TIFF 2010 Deals: Oscillioscope acquires ‘Meek’s Cutoff’; Sony Pictures acquires ‘Insidious’

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A couple of other major deals have just gone down at Toronto.  Unlike Ricky and the rest of the gang, I am not in Toronto, so while they are seeing these films, I am just breaking news stories about them.  Meek’s Cutoff and Insidious have found homes which means we are now guaranteed to get a chance to see these films.

Kelly Reichardt’s follow-up to Wendy and Lucy has sold to the same distributor Oscillioscope Pictures.  Anne Thompson of IndieWire broke the news on her personal blog, Thompson on Hollywood.  This isn’t really a surprise and I am glad to see this happen.  Oscillioscope, run by Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys fame, has quietly become one of the leading independent film distributors with Wendy and Lucy and last year’s surprise hit The Messenger.  They did a wonderful job with those two films and I think Reichardt’s latest film, one that I am really looking forward to seeing, will be in good hands.  The film is a western set in the Oregon desert in 1845 and stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, and Paul Dano.

“It is an honor to work with filmmakers of this caliber, especially given the fact that, through the process of releasing WENDY AND LUCY, we have become friends with them, so really I could not ask for more,” stated Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope says. “As a side note, MEEK’S CUTOFF is so real feeling and looking that I suspect Kelly may have stolen our plans and completed work on a time-machine that we had been putting the finishing touches on, and that MEEK’S is actually a documentary that she went back and shot in 1845. If anyone has any evidence to that effect, please contact me directly ASAP. My email address is [email protected]

The other big sale went to Sony Pictures Worldwide as they got the rights to James Wan’s Insidious, a horror film which re-teams Wan with his Saw writer and star Leigh Whannell.  Whannell wrote the film and has a minor role in it.  The film stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, and Ty Simpkins.  Mike Flemming, who broke the story for Deadline, is reporting that it is a 7 figure deal.  Apparently there was a huge bidding war for the film after the first screening.  Oren Peli, who directed Paranormal Activity, is a producer on this one.  I would expect to see the film out by Halloween, either this year or next.

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