The films The Way, Way Back played strongly at Eccles, and tonight is The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman. Sounds like another late night for buyers, sellers and the journos who stalk them. Negotiations continue on Austenland, but not with original first position suitors FilmDistrict and Exclusive Media. There was never an exclusive negotiation on this, but the sellers will make a different deal. There is also action on the Richard Linklater-directed Before Midnight, with Lionsgate sweet on it, among a bunch of other distributors, which is remarkable for the third leg of this classy trilogy, with no explosions to speak of.
There are plenty of fine films with strong casts vying for distribution at the Toronto International Film Festival. So if you can show buyers more than just 2 hours of footage, it might give a leg up. When Emilio Estevez this afternoon unveils the World Premiere of The Way and starts meeting with distributors, he is ready to offer research demonstrating the film plays to an audience, and especially to the faith-based crowd.