Tom Ford's Film Sold at Cannes for $20 Million
Aside from being one of the most glamorous events of the year and prohibiting art giant Larry Gagosian from arriving in sneakers, the Cannes Film Festival is also known to premiere some of the most iconic films of our time and serve as a platform for producers to shop their upcoming projects to prospective distributors. This year, the multi-talented fashion legend Tom Ford pitched his sophomoric film Nocturnal Animals and quickly landed the biggest deal of the festival so far.
The film, which is to be written and produced by Ford, was bought by Focus Features for $20 million. Initially Ford was planning to self-finance to ensure complete creative control over the film, but evidently changed his mind.
Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals is a film adaptation of Austin Wright‘s 1993 novel Tony and Susan which tells the story of a woman who discovers her ex-husband’s book manuscript. Susan, played by Amy Adams, becomes enveloped in the fictional life of the manuscript’s protagonist Tony Hastings. Through Hasting’s tumultuous adventures, Susan is forced to retrospectively confront and reevaluate the realities of her broken marriage.
Nocturnal Animals is set to premiere in 2017, 8 years after Ford’s first film A Single Man was released to widespread critical acclaim. While we may have to wait another 2 years to see the film, we know we won’t be disappointed because, with a visionary genius like Ford, we rarely are.
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