Toronto 2011: ATO Pictures Takes North American Rights to 'The Oranges'

5:27 PM PST 09/16/2011 by Gregg Kilday
"The Oranges"

The ensemble movie, starring Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener, will receive a platform opening in 2012.

Amid a flurry of last minute deal-making at the Toronto International Film Festival, New York-based ATO Pictures acquired North American rights to Julian Farino’s The Oranges and is planning a platform release in 2012.

Written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss, the movie, which had its world release in Toronto, stars Hugh Laurie and Catherine Keener as a couple whose comfortable life is upset when their prodigal daughter, played by Leighton Meester, returns home for Thanksgiving. The cast also includes Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat and Adam Brody.

The film was produced by Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman.

“We love this film! Julian has done a terrific job directing a dream cast in what we think is going to be one of the biggest crowd pleasers of 2012,” ATO co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell said.

Sarah Lash, ATO’s head of acquisitions negotiated the deal with CAA, who brokered it on behalf of Olympus, Likely Story and Reiss.

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