EXCLUSIVE: CBS Films is in final talks to acquire U.S. rights to The F Word, the Michael Dowse-directed romantic comedy that has been one of the buzz acquisition titles here at Toronto. They were negotiating all night and are still working on final details, but I’m hearing the deal will approach $2.5 million minimum guarantee. The film premiered Saturday at the Ryerson. Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan star as a star-crossed couple. They meet by chance at a party and feel chemistry, but he is recovering from a failed relationship and she has a serious boyfriend (Rafe Spall). So they attempt to confront the challenge of merely being friends. The F Word is one of two acquisition titles that star Radcliffe as he creates distance from his Harry Potter childhood days. Also up for grabs here in Toronto is Horns.
CBS Films had a successful run with Radcliffe in the thriller The Woman In Black. The label was one of several in the mix for the rights to the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life? until the numbers got high and it came down to Lionsgate and The Weinstein Company, the latter of which won that deal. The F Word deal is being brokered by UTA.