Toronto 2011: Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's 'The Place Beyond the Pines' Sells Out the World (Exclusive)
TORONTO -- Ryan Gosling-Bradley Cooper thriller The Place Beyond the Pines was among the hottest projects shopped at the Toronto sales market, and has sold out the world, as well as drawing substantial interest from U.S. buyers.
Derek Cianfrance is currently shooting the high-profile indie title, which also stars Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes. The project reteams Cianfrance and Gosling, who worked together on the critically acclaimed Blue Valentine, a dark drama about a failing marriage.
Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg’s Sierra/Affinity is selling Place Beyond the Pines internationally, while WME and CAA are co-representing domestic rights.
Produced by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Place Beyond the Pines did brisk presales business when first introduced at the Cannes Film Market in May by Sierra/Affinity. A handful of key territory deals were signed, including for the U.K., France and Spain.
At Toronto, Sierra finished up deals for virtually every remaining territory, insiders say. (Both U.S. and international buyers attending Toronto were invited to see the first footage from the film.) Domestic distributors also are pursuing U.S. rights.
In the movie, Gosling plays a professional motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robberies to support his newborn son, but when he crosses paths with a rookie police officer, played by Cooper, their violent confrontation spirals into a tense generational feud tracing the intersecting lives of fathers and sons, cops and robbers, heroes and villains.
The producers of Place Beyond the Pines are Sidney Kimmel, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof.
Sierra/Affinity also handled foreign sales on the critically acclaimed Drive, which stars Gosling opposite Carey Mulligan and opens in theaters Sept. 16. FilmDistrict is releasing Drive domestically.