DEALS, OLD AND NEW, IN TORONTO
“What’s the state of the market here?” I asked a sales rep last night. “Well, the first deal announced during Toronto is for a film that already sold at Sundance.” He was referring to Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest, which sold at Sundance, sat in a distribution limbo while a new cut was readied (and while Senator tried to come up with funds for its release) and now, following Senator’s collapse, has moved over to Overture. Anne Thompson has the details at Indiewire, and the story of unpaid labs, films sitting on the shelf, and general financial malaise at Senator is, when you think of the filmmakers involved, fairly dispiriting.
Also at Indiewire: Peter Knegt notes the first Toronto deal proper, IFC’s pick-up for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising, the director’s Bronson follow-up which “stars Mads Mikkelsen as One-Eye, a mute warrior of supernatural strength, who journeys into the ‘heart of darkness’ after being held prisoner for many years.”