The deal came six days after the premiere of the film, produced by Latitude Productions’ Curtis Burch in association with Dallas-based Lascaux Films. Gerald Di Pego wrote the script.
Owen plays a writer whose talent has dried up while Binoche portrays an artist struggling to paint as her body betrays her. The duo clash at the school where they teach, sparking a courtship and a school-wide dispute over whether the word or the picture is more powerful.
Burch told Variety that DiPego’s agent Jeff Sanford pitched “Words and Pictures” six years ago, when in became the initial project for Latitude. Richard Toussaint financed the film, which arrived in Toronto a mere six months after shooting.
Latitude is going into production later this month on another comedy “Life Itself,” starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton as a long-married New York City couple who find themselves in a real estate bidding war when they put their downtown apartment up for sale. Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment will produce “Life Itself” in association with Latitude Prods.
The deal for “Words and Pictures” was negotiated by Roadside’s Howard Cohen and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Voltage Pictures is handling international rights to the film and presented the project to buyers at the festival.
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