Samuel Goldwyn, Fireworks snares drama

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Fireworks Pictures have acquired North American rights to George Hickenlooper’s “The Man From Elysian Fields.”

Pic, which stars James Coburn and Andy Garcia, made its world premiere at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and will unspool Jan. 14 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City.

Title will be handled through IDP Holdings, the distribution apparatus shared by the companies as well as Stratosphere Entertainment.

Penned by Philip Jayson Lasker, “Fields” is a drama about a desperate writer (Garcia) who is recruited by the owner (Mick Jagger) of an upscale male escort agency. On the job, the writer finds his life entwining with that of a beautiful and lonely woman (Olivia Williams) married to one of the most famous and honored authors on the planet (Coburn).

Produced by Garcia, Andrew Pfeffer and Donald Zuckerman, pic was exec produced by Gold Circle Films’ Paul Brooks, Larry Katz and Norm Waitt.

Goldwyn chairman Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. and president Meyer Gottlieb and Fireworks VP Bob Aaronson acquired “Elysian.”

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