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31-05-2015
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Tom Ford 'Nocturnal Animals' Second Movie
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Focus Features has won the Cannes bidding battle for fashion designer Tom Ford’s second movie as a director, “Nocturnal Animals,” starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal.

Backed by its parent studio Universal Pictures, Focus is understood to have taken worldwide rights in a deal costing it more than $20 million.

That price tag — and a p&a commitment in excess of $10 million — makes it by far the biggest deal seen during the Cannes festival so far. And it comes following a highly unusual pitch given by Ford on Thursday at the festival.

Ford said he wanted maximum creative control and that he was prepared to self-finance the production in order to preserve that. However, after a welter of offers, he appears to have had a change of heart and settled with a supportive studio deal.

“Tom’s vision for his film is unique and inspiring and something that global audiences will be thrilled by,” said Focus CEO Peter Schlessel in a statement. “Tom has proven his prowess as a filmmaker and this romantic tale of revenge and regret will be a fantastic addition to our slate”

Rights were handled by Glen Basner’s FilmNation and by CAA.

George Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov had been attached to produce through their Smokehouse banner when Adams and Gyllenhaal came on board in March, but they are no longer involved with the project.

Clooney’s rep confirmed a recent report in the New York Post in which the actor-producer denied that there had been disagreement with Ford: “No falling out at all. It was just scheduling. Grant and I love the project and think Tom is fantastic. We just couldn’t do it when he needed to go.”

The film is an adaptation of the 1993 novel “Tony And Susan” by Austin Wright, described as a two-part “story inside a story.”

The first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second part includes the manuscript, titled “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent, along with Susan recalling the previous marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

“Nocturnal Animals” marks Ford’s return to directing, six years after the release of “A Single Man,” which Ford self-financed. TWC distributed “A Single Man,” which grossed $24 million worldwide, and Colin Firth received a best actor Oscar nomination for portraying a depressed gay British professor living in Los Angeles in 1962.

Focus Features president of acquisitions, Lia Buman, and executive VP of business affairs, Beth Lemberger, negotiated the “Nocturnal Animals” deal on behalf of the studio. Peter Kujawski, managing director of Universal Pictures International Productions, was also instrumental in the agreement.
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I'm excited for this film. The pressure must be even higher than it was for ASM.
I was quite skeptical about Amy Adams at first but i re-watched American Hustle and she can be a "Tom Ford woman".

I wonder how this project will impact his fashion work. His earlier work at his own brand for the womenswear was quite exclusive and almost baroque...like the Julianne Moore"s character in ASM.

And i can't already wait for the Promo tour..

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^Well we've already seen what a perfect Tom Ford Man Jake Gyllenhaal has made during Cannes 2015. #1 & #2

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^Well we've already seen what a perfect Tom Ford Man Jake Gyllenhaal has made during Cannes 2015. #1 & #2
Yes! He is perfect even if i hope he will wear some colorful pieces. Tom Ford offers some amazing evening looks for men. It is almost a pity to only see dark velvet and black tux in the RC.

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Amazing he got such an epic deal, it says a lot about him, and the vision he has for the movie. Very excited that he will do another movie, for a while i thought he won't direct anymore.

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I can't stand Jake Gyllenhaall though.

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Very much looking forward to that as A Single Man is one of my favourite movies.

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Another stellar casting for Ford !
I'm really looking forward to this. A Single Man was magnificent and I love both Jake & Amy who are tremendous actors. I'm also excited because the tone of the film seems to be quite different from ASM.

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Will be one of my most anticipated films. I adored A Single Man.

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His first movie was so good and beautiful, I'm so looking forward to this.

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I can't believe I missed the news! I am very excited about the new film, "A Single Man" was amazing. Any idea on when we will be able to see it? I just can not wait

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Insiders also say that Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being sought for leading roles.
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EXCLUSIVE: Kim Basinger has joined the growing cast of Nocturnal Animals, the Focus Features adaptation of the Austin Wright book Tony And Susan that Tom Ford wrote and will direct beginning in the fall. Basinger, who won the Oscar for L.A. Confidential, will play Anne Sutton, a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of the character played by Amy Adams. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon and Aaron Taylor Johnson are also starring in the film.

This was the picture that became the splashiest deal at the Cannes Film Festival, when Peter Schlessel and Ford negotiated a deal for world rights that was worth $20 million plus an 8-figure P&A commitment that made it one of the biggest pre-sale deals on the Croisette in years. In the film, Susan Morrow (Adams) receives a package out of the blue that contains a manuscript of her ex-husband’s first book. Drawn into the book’s violent fictional world of a character named Tony, Susan must confront her own past. The Nocturnal Animals title is taken from a story in the fictional book. Ford is producing, and Robert Salerno has also joined him as producer, a role that Salerno played on Ford’s directorial debut A Single Man. APA and Radius rep Basinger.
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Yes @ Kim Basinger!! Her presence alone in LA Confidential was astounding. I'm sure Ford will capitalise on that moneyed sophistication which she exudes. The rest of the cast sounds ok, though I cannot bear that Aaron guy.

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Armie Hammer joins Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals

Armie Hammer has landed a role in Tom Ford’s upcoming drama Nocturnal Animals, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is the director’s first effort since A Single Man, Ford’s directorial debut, which led to Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award nominations for Colin Firth, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for Julianne Moore. Now Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, who began talks for Nocturnal Animals in the spring, will have their eyes on awards season as Ford’s leads.

Based on the novel Tony And Susan by Austin Wright, the film follows Susan (Adams), a woman whose ex-husband gives her his book manuscript and asks for notes, even though she left him 20 years earlier. The film is then split into two parts: the story outside of the novel, titled Nocturnal Animals, as well as the story within, about a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation takes a violent turn that will likely end up being a metaphor for the other half of the story. As she immerses herself in the book, Susan gets lost in memories of her first marriage, and things get very dark and emotional from there. It sounds right up Ford’s alley. And if A Single Man is any indication, everyone’s wardrobe is going to be on-point, even at their most emotionally unstable.

Hammer, who will play Susan’s new husband, can currently be seen in theaters alongside Henry Cavill in the feature-length thirst trap Man From U.N.C.L.E. Nocturnal Animals will also star Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, and Kim Basinger. George Clooney was originally set to produce alongside Ford, but he backed out due to scheduling conflicts, leaving Ford to produce through his Fade To Black production company, as he did for A Single Man. Production on Nocturnal Animals is slated for this fall.
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