Deal covers North America, U.K.

Anchor Bay Films has decided to drive “Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” picking up all distribution rights to Billy Bob Thonrton’s family drama for North America and the U.K.

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” was produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Geyer Kosinski. Exec producers are Sergei Bespalov, James D. Brubaker and Robert Teitel.

Anchor Bay closed the deal Friday, six days before the world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Cast includes Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Katherine LaNasa, Ray Stevenson and Robert Patrick. Thornton also stars in the film, which he directed and co-wrote it with Tom Epperson.

“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” looks at two families in 1969 as they are brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to an Alabaman (Duvall) and then to a Britisher (Hurt).  The culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South, become a backdrop for struggles with long-held resentments, family rivalries and secrets.

“The movie reflects some of my own experiences, but its ideas seem universal to me,” Thornton said. “It examines our fascination with and fear of both life and death, how war is viewed by different generations, and how its effects manifest themselves in families who experience it. It takes place at the height of the Love Generation and the Vietnam War – a time it seems we still haven’t learned the lessons from.”

The deal was brokered by Graham Taylor at WME Global, Jere Hausfater of Aldamisa International and Kevin Kasha for Anchor Bay Films. Worldwide sales are being handled by Aldamisa.

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