weinsteinlogoComing off Colin Firth’s best actor win at the Venice Film Festival, Tom Ford’s debut picture A Single Man wound up the subject of what is being hyped as a “fierce all-night” bidding war between Focus Features, Summit Entertainment, and The Weinstein Co. (*UPDATE: Summit execs circled until 1:30 AM and then went to sleep.*) I’ve learned the bidding for the adaptation of a novel by Christopher Isherwood was orchestrated by Ford’s pal Bryan Lourd with Roeg Sutherland. ford weinsteinAfter its pic The Road was blanked at Venice, The Weinstein Co turned around and bought the U.S. and German rights to A Single Man for 7 figures after committing to a 2009 release and Oscar campaign. “CAA and Tom Ford wanted the right person to bring the film to the marketplace. It wasn’t just about money,” an insider told me. I heard Harvey Weinstein clinched the deal after sitting down with Ford and personally laying out his marketing strategy for the pic. But did smooth-talker Harv explain that the under-restructuring Weinstein Company is a gutted biz with all the recent layoffs? Or that a slew of other promised 2009 releases have been pushed back against their filmmakers’ will? I would have chosen Focus Features…

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