Keira Knightley rocks a tuxedo to Sundance Movie Pageant

Brunilde Fioravanti
Gennaio 22, 2018

In the first major deal on the ground at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street and 30WEST teamed on a mid-seven figure US rights pact for Colette, the Wash Westmoreland-directed film that stars Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Denise Gough, Elinor Tomlinson, and Aiysha Hart. Ultimately, the mid-seven-figure deal calls for a traditional theatrical release later this year. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, the film stars Knightley as a young woman who writes a series of bestselling romance novels, but is forced to publish them under her husband's name. She then worked to escape his control and reclaim her literary voice.

Amazon, Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics also were chasing the film, which made its world premiere Saturday night and sparked a competitive bidding situation. And Keira Knightley looked radiant as she posed for Deadline Studio Portraits at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Sunday.

Colette will mark the first pairing for Bleecker Street and 30WEST, both relative newcomers that have enjoyed success with awards-season vehicles, which the film appears to be.

Westmoreland wrote the script with his late partner, Richard Glatzer, with whom he teamed on Still Alice, and Quinceanera. Likewise, 30WEST, launched just last year by Dan Friedkin and Micah Green, is making a strong showing this year with its film I, Tonya, with stars Margot Robbie and Allison Janney landing a Golden Globe nomination and win, respectively (Neon is a partner on that film).

Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, and Bold Films produced. CAA and Endeavor Content led the negotiations and while they asked for around $4 million upfront, they got a bit more than that.

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