First Look Media has acquired worldwide rights to A Gentleman's Game, a drama set in the world of golf and featuring Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker and Mason Gamble. The film is directed by J Mills Goodloe, who co-wrote the screenplay with Tom Coyne, on whose novel it is based. Producer is Kimberly Braswell.
The film is a coming-of-age story about a 13 year-old golfing prodigy struggling to understand himself, his family and his talent while coming to grips with what it means to be pure in golf and in life.
First Look's international sales division Overseas Filmgroup will be handling the film at Cannes under First Look co-chairman Robbie Little and Overseas sales chiefs Brian O'Shea and Liz Mackiewicz. The deal for the film was negotiated by Peter Lawson of First Look and Tim Connors of APG.
"Mills Goodloe does a great job in using golf as a metaphor for the hard lessons a boy learns on his way to becoming a man," said Robbie Little in a statement. "The game of golf is at its highest peak as a worldwide professional sport, which should make A Gentleman's Game a film that audiences all over the world can appreciate."
Overseas' busy Cannes slate includes Bruce Beresford's Evelyn starring and produced by Pierce Brosnan, Edoardo Ponti's Between Strangers starring Ponti's mother Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino and Gerard Depardieu, Agnieszka Holland's Julie Walking Home and John Boorman's upcoming Knight's Castle.