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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Snapped Up By Fox Searchlight In 8-Figure Deal After Late-Night Bidding War – Cannes

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Terrence Malick’s Cannes Film Festival competition drama A Hidden Life has been hailed as an impressive return to form for the U.S. writer-director. Buyers immediately began circling after the film’s debut here yesterday, and Fox Searchlight has come out on top for U.S and a number of international markets in a highly competitive situation.

 

According to sources, deal is pegged at $12 million-$14 million and was hatched overnight with CAA Media Finance and Mister Smith. Paramount, Focus, A24, Netflix and others were among buyers hot on the trail. The deal is one of the biggest ever at a market for a movie shot in Germany.

 

The English- and German-language film charts the moving true story of Austrian Franz Jägerstätter (played by August Diel), a conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis during World War II. Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Nyqvist, Valerie Pachner, Jurgen Prochnow, Alexander Fehling and the late Bruno Ganz also star.

 

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Gonna guess a careful awards season rollout awaits. It might do better than Tree of Life commercially, being not so experimental, although then there's the length and lack of stars. Looking forward to it, anyway.

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fox searchlight paying $14 mil for this is like they're begging for disney to shut them down. netflix always pays too damn much for movies at every fest so i wonder if competing with their bid was what drove the price up so high.

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2 minutes ago, Jake Gittes said:

Gonna guess a careful awards season rollout awaits. It might do better than Tree of Life commercially, being not so experimental, although then there's the length and lack of stars. Looking forward to it, anyway.

They still need to date Lucy in the Sky though (I'm guessing that'll land in December like they did with previous Natalie Portman titles Black Swan and Jackie).

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Very interesting that Fox Searchlight acquired this. It would've been very interesting for Paramount to get this, because in regards to Oscar players, they have nothing. But Fox Searchlight has a history of success when it comes to the Oscars. This is a surefire candidate for a Best Foreign Language Feature nomination.

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1 minute ago, Slambros said:

Very interesting that Fox Searchlight acquired this. It would've been very interesting for Paramount to get this, because in regards to Oscar players, they have nothing. But Fox Searchlight has a history of success when it comes to the Oscars. This is a surefire candidate for a Best Foreign Language Feature nomination.

it's apparently mostly in english.

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2 minutes ago, CoolioD1 said:

my call right now is that this will go nowhere with awards and it won't make half what fox searchlight paid for it.

Most likely though it also includes some international rights and will probably then run on Hulu (now 2/3rds owned and fully run by Disney) so take that Netflix!

 

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1 minute ago, TalismanRing said:

Most likely though it also includes some international rights and will probably then run on Hulu (now 2/3rds owned and fully run by Disney) so take that Netflix!

 

Fox movies are still contractually obligated to run on HBO until 2022, so Disney doesn't have the streaming rights just yet.

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12 minutes ago, filmlover said:

December 13.

 

 

 

 

This is really smart because Jumanji will come out on that weekend, and Star Wars will come out the next weekend; therefore, if Fox Searchlight is looking to grant this an expansion on Christmas, they can very well do so, because they'll have built up two weeks worth of buzz while managing to avoid the initial bursts from the Holiday blockbusters. But the film that really stands in its way is Gerwig's Little Women. Their audiences will likely intermix.

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