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First Look tees up rights to ‘Gentleman’s Game’

Goodloe's coming-of-age drama based on Coyne novel

First Look Media has acquired worldwide rights to the J. Mills Goodloe film “A Gentleman’s Game,” starring Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall, Dylan Baker and Mason Gamble.

Peter Lawson of First Look Media and Tim Connors of APG negotiated the deal.

Pic, co-written and directed by Goodloe, is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Coyne, who co-wrote the screenplay.

The coming-of-age story set in the fictional town of New Water, Del., follows a 13-year-old golf prodigy as he struggles to understand himself, his family and his talent, all while coming to grips with what it means to be pure in golf and in life.

“Mills Goodloe does a great job in using golf as a metaphor for the hard lessons a boy learns on his way to becoming a man,” said First Look Films chief Robbie Little.

“The game of golf is at its highest peak as a worldwide professional sport, which should make ‘A Gentleman’s Game’ a film that audiences all over the world can appreciate.”

The Overseas Filmgroup’s upcoming slate includes “Evelyn,” directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianna Margulies; “Between Strangers,” directed by Edoardo Ponti and starring Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino, Deborah Kara Unger, Pete Postlethwaite, Malcolm McDowell and Gerard Depardieu; “Julie Walking Home,” directed by Agnieszka Holland, starring Miranda Otto, Lothaire Bluteau and William Fichtner; “Knight’s Castle,” directed by John Boorman; “The Nugget,” starring Eric Bana; “Skins,” directed by Chris Eyre and starring Graham Greene; “Bark,” directed by Kasia Adamik and starring Lisa Kudrow, Vincent D’Onofrio, Hank Azaria, Lee Tergesen and Heather Morgan; and “Loving Miss Barrett,” adapted from Virginia Woolf’s book.