As the Toronto International Film Festival wound down on Sunday, distributors snapped up a pair of movies.
Music Box acquired Terence Davies' "The Deep Blue Sea," starring Rachel Weisz. Set in 1950s, the film centers on the wife of a British high court judge who, in a subversive move, leaves her husband to begin a romance with a young pilot. The acquisition spells the first English-language release for the Chicago-based distributor, which is behind the Swedish-language "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy.
And in a deal that had long been anticipated, Jennifer Westfeldt's parenthood dramedy "Friends With Kids" has sold to Lionsgate. Westfeldt revealed the news to Deadline at an Emmy party that she attended with her partner (and “Kids” co-star), Jon Hamm, whose "Mad Men" took top drama prizes at the TV awards Sunday night. A spokesman for the film's producers later confirmed the sale.
Lionsgate has yet to announce the deal officially, and no release date has been set.
Westfeldt and Hamm don't have kids themselves. But the actress-filmmaker told 24 Frames in an interview at the Toronto festival that she learned a lot watching her friends dive headfirst into parenthood. Westfeldt has seen all her friends move out of New York City and head to the suburbs; she’s watched couples lose their love for each other as a baby becomes a top priority; and she’s witnessed relationships evolve as a couple becomes a family.
Westfeldt explores all the good and bad that comes with parenting in her new film. It’s an ensemble comedy where she plays a woman, still single, who after watching her friends basically fall apart with new baby duty, decides to conceive a child with her friend (Adam Scott) with the hope that since they aren’t a couple their relationship won’t erode. At least that's the hope.
Westfeldt, 41, originally wrote part of the script four years ago but then put it away. She pulled it back out last year with an eye toward completing her decade-long trilogy that began with the bisexual-dramedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001), which Westfeldt co-wrote and starred in, and continued with "Ira and Abby" in 2006.