Bleecker Street and 30West have partnered to buy “Colette,” a drama about the famous French writer that stars Keira Knightley following the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere.
The deal is said to be in the mid-seven figures. The companies are said to be eyeing a traditional theatrical release at some point in 2018. It marks the first significant acquisition of this year’s festival — a market that’s been moving at a glacial pace with buyers complaining that the slate is arty and lacking in commercial heft.
“Colette” co-stars Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, and Denise Gough. It was directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice”). The film follow Colette as she emerges as the toast of Belle Epoque society with her sexually charged Claudine novels. At the same time, Colette struggles to be recognized for her work. Her husband, the writer Willy, takes credit for the novels.
In a largely favorable review, Variety’s Peter Debruge compared the film to the Oscar-winning historical biopic “The Danish Girl” and wrote, “both are damn good stories, provided you don’t know all that much about the subjects going in.”
Deadline first reported the sale. CAA and Endeavor represented the filmmakers.