Miramax buttons up rights to ‘Blouse’ pic

Drama co-stars Lane, Paquin

An unusually quiet Miramax Films has made its first AFM acquisition, securing U.S. and multiple international rights to the drama “The Blouse Man,” the first title to emerge from Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Prods./MBE.

The film, which was directed by Tony Goldwyn, stars Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen, Liev Schreiber and Anna Paquin. It was financed by Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP).

“Blouse” was written by Pamela Gray and produced by Hoffman, Lee Gottsegen, Neil Konisberg, Murray Schisgal, Jay Cohen and Goldwyn.

Miramax’s foreign territories have not been finalized, but they are believed to include France, Japan, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Under its production and financing deal with VRP, Punch is making several other titles, including “The House of Mirth,” to be directed by John Schlesinger, and “Knees of a Cellist,” to be directed by Matthew Carnahan.

On behalf of Miramax, the deal was negotiated by Jason Blum and Amy Israel, who are both senior VPs for acquisitions and co-productions; Andrew Herwitz, senior veep of acquisitions and business affairs; and Michael Cole, VP for acquisitions.

VRP and Punch were repped by VRP president and chief operating officer Greg Coote and Bobby Meyers, president of VRP Worldwide.

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