EXCLUSIVE: In what is shaping up as their second big Toronto Film Festival deal in the last 12 hours, Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have teamed to acquire the Stuart Blumberg-directed Thanks For Sharing. I’m hearing the deal is nearly done for an over $2 million minimum guarantee for U.S. rights with a commitment for a theatrical release and not a day-and-date VOD plan. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Josh Gad and Gwyneth Paltrow, and it made its debut Saturday night at the Ryerson.
This follows last night’s Lionsgate-Roadside deal for the Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy Imogene. Blumberg, who scripted this and also wrote the indie smash The Kids Are All Right, here focuses on three recovering sex addicts who, despite a history of promiscuity and raucous romps, struggle to maintain meaningful relationships among lingering temptations as they go through a 12-step rehab program. It’s Blumberg’s directing debut.
This was an all-nighter negotiation between UTA’s Rena Ronson, WME Global’s Graham Taylor and the Lionsgate team that should climax into a closed deal before lunch. While the dealmaking so far has been a bit lackluster, this stacks up nicely alongside the under-$3 million Focus Features paid for The Place Beyond The Pines, and the $2 million Dimension paid for Aftershock.
A lot of the acquisition titles are in hot play at the moment, but a fact of festival life is, the longer a sales title stays unsold, the more it becomes the domain of the dealmakers eyeing an Ultra-VOD multiplatform release. That won’t happen on Thanks For Sharing, which has been a hot buzz title since it premiered here.