CATEGORIES Comedy, Independent, Deals, Distribution, Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematical Indie, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalThe Toronto International Film Festival may be winding down toward its close tonight, but that doesn't mean the dealing has stopped. Late Thursday night, according to The Hollywood Reporter, First Look Studios ponied up more than $3 million for US rights to the comedy Bill, starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, with Elizabeth Banks and Timothy Olyphant also featured. THR says the price makes it "the heftiest sale of the event."
Bill is based on a script by Melisa Wallack and directed by Wallack and Bernie Goldmann. Eckhart plays the titular character, who is "fed up with his job, his wife and his life," according to a description by GreeneStreet Films. "Bill's life hits an all-time low when he catches his wife having an affair with a local news anchor." He turns to an "unruly, but curiously wise" teen that he's mentoring for inspiration. Banks plays his wife, Olyphant is the news anchor, Logan Lerman is the teen, and Alba is a lingerie salesgirl (!!!) who helps him in more ways than the obvious (we hope). Reliable comedy players Craig Bierko, Melissa Coughlan and Kristen Wiig round out the cast.
Eckhart can be deadpan funny, as in Thank You for Smoking, and I've loved both Banks and Olyphant in most everything they've done lately. With this role and Good Luck Chuck, it looks like Alba is at least trying to expand her range a bit. Co-director Goldmann has been a producer for years, with 300 and George A. Romero's Land of the Dead being his most prominent credits. Wallack appears to be a newcomer. First Look Studios plans a theatrical release for Bill, though no date has been set.