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Shirley MacLaine-Amanda Seyfried Dramedy ‘The Last Word’ Bought by Bleecker Street

Bleecker Street has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Shirley MacLaine-Amanda Seyfried dramedy “The Last Word.”

The project was unveiled in September at the Toronto Film Festival.

Myriad Pictures will finance and handle international sales. Mark Pellington, whose credits include “Arlington Road” and “The Mothman Prophecies,” is directing from a screenplay by Stuart Fink.

MacLaine plays a retired successful businesswoman who wants to control everything around her until the bitter end, so she decides to write her own obituary to make sure her life story is told her way. Seyfried will portray a young writer at the local newspaper assigned to writing the obituary who insists on finding out the truth — resulting in a reawakening of passions for MacLaine’s character.

Producers are Pellington, Anne-Marie MacKay of Wondros and Myriad’s Kirk D’Amico, with Aaron Magnani serving as an executive producer.

Myriad is selling international rights at the American Film Market, which opens Nov. 4.

Bleecker Street, headed by Andrew Karpen, has released “Danny Collins,” “I’ll See You in My Dreams” and “Pawn Sacrifice.” Its Bryan Cranston drama “Trumbo” opens Nov. 6.

The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson for Bleecker Street and D’Amico of Myriad Pictures and UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the production.

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