Focus Features Strikes a Deal for Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

Posted by at 8:39 pm on May 17, 2015

tomfordnocturnalanimals1What might become the biggest deal at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Focus Features picking up the worldwide rights to Nocturnal Animals, fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford’s follow-up to A Single Man, for $20 million.

The film which will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams hasn’t even started production yet, but Ford adapted it from Austin Wright’s 1993 novel “Tony and Susan,” the story of a woman who on reading her ex-husband’s first novel realizes she needs to confront her own past as she gets caught up in the life of the novel’s protagonist.

According to Deadline, Ford gave a presentation at the Carlton Hotel a couple days ago which led to a number of offers, although Ford initially planned to self-finance the film because he wanted to retain creative control during production and marketing.

Universal Pictures will help with distributing the film overseas.

This is a similar deal to the one Focus made for last year’s The Theory of Everything, which grossed $120 million worldwide and received five Oscar nominations with Eddie Redmayne receiving an Oscar for his performance. Before winning an Oscar for The King’s Speech, Colin Firth received a nomination for his performance in Ford’s A Single Man, which hit the festival circuit in 2009.

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