The U.S. acquisitions market at the Toronto Film Festival got underway in earnest in the early hours of Saturday as buyers circled writer/director James Gunn’s “Super,” starring Rainn Wilson as a husband who turns himself into the superhero Crimson Bolt after his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer.
There are already multiple offers for the film, which unspooled in the festival’s Midnight Madness section.
“Super” also stars Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon.
“Super” and WME are repping domestic rights, while HanWay is selling “Super” overseas.
Pic was produced by Ted Hope’s This Is That and Ambush Entertainment. Producers are Ted Hope and Miranda Bailey.
Buyers and their teams are mulling a number of other films screening on Friday, including Will Ferrell drama “Everything Must Go” and “David Schwimmer’s “Trust.” Emilio Estevez’s spiritual odyssey “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen, also screened Friday, and has garnered serious interest among both U.S. and foreign buyers. John Sloss’ Cinetic Media is repping U.S. rights; Icon has international.
U.S. buyers also are beginning to circle Rowan Joffe’s “Brighton Rock,” toplining Helen Mirren, John Hurt and Sam Riley. Film doesn’t premiere at Toronto until Monday, but some buyers have seen an extended trailer. Companies eyeing “Brighton Roc K” reportedly include the Weinstein Co. British company Optimum produced the film.
Presales also are heating up at Toronto. Pathe’s Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady,” toplining Meryl Streep, is seeing interest from both foreign and domestic buyers.
More and more, Toronto is becoming an active sales market.