Sale is first domestic deal at Toronto fest
Marking the first domestic deal of the Toronto Film Festival, IFC Films has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to James Gunn’s “Super,” starring Rainn Wilson as a husband who turns himself into the super hero Crimson Bolt after his wife is lost to a drug dealer.Pic also stars Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. “Super” sparked immediate interest among buyers after making its world premiere in Toronto’s Midnight Madness section Friday night. UTA and WME, which co-repped the film, spent the weekend fielding offers and negotiating the seven-figure deal with IFC. IFC will release “Super” through its new IFC Midnight banner. Gunn also wrote the film, which was produced by Miranda Bailey’s Ambush Entertainment and Ted hope’s This Is That. Ambush’s financing arm Cold Iron Pictures financed, while Ambush’s Matthew Leutwyler and Wilson exec produced. Hanway Films is repping foreign rights and has already sold the film in 15 territories, including Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow) and Scandanavia (Svensk). “James Gunn has made one of the most creative and subversive films of the year with an outstanding cast. This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC midnight brand to be associated with,” IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring said. Deal was negotiated by IFC’s Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers for IFC Films, and by UTA’s Rich Klubeck and WME Global’s Graham Taylor on behalf of the filmmakers.