethPaltrow among others and Hilary Duff comedy Material Girl which 20th Century Fox isdistributing domestically. Both will be offered to buyers at AFM.
WarnerIndependent Pictures (WIP) is financing Every Word Is True and handling domestic distribution;Arclight's Gary Hamilton closed the deal for foreign sales with WIP's MarkGill.
Set to startshooting in Jan, the film is being produced by Killer Films and is the story ofthe legendary Truman Capote (to be played by British stage actor Toby Jones)and his bizarrely close relationship with jailed convicted murderers DickHickock and Perry Smith, the subjects of his classic novel In Cold Blood.
Doug McGrath (Emma,Nicholas Nickleby) haswritten and is directing the film which features an all-star cast including Bullock (asHarper Lee), Paltrow (as Peggy Lee), Sigourney Weaver, Alan Cumming, MarkRuffalo, Ashley Judd, Kevin Kline and Anjelica Huston.
In MaterialGirl, which is producedby Maverick Pictures, Duff will play one of two socialite sisters who findthemselves penniless when a scheming executive tries to take control of theirdeceased father's cosmetics empire.
Hamiltonnegotiated the Material Girl deal with Mark Morgan and Tim Wesley of Maverick. It is alsoscheduled to start shooting in Jan.
Duff who iscurrently on North American screens in New Line's Raise Your Voice will next be seen in Universal's ThePerfect Man as a girltrying to set up her single mother.
Every Word Is True is one of two films coincidentally set to startshooting about Capote's relationship with Perry and Smith. The other, which isdirected by Bennett Miller (whose documentary The Cruise was a minor hit in the US) and scripted by actor DanFutterman, is called Capote andstars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the writer alongside Catherine Keener, CliftonCollins Jr, Chris Cooper and Bob Balaban. United Artists is handling domesticrights to the film which starts shooting this week.
Arclight meanwhile has afull slate of pictures on offer at AFM including the Winona Ryder-starrer Weed which reunites the star with her Heathers directorMichael Lehman, Andrew Niccol's The Lord Of War starring Nicolas Cage which is now in production, epic adventure Boewulf And Grendeldirected by Sturla Gunnarson and starring Gerard Butler, and family movie ThiefLord which will also be distributedin the US by 20th Century Fox.
Screening at the market areskateboarding drama Deck Dogz,horror movie Dead & Breakfast,serial killer thriller The Hillside Strangler, Donnie Yen actioner The Huadu Chronicles: BladeOf The Rose, actioner TheLibrarian starring Noah Wyle,Michael Radford's The Merchant Of Venice, and comedies Rice Rhapsodyand Strange Bedfellows.