Deal in the works for ‘Beginners’

UTA eyes domestic deal for McGregor pic

A domestic deal for theatrical rights to Mike Mills’ Ewan McGregor-Christopher Plummer topliner “Beginners” is beginning to look imminent.

Rich Klubeck and Rena Ronson’s UTA indie division is repping the pic, which has drawn strong reviews since premiering here on Saturday night.

“Beginners” tells the bittersweet story of a man (McGregor) who learns that his terminally ill father is gay and has a young lover. Olympus Pictures produced in association with Parts and Labor. Melanie Laurent also stars.

Over the weekend, UTA inked a deal with IFC Films for domestic rights to genre pic “Super.” Today, domestic buyers are likely to eye another UTA-repped film premiering at the fest, Rachel Weisz topliner “The Whistleblower.” Voltage is repping foreign righte to “Whistleblower,” which also stars Vanessa Redgrave and David Strathairn.

Another film drawing strong reax that’s being seriously eyed by U.S. buyers is Justin Chadwick’s “The First Grader,” about an elderly Kenyan man who decides to get the education he never had and goes back to school when the Kenyan government offers free schooling. Pic, penned by Ann Peacock, stars Tony Kgoroge and Naome Harris.

Goldcrest Films is repping “First Grader” worldwide.

Among docus, a number of U.S. buyers are looking at scooping up domestic rights to Errol Morris’ latest docu “Tabloid.” Josh Braun’s Submarine is repping domestic rights.

Both “Tabloid” and “First Grader” played at Telluride on their way to Toronto.