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In its second pre-buy of the festival, Amazon Studios has picked up North American rights to Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here.
The film, which stars stars Joaquin Phoenix, is about to begin shooting in New York. A source pegged the deal at around $3.5 million, which beat fellow suitor A24’s bid.
Ramsay, who directed the Tilda Swinton-Ezra Miller-starrer We Need to Talk About Kevin, adapted the screenplay for You Were Never Really Here, which is based on a Jonathan Ames novel. The story centers on a former war vet (Phoenix) who devotes himself to saving women exploited by sex traffickers.
CAA repped the deal.
Earlier in the festival, Amazon bought North American rights to Mike Leigh’s next film, Peterloo, a $20 million-$30 million period drama about a British government attack in 1819 on protesters in Manchester who were demanding parliamentary reforms.
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