M’max gets Pacino’s ‘People’

Basinger, Leoni, O'Neal, Schiff co-star in Algrant-helmed pic

CANNES — Miramax Films nabbed domestic rights to “People I Know,” the Al Pacino starrer from Myriad Pictures. Myriad retains international distribution rights.

The company thus formally closes a deal that had been expected (Daily Variety, April 17) for the pic, which recently completed production in New York.

Bob Osher, co-prez of production, negotiated on behalf of Miramax; Myriad prez Kirk D’Amico and Alan Grodin of Weissman Wolf negotiated for Myriad.

“People,” helmed by Dan Algrant from a script by Jon Robin Baitz, also stars Kim Basinger, Tea Leoni, Ryan O’Neal and Richard Schiff. The film was exec produced by Robert Redford; it was produced by Southfork Pictures prez Michael Nozik, Leslie Urdang and Karen Tenkhoff. D’Amico and co-prexy Philip von Alvensieben are exec producers.

It was produced by Myriad in conjunction with Southfork, the indie division of Redford’s Wildwood Enterprises.

In the thriller, Pacino plays a vet N.Y. press agent whose actor-client becomes involved in a scandal that could jeopardize his political ambitions.

The deal continues the relationship of Miramax with Myriad: The Bob & Harvey Weinstein company recently acquired U.S., Australian and New Zealand rights to Myriad’s “Tangled,” starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Shawn Hatosy, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Lorraine Bracco and Estella Warren.

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