Pic's ensemble cast headed by Gere, Hunt

CANNES — Artisan Entertainment is in final negotiations to distribute Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women” in North America. Pic’s ensemble cast is headed by Richard Gere.

In addition to putting up a minimum of $12 million in P&A for the film, Artisan will provide equity participation for both Altman and Gere. The company plans a nationwide release in October.

“Dr. T” is in the final stages of post, which includes adding a soundtrack by Lyle Lovett.

Written by Anne Rapp (“Cookie’s Fortune”), “Dr. T” is a comedy about a gynecologist undergoing a mid-life crisis who is tested by some unusual events involving the many women in his life.

The cast includes Helen Hunt, Farrah Fawcett, Laura Dern, Shelley Long, Tara Reid, Kate Hudson and Liv Tyler.

Altman produced the film with James McLindon. Cindy Cowan served as exec producer, with Joshua Astrachan as associate producer. David Levy and Tommy Thompson were co-producers.

The film was financed by Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group, which represented the film’s international rights. Title was the first major acquisition for IEG after the sales company was restructured last summer.

“We have been tracking this project for a long time and think that Robert Altman is one of the world’s great filmmakers,” said Artisan president Bill Block. “We are happy to be in the Robert Altman business.”

“Dr. T” also represents something of a homecoming for Artisan co-CEO Amir Malin, who was a principal at Cinecom when the company released the Altman-directed “Come Back To the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean” and the Richard Gere-starrer “Miles From Home.”

Ken Kamins of ICM repped the film; Block negotiated for Artisan. Altman is repped by Kamins and ICM’s Sam Cohn and attorney George Sheanshang. Gere is repped by ICM’s Ed Limato and attorneys Barry Hirsch and Geoff Oblath.

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