Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Eleanor Coppola’s narrative directing and writing debut “Paris Can Wait” for North America. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard star in the story of a movie producer’s wife who drives from Cannes to Paris with an associate of her husband’s and ends up on a three-day roadtrip full of food, wine and humor.

The 80-year old wife of director Francis Coppola previously directed the documentary “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.”

“Paris Can Wait” is produced by Eleanor Coppola and Fred Roos, and is executive produced by Michael Zakin, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Tanya Lopez, Rob Sharenow and Molly Thompson. The film is an American Zoetrope and Lifetime Films production in association with Corner Piece Capital and Tohokushinsha Film Corp.


“Eleanor Coppola’s ‘Paris Can Wait’ is a movie to savor, something very fine. Elegantly directed, exquisitely designed and beautifully acted by Diane Lane and Arnaud Viard, this is that special movie that will bring pleasure to audiences everywhere,” said Sony Pictures Classics in a statement.

A+E Television has second TV window rights to the film. “It is so gratifying to have been part of helping a creative spirit like Eleanor realize her vision. Seeing her make this wonderful film, so true to who she is, has been incredibly rewarding,” said Rob Sharenow, exec VP and GM of A&E and Lifetime.

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Barry Hirsch on behalf of the filmmakers, Molly Thompson on behalf of A + E and Lifetime Films, and Sony Pictures Classics. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.

The acquisition was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.