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Millennium buys Josh Boone’s ‘Writers’

Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins star in comedy-drama

Millennium Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to Josh Boone’s comedy-drama “Writers,” following its screening at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Lily Collins, Logan Lerman, Nat Wolff, Liana Liberato and Kristen Bell star.

Story centers on Collins’ character set to have her first novel published at the age of 19 — with her father, a successful novelist (Kinnear) being ostensibly thrilled but unable to disguise his his resentment that she never asked him for help. The father is also helplessly stalled in the writing of his new book due to spying on his ex-wife (Connelly).

The film is produced by Judy Cairo for Informant Media with and Informant’s Michael A. Simpson and Eric Brenner exec producing along with Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel, Patrick Dugan, Jeff Rice, Dale Johnson, Julie May, Glenn Murray and Mike Ilitch, Jr.

Pic premiered Sunday at the Ryerson. Variety’s John Anderson gave a mixed review: “There are many writerly lines in ‘Writers,’ helmer Josh Boone’s easygoing-bordering-on-anemic family drama. But the outcome is less like one of its character’s novels than a series of sketches that tax neither the intellect nor the nervous system, and barely cohere into a feature-length narrative.”

The Solution is handing international sales, and CAA is repping the US rights.

Millennium’s Tristen Tuckfield negotiated the deal with CAA, which packaged the film, on behalf of the filmmakers. Elsa Ramo negotiated on behalf of Informant.

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