Sony Pictures Classics has paid around $3m for North American, Australian, New Zealand and German rights to Bold Films’ jazz drummer drama. Separately, Pivot and Univision News have acquired Cesar’s Last Fast.

Miles Teller and JK Simmons star in Damien Chazelle’s US Dramatic Competition entry, which stirred Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions to acquire select territories in a separate deal on Friday (17).

Bold Films came on board to finance the film before casting got underway. Blumhouse Productions and Right Of Way Films produced with Bold.

Jason Blum of Blumhouse, Helen Estabrook of Right Of Way and Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold served as producers, while executive producers are Jason Reitman of Right Of Way, Gary Michael Walters of Bold, and Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Brill of Blumhouse.

Chazelle adapted the feature from his award-winning Sundance 2013 short. WME Global and Bold represented the filmmakers in the deal with SPC, which concluded on January 18.

  • Participant Media’s cable network Pivot and Univision News have picked up US rights to Cesar’s Last Fast ahead of the US Documentary selection’s world premiere on January 19. The deal marks the first of 10 documentaries to be co-produced or acquired by the partners pursuant to their previously reported alliance. Preferred Content represented the filmmakers. Richard Ray Perez and Lorena Parlee co-directed.