The company, which as first reported by Screendaily in Cannes is being eyed by Exclusive for possible acquisition, is going ahead with the US release of Lee Daniels’ 1969-set steamy thriller.

The Paperboy drew a mixed reposnse when it premiered in competition in Cannes and stars Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman in a widely publicised role as a femme fatale who seduces a young man linked to an investigation into her husband’s conviction.

Daniels, Avi Lerner, Ed Cathell III, Cassian Elwes and Hilary Shor produced while Danny Dimbort, Trevor Short, John Thompson, Boaz Davidson, Mark Gill and Jan DeBont served as executive producers.

Pete Dexter and Daniels adapted Dexter’s novel and David Oyelowo, Macy Gray and John Cusack also star.

Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee said The Paperboy received an “extraordinary” response at Cannes and was a “must-see movie.” 

“[Millennium] have been with me since the very beginning of this journey and I know they will make sure this movie gets the best possible exposure,” Daniels said.

Millennium Entertainment’s pipeline includes The Babymakers, Red Lights, A Little Bit Of Heaven, Rampart, Bernie and Intruders.